A North Wales business that makes environmentally-friendly decking materials is flying the flag for manufacturing at Futurebuild, a major construction and built environment tradeshow in London this week, thanks to support from manufacturing organisation, Made in Britain.
EcoDek has been manufacturing decking for gardens and homes made from recycled wood and plastic since 2002, repurposing around 3,600 tonnes of material a year to create its range of sustainable products.
One of its most recent projects has seen it involved in the development of LivShare, a new concept of housing based on purpose-built, large shared houses with modern, modular construction techniques and designed to tackle the housing crisis.
Ecodek has provided the cladding and decking for the prototype, which will be on display at Futurebuild, which is the largest trade show of its kind exploring the biggest challenges facing the built environment and construction industries.
The business joined Made in Britain, an independent organisation dedicated to celebrating and supporting British manufacturers of every size, in 2017. It has supported the Ecodek team’s attendance of the show, where they will have the opportunity to meet other manufacturers, potential collaborators and partners in the sustainable construction space.
Made in Britain counts more than 1,000 British manufacturers in its membership and offers a marque of accreditation for goods that have been made or have undergone substantial change in Britain.
Felicity Hodgkinson, marketing manager at EcoDek, said: “Exhibiting at FutureBuild is a great opportunity for us to meet other suppliers, manufacturers and buyers in the sustainable construction space – not to mention an opportunity to showcase our British manufacturing credentials.
“The LivShare project is an incredibly exciting development in housing and we’re proud that our environmentally-friendly range of decking, manufactured right here in North Wales, is set to be a part of a potential solution to the housing crisis.”
John Pearce, chief executive of Made in Britain, said: “The British manufacturing sector has unrivalled innovation and collaboration is key to its continued success. Being chosen to be part of the LivShare project is testament to the sustainable credentials and quality of EcoDek’s range.
“Around 20% of our members are working in the construction sector and events like Futurebuild, that bring together some of the brightest minds and most innovative businesses to share knowledge and experience, are vital to help the sector thrive. We’ve supported EcoDek’s attendance to this year’s Futurebuild to help them make the most of opportunities for partnership and collaboration that events like this offer.”