Shower tray manufacturer hit by fire

Published:  26 November, 2014

A fire has caused damage at MX Group’s manufacturing site in Tewkesbury.

The blaze broke out on 13 November, damaging a shower tray manufacturing unit and taking out all communications, computer networks and all of the electricity supply into Unit 2C, where the offices were based. Fortunately, the other two shower tray manufacturing units and the stock escaped unscathed.

The MX team were quick to react; by Monday 17 November, they had cleaned down the site, washed and prepared all of the moulds and were once again making ABS stone resin shower trays (pictured).

MX chairman Bernard Robinson said the fire has caused some understandable disruption but that everything will be back to normal very soon.

"Of course it's disappointing and inconvenient when this sort of thing happens, and we apologise for the inevitable disruption that occurred in our dealings with our customers and suppliers,” he said. “We continue to manufacture here on site and the substantial stock of shower trays we keep on site to fulfil orders escaped the fire totally undamaged, so we will continue to make deliveries.”

For now, the team has relocated into temporary offices just down the road from the main site and has a replacement computer network and communications equipment in place.

"Our electric showers, mixer valves, accessories and enclosure business are totally unaffected and it is only shower trays where we have a minor difficulty," Mr Robinson added.

MX will be back to full production this week and plans to rebuild the damaged facility and return it to production as soon as possible.