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Monday, June 12, 2006


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12 June 2006


The quality of European clay roof tiles has been given a ringing endorsement with the release of landmark test results from Koramic. The independent findings prove that all of Koramic's products surpass the very latest UK durability standards, strengthening the company's position as a leading specialist clay tile manufacturer.

Following a rigorous, independent testing process at Ceram - a leading international centre of technical excellence for the ceramics industry - all of Koramic's clay roof tiles have passed the UK frost resistance test, meeting the critical performance criteria required under the European standard BS EN 1304:2005.

The tests also confirmed that the clay tiles meet the UK requirements for regularity of shape, dimensions, impermeability, and flexural strength. With 15 manufacturing plants across six different European countries, Koramic offers nine different types of tiles in the UK.

"These test results give our customers the extra assurance that our products do meet the UK performance criteria and that their durability is second to none," says David Simpson, national sales director at Wienerberger Ltd. "They also confirm the effectiveness of our own strict quality control procedures at our European manufacturing plants.

"Koramic was established over 120 years ago and we have always been committed to manufacturing clay products of the highest standard. In fact, our products were first tested in the UK back in 1924 by David Kirkaldy and Son - David Kirkaldy pioneered the standardised testing of materials and developed the first rigorous quality control techniques.

"They passed muster then and are still in use over 80 years later. They've now sailed through an exhaustive set of independently monitored technical tests, so we can certainly guarantee the quality, aesthetic appeal and durability of the Koramic range distributed here in the UK."

Koramic is the roofing tile brand of specialist clay manufacturer Wienerberger, which also owns the well-known Terca brand of clay facing bricks. As clay specialists, the company firmly believes in the technical excellence of this natural raw material and has a strong environmental ethos which informs all areas of the business.

With a 120-year pedigree to their name, Koramic clay tiles are currently available through specialist distribution centres, roofing merchants and selected builders' merchants across the UK.

For more information, please contact:
Debbie Garritty/Emily Goehler, Bell Pottinger North
dgarritty@bellpottingernorth.co.uk / egoehler@bellpottingernorth.co.uk
Tel: 01625 506444

Notes to Editors:
Ceram is an internationally renowned centre of technical excellence for the ceramics and other materials-based industries. Based in Stoke-on-Trent, Ceram has over 50 years' experience and is UKAS accredited, enabling it to offer independent and unbiased testing services.

Wienerberger AG is the world's largest producer of bricks and number two in the European roofing market. With 575 employees, Wienerberger Ltd is the group's UK operation, offering clay facing bricks under the Terca brand and clay roofing tiles under the Koramic brand.

The UK Koramic range of clay roof tiles currently includes nine profiles, which can be used to reflect traditional design, carry out refurbishments or produce contemporary architecture.

Established in 1883, Koramic was acquired by Wienerberger in 2004 and has around 1900 employees across the UK and Europe.

Koramic believes in using natural clay products to provide a sustainable environment, which is attractive and harmonious with the local surroundings. Through all stages of production, from extraction through to the final tile, the company places the highest value on sparing resources and minimising environment impact.

For further information please visit: www.koramic.co.uk


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