Pure Welsh Clay for over 145 years
Ruabon Quarry Tiles is one of the few remaining quarry tile producers in the UK. Originally founded by the famous local entrepreneur, Henry Dennis, in 1867 when vast amounts of high quality Etruria Marl clay were discovered in Ruabon.
The Ruabon “Red Works”, as the site was first known, commenced producing ridge tiles, chimney pots and ornamental terracotta. It was here that the famous quarry tile was born – the Ruabon tile, which is today still Britain’s best-known quarry tile.
In the early 1980’s a major investment and modernisation programme saw the construction of a completely new factory and plant complex with a further major investment to install a modern high speed, computer controlled tunnel kiln, which is over 100 metres long. Automated handling and transfer equipment together with packaging and palletising plant completed the transformation.
1986 saw the introduction of Ruabon Clay Pavers made from the same Welsh clay as its quarry tiles. A unique combination of extrusion and pressing together with meticulous clay preparation realised a clay paver of outstanding technical qualities with the natural beauty of Ruabon’s earthtone shades. During this time many town and city centre developments centred around the use of Ruabon Pavers, with the expansive Cardiff Bay a prime example.
Ruabon Quarry Tiles has continually developed and updated its Quarry Tile and Clay Paver range and remained the UK market leader in Quarry Tiles throughout with considerable sales to export markets worldwide.
The company remains the undisputed market leader in quarry tiles. Newer innovations include the development of new products such as the unique Paving Tile, which combines the qualities of a quarry tile with the attributes of a clay paver, and the introduction of a large format 330 x 330 quarry tile. A new range of tactile surfaces was also introduced to comply with requirements of The Disability Discrimination Act 2003.
A complete service is provided for architects and suppliers from planning and preparation through to maintenance and aftercare and extensive Technical data is available for every conceivable application.
Throughout, the company has maintained its commitment to quality and service. All products conform and exceed all applicable National, European and International standards. All production and service operations are accredited to BS EN ISO 9001:2000 and all products are independently tested and approved. Maintaining its early traditions, every single tile is still inspected visually before being packaged in addition to extensive quality control checks at each stage of manufacture.