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Gypsum plan will up plasterboard output

PLASTER and dry lining giant British Gypsum has unveiled plans to boost plasterboard production with the construction of a manufacturing plant in west Yorkshire.

The £50 million Sherburn-in-Elmet production facility will produce board using byproduct collected from nearby Drax Power Station outside Selby.

A spokesman said it would primarily use desulphogypsum, although it will also be able to manufacture using rock gypsum.

He also revealed that the new plant was just part of a £100 million investment plan, which would include increased plaster production.

British Gypsum chairman John Colley said the investment was due to an increased demand for dry lining products after changes in building regulations.

Steve Quinn, managing director of specialist contractor London Drywall, said: 'It is good to hear British Gypsum is increasing its production.'

The facility is due to be commissioned by the end of 2006.