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COVID-19 Announcement

In light of the Government announcement on the evening of the 23rd March 2020, Birtley Group has taken the decision to close down our manufacturing operations across all sites with immediate effect to contribute to the fight against COVID-19.

All of our technical and design teams are working from home and will continue to process quotes, drawings and schedules.
Provisionally this will be for a 3 week period and we will of course continue to monitor the situation closely and follow any guidance from the UK Government about how and when we should continue our operations.

This has been a difficult decision to make, but we have to put the health and safety of our employees, customers, delivery partners and the community first in these uncertain times.

As a consequence, orders that were due to be despatched after today (24th March 2020) will be fulfilled when we re-open as a business. Updates as to when this will be will be posted on the Birtley Group website and LinkedIn page.

As a final note, we hope that you, your family friends and colleagues remain fit and healthy during this difficult time. We will get through this together as an industry and come out stronger.

Stay Safe

From all at Birtley Group

Part of the Birtley Group

Birtley began life as Birtley Building Products in 1965, based at the current site in County Durham. Originally a steel fabricator for the area’s mining and power generation industries, the company made its first steel lintels in 1967. Since then, Birtley has grown from reliable local supplier to a UK-wide force in construction design technology and product development.

In 1889, the British Metal Expansion Company was established in Hartlepool. It had sole European rights for the manufacture of expanded metal mesh, mainly for use as reinforcement and lath in the rapidly expanding sector of concrete construction. The business that grew from these early days later changed its name to Expamet.


Acquired by Birtley Group in 2015, Bowater Doors is a nationally-known name synonymous with top quality and imaginative composite residential door design and manufacture.

The product portfolio offers exclusive ranges for trade installers and a retail range providing doors direct to consumer and social housing organisations.

Birtley Galvanizing boasts one of the most impressive galvanizing plants in Europe. The plant achieves the finest quality hot-dip galvanized zinc protective coatings to BS EN ISO 1461. Using state-of-the-art technology the plant processes steel products using a computer controlled, automated handling system, enabling Birtley Galvanizing to provide full project solutions to many industries.