Home Contractor's Corner Thoughts move to the next century as Marley celebrates 100-year anniversary

Thoughts move to the next century as Marley celebrates 100-year anniversary

The manufacturer has paid tribute to the founder Owen Aisher and his son who grew the business from humble beginnings on a farm in Kent, alongside “the hard work, diligence, and innovating spirit of colleagues across the decades who have contributed to our collective and ongoing success.”

Leading roof system manufacturer Marley is celebrating its 100-year anniversary.  

Founded in 1924 by Owen Aisher, the company’s inception marked a crucial milestone in the evolution of the UK roofing industry, with the production of Marley’s very first concrete roof tiles beginning in a humble cowshed on Marley Farm in Kent.

Above: Sir Owen Aisher, son of Owen Aisher, with his brother Jack in 1974, Marley’s Jubilee year.

However, the company says it was the determination and entrepreneurial spirit of its founder’s son, Sir Owen Aisher, that led Marley to national and international growth in the decades following the second world war.

A century later, 2024 sees Marley proudly celebrate 100 years of continuous development, market-leading product innovation, and technical expertise.

Above: Original Winget tile hand press. Marley has embraced changes in the market over the years and invested heavily, expanding its offering to include clay tiles, a complete pitched roofing system, and more recently its Marley SolarTile system and renewables package.

The intervening decades have seen Marley’s manufacturing facilities expand and product ranges extended from concrete to clay, together with a range of accessories, roofing batten and high performance underlay to deliver what the manufacturer says is the most comprehensive pitched roof system on the market.

However, Marley says its commitment to innovation has not stood still, and in recent years, the company introduced the UK’s first fully roof integrated solar PV panel, Marley SolarTile. Today, the company’s solar roof system offering is now complemented with a package of additional inverters, battery storage solutions, and an EV charging point to provide a complete renewable energy system, all available from a single trusted source.

Daniel Redfern for Marley explained: “We are delighted to celebrate Marley’s 100th anniversary this year. The milestone is testimony to the hard work, diligence, and innovating spirit of colleagues across the decades who have contributed to our collective and ongoing success.

“For any business to be successful for a century is a real achievement, and we have managed this because we have continued to react to the market, understand what customers want, and create the system and product solutions that deliver high performing and beautiful roofscapes. 

“As we move into our next century of operation, Marley remains focussed on strategic progression, especially as sustainable solutions become more of a priority for everyone. A growing renewable technology package now complements our traditional clay and concrete tile ranges and fully integrated roofing system offer, underpinned by our industry-leading package of technical support, developed to assist the roofing industry for years to come.”

To find out more about the heritage of Marley visit: www.marley.co.uk/history

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