This week Minister Simon Harris officially opened Arc Building Products second powder plant in Arklow. In attendance was Aoife Kinsella from the Hardware Association of Ireland as well as
directors David Orr, Martin Nolan and the staff.
In the Ministers speech he referred to the importance of Irish manufacturing for the country with it
becoming even more apparent in recent years with Brexit and Covid that we become more self-
sufficient. Arklow was always synonymous with manufacturing so it was great to see more industry
returning to the town.
Established in 2006 by Martin Nolan, Fergal Simpson & David Orr, Arc Building Products quickly grew
to become Ireland’s largest manufacturer of tile adhesives, grouts, levelling compounds, primers,
sealants and admixtures. They produce world class products and award winning brands at their
100,000ft² premises in Arklow which houses their manufacturing, research & development,
warehousing and sales offices.
Arc employs 37 full time personnel including a sales team, office, research & development,
production and warehouse staff. Customers are spread across the 32 counties and include
independent DIY stores, builders providers, tiling shops and most of the large retailers in the
hardware & DIY sector.
The journey began in 2006 with a small manufacturing plant and warehouse in Rathnew . This
premises was quickly outgrown and the business moved to Gorey, Co Wexford in 2010. The
company expanded further and in 2016 the decision was made to purchase a permanent location for
the business. The company moved to their new premises in Arklow , Co Wicklow in March 2016 .
This acquisition allowed for further expansion and the installation of a second plant doubling the
production capacity and creating further employment. The company plans further expansion and
creation of more jobs over the next 5 years.