Welsh Slate is praised for its pole position in slate manufacture

A Welsh Assembly member has praised Welsh Slate for leading the world in supplying high-quality slate.

Shadow Minister for Environment & Sustainability and North Wales Conservative AM Janet Haworth congratulated the company during a recent visit to its headquarters and main quarry in Bethesda, Gwynedd.

Ms Haworth AM said: “I was delighted to be shown round the quarry and see for myself where the world-renowned slate comes from. What a great company to have here in north Wales and I am really pleased to see its global recognition. It is great for the local economy and also puts Wales firmly on the world map.”

Penrhyn Quarry has been at the centre and the focal point for UK natural stone since the 13th Century and a major operation for more than 400 years.

In recent decades new sources of roofing slate from all over the world have come into production but none has come  close to matching the appearance and performance of Welsh slate. Welsh Slate has been exporting to the known world since shipping began and its export markets continue to grow.