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A film describing the company and it’s development of the resin bonding process for manufacture of rooftiles was screened by BBC World. This programme can be seen at: .

A history and background to the company is described in an article published in the British Embassy Kiev house magazine on the occasion the award of an MBE to Britanica’s Founding Partner Robert Tyldesley.



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Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Ukraine Tim Barrow has invested Robert Tyldesley with The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) which he was awarded in last year’s Queen Elizabeth II Birthday Honours List.

The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry that is used to reward service in a wide range of useful activities.

Robert Tyldesley, a "green" entrepreneur from the United Kingdom with a business in Lugansk Ukraine was awarded the MBE for his innovative work in the field of plastic waste recycling.

Robert Tyldesley and his team of engineers invented a way of making roof tiles and paving slabs from ordinary household waste. The system is now being used in Ukraine, South Africa and several developing countries to turn plastic from rubbish tips into building materials.

The system was so successful that his company "JV Britanica" was a finalist in the international Shell/BBC World Challenge which rewards environmentally-friendly companies worldwide that make a difference to local communities.

In presenting the award on behalf of Queen Elizabeth II, Her Majesty’s Ambassador to Ukraine Timothy Barrow said: "Robert and Britanica have led the way in producing innovative technology with environmental benefits. Use of equipment has now spread from a factory in Lugansk as far as South Africa and Venezuela. I am honoured to invest Robert Tyldesley as a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire".

Mr Tyldesley said "I am delighted with the award, which I see as a tribute to the efforts of a splendid team of engineers who work with me to create the means for the world to make something really useful from growing mountains of unwanted rubbish".



The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire
The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire is a British order of chivalry established on 4 June 1917 by King George V and awarded to civilians who have performed acts of benefit or service to the nation.

Robert Tyldesly MBE - Profile
Robert Tyldesley a London School of Economics Graduate, worked for engineering companies Joseph Lucas and GEC before joining Thomson Regional Newspapers with roles in Production Management. After a long career in newspapers as Managing Director of newspaper companies in Leicester, Plymouth and Cardiff he set up the company Britanica to manufacture telephones in Lugansk Ukraine. Robert now lives in Lugansk Ukraine and London and travels the world to develop the business he has created.

Company profile
Britanica is a joint British/Ukrainian company operating for 13 years and owned by British businessmen Alfred Gooding, Robert Tyldesley and a Ukrainian partner, Igor Sedykh. The business started as a purely telecoms venture selling refurbished BT handsets in the local market. As these became scarcer and the market more developed, the company started manufacturing their own handsets using BT’s old tooling and Russian made injection moulding machines. A subsequent development was the local sourcing/manufacture of circuit boards and components.

Britanica JV was founded in 1994. The original business was manufacture of telephones using components & stock provided by British Telecom. Business expanded rapidly & a large former TV factory in Rovenky was acquired. The telephone business required injection moulding of plastics.

In 2001 Britanica JV decided to investigate the possibility of developing a process for manufacture of roof tiles & other building products using recovered plastics as the bonding agent. The technique was already used by a firm in Siberia Russia but on a small scale using primitive equipment. Britanica designed new manufacturing equipment so as to improve the product, require less intensive use of manual labour and make more efficient use of electricity.

Britanica believed they should develop a market for the roof tiles and to further develop the equipment for sale to businesses in Ukraine & elsewhere. The latest generation of equipment is ideal for a small scale manufacturer in a location where labour costs are low and there is access to plastic which can be recovered from domestic waste. Equipment has been sold for installation in South Africa, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Venezuela.


For more information please contact :

Robert Tyldesley +38 050 9420514 e-mail:
Наталия Рубан, офис СП «Британика» тел: +38 0642 551800 e-mail:

The process was shown on a BBC World programme and this can be seen at


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