IHG announces its stand against engineered stone products

by | Nov 22, 2023

There has been considerable discussion in the media recently around engineered stone benchtops, with Bunnings in particular, announcing they will no longer supply the harmful product. In line with this position, the Independent Hardware Group (IHG) provided AHJ with a statement on their stance moving forward.

IHG announces its stand against engineered stone

The IHG statement is as follows: 

 “Independent Hardware Group (IHG), is a leading hardware wholesaler, and is home to Mitre 10, Home Hardware, Total Tools, and Hardings.”

“IHG will no longer be supporting engineered stone products. Our purpose is Building Successful Independents, and we are confident removing this product from our offering is the right thing to do for our business, our member and supplier network, consumers, and our local communities.”

“Effective 29 February 2024, we will have removed all offers of engineered stone products, displays, and point of sale information from our company-owned retail stores and encourage our independent member stores to do the same.”

 “We will continue to offer a great range of alternative products and materials to help our consumers build their Whole of House in a safe and sustainable manner.”

 

The statement is welcome news to those affected by the deadly engineered stone products and will lead the way to significant reductions in the serious health risks caused by the product, including breathing difficulties, lung cancer, and silicosis (scarring of the lungs).

This news also comes after New South Wales Premier Chris Minns said the state is prepared to go it alone in announcing a ban on the use of silica-engineered stone if a national agreement cannot be reached by the end of 2023.