Carapace Slate, a roof tile made using recycled Welsh slate

Martyn Lucas a young inventor from the Vale who’s created a new roofing system. The product is called the Carapace Slate. It is 80% recycled, 100% organically recyclable, low-cost, low-carbon, light weight and best of all – identical to Welsh Slate. Its also snap-fit and takes only 1 minute to install a square meter! Martyn Lucas has also patented a solar-power system which is hidden from the outside.

Martyn has entered into a competition hosted by Virgin Media for the chance to pitch to Sir Richard Branson next month. So he is hoping that if you like what he is doing, would you (and possibly some colleagues) be kind enough to cast your vote for Carapace Slate? It only takes a minute but I really need 140 votes by Wednesday to pass though to the next round.

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Carapace Slate Video

Carapace Slate

Martyn Lucas a young entrepreneur who is re-inventing a forgotten Welsh industry is seeking funding after giving up a dream job designing tanks to make an innovative idea a reality.

Martyn Lucas, the 32-year-old Director of Sun Scape Systems Ltd, based in Bridgend, South Wales, has invented the Carapace Slate, a roof tile made using recycled Welsh slate.

Carapace Slate
Carapace Slate

It costs less and is quicker to install than any of its competitors, and with an estimated 750 million tonnes of waste slate in North Wales alone, the company is sustainable.

Two and a half years in the process, the Carapace Slate is identical to the traditional product but costs just a fraction of the price, and can be installed quickly without the use of nails – it simply slots together.

The ease of installation and cost of the product means Carapace Slate is perfect for the DIY market and the construction industry, to bring the traditional slate roof into the 21st Century. The product has already seen interest from construction giant Costain, who are testing the Carapace Slate for use on the Heads of the Valleys Road extension, to cover houses for displaced bats.

And the green credentials don’t stop there.  The slate also has the unique ability to harvest solar thermal energy, whilst remaining completely hidden from the outside, reducing emissions and energy bills.

Carapace Slate Wales
Carapace Slate Wales

Mr Lucas said: “Green attributes are regularly ranked as the least important factor in buying new products, and who can blame somebody who doesn’t want to compromise quality or value over sustainability.

“This is why I’m so passionate about our Carapace Slate system. It has excellent environmental virtues at its core, but we’ve concentrated on the things which matter to everybody – it imitates one of the most desirable roofing products the world over while being low-cost and eco-friendly – giving consumers one less excuse to not jump on the environmental bandwagon.”

Carapace Slate has two pending patents and work closely with Welsh Slate to help recycle the vast amount of leftover materials from their quarries in North Wales.

The company has also entered Virgin’s Pitch to Rich competition in a bid to secure business and marketing support from Sir Richard Branson and Carapace Slate needs your votes by Tuesday May 5.

Carapace Slate was one of only a handful chosen from over 1000 to pitch live to Virgin in Cardiff last, showing the respect for the product and company from within business.

Carapace Slate Renewable
Carapace Slate Renewable

With the increase in construction levels being promised by all major political parties and  the praise given to small businesses as the backbone of the economy, this is a great time to bring such a great product to market.

Slate Products

Carapace slate comes in two sizes, Ruri and Magna, to reproduce the quintessential character of a quarried slate roof, with the differing overlaps.

Ruri costs £37.10 per metre square and Magna costs £32.10 per metre square.

More Information

For more information and to cast your vote for the company visit

For more information on the product and how to invest in Carapace Slate email


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