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01 August 2007

CEMEX National Investment Programme Improves Efficiency, Quality and Service for Customers

Leading building materials solutions provider CEMEX UK is half way through its year-long and ambitious £60 million national investment programme to improve quality and service for construction customers. The improvements span the entire business, including the aggregates, cement, readymixed concrete and concrete products sectors and stretch from Midlothian in the north to Dover in the south.

The programme includes environmental improvements and the upgrade and modernisation of equipment and plants, and demonstrates the company's commitment to the UK construction industry. Many of the projects have the latest state-of-the-art equipment incorporated to reduce dust and noise and minimise impact on neighbours.

As part of the investment, a two-year initiative to bring CEMEX UK into line with the corporate identity of the parent company, which consists of red and blue stripes with the blue CEMEX logotype, is also close to completion. So far, new entrance signs have been erected at the company's 500 sites, and nearly 900 vehicles now display the new livery. Where appropriate, concrete plants are also being painted in white, to comply with corporate guidelines.

The national investment programme follows the re-shaping of CEMEX's UK operations since the company's take over of RMC Group in 2005, and is part of a wider aim to create a company focused on technical excellence, quality and service.

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1. FURTHER INFORMATION
For further information contact Elizabeth Young, CEMEX t. 01932 583214 elizabeth.young@ext.cemex.com.

2. CEMEX
CEMEX is a global building solutions company and leading supplier of cement, ready-mixed concrete and aggregates. In the UK, CEMEX also has a significant share of the asphalt, concrete block and mortar markets. The company has a national supply network in the UK with over 500 locations, to ensure that quality building materials is available to customers locally. For more information, see www.cemex.co.uk or www.cemex.com

3. MAJOR INVESTMENTS

  • £13 million investment at Halkyn Quarry, North Wales, part of which has gone into an extraction system which has significant reduced dust and emissions.
  • £6.5 million investment at Rugby cement plant, Warwickshire, to install of a dust filter that has cut dust emissions by 80%.
  • £5 million investment at West Calder near Livingston in a new concrete block and paving facility; one of the biggest factories in Scotland.
  • £4 million investment at Taff's Well Quarry near Cardiff for new tunnel and access road.
  • £1 million kiln firing systems at South Ferriby cement plant in North Lincolnshire and Barrington cement plant in South Cambridgeshire which have helped to achieve a significant reduction in emissions of oxides of nitrogen (NOx).
  • New readymixed concrete plants at Angerstein, Liverpool, Llanelli, Altrincham, Dover, Newport and Sheffield.
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