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11 April 2008

CEMEX UK launches the first pallet collection system in the cement business

Building materials supplier CEMEX UK has launched the first UK pallet collection system within the cement industry for the customers of its packed cement products.

Over 10 million bags of CEMEX Rugby+ cement are sold every year, and transported on nearly 250,000 pallets, many of which are not returned but thrown away or shredded. The new simple but effective system aims to recover up to a third of all the pallets which will be reconditioned and recycled back into the system, minimising waste and offering a valuable service to customers.

For builders merchants this will relieve them of the financial and physical burden of disposing of the pallets. The recovery operation will be run in conjunction with European Logistics Management, (ELM) the UK leader in the management and control of returnable transit packaging, which is executing the collection on CEMEX's behalf.

ELM is collecting the pallets on a regular basis from customers, making any necessary repairs before returning them to CEMEX, ready for new bagged cement deliveries.

The pallet collection scheme is part of the drive to improve CEMEX's sustainable performance and will compliment the company's recent launch of factory-blended cements. CEMEX is pioneering the use of recycled materials in cements, CEM2 and CEM3, where the clinker content and associated CO2 emissions are reduced by up to 50% by incorporating by-products from other industries.

To increase awareness of the new system, CEMEX has produced a newsletter, the 'Rugby Post', aimed at bagged cement customers and mailed to sales outlets. As well as detailing the system, the newsletter gives contact details and information on key CEMEX personnel involved in the business.

Customers wishing to find out more about the CEMEX pallet collection system should phone 01283 550660.


Notes to Editors For further information and pictures contact Elizabeth Young t. 01932 583214 e. CEMEX UK supplies 7 bagged cements under the Rugby brand - Premium cement, Sulfate, White, Cement, Fast Set, Hydrated Lime and new High Strength. Builders merchants supplied by CEMEX include Buildbase, Burdens, Robert Price, Covers, Walter Tipper and others CEMEX is a global building materials 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 or

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