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06 November 2007

CEMEX UK Scoops Highways Magazine Excellence For Unique Recycling Achievement

Building materials provider, CEMEX UK has won this year's prestigious Highways Magazine Excellence in Recycling Award for a contract carried out on behalf of the Welsh Assembly on the M4 Motorway.

In the first major contract of its kind in the UK, CEMEX replaced the surface between Junctions 32 and 33 of the M4 with a new, thin surface course system made with 25% recycled asphalt planings content, Viapave-R.

The £1.3 million contract was carried out by CEMEX Construction Services over a five-kilometre section north of Cardiff, which carries a lot of heavy traffic resulting in the old porous asphalt surface course needing replacement after 12 years usage.

The CEMEX entry was judged to be outstanding because of the exceptional level of recycling achieved, the addition of recycled material into the surface course and application on a major motorway, the M4.

It is unusual that recycled asphalt planning (RAP) are added to surface courses, Rather, they tend to be included in base and binder courses with a 10 - 15% recycled content.

The award was presented in the presence of Tom Harris Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Transport at this year's Highways Magazine Excellence Awards at the Institution of Civil Engineers in London.


Notes to Editors:

1. Photographs and further information: For photographs and further information contact Elizabeth Young, tel: 01932 583214 email:

2. For further information on 2007 RoSPA Awards being presented to CEMEX UK, visit CEMEX has won the following: President's Award - Materials Eastern region. Gold Medal - Barrington cement plant, Materials South West region, Precast Products, South Ferriby cement plant, Speciality products, Supply Chain Operations. Gold - Materials North East region, Materials North West region, Materials Scotland, Materials South East region, Materials Western & South Wales, Roof Tiles and Logistics.

3. 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 see or

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