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10 April 2007

CEMEX UK works on state of the art concrete block and paving plant in Scotland

Building materials solutions company CEMEX UK has started work on a new concrete block and paving facility at West Calder near Livingston, Lothian, which will be one of the biggest factories in Scotland. The £5 million plant represents a significant investment in the region, and will have a production capacity of 1.2 million square metres, producing enough blocks and pavers to fill 20 Olympic-sized swimming pools per annum.

The fully automated plant will replace the company's existing facility at the site and be strategically placed for supplying a growing number of customers, including builders' merchants, house builders and contractors, in Scotland and the North of England.

To complement this area of the business, CEMEX UK employs nearly 400 people in Scotland, be it in quarrying, ready-mixed concrete plants, logistics, road building and maintenance. Due to become operational in September, the nearly 2,000 square metre plant will contain the biggest concrete block and paving machine currently available and create 10 new jobs.

Local suppliers have been used to provide the civil and structural design and materials for the building works, including Barron Wright of Dumfries. Aggregates were supplies by CEMEX UK's Cowieslinn quarry and ready mixed concrete from the Ratho plant near Edinburgh.

The purpose-built plant, contained within a warehouse to minimise noise and visual impact, will keep CEMEX UK at the forefront of block and paving manufacturing, using state of the art controls to ensure that high standards are maintained throughout the production process.

The facility will feature vapour technology to allow for rapid curing, and use moulds that can easily and quickly be changed. Flexibility has also been built into the design to allow for block and paving volume and proportion adjustments, depending on customer demand.


Notes to editors:

In Scotland CEMEX UK employs 382 people at 38 locations which covers quarries, ready-mixed concrete, the current block and paving plant, production of roof tiles, cement logistics and road construction and maintenance. 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 are available to customers locally.

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CEMEX UK produces a range of block paving to suit both industrial and domestic applications from private drives to large pedestrian areas. The comprehensive range also includes products such as Uni-Ecoloc, a high performance concrete block permeable paving system which allows water to drain voids filled with granular material and Uni-Block, a high performance paving system with a fully interlocking dentated shape, which can be laid in any pattern.

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