Leading building materials supplier CEMEX has begun its 2008 ambitious national investment programme in the UK with a new state-of-the art concrete plant at one of the capital's busiest sites off Butchers Row, Stepney in East London.
The £2.2 million investment will ensure that the existing plant is replaced by a new plant with the highest output in the UK, producing some 180 cubic metres an hour, enough to fill two double decker buses, while ensuring product quality and consistency for construction customers.
The investment, which is estimated to total over £65 million in 2008 (up £5 million from 2007), across the aggregates, cement, readymixed concrete operations, demonstrates CEMEX's continued commitment to the UK construction industry.
The Stepney concrete plant has been in operation since 1960s and during its operational 'life' has produced over four million cubic metres of ready mixed concrete, enough to fill 40 Albert Halls, and used in projects throughout the capital, including Wembley Stadium and Canary Wharf and St Katherine's Docks.
The external appearance, including the layout and structure of the new plant, will be identical to the old plant, but internally the new plant will be state-of-the-art with twin mixer units for maximum efficiency. The plant has been designed to produce high volumes and satisfy the ever increasing market requirements for higher strength concretes.
The new plant will be complemented by the facility for out-of-hours cement and aggregates deliveries to ease congestion, and two concrete 'recyclers' to significantly reduce waste disposal and recycle surface water in the concrete mixes.
The location for the Stepney plant makes it ideally suited for supplying material for the East London Line, the new rail link from Highbury in north London to West Croydon in the south. It is also well positioned to support developments associated with the 2012 Olympics.
1. PHOTOGRAPHS ARE AVAILABLE 2. CEMEXCEMEX 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 www.cemex.co.uk or www.cemex.com. 3. In 2007 major investments included: £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.