Today's works is one of the most modern plants in the world and represents a total investment of £200 million. It has the largest kiln in the UK and a production capacity of 1.8 million tonnes of cement per annum.
The cement plant in Rugby provides direct employment for many people, supporting vast number of jobs indirectly. CEMEX contributes £25.5 million per annum to the local economy in Rugby and provides a product that is essential locally and nationally, for housing, hospitals, schools and roads. Every year Rugby works produces enough cement for the construction of more than 72,000 houses (assuming that an average house contains approximately 18 tonnes of cement).
Increasing the use of waste derived fuels as part-replacement for fossil fuels to heat cement kilns is key to improving environmental performance. In 2007 CEMEX was granted a permit by the cement industry regulator, the Environment Agency, to use tyres as part-replacement for coal to fuel the cement kiln in Rugby. Data show a marked reduction in certain emissions from the chimney when tyres are in use. Most notably, oxides of nitrogen which affect air quality, have decreased by 40%.
In 2007, CEMEX was also grated permission to trial an additional waste derived fuel, Climafuel® in Rugby. Climafuel®, which is made from household residual and commercial waste, could substantially reduce the amount of waste that goes to landfill.