Construction materials company, Cemex has boosted its UK asphalt operation with significant investment and the opening of a new plant.
The new plant, located on Doris Road in Birmingham, will allow the company to better target this “key” urban market, the company says.
As well as opening this new plant, Cemex says that developments at several of its locations will ensure a “more efficient and more sustainable operation” with “smoother” product delivery for customers.
The new Birmingham site will operate as a local asphalt plant, providing a dedicated service for customers that require small tonnage collections and deliveries,it adds, and will stock every day essentials such as tools and equipment.
Products that will be produced on site include rubbermix asphalt (RMA), which incorporates crumb rubber granules taken from used tyres into the mix. This is said help offset the environmental impact of highway maintenance activity through the circular economy.
Alongside, Cemex wil also provide Vialow, its low temperature, reduced carbon asphalt which comes with the option to offset residual CO2 to make it a carbon neutral product, in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol.
Scott Jones, Cemex’s director of asphalt, said: “We are making a considerable investment into our asphalt portfolio with the opening of our new Birmingham location, and development programme at our existing sites, but this is indicative of the continued success of our asphalt business, and our commitment to this product line.
“Cemex hopes that these investments will improve the efficiency of our UK asphalt operations and enhance product delivery for customers, while better serving key metro markets.”
Further investment has been made into the wider Cemex UK asphalt business, too, with the installation of multiple new bitumen tanks at Cemex’s Stourton, Preston and Dove Holes plants.
These tanks have a higher capacity than those previously in place, which will enable an increased production speed, increased mix options, plus a more flexible supply.
Additionally, the company says the new tanks are more energy efficient, helping it to run a more sustainable operation, in line with its dedicated climate action strategy.
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