Around UK£2m is to be invested in a UK cement works to introduce new packing and storage facilities.
The investment by Lafarge at its Cauldon Works is designed to meet increasing demand for plastic-packed cement and build on existing technology at the plant, which employs 150 people.
It forms part of a Midlands supply chain restructuring designed to focus manufacturing operations and continue to meet customer expectations.
This reorganisation will make the Cauldon Works a packaging centre of excellence and allows the Hope Works in Derbyshire to concentrate on the production of bulk cement.
Lafarge Cement’s industrial director Jean-Didier Catillon said: "By refocusing these two operations, we can build on the success of the unique launch of Mastercrete in plastic packaging and ensure all our customers continue to receive the innovative and high quality products and services that they have come to expect."
The development of the Cauldon Works, which has the capacity to make 1Mta of cement is expected to be completed by end of 2007.
The focus on production of bulk cement at Hope takes place as progress continues on the plant’s £15n investment programme to develop onsite rail infrastructure.