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UK: Westbury cement works chimney demolished

19 September 2016, Published under Cement News

The Westbury cement works, owned by Tarmac, constructed its site in the early 1960s. This weekend a 122m-high chimney at the site was demolished, after being taken out of action in 2009. The demolition marks the end of over 40 years of cement production at the site. Stuart Wykes of Tarmac said, “There's a lot of work done leading up to something like this, so the chimney is weakened in certain places and certain sections taken out and then over 200 detonators put in around it so it collap...

Ecocem invests EUR30m in new JV plant

06 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Ireland’s Ecocem has invested EUR30m into a new production plant in the north of France as part of a joint venture with ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel company. The joint venture, in which Ecocem holds a 70 per cent stake, will increase the company’s capacity from 1.4Mta to 2Mta. The high-performance, low-carbon cement will be delivered to markets in the north of France and the UK. The step is the latest in Ecocem’s expansion from the UK. Earlier Ecocem built an import termin...

UK: cement plants in Olympic park?

12 August 2016, Published under Cement News

Plans to construct four cement and concrete plants near the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park in London have caused outrage among local residents. If the plans are to go through, more than 900 HGV movements would go in and out of the site daily. Almost 10,000 people have signed a petition objecting the plans, which have been put forward by the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC). The main concerns of those signing the petition centre around increased traffic, noise and deterioration o...

UK: Breedon looks to the future with Hope

05 August 2016, Published under Cement News

The 200-strong team at the Hope Cement works in Derbyshire celebrated becoming part of Breedon Groupl Plc with a visit from group chairman Peter Tom CBE and group chief executive Pat Ward. They were accompanied by Hope Cement managing director Ashley Bryan, who took them on a plant tour to meet members of staff.   Hope cement works is a key asset in the Breedon Group network which has now grown to include around 60 quarries, 27 asphalt plants, just under 200 concrete plants and a major surfa...

UK CMA gives final clearance in Breedon’s Hope acquisition

27 July 2016, Published under Cement News

UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has cleared Breedon to acquire Hope Construction Materials following its acceptance of Breedon’s undertakings in lieu of a reference to a Phase 2 investigation in respect of its proposed acquisition of Hope. Breedon had proposed undertakings to the CMA to divest 14 readymix sites to an up-front buyer approved by the CMA.   Following the clearance, Breedon now expects the acquisition to complete on 1 August 2016. Commenting on the announcement ...

UK: Breedon to complete Hope acquisition in August, 1H16 results

22 July 2016, Published under Cement News

Following the conclusion of the Competition & Markets Authority's (CMA) review, Breedon Aggregates expect to complete the acquisition of Hope Construction Materials Limited (Hope) on 1 August 2016 (subject to final clearance from the CMA). On completion, the enlarged group will be renamed Breedon Group plc, subject to approval by its shareholders at an Extraordinary General Meeting on 21 July 2016. The trading name of the enlarged group will simultaneously change from ‘Breedon Aggregates’...

UK: Hope Cement launches bagged product range

14 July 2016, Published under Cement News

Hope Construction Materials have officially unveiled its new high-performance bagged cement products, which, for the first time, are all available in the company’s own packaging, as ICR reported in its March 2016 issue. Hope say customers can expect to benefit from advanced packaging technology and unparalleled delivery service, which aims to provide a consistent lead-time commitment of 1-3 days, reports Agg-Net. The full product range consists of 12 key products, which are produced at the...

Safety award for Hanson Cement

13 July 2016, Published under Cement News

Hanson UK, part of the HeidelbergCement Group, has been awarded a Tanker Safety Award at the 2016 Tip-ex and Tank-ex awards, recognising the company’s dedicated approach to vehicle safety. The award is given for improving safety in a particular area of tanker operations and in this case was awarded for the development of an integrated emergency shutdown system. Hanson’s ‘Run Lock’ system operates parallel to the Pulse lighting system to enable the operation of the tanker with the tract...

What does the Brexit crisis mean for Europe?

01 July 2016, Published under Cement News

On 23 June the United Kingdom voted in a referendum to leave the European Union. For most, this was a totally unexpected result and there is no question it will have deep political and economic consequences, not just for the UK but for the whole of Europe. The UK is now navigating uncharted territory, where the country’s integrity is now under threat and its relationship with the EU undefined. Moreover, even the future of the EU itself is now under scrutiny amidst fears of further fragmen...

UK: Hillhead 2016

30 June 2016, Published under Cement News

The busy three-day Hillhead quarry exhibition (28-30 June) has attracted large numbers of visitors to its newly expanded showground near Derbyshire. The newest plant equipment and services were on offer from 472 exhibitors, including Sandvik, Bell, Volvo and first-time exhibitors Striker Australia. Throughout the show, visitors were given the chance to see many of the newest machines being put through their paces in the ‘live demonstration’ areas. International Cement Review att...