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MPA calls for a ‘cash bridge’ for members

18 March 2020, Published under Cement News

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) has written to the Chancellor of the Exchequer calling for greater support for businesses in the UK during the COVID-19 pandemic. Nigel Jackson, MPA CEO, called for a general facility to delay VAT, corporation tax and employers' National Insurance contributions as a way to help member companies facing extreme economic conditions. He wrote: "Businesses need more certainty and a 'cash bridge' to ensure that current viability is not destroyed purely beca...

UK cement plant to burn Australian GP tyres as AF

16 March 2020, Published under Cement News

A cement plant near Oxfordshire in the UK will be burning around 1800 Pirelli tyres from the cancelled Grand Prix in Melbourne, Australia. "We finished assembling the tyres on Thursday afternoon and then we had to disassemble everything," begins Mario Isola, Pirelli's representative in F1, on the 'Autosport' website. If the GP had been in Europe, those tyres could have been reused, but being in Australia, there is no longer any possibility: "The only problem is the tyres that are already i...

Breedon's cement business thrives

13 March 2020, Published under Cement News

As Breedon Group Plc releases its 2019 results, ICR takes a closer look at the UK company's cement business and future plans. Breedon, which operates cement plants in the UK and Ireland, reported that its cement business delivered a six per cent revenue increase in 2019 to GBP186.4m, up from GBP176.5m in 2018. EBITDA from the cement business reached GBP58.8m, up from GBP48.6m in 2018, while underlying operating profit rose GBP36.3m, up from GBP31.4m in 2018. Overall cement sales reache...

Breedon records revenues of GBP929.6m in 2019

11 March 2020, Published under Cement News

Breedon Group Plc has released its 2019 results that saw revenues reach GBP929.6m, up eight per cent on GBP862.7m in 2018. EBITDA totalled GBP116.6m, up 13 per cent on EBITDA of GBP103.5m in 2018. Net debt came in at GBP290.3m, down from GBP310.7m in 2018. Cement sales remained stable at 2Mt sold in 2019 when compared with the previous year, but 20.2Mt of aggregates were sold, up from 19.4Mt YoY. Asphalt sales also claimed from 2.8Mt in 2018 to 3Mt last year, while ready-mix concrete sales ...

Lafarge Cement appoints new Cauldon Works manager

06 March 2020, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Cement UK (Aggregate Industries - LafargeHolcim group) has appointed Stuart Hutching as the new manager of its Cauldon cement plant in Staffordshire, UK. With more than 20 years of experience within the cement industry, Mr Hutchings will be responsible for the plant, which produces approximately 1Mta of cement and employs around 150 staff. Mr Hutchings said: "Cauldon is a world-class operation and it is great to see LafargeHolcim recognise this and invest further to ensure it conti...

MPA launches UK Concrete to promote concrete

26 February 2020, Published under Cement News

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) has launched UK Concrete to proactively engage with political stakeholders and public bodies, and promote the advantages of building in concrete and the vital role the material plays in people's everyday lives. Chris Leese, former vice president at Cemex UK, has been appointed as director of UK Concrete and will be responsible for rolling out the organisation’s programme to convey concrete’s benefits to a wider audience. Mr Leese said: "It is time for...

Cemex UK has launched Vertua® ultra zero – a carbon neutral concrete

25 February 2020, Published under Cement News

Cemex UK claims to have launched the UK's first ready-mix concrete that is a carbon-neutral product. The Vertua ® low-carbon concrete range can offset any residual CO 2 to provide a carbon-neutral product, in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol, says Cemex UK. The range features a variety of bespoke concrete mix designs and includes the Vertua ultra zero option, which is a CarbonNeutral product. This product achieves a 70 per cent reduction in embodied carbon emissions, with the re...

MPA wins GBP6.02m from BEIS for CO2 reduction trials

19 February 2020, Published under Cement News

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has awarded the Mineral Products Association (MPA) GBP6.02m (EUR7.24m)  for ground-breaking demonstrations of hydrogen and plasma technology to reduce CO 2 from cement and lime production. The cement trials will take place at sites operated by Tarmac and Hanson Cement in the UK. The cement production trial comprises two demonstrations, one of electrical plasma energy and biomass fuel and the other of hydrogen and biomas...

M25 uses low-carbon cement

29 January 2020, Published under Cement News

For the first time, ultra-low carbon Cemfree concrete has been used on a UK highways project in an attempt to lower CO 2 usage at the Woodford West Viaduct on the M25 in the UK. Working on behalf of Connect Plus, a team from Jackson, DB Group and Axtell have achieved a 77 per cent reduction in CO 2 . The project required 52m 3 of concrete, leading to a saving of 9.4t of CO 2 , when compared to using a conventional mix, greatly reducing the environmental impact. Tony Sheridan, DB Group’s ...

Hanson appoints new packed products director

28 January 2020, Published under Cement News

UK-based Hanson has appointed Andrew Simpson as its new packed products director. Mr Simpson will now be responsible for the sales of the company packed products, including cement, ready-to-use concrete and aggregates. Additional responsibilities now also include maintenance at the company’s ready-to-use production site in Nuneaton and its construction aggregate packing plants across the country.