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UK construction reports unexpected monthly advance

04 April 2012, Published under Cement News

UK construction expanded at the fastest pace in 21 months in March, adding to signs the economy returned to growth in the first quarter. A gauge of building activity rose to 56.7 from 54.3 in February, Markit Economics Ltd. and the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply said in a report today in London. The median forecast in a Bloomberg News survey of nine economists was 53.4. A reading above 50 indicates expansion. Markit said confidence at companies increased to a 22-month high. ...

CPA: Budget brings no short term benefit, UK

22 March 2012, Published under Cement News

The UK’s Construction Products Association (CPA) welcomed the Chancellor’s strong commitment to business in his Budget Statement but says it will not bring any significant short term benefit to a construction industry that is forecast to see output fall by 5% in 2012. Commenting on yesterday’s Budget Statement the Association’s Chief Executive, Michael Ankers, said: “The government clearly recognises the constraints on our economic growth imposed by the poor quality of our infrastructure ...

UK: calls for public sector construction kick-start

12 March 2012, Published under Cement News

The latest UK construction figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS), released on Friday, show that domestic output continued to fall in January as concerns mount over declines in private sector activity. January 2012 figures fell 12 per cent compared to December 2011 while for the   three month period ending January 2012, output was down 11 per cent compared to the previous three months. Commenting on the figures, Noble Francis, Economics Director at the Construction Prod...

New order for Renault Premium from Hanson UK

06 March 2012, Published under Cement News

Hanson Cement, has taken delivery of six Renault Premium 460.25 6x2 tractor units with Privilege cabs.  In an important deal for Renault Trucks UK, these are the first Renault Premiums to join Hanson Cement’s 200-strong fleet of Mercedes Benz and Volvo tractor units. The new Premiums operate out of Ribblesdale in Clitheroe and Ketton in Rutland, pulling Felbinder 40 cubic metre powder tank trailers for bulk cements and low height curtain siders to transport packaged products nationwide. ...

New UK construction orders fall more than 15%

05 March 2012, Published under Cement News

The prospects for construction output weakened still further as the latest new orders figures from the Office of National Statistics for the final quarter of 2011 showed a fall of more than 15% compared with the same quarter one year earlier. Commenting on these figures, the Construction Products Association Economics Director, Noble Francis said:  "It is extremely concerning to see the ONS figures for construction new orders, which give the clearest picture of how the industry will pan o...

Lafarge-Tarmac tie-up challenged on competition grounds, UK

21 February 2012, Published under Cement News

The planned merger between Lafarge and Tarmac has been called into question by the UK’s Competition Commission (CC) on grounds that the tie-up could damage competition in both the bulk cement and other construction materials markets. In February 2011, Lafarge and Tarmac announced their agreement to combine their cement, aggregates, ready-mixed concrete, asphalt and contracting businesses in the United Kingdom, comprising Tarmac Limited and Lafarge Cement UK, Lafarge Aggregates and Concret...

UK: budget opportunity to stimulate growth

21 February 2012, Published under Cement News

The UK’s Construction Products Association (CPA) has written to the Chancellor in advance of his Budget statement next month, calling for the introduction of a range of practical policies that, whilst helping drive growth, will not endanger the government’s desire to achieve its medium term deficit target, but speed the country’s economic recovery. Speaking about the Association’s proposals, Michael Ankers, Chief Executive of the Construction Products Association said: “Public sector capi...

More private finance needed to fund UK infrastructure projects

10 February 2012, Published under Cement News

The UK's Construction Products Association (CPA) has emphasised the essential role private finance has in providing funding for infrastructure and other public sector assets, especially considering the current constraints on public sector spending in the coming years. The statement comes on the back of the Treasury's recent PFI Review. Michael Ankers, the CPA's chief executive, said: "It is essential to find innovative ways of tapping into private sector finance through, for example, pensio...

Construction sector impacts UK 4Q11 figures

26 January 2012, Published under Cement News

Fourth quarter 2011 UK GDP figures published yesterday by the Office of National Statistics show that the domestic economy contracted by 0.2 per cent, with the main contributors being the manufacturing and construction sectors which fell 0.9 and 0.5 per cent, respectively. Commenting on the outlook, Noble Francis, Economics Director at the Construction Products Association (CPA) said: ‘Unfortunately the prospects looking forward are even worse, as construction is expected to fall a further ...

Fire at Clitheroe works, UK

25 January 2012, Published under Cement News

Firefighters attended a blaze which broke out on Friday evening at Hanson’s Ribblesdale cement works in Clitheroe, UK. Local press reported that the ire, which involved a conveyor belt was attended to just after 9pm at the cement works, formerly known as Castle Cement. There was severe damage to the rubber conveyor belt and surrounding machinery during the incident which Clitheroe firefighters dealt with until 1 a.m. Clitheroe watch manager Dave McGrath explained that the plant is currentl...