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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...

British cement, aggregates and ready-mix markets probe confirmed

19 January 2012, Published under Cement News

The UK’s Office of Fair Trading has confirmed it will refer the aggregates, cement and ready-mix markets of Great Britain to the Competition Commission. The decision to make a market investigation reference follows the publication of the OFT’s market study and its provisional decision to refer these markets in the UK in August 2011. Having carried out a public consultation on its provisional decision, the OFT said in a statement that it continues to be of a view that competition may no...

UK monthly construction output flat

13 January 2012, Published under Cement News

UK construction output figures from the Office of National Statistics for November show no change from the low levels recorded in October. However, output was 1.6 per cent lower than in November 2010 when the industry was severely affected by bad weather. New work fell by 1.3 per cent (-UK£241m) and repair and maintenance fell by one per cent (-UK£97m). The only increases were in new infrastructure work, which increased by 14.7 per cent (+UK£436m); private commercial new work, which inc...