Wednesday 13th December 2023
Aggregate Industries breaks ground on a nine acre low carbon facility at the Port of Tilbury
BUILDING MATERIALS SUPPLIER AGGREGATE INDUSTRIES, A MEMBER OF THE HOLCIM GROUP, IS FURTHER STRENGTHENING ITS SUSTAINABLE CEMENT OFFERING FOR LONDON AND THE SOUTH EAST AS IT BREAKS GROUND ON A NINE-ACRE FACILITY IN A PRIME LOCATION ON THE RIVER THAMES.
Located at the Port of Tilbury in the Essex borough of Thurrock, the manufacturing facility will allow Aggregate Industries to supply customers 24 hours a day with conventional, low carbon and circular cementitious materials from five loading heads.
The primary objective in this strategic investment is to fulfil the increasing demands for sustainable building materials within an evolving market. As well as providing an import hub, this major investment includes new plant equipment for manufacturing blended cements and lower carbon cement components, including GGBS and alternative raw materials from construction demolition materials.
Dragan Maksimovic, CEO of Aggregate Industries, comments: “This important investment will further strengthen our position in the market, allowing us to drive our sustainability ambitions and lead the way in low carbon and circular building materials. The London and South East construction market has major regional projects on the horizon and we are primed and ready to meet the region’s rising demand for sustainable solutions.”
Steve Curley, Managing Director Cement at Aggregate Industries, comments: “Already, our ECOPact range of low-carbon concrete delivers significantly lower CO2 emissions than standard concrete and our ECOPlanet range of green cement was recently added to our green offering. By investing in this impressive facility within the Port of Tilbury, we will truly boost our sustainable offering and be more agile and efficient in the way we manufacture, transport and supply our products across this region.”
Peter Ward, Commercial Director for The Port of Tilbury, adds: “The Aggregate Industries new low carbon manufacturing facility benefits from The Port of Tilbury’s unrivalled position as the best port for construction materials, fuelling the market growth in London and the South East. This is a significant strategic investment by both the port and Aggregate Industries which will satisfy the increasing demand for low carbon and sustainable constructions materials.”
Charles Hammond OBE, Group Chief Executive for Forth Ports said: “This is great news for Aggregate Industries as they get the go ahead to build a low carbon manufacturing facility at The Port of Tilbury. We have invested significantly in infrastructure and handling solutions at the port to support this important development. AI UK is a long-standing customer of our business and this new low carbon operation fits perfectly with our own carbon reduction targets across the group.”
The Port of Tilbury is the principal port for London, the largest multimodal port in the South East and the third largest port in the UK. Investing in this high end new manufacturing facility will allow Aggregate Industries to better serve regional customers in terms of both meeting increased demand for materials, as well as through streamlined logistics.
Demand for low carbon sustainable products has and will continue to increase dramatically, particularly supported by Government initiatives plus privately funded infrastructure schemes. The new plant at Tilbury will support the global drive for low carbon and circular construction materials and accelerate decarbonisation in the UK market.
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