Cement manufacturers Cemex, owners of the Rugby Cement brand, have invested in a new cement plant at Tilbury, in Essex.
The plant, the only one in the south east of England, has a capacity for 1.2m tonnes a year and will boost Cemex UK’s total capacity by 20%. The £49m investment includes the UK’s first vertical grinding mill, which uses 42% of the energy used by the mill it replaces. It’s also 23% more energy efficient than Cemex’s most modern previous mill.
The plant will make blended cement and has the flexibility to make CEM1 cement, which is cement clinker and gypsum, CEM2, which is 70% CEM1 and 30% power station fly ash and CEM3 cement which is 50% CEM1 and 50% ground granulated blast-furnace slag.
Not only is the new plant served by road and rail but, being on the docks at Tilbury, it has a deep water wharf which gives it the flexibility to import 30,000 tonne shiploads, saving lorry journeys on the roads.