Cemex invests further in UK asphalt business with new site in Birmingham and several plant upgrades

Cemex invests further in UK asphalt business with new site in Birmingham and several plant upgrades

August 29, 2023
Cemex is making strong progress with a significant investment programme into its UK asphalt operation. This includes the opening of a new plant in Birmingham, as well as developments at several locations to ensure a more efficient and more sustainable operation with smoother product delivery for customers.

The new plant, located on Doris Road in Birmingham, will allow Cemex to better target this key urban market with its array of asphalt solutions. 
Products that will be produced on site include RUBBERMIX ASPHALT (RMA), which incorporates crumb rubber granules taken from used tyres into the mix, helping to offset the environmental impact of highway maintenance activity through the circular economy; and VIALOW, Cemex’s low temperature, reduced carbon asphalt which comes with the option to offset residual CO2 to make it a CarbonNeutral® product, in accordance with The CarbonNeutral Protocol, will also be produced at this new location. Further trials are underway on other more sustainable asphalt products that prioritise circularity.
The new Birmingham site will operate as a Local Asphalt plant, providing a dedicated service for customers that require small tonnage collections and deliveries, stocking every day essentials such as tools and equipment needed to provide a first class service.
Further investment has been made into the wider Cemex UK asphalt business, with the installation of multiple new bitumen tanks at Cemex’s Stourton, Preston and Dove Holes plants. These tanks have a higher capacity than those previously in place, which will enable an increased production speed, increased mix options, plus a more flexible supply.
Additionally, the new tanks are more energy efficient, helping Cemex to run a more sustainable operation, in line with its dedicated climate action strategy, Future in Action. 
This is the latest stage of Cemex’s plan to replace all of the bitumen tanks at its UK asphalt locations with newer, more efficient models. 
Scott Jones, Director of Asphalt for Cemex UK, commented: “We are making a considerable investment into our asphalt portfolio with the opening of our new Birmingham location and development programme at our existing sites, but this is indicative of the continued success of our asphalt business and our commitment to this product line. Cemex hopes that these investments will improve the efficiency of our UK asphalt operations and enhance product delivery for customers, while better serving key metro markets.”
Cemex was recently recognised by the Mineral Products Association for its bitumen system management, winning a Health & Safety award at the ceremony earlier this year.
Asphalt is a key part of Cemex’s Urbanisation Solutions product portfolio, which is constantly innovating to provide customers with a broad range of more sustainable solutions to help meet the challenges of modern urbanisation.
For more information, visit: https://www.cemex.co.uk/asphalt-range 


Notes to Editors: 

Cemex announced its Climate Action strategy; ‘Future in Action – Committed to Net Zero CO2’ in February 2020, along with updated targets in November 2022 and as part of this, by 2030 it plans:
•    To be below 430kg of CO2 per ton of cementitious material, equivalent to a 47% reduction*.
•    To reduce the carbon content per cubic meter of concrete to 150kg, equivalent to a 41% reduction.
•    To reach 65% in clean electricity consumption by 2030.
•    To reduce Scope 3 transport emissions by 30% by 2030.
•    For Vertua lower-carbon to account for majority (50%+) of cement and concrete sales by 2025.
•    To manage up to 40M tons of waste per year by 2030.

* According to our 1990 baseline

About Cemex:
Cemex is a global construction materials company that is building a better future through sustainable products and solutions. Cemex is committed to achieving carbon neutrality through relentless innovation and industry-leading research and development. Cemex is at the forefront of the circular economy in the construction value chain and is pioneering ways to increase the use of waste and residues as alternative raw materials and fuels in its operations with the use of new technologies. 
Cemex offers cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, and urbanisation solutions in growing markets around the world, powered by a multinational workforce focused on providing a superior customer experience, enabled by digital technologies.