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Cemex opens £49 million cement plant in Port of London

The new Cemex plant on the ThamesCemex opens £49 million cement plant in Port of London

Cemex Media Release

Global building materials company CEMEX opened a new cement grinding and blending plant at the Port of Tilbury in Essex on Tuesday (22nd September). For CEMEX, which is the biggest Mexican investor in the UK, this shows a strong commitment to the UK and sustainable construction. The £49 million investment, which has been under construction for the past two years, is the largest in the UK cement industry for five years, and the 1.2 million tonne plant will increase CEMEX UK's cement capacity by 20%.

The plant, which is the only cement plant in the South East of England, was officially opened by Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Shahid Malik, who is Minister for the Thames Gateway, in the company of CEMEX’s President of the Europe, Middle East, Africa and Asia Region Juan Romero and 150 guests. Guests at the Tilbury opening ceremony included senior members of the construction industry and representatives from central and local Government and the European Parliament.

"I'm delighted that CEMEX chose to site their new plant in the Thames Gateway. The Gateway is renowned for attracting innovative businesses, has strong trade and business links and a geographical position that gives the region ready access to a number of key markets for many companies. CEMEX's decision to base it's low-carbon sustainable plant in Tilbury will provide jobs and allow the company to reduce it's carbon footprint even further by making use of the Gateway's water and rail transport links," Mr Malik said.

The basis for the products made at Tilbury is cement clinker, which is ground to a powder and blended with by-products from other industries to make cements for use in buildings and infrastructure projects. By reducing the amount of clinker in the blended cement, it enables every tonne of clinker to go further and lessens the overall impact of its manufacture and makes it more sustainable.

The plant boasts the first vertical cement mill in the country, which uses 20-40% less energy than traditional horizontal mills. The mill combined with the blended cement capabilities, shipping, barge and rail loading facilities mean that the plant's carbon footprint per tonne of finished product is further reduced.

CEMEX UK's President, Gonzalo Galindo, said: "I am immensely proud of this plant, which truly demonstrates our commitment to the construction industry and confidence that the UK economy will bounce back. The energy efficiency of the UK's first vertical cement mill combined with the use of by products from other industries in our cements will significantly increase the sustainability of  our end products. Add to that CEMEX's extensive network of London wharfs and depots, connected by a system of river and rail transport to further minimise emissions and relieve the pressure on congested roads, and you have a strong environmental story."

The Tilbury facility marks a step-change in the industry by producing blended cements in purpose-built, factory-controlled conditions. This will ensure quality control and product consistency, as well as safety for a permanent and well trained 25 strong work force. Additional benefits are likely to include increased productivity and reduction in energy use and materials wastage.


For further information and photographs contact Marit Meyer-Bell, tel. 01932 583208 / 07867653392.


CEMEX is a global building materials company and leading supplier of cement, ready-mixed concrete and aggregates. In the UK, CEMEX also has a significant share of the asphalt, concrete block and mortar markets. The company has a national supply network in the UK to ensure that quality building materials is available to customers locally. For more information, see the company's website (opens in a new window).

Tilbury products:

The flexibility of the plant means Tilbury can supply CEM1 (ordinary Portland cement), CEM2 (cement blended with fly ash; a by product from coal fired power stations) and CEM3 (cement blended with slag; a by product from iron and steel making) depending on availability and demand.