Aggregate Industries Launches Major Cement Storage Facility in Southampton

Coalville-based Aggregate Industries has embarked on a significant venture by establishing a major cement storage facility in Southampton, marking a strategic move towards enhancing its supply chain for lower carbon cementitious solutions.

Aggregate Industries Launches Major Cement Storage Facility in Southampton

Aggregate Industries, a prominent player in the construction materials sector, has inked a 20-year agreement with Associated British Ports and cargo handler Solent Stevedores to operate a significant cement storage facility at Southampton. This initiative is poised to bolster the company's ability to maintain a steady supply of lower carbon cementitious solutions across the South and South West of England. The investment is part of Aggregate Industries' ambitious strategy to transition to deep-sea terminals, with this facility being the first of many planned import network improvements.

The Southampton facility is uniquely positioned to accommodate larger vessels, enhancing transport efficiencies and expanding storage capacities. This development is a crucial step in Aggregate Industries' long-term plan to optimize its regional logistics infrastructure, ensuring best-in-class service to local customers with minimal environmental impact.

Matt Owen, Head of Supply Chain at Aggregate Industries Cement Division, highlighted the project's significance, stating it as the first stage in a broader program of investments aimed at deep sea imports to meet growing demand. The Southern construction market's buoyancy, with numerous major projects underway, underscores the need for such a facility to support the demand for lower carbon solutions.

Clive Thomas, Commercial Director at Solent Stevedores, expressed enthusiasm about welcoming Aggregate Industries to the port. This partnership is expected to facilitate a significant upgrade in the facilities and diversify the range of products handled through the Bulks terminal, further cementing the port's role in supporting sustainable construction practices.

Source: East Midlands Business Link