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CEMEX unveil next-generation cement packaging


New state-of-the-art cement bagging line now fully operational at Rugby Cement plant

At CEMEX UK’s Rugby Cement plant, a new state-of-the-art bagging line is now operational. Two new lines are now working alongside a recently installed paper bagging line, utilizing the best technology that exists globally, to pack 25kg of cement into weatherproof bags.

The new bagging line investment is part of the company’s bolt-on investment strategy and allows CEMEX to reinforce availability and service for packed products in the UK market.

The new weatherproof packaging solution meets growing demand from builders for robust packaging solutions, to reduce the potential for damaged bags and wasted product. The new high-strength packaging ensures the integrity of the product and is clearly labelled for maximum visibility.

This solution also helps to free up additional shed capacity for stockists, as the new all-weather packaging can be stored indoors or outdoors, alongside linked products such as bricks, blocks, and sand. In transit there is now no requirement for the bags to be protected with additional plastic waterproof sheeting.

Graeme Barton, national sales manager for packed cement at CEMEX UK, commented: ‘The packaging of our products is under routine scrutiny to meet customer demand and reduce waste. We have listened to what our merchants and customers need and, by investing in higher, more reliable capacity, can now meet the demand from the market in peak months with greater confidence.


‘In turn, our stockists can meet their customers’ requirements by supplying what they need in a format that works better for them. Our merchants and end-users are already seeing the immediate benefits of the new packaging by reporting fewer breakages in branch and on site – which helps to cut down on waste.’

CEMEX say they are working hard to balance market demand for products and services with a climate-responsible approach across all their operations and have carefully addressed environmental concerns by ensuring the new packaging meets the minimum requirement of 30% recycled plastic. 

At the forefront of the circular economy in the construction value chain, CEMEX are committed to net-zero CO2 by 2050. By 2022, the company is aiming to reach a 40% reduction in CO2 emissions in its European operations, eight years ahead of its global target.


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