Hanson UK boost site’s production capacity, sustainability, efficiency and customer service
HANSON have invested more than £7 million in a new asphalt plant at their Allington site, near Maidstone, in Kent, to improve service to their customers and increase production capacity, sustainability and efficiency.
The upgraded plant is now said to be one of the most advanced in Europe and features a range of environmental benefits, including reductions in energy consumption, CO2 emissions and noise levels, as well as the facility to increase the amount of recycled asphalt planings in the mix.
‘This investment is the biggest in our asphalt division in recent years and secures the long-term future of our Allington site,’ said Gareth Day, managing director of Hanson UK’s asphalt division.
‘The new plant increases production capacity by 250%, while allowing us to reduce energy consumption by a fifth. It also includes the installation of technologically advanced equipment to improve versatility and reliability, allowing us to switch between products more quickly.
‘Most importantly, the investment will result in improved service to our customers as we strive to enhance our product offering, reliability and productivity. Turn-around times will also be improved at the site, a factor particularly important to our collect customers.’
Hanson’s asphalt plant in Allington is supplied by its own depot and railhead, reducing the transportation of materials to the site by road. It has 14 employees and provided jobs for around 100 contractors throughout the project.