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Tarmac open new asphalt plant in Norwich

The official opening of Tarmac’s new, state-of-the-art, sustainable asphalt plant in Trowse, Norwich The official opening of Tarmac’s new, state-of-the-art, sustainable asphalt plant in Trowse, Norwich

Modern, state-of-the-art asphalt plant featuring innovative sustainable elements opens in Trowse 

TARMAC have officially opened a new, state-of-the-art, sustainable asphalt plant in Trowse, Norwich, which will supply the latest low-carbon surfacing materials and a wide range of Tarmac Ultimate asphalt products and solutions.

Included in the design of the new plant were various innovative, industry-leading sustainable elements to improve operational efficiency and reduce associated carbon emissions, including underfloor heating in covered storage bays to reduce aggregate moisture content and fuel use, thereby reducing carbon emissions by an estimated 14% each year.


Additionally, on-site wind turbines will provide carbon-neutral electricity for the facility, whilst other features include energy-saving LED lighting throughout the premises and four heated storage bins to optimize production efficiency.

Also, the supply of aggregates to the new plant will be by rail to significantly decrease the number of trucks on local roads, thus significantly reducing CO2 emissions from transportation.

The plant will supply a wide range of high-quality Tarmac asphalts, including UltiLayer and UltiPorous, to Norwich and the counties of Norfolk and Suffolk.

UltiLayer is a range of long-lasting, crack resistant polymer-modified binder (PMB) asphalts for durability on busy roads and bus lanes, whilst UltiPorous asphalts are designed for fast-draining, all-weather surfacing for driveways, car parks, cycle lanes, footpaths, playgrounds, and sports surfaces.

In addition, a new fast and efficient Asphalt2Go collection service will be available at Trowse, providing customers with quicker access to products, reducing collection times and, in turn, improving their productivity.

Chris Pears-Ryding, commercial director - South East at Tarmac, said: ‘The new Trowse asphalt plant represents a key strategic advance in Tarmac’s regional supply network that will allow us to serve our customers with the highest-quality asphalt more efficiently and sustainably. A great deal of time, thought, and planning has gone into designing this plant with safety, sustainability, efficiency, and quality at its core.’


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