A NEW plant in Derbyshire could help dramatically slash the amount of cement imported into the UK every year.
Tarmac's cement production arm, Buxton Lime Industries, revealed that its new £110 million Portland cement production plant, located in its Tunstead Quarry in Derbyshire, could help halve the amount of material imported into the UK each year.
The plant lifts Buxton Lime Industries' production capacity from 300,000 tonnes per year to 800,000 tonnes per year.
This increased output is half the estimated annual import rate of 1 million tonnes.
Much of this extra output will be kept off the road net-work.
From 2005, the company is committed to moving 300,000 tonnes of material by rail through its new distribution centres in Walsall, Leeds and London.