Cemex in the UK has invested US$5.5 million in a new cement bagging plant at its Rugby plant in Warwickshire. The new plant has been built following extensive customer consultation, with many customers wanting the option of cement in plastic or paper bags. Today, approximately one fifth of Cemex customers buy cement in the new plastic packaging.
The plant incorporates an Aroda Arovac bagging system, with a unique operating mechanism. Once filled with cement, any air in the bag is sucked out, creating a vacuum before sealing.
This system has many environmental advantages in comparison to other plastic cement bags on the market. The bags are both air and water tight, which extends the shelf life and keeps the cement fresher. Conventional plastic bags can be used, saving on the amount of additional plastic needed to make them waterproof.
“Plastics bags offer many benefits. As well as increased shelf life the Cemex bags are stronger so for everyone, from us as producers, through logistics, to the merchant and onto the builder, the bags are less likely to tear and therefore there is less wastage,” says Matthew Wild, VP Commercial Cement, Building Products and Logistics. “From the moment the cement leaves the bagging plant, there is an economic as well as an environmental benefit.”
For both the builder’s merchant and the builder there are further benefits as a result of the bags being 100% waterproof. For the merchant, gone are the days of requiring large expensive areas for storage. The bags can be stored outside whatever the weather next to associated products such as bricks, sand or landscaping materials.
On site, builders can place them close to the construction area until required and if there is a sudden downpour, there is no need to cover the cement bags. The new plant means that Cemex can now offer customers Rugby Premier cement in both plastic and paper bags.