Business minister Anna Soubry recently visited Rugby to tour the Cemex site – the largest cement plant in the UK.
The Mineral Products Association (MPA) invited the minister to Cemex to look at the contribution energy-intensive industries, such as cement production, make to the UK economy.
In 2014, 11 million tonnes of cement was produced in Great Britain with most going into concrete to build homes, schools, hospitals, roads and infrastructure.
Ms Soubry said: “As one of the most modern facilities of its kind in the world, Cemex in Rugby is going from strength to strength supporting jobs and maintaining the great tradition of the industry in this city.
“We have a long-term plan for this region to become an engine for growth and companies like this will help the Midlands to lead the way.”
Plant director Phil Baynes-Clarke said: “We were delighted to welcome the minister to the plant and have the opportunity to discuss cement production in the UK.
“The industry welcomes the Government’s announcement of the new Cutting Red Tape programme and the current review of regulations affecting mineral extraction.
“Cement is a vital product, underpinning construction activity that is helping to drive forward the UK economy and building a better future for all.”
Ms Soubry and her team were also accompanied on the plant visit by Martin Casey, Cemex UK director public affairs and communications, Andy Spencer, Cemex UK director of sustainability and security, and Dr Pal Chana, executive director cement and lime, MPA.
Cemex is a global manufacturer of building materials and the biggest Mexican investor in the UK, with 3,000 people employed across 450 sites nationwide.
The firm provides aggregates, cement, ready-mixed concrete and rail sleepers with annual sales of around £1 billion.