First publishedon www.AggBusiness.com
Hanson has invested in a new asphalt plant at its Allington site near Maidstone, Kent, South-East England
Hanson has invested more than £7 million (€7.74mn) in a new asphalt plant at its Allington site near Maidstone, Kent, South-East England, to improve service to its customers and increase production capacity, sustainability and efficiency.
The upgraded plant is now one of the most advanced in Europe and features a range of environmental benefits. These include reduced 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, Hanson UK asphalt managing director.
“The new plant increases production capacity by 250 per cent, 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 into the site by road. It has 14 employees and provided jobs for around 100 contractors throughout the project.