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ABP signs new concrete and aggregate partnership

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Associated British Ports (ABP), one of the UK’s leading ports group, has concluded a new, long-term agreement with East Coast Marine Aggregates (ECMA), comprising Eastern Concrete Ltd and SRC Aggregates. The Suffolk-based businesses will occupy approximately two acres at the Port of Ipswich to import, wash and prepare marine-dredged aggregates for their respective concrete businesses.

Demand for concrete and aggregates continues to grow. By having a strategic base at the port, close to the product and the market, ECMA will be able keep their carbon footprint low whilst delivering to its primary customers in the East Anglican area.

Tom Baker, Managing Director at Eastern Concrete, said, “Eastern Concrete has grown from strength to strength and this latest partnering with SRC Aggregates and ABP represents a significant milestone. I am thrilled that this collaboration will mark Eastern Concrete’s 20th year in operation supporting key infrastructure development projects across the county and further afield.”

The product is shipped into the Port of Ipswich using the CEMEX Go Innovation.

Andrew Wilson, Supply Chain Manager for Marine Aggregates at CEMEX UK, added: “CEMEX is supplying marine-dredged aggregate into the Port of Ipswich using CEMEX Go Innovation, a new generation of aggregate dredger, optimising its vast reserves at sea, providing the highest standards of safety, quality, operational efficiencies and environmental sustainability.”

Paul Ager, ABP’s Divisional Port Manager, concluded: “We are really pleased to work with local and innovative companies. We have a strong track record in dredging marine aggregates here at Ipswich and the port has become a key hub for aggregates, playing a vital role in the regional construction sector. We are a proven location and I am delighted to support the growth plans of the businesses we are working with.”

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