Decision made on future of huge North Lincolnshire cement works

Cemex has confirmed it is to mothball its South Ferriby Cement plant, with the loss of 110 jobs.

The Mexican operator said the majority of redundancies will be made at the North Lincolnshire site this month.

A consultation was launched in May following a review of the European cement supply chain, with bosses stating the decision was not linked to the coronavirus pandemic.

It was described as a move to optimise the network it had available, and followed an early year sell-off of ready mix sites and asphalt facilities to UK-based Breedon.

The decision came as a shock to many, with a  £10 million rebuild at the 82-year-old works following a devastating tidal surge in December 2013, which had modernised it significantly.

It was capable of producing 800,000 tonnes of cement annually.

Cemex's South Ferriby Cement Plant on the South Humber Bank.
(Image: Reach Plc)

A spokesperson for the company said Cemex was “very proud to have been an important part of the local community”.

Stating consultations had been held with employee representatives and union Unite, they said: “We understand this news may be disappointing but wish to reassure everyone that all commitments to the local community will be maintained, including the work agreed as part of the Environment Agency flood protection project.

We would like to thank all of our colleagues at South Ferriby for their valued contribution to Cemex and we appreciate this continues to be a very difficult time for them.

“The site will continue to be manned over the coming months as our team works to safely cease production, close down operations and secure the site.

“Once mothballed, there will be an ongoing 24/7 security provision at South Ferriby Cement Plant.”

When making the announcement in May, the company told how it would not be drawing on the government’s Job Retention Scheme to cover pay for furloughed workers.


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