Rapid International Ltd, County Armagh, Northern Ireland, has recently supplied Cemex UK with a new Rapidmix 600CW mobile continuous concrete mixing plant/pug mill for production of cementitious mixes including Roller Compacted Concrete (RCC) and Cement Bound Granular Material (CBGM) at various sites.
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. Cemex is one of the UK’s leading providers of aggregates, cement, ready-mixed concrete and rail sleepers, with annual sales of around £1 billion.
The latest Rapidmix 600CW is the second Rapidmix to be added to Cemex’s UK fleet in recent years. In 2014, the company purchased a Rapidmix 400CW to extend its capabilities in cementitious materials, at the time commenting that “the new Rapidmix 400CW from Rapid International was the ideal choice for Cemex UK. The machine offers Cemex UK multiple benefits including low operating costs, excellent mobility and high outputs to meet the challenging demands of today’s projects. The addition of the Rapidmix 400CW will undoubtedly help Cemex deliver best value to all our clients.”
Wide range of applications throughout the UK
Cemex’s new Rapidmix 600CW mobile continuous concrete mixing plant is to be utilized for a wide range of applications throughout the UK, including a Veolia UK composting facility in Nottingham and an Able UK port development in Killingholme. Due to the large-scale nature of the company’s projects, Cemex’s key plant considerations included speed of mixing and mobilization. Discussing this further, James Playford, Cementitious Business Manager – Cemex Paving Solutions, stated, “The speed of mixing is most important as we need to lay large quantities of material and (especially for RCC) the speed of installation is key to ensure the workmanship of the finished product is suitable. The mobility and design of the machine are the important bit for us. We need to be able to move and mobilize a high-production plant very quickly, and the Rapidmix 600CW is a great asset to achieve this.”
Fully mobile and self-contained, the Rapidmix 600CW is a complete plant powered by its own power source, with on-board compressor and generator. Fitted with a self-erecting system using hydraulics, the plant can change from travel mode to fully operational within a few hours. Featuring outputs of up to 600 t per hour, the Rapidmix provides feed rates that are fully adjustable to the aggregate, cement and water systems. With the addition of optional cold feed bins, Cemex’s storage capacities were improved and the company also benefitted from the option of utilizing a third aggregate.