Innovation

Innovation and building our future.


At Tarmac we combine the knowledge and expertise of two of the construction industry’s most iconic brands: Tarmac, the pioneers of the modern road and Blue Circle the company that patented Portland Cement. 

With over 150 years’ experience, we have many innovative achievements to our name: the invention of asphalt, a product that remains synonymous with our brand; the construction of the first motorway; the introduction of next-generation concretes and cements.  

These breakthroughs all helped to shape the world we live in. Now we are working to help reshape it. Across our business, the wider supply chain and our research partners, we are looking at new ways to enhance productively, reduce carbon and value engineer efficiencies – whilst driving more sustainable construction. 

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We are

collaborative

We collaborate widely both internally and across our supply chain on major innovation projects building knowledge and solutions with the help of research organisations, universities and industry bodies. We are committed to innovation driving progress and more sustainable outcomes.


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Innovations to empower our customers


Digital technology has transformed the way we live our lives. At Tarmac, we have focused recent digital transformation to improve our customer experiences. Connect is our platform for 24/7 account access, self-service data on payments and order tracking. The progamme also includes process improvements for deliveries, material quality assurance and order tracking. 


 
 
 
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View all of your documentation, request quotes and orders, and track deliveries in one place.


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New digital ticketing solution providing reail-time tracking of our deliveries.


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Harnessing data to provide quality assurance and more effective deliveries.


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Helping our customer service teams to deal with your enquiries more efficiently and intelligently.


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The connect commitment


We want all our customers to choose Tarmac time  and time again, not only for our industry-leading products but for our excellent customer service.


We want our customers to:


  • Trust what we say
  • Feel valued as individuals, not orders
  • Benefit from transparency in everything we do
  • Have access to relevant information and latest technology that makes business more efficient
  • Believe that we are easy to do business with
    - efficient, insightful and helpful

Connecting you


Tarmac Connect is our commitment to enhance our customer service and, to continually improve customers' experiences. The Connect platform brings together our teams' expertise and the latest innovations to improve the services that customers value most.

Technology is helping us to deliver the stand-out experiences we want to create every time you do business with us. Above all, it is allowing our customers to make informed decisions about their materials and product needs.


Local structure

Dedicated regional teams help us to keep close to our customers and what they need.


Integrated order and delivery teams

Streamlined flexible teams price, place orders, plan and schedule deliveries in one call.


Customer service

Technical know-how, and new ways of working  designed to go the extra mile to exceed our customers’ expectations. 


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Tarmac has helped to shape the built environment. Now we're helping to reshape it: by making it more productive and sustainable.

We're innovating to ensure our people and our customers are leading the drive for enhanced productivity, sustainability and greater efficiency.

Explore some of the cutting-edge solutions Tarmac is developing and see how they're transforming the way we work.

Latest innovation news

National Pothole Day: a timely reminder of a perennial concern

January 15, 2020
The plague of potholes that has blighted the UK’s roads has long been a perennial concern for the public. It is said that MPs receive...
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Putting the customer first in construction

September 16, 2019
From major multinational corporations through to SMEs and fledgling start-ups, delivering great customer service is crucial to the success of every business.
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A day in the life of Gabrielle Fairweather

June 28, 2019
Gabrielle has worked at our Birtley office for just over three years, helping customers to find the perfect products for their projects. We found out...
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Delivering an end-to-end approach to asset renewal

November 6, 2018
Highways networks are often local authorities’ biggest asset, yet in recent times councils across the UK have struggled with maintenance, trapped in a familiar cycle...
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Putting the customer first: the shift to an outcome-focused supply chain

October 26, 2018
The UK’s £600 billion infrastructure pipeline presents substantial opportunities for our sector. It also poses a significant challenge. Together with the pressing demand for new...
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An innovative approach to pothole perils

July 24, 2018
Alex Wright, General Manager of Tarmac’s packed highways products division Recent wintry weather has brought the condition of the local network to the fore and...
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Technology paving the way to the digital era

July 24, 2018
Big data is a term that has been widely used by the business community in the past few years but one which, to date, has...
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A day in the life of Adam Cowell

June 20, 2018
Adam Cowell – Technical Sales Representative Adam’s in-depth knowledge of Tarmac’s innovative products ensures that our clients find the perfect construction product to meet their...
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A day in the life of Katie Barrett

June 18, 2018
Despite having been in her role less than a year, Katie is already an integral part of the team at our Bestwood Quarry, helping to...
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Putting highways on the right road to productivity

June 18, 2018
Andrew Rowley, National Commercial Director With local authorities bidding for a share of funding from the National Productivity Investment Fund and tough efficiency targets set...
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Watch our technical experts at Highways UK Online 2020 discuss how the technology used in resurfacing the iconic Silverstone racetrack has now transcended onto the mainstream Highways network.

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Hear about productivity and construction innovation first-hand. From directors and general managers to the teams on our sites and sales representatives, expert opinion that demonstrates how we work together, and with our customers, to deliver industry-leading innovation. 


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Sustainability is at the heart of everything we do, not just because it's the right thing to do, but because it makes business sense. Minimising waste and reducing carbon emissions gives us a competitive edge.

We believe that sustainability is not just about reducing carbon emissions; it's about building a better future for everyone.


If you wish to talk to us about productivity or innovation, please email the team at innovation@tarmac.com