Jessica Morden, MP for Newport East, took time out of her busy constituency day to visit our Llanwern Readymix Concrete Plant.
Jessica was welcomed on site by Tom Preston, production manager, who oversees the day-to-day running of the plant. Tom explained how Llanwern had supplied concrete to local iconic projects, such as the new Friars Walk shopping centre, in Newport, and the National Convention Centre at Celtic Manor.
Tom explained that all too often basic but essential materials, like concrete, can go unseen. Despite being among the most consumed man-made substances, concrete’s multiple uses can remain unnoticed – with operations such as the plant at Llanwern providing a crucial local service.
Jessica Morden MP’s visit was an opportunity to explore local cement production and discuss how UK cement and concrete industries can decarbonise by 2050, while remaining competitive in an international market.
Jessica Morden MP commented: “It was an eye-opener for me to see such an important, but almost unseen, local industrial facility in my constituency. The challenges faced by Tarmac Llanwern and the broader UK cement and concrete sectors are familiar to me from my work in Westminster around the steel industry.
“I want to make sure that going forward we have a strong cement and concrete industry in Wales supplying essential materials from local sources. I look forward to working with colleagues at Tarmac to make sure their concerns are heard at the right levels in Government.”
Picture caption: L-R are Tom Preston, Tarmac’s production manager, with Jessica Morden MP.