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Lafarge cement merges its resource recovery firms

Cement manufacturer Lafarge Cement has combined its resource recovery businesses in order to operate more closely with waste sources and improve efficiency.

Lafarge Cements two resource recovery firms, Sapphire and Glacier will now operate as a single business called Sapphire Energy Recovery.

Sapphire sourced and processed recovered tyres to be used as fuel to heat cement kilns, while Glacier sourced other waste-derived fuels for the cement industry. Now Sapphire Energy Recovery will work across the waste spectrum.

Sapphire Energy Recovery general manager Jamie Randall said: Bringing our resource recovery activities under one banner means we can maximise resources and share expertise as we investigate more opportunities for waste recovery in the future.

We intend to use this development as a platform to move further upstream and work closer to the sources of waste than we have in the past. This will give us better long term resilience of supply and more control of processing or pre-treatment of materials where required.

The new merger has been made possible since Lafarge Cement took sole ownership of Sapphire, which was previously part-owned by Michelin Tyre.

The new company will work within Lafarge Cements global Industrial Ecology Department, which sources waste and pre-treats wastes to be recovered through cement plants as fuels or raw materials.

Randall added: Although the cement industry is undoubtedly facing a tough time as the construction downturn bites, we will continue to look for waste-derived fuels and materials that help reduce emissions as consumption of non-renewable resources.


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