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Tarmac acquires NRP

Tarmac has acquired the UK’s leading road recycling business, making it the only company in the country able to provide a complete recycled road surfacing solution.

The acquisition of National Road Planing (NRP) strengthens the company’s capabilities and will increase the use of recycled aggregates substantially over the next five years.

Tarmac national contracting director Paul Fleetham said: “The acquisition of NRP is key to the future strategy of Tarmac. The NRP business generates in excess of one million tonnes of road planings each year, much of which ends up as low value fill and it is Tarmac’s intention to explore ways to add value to this waste product.”

Lincolnshire-based NRP will continue to provide a range of specialist road planning services, plant and equipment to contractors around the country and will remain at its bases in Rand and Henley-on-Thames.

Fleetham added: “This acquisition makes road recycling a more viable solution for a wider range of road resurfacing contracts, large and small. In short, roads have become the new quarries- capable of providing secondary aggregates needed to resurface our roads.”

Tarmac’s move to invest in its road recycling capabilities comes in response to market forces as the Highways Agency and local authorities increasingly focus on sustainable development.

In accordance with Agenda 21, these statutory authorities are increasingly specifying a target level of more than 10% for the use of recycled and secondary materials in suppliers’ products.

Former NRP owner, Rand Group chief executive Jonathan Wells said: “NRP is an excellent business and backed by Tarmac’s strong vision for the development of the UK’s road recycling industry, we are confident that the business will go from strength to strength.”

Tarmac is currently responsible for surfacing more miles of the UK’s roads than anyone else and is also the main contractor for the UK’s biggest ever road recycling contract for Devon County Council.

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