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CEMEX appoint new director at Rugby cement plant

CEMEX have appointed a new director at their flagship cement plant in Rugby, Warwickshire. Brian Southam, who was previously in charge of engineering and maintenance at the plant and joined the company 29 years ago at the Southam cement plant, which has since closed, has taken over with immediate effect.

He will report to Carlos Uruchurtu, CEMEX UK’s vice-president for cement operations and member of the UK management team.

Commenting on his new role, Mr Southam said: ‘I have followed this plant from the planning stage to the world-class plant it is today, and am delighted to take up this position. My key challenge will be to further improve on the performance that the plant has achieved over the past few years.

‘It has been more than two years since our last lost-time injury, and for me, it is key to continue this focus on health and safety, to ensure that every employee goes home safe and sound at the end of a working day. Last year we also saw an 83% reduction in environmental incidents, and my priority will be to continue this downward trend.

‘Over the coming months, another focus will be to ensure that our cement making is as sustainable as possible, by successfully completing a 65% trial of Climafuel – a refuse-derived alternative fuel that diverts waste from landfill and significantly reduces the carbon footprint of the plant.

‘But I am committed to excellence across the board, and so will also be looking to implement new maintenance techniques to provide higher reliability at the plant in line with our fellow plants in Europe.’

Mr Southam takes over from Luis Galan Domingo, who has decided to leave the company.

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