In the second half of 2017 Brickworks announced the establishment of Southern Cross Cement, a Joint Venture company which is owned by Brickworks, the Neilsen Group and the Neumann Group.
This move will ensure continuity and quality of supply of cement for our concrete products businesses.
Says Lindsay Partridge: “This project takes high quality and cost effective raw materials and feeds it downstream into our concrete products businesses, with the actual cement sourced from third party suppliers. This initiative ensures security in our vertical supply chain and also underpins Brickworks’ investment returns due to the facility’s competitive cost structure.”
Creation of the JV followed soon after approval was granted for construction of the circa $50 million cement import terminal in Brisbane. The combined cement demand from the joint shareholders is upwards of 200,000 tonnes per year, with the terminal expected to be fully installed and commissioned within 18 months.
The majority of the mechanical conveying equipment to be installed in the plant is being sourced from overseas engineering corporations in Hong Kong and Taiwan with critical equipment sourced from European suppliers. Such equipment will enable us to minimise our carbon footprint and also reduce overall energy consumption. To ensure that we meet stringent quality standards, a fully qualified and certified engineering expert will oversee the assessment of this vital equipment.
- Purpose-built silos to store 40,000 tonnes of cement
- Facility strategically located within the precincts of the Port of Brisbane, providing access to low-cost shipping
Images – Brisbane site for Southern Cross Cement