At CEMEX South Ferriby Cement Plant, we seek to ensure that we are a good neighbour and an active and positive part of the community. To meet this objective, we seek to minimise our local impacts, develop strong long-term relationships with local community members and contribute to the well-being and to the economic and social development of local communities surrounding the plant.


South Ferriby Cement Plant makes its cement using local chalk and clay taken from different areas of the same quarry. Around 3,000 tonnes of chalk and 1,000 tonnes of clay are needed each day. Two kilns heat the raw materials to 1,400 degrees Celsius – a temperature at which steel would melt. The gases and dust from the kiln are subjected to an intense filtering and scrubbing process before being safely emitted to the atmosphere.

While traditional fossil fuels – coal and petcoke – still have a role to play, South Ferriby is increasingly using more sustainable and cost-effective alternative fuels. It has been successfully using Secondary Liquid Fuel (SLF) made from industrial liquid wastes that cannot be recycled since 2002. More recently, it has added Climafuel, a fuel made from household waste that is processed to a tight specification. It reduces landfill and saves fossil fuels for future generations.

The plant delivers its vital end-product by road over a wide area of eastern, central and northern England. It also ships cement from Grimsby to Leith on the east coast of Scotland.

The cement plant currently employs 150 people and is very much a part of the wider community. In total, the company’s annual contribution to the local economy through wages, rates and the buying of services adds up to some £10 million.

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Important news update

CEMEX UK can confirm that there has been a serious incident at our South Ferriby cement plant, North Lincolnshire on Tuesday 6 May, which has resulted in the fatality of a contractor working on the repairs, due to flooding that took place in December 2013.  All operations and work at the plant were immediately suspended. We are working with the relevant authorities to investigate and fully understand the circumstances of this tragic incident. The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has now handed the site back to CEMEX. Our thoughts are with the contractor’s family and friends. The health and safety of all our employees and all those working on our sites is our number one priority.

All  safe as factory floods

In common with the village of South Ferriby, the cement plant suffered a major flood on 5 December 2013. As water levels rose, we immediately stopped all machinery and staff were safely evacuated. Our well rehearsed plan undobtedly saved lives. You can read more about what happened and our commitment to restore production in a special issue of our Community Matters newsletter. > more

A big lift

July 2013: South Ferriby’s cement plant is flying high on several fronts. Fresh from an engineering triumph to install a new £2 million grinding mill shell . > more

Fit for the future

July 2013: In the1960s, the technology that underpins much of South Ferriby’s cement making process was state-of-the-art. Fifty
years later, the job of bringing it into the 21st century and equipping the plant for the future is a big one.. >more

Energy challenge

July 2013: Imagine opening an electricity bill for £4.5 million. That’s how much the cement plant has to pay each year for the power it consumes. > more

Supporting your community

July 2013: The South Ferriby Cement Plant has a long record of providing support to the community of which it is a part. > more

Local liaison

July 2013: We recognise the need to keep our neighbours informed of activities at the plant. A local liaison committee is one way in which that is achieved. > more