Building materials supplier CEMEX has proposed mothballing its South Ferriby Cement Plant during the third quarter of 2020.
It is anticipated that the proposal may result in redundancies of all the employees currently based at the South Ferriby Cement Plant. The current cement drivers based at South Ferriby are not immediately impacted but the intention is to review the optimal haulage provision.
CEMEX says it will shortly commence a process of collective consultation with affected employees. A final decision will be announced when complete.
The Coronavirus pandemic has not influenced the decision to consider mothballing the South Ferriby Plant and although CEMEX furloughed South Ferriby employees for a period of time, the business says it will not claim from the government scheme for these employees.
If the mothballing proceeds, it is proposed that the site would be secured and managed after production ceases, and there would be a 24/7 security presence.
All commitments to the local community would be maintained, including the agreement to continue supplying clay from the quarry to the Environment Agency flood protection project; clay will continue to be moved for this until project completion.
The proposal to mothball the South Ferriby Cement Plant comes after an analysis of the company’s European cement supply chain.
CEMEX says the proposal will allow it to “optimise the network it has available across the region.”
CEMEX customers will be supplied from the company’s existing cement network.