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Minister sees how Longcliffe provide essential materials to "build back better”

Minister sees how Longcliffe provide essential materials to "build back better”

The Rt Hon Brandon Lewis MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, joined Derbyshire Dales local MP, Sarah Dines, in visiting Longcliffe Quarries £3.5 million washing plant investment. The plant is assisting Longcliffe meeting its objective of reaching zero-carbon operations by 2027. 


Longcliffe Quarries is an independent, family-owned business and for nearly 100 years has been a market-leading supplier of high purity calcium carbonates. The company produces over 100 products for a huge range of essential industries, from animal feeds and pet foods to glass and plasterboards, from plastics and adhesives to PH correction and flu gas desulphurisation.

The washing plant enables the transformation of materials with a higher clay content, at a rate of 220 tones per hour, into valuable aggregates and sand grades. This allows Longcliffe to recover key products from material that traditionally had to be discarded.

Brandon Lewis said,

"It was brilliant to visit Longcliffe Quarries with Sarah Dines. Longcliffe quarries are providing the raw materials for our Country to Build Back Better. The washing plant contributes to Longcliffe’s ongoing efficiency goals, as well as to its objective of reaching zero-carbon quarrying operations by 2027. This machinery was produced by CDE in Northern Ireland and illustrates the strong business links between all nations of the UK and is a fantastic example of the Union in action."

Sarah Dines said,

"It was a great pleasure to join Brandon Lewis, the Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, in visiting Longcliffe. Robert Shields DL briefed Brandon on the vast range of Longcliffe products at the heart of so many British industries. We were also shown the state-of- the-art machinery, made in Northern Ireland, at the heart of Longcliffe's quarrying - a great example of our United Kingdom at work. Longcliffe Quarries is an important local business, employing many local people and providing much needed materials for the whole County. I want to thank Robert and all the team at Longcliffe Quarries for their hospitality.”

David Kinloch, CDE Director of Business Development UK & IRL said:

“We are very pleased Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, Brandon Lewis had the opportunity to witness first-hand the product of our partnership with Longcliffe as it strives to achieve its sustainability targets, underpinned and enabled by CDE’s expertise and technology. As a locally-owned and managed company based in Northern Ireland for three decades, CDE operates at the very forefront of our sector in the UK supporting our customers to deliver meaningful change in pursuit of their own green objectives and national targets to reduce our carbon footprint. Longcliffe is a powerful example of that vision in action, demonstrating the potential of our solutions and its positive impact on the environment and local communities.”

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