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Nurock striking right mix to cement exciting future.

Byline: NeilHodgson

A KNOWSLEY concrete mixer manufacturer is forecasting bigger turnover and further expansion on the back of a new eco-friendly model.

Nurock was formed by managing director Graham Jones and his father, Anthony, in 2001.

In 2008, they received financial backing from Merseyside Special Investment Fund towards moving to their current Knowsley Business Park premises, complete with manufacturing facility.

Last year, the company grew to a turnover of pounds 930,000, from pounds 315,000 the previous year, and is forecasting sales of pounds 1.8m this year.

And the company, which employs 10 staff, is in the process of raising second round funding to continue its expansion.

The business develops and manufactures innovative concrete mixers and recently launched a new environmentally-friendly machine which will help the construction industry to reduce CO outputs and landfill waste.

Nurock is the UK's and Europe's only manufacturer of volumetric concrete mixers, and the NUVM 1.5 compact volumetric machine or "baby mixer", uses a highly energy-efficient process to mix precise volumes of concrete on site, but in a more compact and affordable version than previously available. It carries all the unmixed ingredients in separate compartments before mixing the exact quantity on site, reducing pollutants in transportation and production and cutting waste.

The mixers can also recycle excavated waste, normally destined for landfill, into re-usable cement.

Nurock has recently been commissioned by Powys County Council to supply mixers for use on its Counties Highways and Infrastructure projects, in a contract worth up to pounds 200,000 during 2011, and the firm is also in talks with several other councils, together with some civil engineering and utility companies.

The company also supplies mixers to the Ministry of Defence and to construction and civil engineering firms across Europe, including France, Russia, Belarus and other Baltic states. Graham Jones said: "Our mixers are effectively mobile batching plants which cut costs and carbon emissions and can reduce waste to landfill. These three factors are very high on the agenda for local authorities, civil engineering and utility companies and we want to tap into these markets. The new mixer has opened up new markets for Nurock.

"Whereas previously these organisations would probably have hired in mixers, our machine makes it economically viable and practical to own their own equipment."

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Date:May 4, 2011
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