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Lime Green Products opens new £2m factory
Lime Green Products, the UK’s leading manufacturer of lime-based mortars, renders and plasters, has opened a new manufacturing plant and warehouse facility, following a £2 million investment. The new plant has a capacity of 100 metric tonnes a day.
Continuing over 500 years of lime production on Wenlock Edge, Lime Green Products completed the construction of its state of the art mixing plant in just 3 months, after 3 years of planning. The building frame required over 150 tonnes of steel. Twenty three storage silos holding over 600 tonnes of raw materials provide the capacity for a daily manufacturing output of approx. 100 metric tonnes. A sophisticated software system ensures highly accurate computer controlled batching of ingredients for all products.
Co-founder and Operations Director James Ayres said: “The plant is designed for very precise weighing and mixing, for some ingredients as accurate as 1 gram per tonne, which allows us to make a product with greater consistency over time whilst also improving efficiency in raw material and energy use. The bulk storage is cleaner and safer, as materials are contained in sealed, constantly monitored silos. This has also significantly reduced the amount of HGV traffic on and off the site, and eliminated a large amount of packaging waste.
The plant has a wide range of ingredients available on demand from the silos, everything from very traditional roman cement and limes through to modern low-carbon binders. This allows us to switch between products with ease to meet short lead times, a real concern for many contractors in the industry.”
Since its formation in 2002, Lime Green has established itself as the UK’s foremost manufacturer of hydraulic lime mortar, lime plaster and lime render. Lime Green products are used on some of Britain’s best-known historic buildings and ecological developments, as well as smaller projects and individual self-builds.