Aggregates and Concrete – Across the sectors
It is easy to overlook the use of aggregates and concrete in society. Without aggregates and concrete, life as we know it could not exist. Aggregate and concrete products play a vital part in a functioning society and in our daily lives. Their benefits to society are immense, being used to build our schools, hospitals, homes, bridges, tunnels, dams, sewerage systems, pavements, runways, roads… the list is endless!
Few people realise that concrete is in fact the most used man-made material in the world, with nearly three tonnes used annually for every man, woman and child. Twice as much concrete is used around the world than the combined total of all other building materials, including wood, steel, plastic and aluminium. None of these other materials can replace concrete in terms of effectiveness, price and performance for most purposes. Concrete is used in such large amounts because it is, simply, a remarkably good building material.
In Ireland, approximately 4 million cubic metres of ready-mixed concrete and 30 million tonnes of aggregates are produced on an annual basis for use in the development of Irish society. In addition there are large volumes of precast concrete used in the construction of our residential, business, infrastructural, educational, industrial and agricultural infrastructure.