Adbri Masonry – Facing the Future


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-By Aleisha Parr

The 2008 merger of C&M Brick and Hanson Building Products brought together two of Australia’s finest foundation companies to create Adbri Masonry. Wholly owned by top 200 ASX listed public company, Adelaide Brighton Ltd, this subsidiary has leveraged its vast experience from the two former brands to become Australia’s largest supplier of quality masonry products. As individual companies, they were both highly regarded, having helped build the face of Australia with iconic projects including Hanson’s pavers in the Cairns Airport and C&M Brick’s paving in the Homebush Olympic Village. Together under Adelaide Brighton’s guidance, they are a powerhouse, with unrivalled masonry products and progressive environmental practises.

The amalgamation has created a strong national footprint for Adbri Masonry, which now has manufacturing facilities in all Australian States with the exception of the Northern Territory and West Australia. Maximising its potential, the company is drawing upon its broad array of strengths across each state to provide its customers with quality local services.

“We are extremely proud of our longstanding relationship with Australian builders and architects and to have helped build many of Australia’s top commercial projects,” says Peter Hurley, General Manager of Adbri Masonry in South Queensland, in a company news report.

“We pride ourselves on our quality and service, and our products are designed to be easy to use and install. I think that’s why you can’t drive through many streets in Australia without catching a glimpse of some [of our] products.”

Catering to civil, commercial and residential landscaping markets, Adbri Masonry manufactures and supplies a vast range of contemporary concrete products, including bricks, block and architectural coloured block, decorative wall claddings, retaining wall systems, concrete and wetcast pavers. Always on the cutting edge of design, the company offers its products in a broad range of contemporary colours, suitable to any design aesthetic. This attention to detail and variety has made Adbri Masonry a favourite among architects and engineers.

Beyond its standard offerings, Adbri Masonry also carries a wide range of environmental products, including permeable pavers and erosion control products. Says Mr Hurley, “Our team is constantly trialling new colours and materials to ensure we meet future environmental needs and stay at the forefront of design and style.”

One such product is the popular Ecotrihexâ„¢ system, from Adbri Masonry’s Permeable Paving range. An alternative to conventional paving methods, this system has permeable properties which encourage water flow through the pavement surface and substructure into the ground below. The system includes a permeable drainage layer below the pavers which allows water to infiltrate into the subgrade or to drain away to a suitable pre-designated location. While decreasing the effect of flooding in some areas, this system will also benefit the surrounding vegetation.

Permeable paving has been utilised in many countries for some time now, helping to ease the stress on drainage and river systems where urban development has led to threatening conditions. Traditional impervious surfaces increase the pressure involved in managing high volumes of surface run-off entering stormwater and river systems. Recognising the dangers of this, the local Councils in New South Wales are investigating “Semi permeable paving” alternatives for all future footpaths and shared pathways across Local Government Areas.

In accordance with Adelaide Brighton’s own commitment to promote environmental sustainability measures whenever possible, Adbri Masonry has created a sustainability action plan across the business to support the environments in which it operates. Its website offers clients a list of hints and tips to creating an environmentally sustainable backyard through weekend activities such as growing a veggie patch or reusing water in various ways.

In its own backyard, Adbri Masonry has implemented a variety of environmental conservancy measures to reduce its own impact on the environment. Rain water is collected from the roof of one manufacturing plant and stored in two 10,000 litre rain water tanks for reuse. A collection system collects water runoff from the kilns used to cure concrete blocks and then transfers that water back into the concrete mixers. The steam which condenses into water from the manufacturing process of various blocks and pavers is also collected and recycled. Through these initiatives, over two million litres of recycled water was reused by Adbri Masonry in 2008 alone.

The company also uses recycled materials in its manufacturing of grey block. Up to a 78% use of recycled materials – including cement substituted with fly ash – was recently achieved by the New South Wales division. Additionally, the Nowra plant in New South Wales has, in conjunction with the Nowra Shire Council, implemented a resource recovery initiative. Through this initiative, waste materials from concrete block production are recycled for use as a road and pavement base in construction work within the Council area.

Some exceptional developments have been made by Adbri Masonry in regards to the use – and reuse – of timbre pallets. A simple alteration in the stacking configuration of the “Litec” lightweight blocks has reduced the number of timbre pallets necessary by 20%, and has reduced truck movements by 17% for the same block tonnes delivered.

In the past, when these timbre pallets were damaged beyond repair, waste management had been a concern. Adbri Masonry is on the road to changing all of that, with trials successfully resulting in two new mulching initiatives. In New South Wales, the mulched pallets are being reused in gardens and in Queensland, a mulching agent is utilised to use the recycled pallets as a biomass fuel for a local sugar mill power generation plant.

Through these and other initiatives, Adbri Masonry has positioned itself well as Australia’s premier provider of high quality and sustainable products. “I believe we have been successful because of our attention to quality and our ability to provide customer solutions for many years,” says Mr Hurley. “Our customers know they are buying a quality, Australian-made product.” With its rich history of iconic landscaping projects, its attention to fine details, and its progressive approach, Adbri Masonry is truly helping Australia face the future.

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July 14, 2020, 12:38 PM AEST