We manufacture and supply a range of products to the building, construction, infrastructure and mineral processing markets throughout the country.
Our company’s principal activities include the production, importation and distribution of clinker, cement, industrial lime, premixed concrete, aggregates and concrete products.
We’re an S&P/ASX100 company with 1500 employees, passionate and dedicated to the culturally diverse and friendly environment we have built.
Our commitment to health and safety is an essential and integral part of the way we do business. Our goal is simply ‘Safe, Sustainable Production’.
To achieve this we continually work on improving our safety systems and safety culture. We believe that good planning and preparation will minimise risks to health and safety.
Our risk management approach is to identify, report, and were practicable, eliminate or reduce risks and hazards to the lowest practical levels.
All employees and contractors have a shared responsibility to ensure their own safety in the workplace as well as the safety of their fellow workers.
Adbri held a ‘Safety Leaders – Everyone, Everyday’ campaign for the health and safety leadership group. This campaign aimed to deliver a consistent and positive focus across the business promoting among employees that everyone is a leader in safety. Our vision is that everyone working for Adbri will chose the safe option at all times and we empower them with the tools to do this.
Quarry work can strenuous and tough. One of the regular tasks of changing a cone crusher liner was a frustrating and time consuming task, often taking more than a day to complete, and involved a number of hazardous tasks.
The team at our Hy-Tec Yarrabee Road Quarry (in northern New South Wales) identified the liner change out as high risk in exertion, posture and repetition, and moderate risk for vibration and duration. They set out designing and installing a platform to enable safe work at height and re-engineered the cone nut (part of a raw material crusher).
To tackle the hazard of posture and working at heights, a number of platform prototypes were trialled before the final installation of a modular circular platform that fitted on top of the cone crusher. The platform provides a safe workspace for workers to tackle the hot work needed to break the seal at the top of the cone crusher and to give access to the nut.
With a safe and level work surface, there was still the hazardous manual task of swinging a sledge hammer to loosen the cone nut. Through a consultative team approach of identifying risks, it was decided to change the nut design so that a power tool could be used to change the nut. The team also had to ensure that the design change did not affect the integrity of the cone crusher. After significant testing, a new two piece nut configuration has been designed. This will reduce the exposure to injury as well as increase productivity by reducing maintenance time.
The solution to the changing of liners on a cone crusher will not only have a positive impact on the Yarrabee Road Quarry and on Hy-Tec nationally, but on all quarries around Australia.
As a Company, it is pleasing to see leadership in safety – identifying risks, analysing those risks and applying lateral thinking to then mitigate the risks, together with managing safety within the workplace.
Sustainability is a key area of focus and investment across the business and is about managing our business to ensure success for the long term. Our commitment to sustainability is built on sound business strategy that supports continuous improvement in the social, environmental and economic performance of the Company. By continually analysing our activities and considering the needs of all stakeholders, we can identify key opportunities for improvement and sustainable development.
Our Sustainability Report demonstrates our performance in management of our people, safety, economic, social and environmental matters that are fundamental to the way we operate and develop new products.
Adbri has taken an important step towards a reconciled Australia, with the release of our inaugural Reflect Reconciliation Action Plan.
Since our inception in 1882 when William Lewis, a Welsh immigrant, officially opened the Brighton Cement Works, Adbri has invested in Australian communities; creating strong futures for our employees while helping cities and towns prosper.
Like our founder and the communities in which we operate, our employees come from many different backgrounds and cultures. This is key to our continued growth as we foster a culture where we embrace difference.
To read more about how Adbri will create opportunities for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, read our plan here.
At Adbri we’re dedicated to continually reducing the environmental impact of our production and increasing the effectiveness of our rehabilitation initiatives. The commitment to continuous improvement is built into our core business operations and is an integral part of our company culture.
At Adbri, our alternative fuels and raw materials program has a number of benefits for the business and the environment. The program:
Production of cement is highly energy intensive requiring a kiln temperature of about 1500 degrees centigrade. At our Birkenhead facility in South Australia, we’re using construction and demolition waste (referred to as ‘process engineered fuel’) as a partial replacement for natural gas in our kiln. The use of this fuel has reduced our emission footprint and lowered our energy costs.
Additionally the use of construction and demolition waste provides benefits for South Australia by the reduction of waste to landfill and by reducing the amount of fossil fuels burnt in the Birkenhead kiln. At the current rate, the Birkenhead plant utilises about 100,000 tonnes of construction and demolition waste annually, replacing approximately 20% of the kiln’s natural gas usage.
Waste oil, as a major source of energy in the kiln, is used at our cement and lime plant in Angaston, South Australia, and our lime plant in Mataranka in the Northern Territory. The use of waste oil displaces natural gas and saves waste by-products ending up in landfill.
Adelaide Brighton leads the Australian cement industry in the development of environmentally sustainable cement products.
Fly ash, a carbon free coal by-product produced in power stations, is used as a supplementary cementitious material in General Blended (Type GB) cement. The substitution of 20% fly ash in cement not only displaces raw materials and reduces greenhouse gases in cement manufacture but provides enhanced concrete properties and engineering solutions.
The use of granulated blast furnace slag (a by-product of the steel industry) displaces a portion of limestone and clay raw materials used in the manufacture of clinker for cement. As slag has already been heated, and the carbon dioxide removed, this results in reduced fuel consumption in the cement kiln and a lower carbon footprint. Cement products utilising slag have technical and durability benefits providing greater concrete design flexibility for high performance and long lasting structures.
Adbri has established a comprehensive earth care program designed to reduce our impact on the natural environment and the local community. Examples of our ongoing landcare improvement initiatives include:
Some of our ongoing projects
During 2014 the Birkenhead wetlands underwent an expansion, doubling in size to over 1.6 hectares. Previously planted reeds are now well established in the ponds and thousands more native plants have been added. The wetland is home to a variety of birds, reptiles, insects and aquatic life and provides local schools and community groups with the opportunity to learn about the wetland ecosystem.
The Munster wetlands were created in 1996 and provide our Munster plant with a clean, reliable, economical and sustainable water supply. Located in a 12.8 hectare natural bush reserve next to the plant, the wetland covers an area of nearly two hectares and holds 16 million litres of water. The Munster wetland provides a habitat for a variety of native flora and fauna and the opportunity for local schools to learn about environmental health monitoring of wetland ecosystems.
In 2014, over two hectares of the Munster quarry was rehabilitated, bringing the total area to five hectares. Over 17,000 trees have been planted, all species native to the local area. The site is well on track to becoming a seed collection point for other rehabilitation activities being undertaken in the local community.
As an employer, neighbour, customer and supplier in locations in every state of Australia, we strive for a positive impact in the communities where we operate. We recognise our social responsibilities and strive to continuously improve our performance in the areas of health, safety, environment and community.
We continually look for ways to strengthen our engagement with the community to build long term and meaningful relationships for the continued successful operation of our businesses. We do this by understanding and managing our impacts and by developing and implementing initiatives that deliver meaningful benefits.
We endeavour to consult and communicate openly with relevant stakeholders and maintain open lines of communication with neighbours, community groups and local authorities.
Our largest cement and lime manufacturing facilities located at Birkenhead in South Australia and Munster in Western Australia have been a part of the local community for over 100 and 60 years respectively.
We provide support for a broad range of community groups and organisations through selective and considered sponsorship programs, primarily in the areas where our manufacturing facilities are located.
Our cement and lime manufacturing facilities at Birkenhead, Angaston and Munster have dedicated community websites that provide information on improvement initiatives as well as environment and community related information.
Visit the Adelaide Brighton Cement Birkenhead community website www.adelaidebrightoncommunity.com.au
Visit the Adelaide Brighton Cement Angaston community website www.angastoncommunity.com.au
Visit the Cockburn Cement community website www.cockburncementcommunity.com.au
The Board and Management of Adbri Limited are committed to the highest standards of corporate governance ― essential for sustainable long term performance and value creation.
The Board has established a number of Committees, each with a charter that sets out its role and responsibilities.
Adelaide Brighton has a number of legal and other obligations to stakeholders. Our commitment to these obligations is captured in various policies and procedures, which Directors and employees are required to comply with.
Board Committee charters and the policies and procedures relevant to Adelaide Brighton’s corporate governance practices are listed below.
The Corporate Governance Statement for the year ended 31 December 2019 can be accessed below.
Adbri Limited and its operating companies are required to annually lodge their Workplace Gender Equality Act report with the Workplace Gender Equality Agency in accordance with the Workplace Gender Equality Act (2012).
Comment and feedback on Adbri's public reports can be forwarded to the Group Corporate Affairs Adviser, Adbri Limited, or the Workplace Gender Equality Agency. Please refer to the WGEA website.
You can view Adbri’s WGEA reports below: