WAGNERS today officially opened a state-of-the-art cement bagging plant, an extension to its cement grinding plant at Pinkenba, Brisbane, as a first step in catering for a growing consumer market.
Family patriarch, 76-year-old Henry Wagner, who still runs the family's pastoral interests, officially opened the bagging facility to 300 industry guests.
The Toowoomba-based company built the large-scale cement grinding plant at Pinkenba two years ago.
It has been acknowledged for its development of eco-friendly and commercially viable alternative products to replace traditional concrete which contains Portland cement.
"The cement bagging extension of the plant creates a growth opportunity to supply the direct-to-consumer market for businesses in Queensland and northern New South Wales through to the home handyman and the building and construction industry," Wagners managing director Denis Wagner said.
The plant, which can produce up to 200 tonnes of bagged cement a day, will mean Wagners cement is available through landscape and hardware supplies outlets.
The opening coincides with the announcement that the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has approved the sale of selected Wagners' construction materials assets to Boral.
As part of the sale agreement the Pinkenba plant, which remains in the Wagner group, will have a long term cement supply agreement with Boral which will underpin future production capacity.