Strategy and growth

“Tarmac recently increased to 100% its ownership of United Marine Holdings, a significant UK marine dredged aggregates business”

Tarmac’s strategy is to maximise shareholder value by exploiting its core competitive advantage of maintaining reserves in established territories and continuing acquisitive and organic growth in selected regions. In January 2008, Tarmac increased to 100% its ownership of United Marine Holdings, a significant UK marine dredged aggregates business. Tarmac will focus on the UK and Europe, with increasing emphasis on central and eastern Europe, where it can develop businesses of scale. It will also concentrate on aggregates and downstream activities where the latter provide routes to market for aggregates. Tarmac aims to be the supplier of choice across its full product range.

Several programmes are under way across the UK and international businesses which will deliver improvements in business performance and lay the foundations of a culture of continuous improvement in all businesses. Within Tarmac as a whole, there remains significant upside potential from operational and commercial business improvements and focused growth, with initiatives planned to deliver that upside by 2010.

Tarmac’s management team combines significant industry experience with new perspectives from complementary industries. During 2007, changes were made to the management teams and accountability and delivery ownership were clarified.

National Contracting is part of Tarmac’s Aggregates Products business, which saw profits rise 21% on 2006.

Right: National Contracting is part of Tarmac’s Aggregates Products business, which saw profits rise 21% on 2006