Core building material
Aggregates are indeed the core building material in all our homes, offices, social buildings and infrastructures: without aggregates these would literally fall apart.
The construction of a typical new home uses up to 400 tonnes of aggregates (both endproduct and concrete) - from the foundations through to the roof tiles.
The construction of a school uses up to 3,000 tonnes of aggregates. For a sports stadium, up to 300,000 tonnes are needed.
From local hospitals and schools to bridges and flood protection - all are made possible by aggregates. In many cases they provide not just strength but, through special finishes, architectural beauty.
Aggregates feature at all levels of the road construction up to the surface, which includes aggregates resistant to polishing, ensuring skid-resistance. The construction of 1 km of motorway uses up to 30,000 tonnes of aggregates.
Aggregates are essential as track ballast for Europe's rail network. The construction of 1 meter of railway for a High Speed train (TGV) uses up to 9 tonnes of aggregates.