A cement plant in Northern Ireland is celebrating 50 years of clinker and cement manufacturing.

Lafarge Cement Ireland employs almost 100 staff members both in Cookstown, County Tyrone, and at the business’s cement terminal in Belfast.

The Lafarge Cement business was acquired by Aggregate Industries in 2015.

This meant that for the first time, Aggregate Industries’ portfolio of operations included cement production and supply.

Since the acquisition, Lafarge Cement has invested heavily in technology, including Geocycle co-processing, to help minimise and repurpose waste in a sustainable way.

Geocycle uses waste-derived materials as a substitute for fossil fuels and primary raw material in industrial processes.

The business also regularly raises money for charities including the Niamh Louise Foundation and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Plant Manager Russell Larmour said: “The success at Cookstown is testament to the many generations of people here in County Tyrone who have helped shape the business today.

“As we now look to the future, and many more years of production, we are committed to maintaining our position as a leading, sustainable business partner at the heart of the UK’s construction industry.”