Cement is one of the oldest building materials in the world. In this section, find out about its history and how we make it
An overview of the history, process and terminology of the cement-making process.
Cement, a hydraulic binder and a key ingredient in concrete and mortars, came into widespread use during the Industrial Revolution.
In this section, the history and innovations which transformed this material into the high-tech product, which is used today.
This includes information on the cement-making process - from the extraction of the raw materials to the grinding of the end product, cement manufacturing is a highly technical and complex process.
Whilst looking at this, we also include information on the technical jargon used to describe aspects of our work. Our glossary explains the words used to talk about the manufacture and use of cement.