Name change for Adelaide Brighton
Australia’s biggest cement group, Adelaide Brighton, is now known as ADBRI Limited, according to a recent nine.com.au news report.
During Adelaide Brighton’s Annual General Meeting on May 19, over 99 per cent of shareholders approved ADBRI to be the new name for the company new name, which executives said better reflected its size and scope.
“Adelaide Brighton, it’s got an enormously long and proud history,” Chief Executive Nick Miller told AAP. But ABC was “not just a cement company any more”, Mr Miller said but also a supplier of sand, limestone to both the construction industry and the mining sectors, as well as a manufacturer of bricks, blocks and retaining walls under the Adbri Masonry brand.
“It’s the right time for us to step forward in terms of our evolution. We are a national player with a broad offering. We’re a very diversified business,” Mr Miller said in the report.
ABC’s origins date back to 1882, when Welch immigrant William Lewis opened Brighton Cement Works by Brighton Road in Adelaide as the country’s first Portland cement manufacturer. The company has 44 quarries, 95 cement plants and 16 cement and lime depots across Australia, with revenue of $1.52 billion in 2019, according to the nine.com.au report.
The name change applies to the corporate holding company and does not affect the names of its various brands.
Mr Miller also told shareholders on May 19 that ABC’s trading in March and April had been in line with expectations despite the coronavirus lockdowns.
The company has experienced strong demand from the mining sector for its cement and lime in WA, SA and the NT. It has also seen strong demand for the masonry products it sells at Bunnings and smaller outlets, with sales up 40 per cent in April, according to the report.
“The backyard action has definitely increased” as people tried to stay productive during home isolation, Mr Miller said.
The mining sector, which ABC provides a million tonnes of lime and nearly 700,000 tonnes of concrete a year, continued to operate largely uninterrupted, he said.
Mr Miller said the ADBRI was working with government on ideas to increase infrastructure spending as a way to boost the economy, and the pandemic showed Australia could not totally rely on imported products.
At 1331 AEDT, ABC stock was up 7.1 per cent to $2.57.