Today, Nu-Rock is currently manufactured in all shapes and sizes at a small plant on Mt. Piper Power Station in NSW, and produces enough product to fill orders coming from its building projects. However, Mike says the business is on the cusp of greater things.
‘Nu-Rock is set to construct manufacturing plants in several locations around Australia, which will recycle both ash and steel waste into building products. They will have capacity to produce over 30 million building blocks per annum. All Nu-Rock plants will be located on waste sites to reduce truck movements and emissions; they also won’t require high levels of energy to operate.’
But he says the company won’t stop there. With its refined manufacturing formulas and processes, it will be able to produce other building products, for example, pavers, pipes, roof tiles, bricks, sea wall interlocking blocks, and ready-mix concrete.
‘The waste producers are now showing a level of enthusiasm which we can’t fault – they’re doing everything they can to lend us assistance,’ Mike says. ‘We have half a billion tonnes of ash sitting on the ground in NSW alone. It’s a waste stream no one has been able to really utilise until now and we think it would be better put into buildings or other infrastructure than just sitting on the dirt.’
For Maroun, after years of working hard to educate government, industry and waste producers towards more sustainable thinking, the coming decade will surely be one of validation and a long-held dream finally being realised.
As Mike points out: ‘Nu-Rock is poised to bring lasting change to the Australian building product market, with the potential to transform the way people build and how industry manages its waste streams. In parallel with the vision for our Australian business, Nu-Rock will also expand overseas where billions of tonnes of ash and other waste streams remain unutilised.
‘We hope to create a truly global solution for waste producers and [usher in] an exciting new era for sustainable builders’.