Mr Smith, who has been a Conservative MP for Southampton Itchen since 2015, visited the depot in the Tower Industrial Estate to meet with the concrete and aggregate production team and tour the site.
As part of the successful visit, Mr Smith also took part in an engaging roundtable discussion with key Aggregate Industries’ staff such as regional operations manager Ben Greet and site manager Steve Jones to better understand how the operational side of building materials industry works.
In addition, a range of important issues were also discussed including the intelligent management of the aggregate supply system and its rising importance in the construction and upkeep of the national infrastructure network of roads, schools, hospitals.
Ben Greet, regional operations manager for concrete at Aggregate Industries, said: “We were delighted that Mr Smith was able to join us at our Eastleigh site and see first-hand how the aggregates and concrete we supply has helped to build and maintain much of region’s vital infrastructure including roads, schools and hospitals.
“Crucial to the success of these projects is investing in intelligent management systems to help us innovate in this area. As one of the topics discuss during our roundtable, Mr Smith understood the importance of having a comprehensive policy for managing the supply of aggregate locally and nationally.”
Royston Smith MP, added: “I am grateful to Aggregate Industries for inviting me to tour their Eastleigh site and its incredible facilities. Their work is absolutely vital for delivering the many national infrastructure projects underway across the country. I particularly welcomed the roundtable discussion which outlined the importance of the aggregate industry to the local economy where demand for aggregates is growing and also how innovations are helping to speed up the process of supplying building materials.”