Processing and Packing Facilities

Long Rake Spar

Long Rake Spar has a wide range of processing and packing equipment installed at plants strategically located throughout the UK. The scale of equipment and facilities enable Long Rake Spar to process and supply packed and loose products to multiple industry sectors. There are three production sites in Youlgrave, Derbyshire; Rye Harbour, East Sussex and Prees, Shropshire. There are also four dock sites throughout England and Scotland that hold in excess of 100,000 tonnes of raw material. £4.6 million pounds worth of investment is underway at Garston Docks, Liverpool and further investment is underway at Rosyth Docks, Scotland to provide additional bulk storage of raw materials.

Garston Docks is a key strategic site for Long Rake Spar as this location gives us the ability to meet the demands of the Industrial minerals and powders market with tailored new facilities nearby. This includes tanker loading facilities and a further warehouse, capable of storing 5,000 tonnes of product undercover.

High volumes of stock are held at Long Rake Spar’s various sites to enable us to react quickly and dynamically to demand for products. This allows for stock to be pulled to production sites from storage facilities in a calculated manner, reducing costs and from an ecological and environmental perspective, reducing the road miles of the products too.

Further expansion and investments are planned at two of the production plants at Rye Harbour, East Sussex and Youlgrave, Derbyshire, which will vastly increase the capacity to produce and store finished products ready for market.

The packed products available include:

Bulk bags: Ranging from 400 – 1,500kg for aggregates and 1.25m3 for lightweight products.

Poly bags: Are available in pack sizes ranging from 5-25kg for aggregates and 20 litre bags for other lightweight products. These can also be packed in either Long Rake Spar or customer branded bags.

Wire cages: Containing rockery stone and large boulders for landscaping.

The processing facilities available include:

  • Washing and Screening
  • Drying
  • Colouring / Coating
  • Milling / Crushing
  • Rumbling
  • Storage silos

The bagging equipment utilised at our sites include:

  • Seven semi-automated lines producing approx. 1kt per day (35k bags daily).
  • Four fully automated lines which can bag both dry and wet products.
  • Four manual bagging lines which can be utilised for the packing of specialist products including cobbles, sand or powders direct from storage silos.
  • Seven bulk bagging machines which can produce in excess of 2,000 IBC’s per day.

Form fill bagger at Long Rake Spar
Some of the processes we execute


High performance washing facilities ensure Long Rake Spar products are provided to the maximum degree of cleanliness. These facilities are also available for contract processing of customer-supplied materials.



Accurate blending by either weight or density can be undertaken to meet exacting in-house or customer defined specifications.

Drying aggregates

Drying & Screening

Moisture content is reduced to a minimum by processing aggregates and minerals through two high capacity rotary driers. Dry materials are then screened through a sealed system, triple decked locker screens with integral hammer-mill enabling granules to be produced at 0.5mm size intervals up to 12.0mm.

Wet Screening

Wet Screening

Screening of wet products is undertaken through either a washing trommel at 90, 40 & 20mm intervals or over a triple deck screening plant at multiple size separations between 3 & 50mm.




Tumbling of materials is undertaken in a 20 tonne capacity drum to produce rounded cobbles and paddlestones.

Long Rake Spar Bagging machine