Our Story

Sustainable materials for the built environment

David Ball Group embraces a 140 year legacy of materials innovation dedicated to the advancement of quality and performance in the challenging arenas of construction and industry.

Engineering materials are our business.

For almost half a century, David Ball Specialist Sands has set the bar in the preparation and supply of British standard and unique, ultra high quality sands for process testing and manufacturing. Quality that has travelled worldwide to meet the most exacting applications.

Durable construction is our strength.

Research & Development is at the heart of what the Group does, harnessing the power of chemistry to enhance the long-term performance of built structures with a dynamic brand portfolio.

Concrete innovation is our passion.

In the 1990s, the performance of integrally waterproof concrete was taken to a new level by David Ball Group as it reformulated PUDLO, the world’s first commercial concrete waterproofing admixture introduced a century before. Re-engineered around modern architectural needs, its enhanced capabilities came with the first – and still unmatched – guarantee of the completed concrete structure.

From PUDLO’s early use in the pioneering sanitation systems of Victorian London, its success story continues at the cutting edge in projects like London’s Crossrail and the celebrated Dubai Fountains.

Sustainable progress is our commitment.

While being the world’s most used building material, modern concrete is not recognised as one of the most sustainable. Today’s cement and concrete industries have a consistently impressive record for carbon reduction marshalled by a strong commitment to their environmental responsibilities.

A major milestone in this sustainable legacy is Cemfree, a totally cement free alternative to conventional concrete and a ground-breaking addition to David Ball Group’s portfolio. With the ability to produce structural concrete without the use of Portland cement, this revolutionary material is the result of years of dedicated development by the Group’s research team.