Restrictions pose challenges for urbanization
Kyung Boo Corporation is one of the largest producers of aggregates and manufactured sand in South Korea. The family-run quarry, located in Gimhae in the South Gyeongsang province, is run by the owner Mr. Park Sa Ick. Kyung Boo specializes in producing raw materials including rocks and sand for construction and base materials for railroad track beds. The company produces 2.2 million tons of manufactured sand and -25mm aggregates annually.
Manufactured sand, also known as crushed sand or artificial sand, refers to aggregate that is usually finer than 5 mm. For quarries like Kyung Boo, it means growth because sand is a basic building component needed to accommodate growing populations.
Until today, aggregates producers in South Korea have been extracting and using sea sand. Now natural sand is becoming depleted and the quarrying of river and sea sand has been prohibited to prevent environment destruction. But urbanization and the rapid development of infrastructure mean that the demand for sand is higher than ever. Consequently, there is an increasing demand for manufactured sand.
Mr. Park, owner and CEO of Kyung Boo Corporation, has worked in the aggregates industry for over 20 years and has seen the times and regulations change: “Due to the ecosystem destruction, natural sand is becoming depleted. Fishermen, for example, are against further sand extraction because there is not enough sand for fish to lay eggs. The restrictions on sand extraction have become stronger compared to last year.”