The Netherlands has traditionally been a delta area, which means that since ancient times large amounts of sand and gravel have been brought here by, among other things, the rivers Maas and the Rhine. During the various ice ages, boulders from the Scandinavian countries were also brought to the northern parts of the Netherlands. Material originating from France and Belgium is deposited through the river Maas. Material from Germany enters our country via the Rhine.
Apart from sand and gravel, the Netherlands has no other raw materials of its own. These materials have therefore been used for centuries as paving for footpaths (coagulated gravel or loamy gravel) and as aggregate material in concrete-like products for building houses.
Because more and more gravel is needed for the construction of houses, among other things, more and more gravel is being brought in from abroad. Due to the high demand for these raw materials and improved logistics, more and more decorative and colourful gravel is also being imported from faraway countries. Dyckerhoff-Basal Toeslagstoffen has a large assortment of colourful gravel types in its package.
Gravel is produced for a.o:
2-6 and 4-8mm also called pearl gravel
4-16 and 4-32mm
Garden and landscape design:
4-8, 8-16, 16-32 , 30-60, 60-90mm and larger
90-130 and 90-160mm
In the Netherlands, broken Maasgravel is also used for abrasive layers and asphalt. At the sand and gravel extraction sites, a crusher is then placed that breaks gravel into gravel. This gravel is called Dutch Gravel Demolition.