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Where will LafargeHolcim reinvest?

05 July 2019, Published under Cement News

In the last year LafargeHolcim has been disposing of assets in the cement market in which it no longer sees long-term value. This has meant the US$917m sale of its 80.6 per cent share holding in PT Holcim Indonesia to PT Semen Indonesia as well as its 51 per cent stake in Lafarge Malaysia for US$365m and the disposal of its 91 per cent holding in Holcim Singapore to YTL Cement. Closure of the sale of Holcim Philippines Inc to San Miguel Corp for US$2.5bn is expected to be completed in ...

Wacker opens competence centre for cement and concrete in Shanghai

19 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Chemical company Wacker has opened a new competence centre for cement and concrete applications in Shanghai. The laboratory will develop silicone products that improve the properties of and longevity of cement and concrete in a sustainable way, with a particular focus on performance-enhancing silicone additives. "The new centre of excellence in Shanghai will help our clients face these challenges and capitalise on the opportunities they bring," said Paul Lindblad, president of Wacker Great...

Charah Solutions opens factory for fly ash and SCMs

18 January 2019, Published under Cement News

Charah ® Solutions, a leading provider of environmental and maintenance services to the power generation industry, has opened its first facility using new patented technologies for grinding granulated blastfurnace slag (GGBS) to create supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs). Charah Solutions aims to serve customers in markets where the supply of fly ash or other SCMs is limited. The new plant is located at the Port of Coeymans,10 miles south of Albany, 100 miles north of New York, on ...

The ‘magic’ of magnesium

17 January 2019, Published under Cement News

While petcoke is a less expensive fuel option, its use can lead to operational challenges for the cement plant, such as the formation of kiln rings and build-ups in the lower cyclones of the preheater. To optimise combustion and avoid these issues, Nuh Çimento has trialled a magnesium-based chemical additive that helps control the impact of high-sulphur fuels. By Seyda Arikan, Nuh Çimento, Turkey, and Jose Hernandez, EES Services, Mexico. Figure 1: vanadium oxide complexes and their ...

Graphene may have commercial use as concrete additive

14 September 2018, Published under Cement News

Zenyatta Centures Ltd's research with the University of Toronto into cement strength when using small quantities of graphene from Albany Graphite has led to some startling results. Using just 0.02 per cent of the graphene product when combined with cement saw compressive strength of cured cement paste increase by 39 per cent, reports Junior Mining Network. Professor Deman Panesar, University of Toronto Department of Civil & Mineral Engineering, said, "This encouraging preliminary result ...

Reduced costs, enhanced safety

22 November 2017, Published under Cement News

Sustained economic success cannot be based on efficiency alone. Health and safety also have to be prioritised in bulk storage systems. The fully-automated polysius® storage system installed by thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions at Afyon Cimento’s plant in Turkey not only enhances the logistical efficiency of such operations, it also reduces health and safety risks for the operating personnel. By thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions, Germany. Figure 1: first fully-automated longitudinal...

Cinven completes Chryso acquisition

30 June 2017, Published under Cement News

Cinven, an international private equity company, has acquired Chryso, supplier of additives and cement and concrete improvers. The acquisition was finalised on 28 June 2017. France-based Chryso has upgraded its geographical footprint in recent years and has built new facilities in the UK, Algeria as well as a third plant in Adana, Turkey. Growth for the company has also come by way of acquisition with Betongkemi AB (Chryso Nordic AB), Corretech Qatar (Chryso Gulf) and more recently, Modern...

Myanmar: BASF to open new construction chemicals plant

16 December 2016, Published under Cement News

German industrial chemical firm BASF has announced that it will open its first manufacturing plant in Myanmar in 2017, Newswire Today reports. The plant will produce chemicals for the construction industry, BASF’s portfolio of which includes cement additives, and will be sited in Myanmar’s commercial capital, Yangon. “As Myanmar’s construction industry grows more sophisticated in its scope, which includes high-rise buildings, roadways and bridges, the requirement for high-quality techn...

Report predicts strengthening demand for cement additives in Nigeria and South Africa

09 December 2016, Published under Cement News

A new report by market research firm Frost & Sullivan forecasts that demand for cement additives in South Africa and Nigeria will grow at an annualised rate of 71 per cent as companies look to differentiate themselves from their competitors. "The weak rand and naira are making it expensive for cement additives manufacturers to continue importing products," noted Frost & Sullivan Visionary Science Industry Analyst, Constance Nyambayo. "As cement companies look to novel, cost-effective addi...

Fosroc reaches agreement to acquire majority shareholding in Idea Kimya, Turkey

18 August 2015, Published under Cement News

Fosroc, the international construction chemicals group, said it has reached an agreement to acquire a "substantial majority shareholding" in Turkish cement additives company Idea Kimya, subject to regulatory approval. Commenting on the deal, Dr Andre Ladurelli, CEO of Fosroc, said:  “Our strategy is to continue achieving double-digit organic growth in existing businesses and enter new territories through the formation of new ventures as well as through acquisitions. The acquisition of Ide...