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UK building products: volumes up

01 May 2015, Published under Cement News

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) reports that sales volumes of aggregates, ready-mixed concrete and asphalt improved again in the first quarter of 2015. Seasonally-adjusted results, which provide a consistent quarter-by-quarter comparison, indicated that UK crushed rock and sand and gravel sales volumes rose by 2.2 and 3.6 per cent, respectively compared to 4Q14. Ready-mixed concrete and asphalt sales were up by 1.3 and 1.2 per cent up. Annual sales of cement grew by 7.8 per cent in 20...

Martin Marietta Materials boosted by Texas Industries

11 February 2015, Published under Cement News

Martin Marietta Materials, including Texas Industries from mid-2014, saw turnover increase by 34.2 per cent in 2014 to US$2958m and the EBITDA of US$631.2m was 59.9 per cent higher than the figure shown a year ago. The trading profit rose by 44.4 per cent to US$314.9m while the net attributable profit it improved by 12.8 per cent to US$155.6m.  Aggregates Martin Marietta's aggregates production rose by 15,3 per cent in 2014 to 134.31Mt (148.0543Mst) while the original business showed a ...

Holcim

02 February 2015, Published under Cement News

Holcim completed the purchase of Cemex’ cement and aggregates assets in western Germany along with 59 batching plants in Germany and a further six in The Netherlands, while disposing of its activities in the Czech Republic and two of its Spanish cement works. Holcim is negotiating to sell most of its assets in France and all of its assets in Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia and Canada as well as certain assets in Brazil and the Trident cement works in Montana and certain terminals in the Great L...

Concrete, air and aggregates

19 December 2014, Published under Cement News

The design of a good-quality concrete mix depends on a number of factors: the right balance between cement and water used, avoiding excessive air entrapment and the use of suitable aggregate. A fresh delivery of concrete Most Portland cement production is destined to become a part of concrete, whether ready-mix, precast, sprayed or other type. A typical mix for concrete is shown in Table 1. Concrete contains three essential elements: aggregate (including coarse, fine and sand...

Breedon: from the ground up

01 December 2014, Published under Cement News

Breedon Aggregates has established itself as a successful player in the UK building materials market over a short period of time. It is the largest independent aggregates business in the UK, with downstream operations providing a range of products for a broad customer base. Keen to build on this platform, group chief executive, Simon Vivian, explains to ICR Breedon’s priorities in terms of its aggregates and ready-mixed concrete operations, the company’s approach to sustainability and ambiti...

Vulcan expands through acquisitions, USA

07 October 2014, Published under Cement News

Vulcan Materials Company, the biggest construction aggregates producer in the US, completed six acquisitions during its third quarter to expand its aggregate operations. These consist of five aggregates facilities and concerning downstream assets in Albuquerque, Phoenix, and Santa Fe, and an aggregates operation in Delaware that serves the markets in Northern Virginia and Washington, DC. The purchases follow the acquisition of four aggregates facilities in the San Francisco Bay area and of...

Adelaide Brighton downstream acquisitions, Australia

07 August 2014, Published under Cement News

Adelaide Brighton Ltd has acquired two integrated aggregates and readymix concrete businesses, one in South Australia and the second in Queensland, progressing its long-term vertical integration strategy of buying downstream construction materials businesses.   In South Australia, in addition to the recently announced Penrice quarry acquisition, Adelaide Brighton has entered into a contract to purchase Direct Mix Concrete and Southern Quarries (DMC), the largest independent aggregates and...

Cemex quarries win European biodiversity awards

29 November 2013, Published under Cement News

Two Cemex quarries, Rugeley in the UK and Soto Pajares in Spain, have been recognised for their outstanding contributions to biodiversity at the European Aggregates Association (UEPG) awards in Brussels. Rugeley Quarry in Cannock Chase, West Midlands received a Recognition of Achievement for its significant restoration work and excellent habitat management activities. Soto Pajares Quarry in the Province of Madrid, Spain won the Special Award for Biodiversity for its outstanding actions rel...

The strength of recycling

23 August 2013, Published under Cement News

One of Latin America’s leading cement producers, Argos has been working on a pilot project for the collection, separation, classification and trituration of Construction and Demolition Waste (C&DW). The company has used recycled aggregates to partially replace conventional aggregates in concrete mixtures of different types of strength and settlement. Several lab tests were carried out to determine the effect of using recycled aggregates with results indicating that types of concretes contain...

Lafarge sells aggregate quarries in Georgia

11 January 2013, Published under Cement News

Lafarge announces it has signed binding agreements for the sale of six aggregates quarries in Georgia (USA) for a total enterprise value of US$160m. These assets represent less than one cent of the company's sales in North America in 2011. These transactions are subject to relevant approvals. "With these divestments in a region where Lafarge is present only through its aggregates operations, the group pursues its strategy of focusing on most promising geographic areas where we have int...