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World's largest 3D printer to build two-storey concrete house

20 March 2019, Published under Cement News

The largest 3D printer in the world is being prepared to start printing a two-storey house on the site of Kamp C, the Provincial Centre for Sustainability and Innovation in Westerlo, Belgium. Kamp C is looking to persuade the Flemish construction industry of the merits of this innovative technique with practical examples. "This technique is gradually gaining momentum," says Kai van Bulck, who represents Kamp C in the C3PO-project. The printer that Kamp C purchased is mainly suited for pr...

François Petry new director of LafargeHolcim Belgium & France

04 December 2018, Published under Cement News

François Petry was appointed by LafargeHolcim as the new director for France and Belgium, succeeding Bénédicte de Bonnechose. Mr Petry joined Holcim France in 2008, when he was appointed general manager of the company’s aggregates business. In 2013 he left to head Holcim Group’s subsidiary in Romania and this was followed by a position in the UK where he served as general manager of Aggregates Industries UK.

Cementir boosted by full-year results from Belgium

15 February 2018, Published under Cement News

Cementir Holding's turnover in 2017 increased by 25.3 per cent to EUR1287.5m and EBITDA was ahead by 11.5 per cent to 220.5m. As regards the continuing business, the turnover advanced by10.9 per cent to EUR1140.0m and EBITDA emerged 13.3 per cent ahead at EUR224.2m, while the trading profit showed a 50 per cent advance to EUR142m. Net debt at the end of 2017 was 4.6 per cent lower at EUR536.6m, while capital investment in the year increased by 33.9 per cent to EUR92m. Since the year end, ...

Building collapses at Holcim Obourg

05 June 2017, Published under Cement News

A collapse of a building near one of the kilns of Holcim’s 1.4Mta Obourg plant in Belgium on 23 May has resulted in the death of one worker and the closure of the plant as an investigation takes place into the causes of the collapse. Emergency services were promptly at the scene but the heavy damage to the structure of the building required further specialist help to locate the at first missing 34 year-old employee, who had worked for Holcim for the past 10 years. Holcim has undertake...

Gebr Pfeiffer awarded Cemminerals grinding contract

26 January 2017, Published under Cement News

Grinding specialist Gebr Pfeiffer was awarded the order for a grinding plant for slag and cement by Cemminerals NV. The Belgian cement producer is in the process of establishing a new grinding unit at the Kluizendok in the port of Ghent. The new facility proposed is a single grinding mill with production capacity of around 0.7Mta. The mill is scheduled for commissioning in early 2018. The grinding plant will see the installation a Pfeiffer MVR 5300 C-6 vertical roller mill. The six-roller...

HeidelbergCement completes Belgian assets' sale to Aalborg Portland Holding

26 October 2016, Published under Cement News

HeidelbergCement has completed the sale of operations in Belgium, primarily consisting of Italcementi’s Belgian subsidiary Compagnie des Ciments Belges SA (CCB) to Aalborg Portland Holding SA (Cementir Group). "With the disposal of the Belgium assets we fulfill the obligation of the European Commission and improve the net financial position of HeidelbergCement after the acquisition of Italcementi," said Dr Bernd Scheifele, CEO of HeidelbergCement. HeidelbergCement and Cementir Holding ...

Belgium: LEILAC project reaches FEED phase

19 October 2016, Published under Cement News

The Low Emissions Intensity Lime & Cement (LEILAC) consortium has completed the Preliminary Front End Engineering Design (pre-FEED) study for the carbon capture pilot plant. The project will now enter the full Front End Engineering Design (FEED) phase following a decision taken at the General Assembly meeting hosted by ECN on 29 September in Petten, The Netherlands, where results from the preliminary project phase were reviewed. The five-year LEILAC project, supported by the European Uni...

Aalborg Portland close to sealing Belgian acquisition

25 August 2016, Published under Cement News

Danish cement company Aalborg Portland has acquired Belgian cement company Compagnie des Ciments Belges (CCB) for DKK2.30bn (US$349.81m). The acquisition increases Aalborg Portland's operations by 20 per cent and boosts its turnover from DKK6.5bn posted in 2015 to over DKK8bn. Henning Brook, CFO at Aalborg Portland, states that the acquisition will only marginally affect the financial report for 2016, but that the acquisition is still pending approval from European competition authori...

Cementir expands into Belgium

29 July 2016, Published under Cement News

Cementir's turnover improved by 1.1 per cent to EUR481m in first half of the year, as the improvements in Denmark, Norway and Sweden as well as Malaysia made up for lower results from Italy, Egypt and China, while Turkey was broadly stable. EBITDA, however, declined 1.5 per cent to EUR72.04m. After a 4.7 per cent reduction in depreciation and similar charges to EUR40.2m, the trading profit improved 2.8 per cent to EUR31.8m. The net financial item swung from a positive EUR5.3m to a negati...

Belgium: appeal court overturns competition watchdog fines

06 July 2016, Published under Cement News

Holcim, CBR, CCB and Febelcem, the Belgian cement association, have seen the competition watchdog’s judgment to pay a EUR14.7m fine overturned by the Belgian Court of Appeal. The competition authority fined the cement majors and the association for the alleged formation of a cartel to reduce competition in the domestic market, but the Court of Appeal found that such illegal practices did not occur.