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IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference - registration open!

08 January 2015, Published under Cement News

Registration is now open for the 57th annual IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference, to be held at the Sheraton Centre Hotel in Toronto, Canada, over 26-30 April  2015. This year’s conference theme is “BIG”. The conference is the biggest in the industry and will be hosted in Canada’s biggest city.  The biggest technical ideas will be presented in technical sessions, tutorial sessions and new professional training sessions. Plus, a field visit to the biggest cement plant in Canada...

Government support of Canadian plant to be investigated

27 November 2014, Published under Cement News

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) welcomed the move by the Office of the US Trade Representative to press Canada at the World Trade Organization (WTO) over a financial assistance package provided for a cement plant in Quebec that US cement producers say amount to illegal subsidies of up to US$400m. "USTR has raised this issue at high levels of Canadian government and is currently reviewing the financial assistance package that Canada provided. Senator Brown is pleased the issue was raised at the...

Nova Scotia to use fracking waste at Lafarge plant

30 October 2014, Published under Cement News

Canada's Nova Scotia province has given the go-ahead for 5Ml of hydraulic fracturing wastewater to be disposed at the Lafarge Brookfield plant following a successful pilot project earlier this spring. The province’s Environment Minister, Randy Delorey, said in a statement he's approved a request from Atlantic Industrial Services to use the waste water at the Brookfield plant. The leftover waste water from drilling that took place seven years ago, estimated in 10 million litres, are current...

McInnis Cement completes financing for Port-Daniel plant, Canada

04 August 2014, Published under Cement News

McInnis Cement has announced the completion of the financial structure for its cement plant in Gaspé, Canada. National Bank of Canada, as sole bookrunner of the bank syndicate, has confirmed the availability of a US$360m loan for the project. This amount is in addition to the US$500m in equity from private and public investors including the joint venture formed by the groupe Beaudier and La Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, as well as the participation of Investissement Québec (IQ). ...

Holcim and Lafarge announce proposed asset disposals

07 July 2014, Published under Cement News

Two months after the announcement of their planned merger, Lafarge and Holcim have revealed the list of proposed divestments. In Europe the merged entity aims to have “a significant and balanced industrial base in Europe – around 20 per cent of its revenues – within its overall global footprint, enabling it to take advantage of the European economic recovery,” according to a joint statement. LafargeHolcim plans to sell Lafarge’s Mannersdorf works in Austria as well as the Lafarge Tarmac a...

LH Merger update: plants for sale

07 July 2014, Published under Cement News

Finally, exactly two months after the first official announcement of their 'merger of equals', Lafarge and Holcim clarify which plants are likely to be put up for sale. No surprises for those who've been following our coverage of the deal to date with divestments slated for Austria, France, Germany, Romania, Hungary and the UK in Europe; Canada - but not the USA - in north America; Brazil in Latin America; Philippines in Asia; Reunion and Mauritius in the Indian Ocean... We summarise the...

CAC calls on British Columbia government to change how cement carbon tax is applied

13 May 2014, Published under Cement News

The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) is calling on the British Columbia government to change how the carbon tax is applied to the cement sector. "The cement industry wants to be part of the solution to climate change through equitable application of the carbon tax," says CAC President and CEO Michael McSweeney. "We continue to push the government to live up to its own Budget 2013 and B.C. Standing Committee on Finance recommendations to examine the carbon tax and address the devastating...

Holcim suspends Joliette investment

27 March 2014, Published under Cement News

Holcim said it would suspend its CAD250m (US$225m) investment to expand capacity at its Joliette works in Canada given the potential economic uncertainty caused by the new Port-Daniel-Gascons cement works in Gaspésie, Québec, local press have reported. The Québec government recently awarded a CAD250m grant and tax benefits for 10 years to the greenfield project by McInnis Ciment. "We put the project on hold until we know really what impact the arrival of the new plant. We do not want to p...

Port-Daniel project spurs creation of advocacy group, Canada

19 March 2014, Published under Cement News

The British Columbia government's recent announcement of a massive investment of public funds in a new cement plant project in Port-Daniel-Gascons has spurred the creation of an advocacy group calling for a fair and equitable competitive environment to be maintained for the cement industry in Quebec. The Regroupement pour l'équité dans l'industrie cimentière québécoise, which consists of representatives from various sectors, says it is shedding light on "the unfair and unlevel playing fiel...

Quebec cement industry urges government to ensure new plant adheres to regulations

12 March 2014, Published under Cement News

Drawing attention to potential risks to the lobster fishery industry in Gaspesie, the Cement Association of Canada (CAC) today urged the Minister of Fisheries and Oceans, the Honourable Gail Shea, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Lisa Raitt, and the Minister of the Environment, the Honourable Leona Aglukkaq, to ensure that the proposed project for a new cement plant in Port-Daniel-Gascons, Quebec not be allowed to bypass any applicable federal processes and regulations. In a state...