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Kiln break in McInnis Cement adds 1-2 weeks to production stop

03 January 2019, Published under Cement News

Reports of a major kiln break at McInnis Cement’s Port-Daniel plant have indicated that the plant will see a production stop of 6-7 weeks. However, the company has said that a production stop for maintenance purposes was already scheduled and the break adds only 1-2 weeks to the initial plan. The break occurred on Thursday but the company has refused to confirm the exact nature of the damaged and the expected cost of repairs remains unknown. "It adds one to two weeks to our already planned...

LafargeHolcim receives approval for tyre burning project

11 October 2018, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim’s plans to incinerate tyres at its facility in Brookfield, Nova Scotia, has been given regulatory approval by the Canadian province. Although the company requested a three-year project the Environment Department has issued industrial approval to conduct a one-year pilot. Environment Minister, Margaret Miller, has said that the company must monitor air quality at regular intervals when the kiln is operating and monitor groundwater and surface water in the area. "We are dedic...

McInnis Cement in search for new President CEO

08 August 2018, Published under Cement News

Hervé Mallet is leaving McInnis Cement after nearly two years as its President and CEO. Mr Mallet was appointed in November 2016 to straighten out the company which was struggling with cost overruns on the construction of its Port Daniel-Gascons plant. “Mr Hervé Mallet, President and Chief Executive Officer of McInnis since November 2016, is leaving the company. The Board of Directors wishes to acknowledge the work accomplished during Mr. Mallet’s management of the company, and thanks him...

Canada updates its carbon emissions tax policy

03 August 2018, Published under Cement News

Canada's Ministry of Environment and Climate Change updated its carbon tax policy framework this week and revealed that subsidy rates for industrial emitters were up across the board, but that cement, steel-making, lime and nitrogen fertiliser companies would be entitled to the highest subsidies. "We've been clear since the beginning that we would consult with industry and environmental experts to find the best ways to reduce emissions, improve energy efficiency and stay competitive — and t...

CRH to create new global Building Products division

31 May 2018, Published under Cement News

CRH plc will establish a new global Building Products division from 1 January 2019, bringing together its Europe Lightside, Europe Distribution and Americas Products divisions. Under the leadership of Keith Haas (currently President, Americas Products), this new platform will operate alongside our Americas Materials and Europe Materials divisions, leveraging CRH's scale and network opportunities across the company's global products businesses, CRH stated. David Dillon (currently President...

LafargeHolcim appoints new CEO of US Cement

15 May 2018, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim has appointed Jamie Gentoso as the new CEO of its US Cement operations. Ms. Gentoso has previously worked as the senior vice president of concrete at Sika Corp US, and succeeds John Stull, who was recently announced as the CEO of Holcim Philippines. “Jamie has a proven track record in this industry, and her deep-seeded expertise and strong focus on the customer will be valued contributions to LafargeHolcim in the US,” said René Thibault, LafargeHolcim group executive committe...

McInnis Cement can transport more cement by rail

25 April 2018, Published under Cement News

The number of rail wagons transported by McInnis Cement across the Cascapedia bridges in Richmond may be increased, according to Radio Gaspésie. A recent review of the ultrasonic structure has shown that the bearing capacity of the bridges is higher than was estimated. The Canadian Department of Transport will allow McInnis Cement to increase the number of wagons that can cross from 10 to 25 per week. Although CAD100m (US$78m) investment was announced to overhaul the railway system al...

Bid to block LafargeHolcim burning tyres is rejected

21 March 2018, Published under Cement News

The bid to block LafargeHolcim burning tyres at its plant in Brookfield, Nova Scotia, Canada, has been rejected by a Supreme Court judge, according to CBC News. Following the alternative fuel project receiving green-light approval from the Environment Minister, opponents of the plans went to court seeking a judicial review of the minister’s decision. "In taking a wide-angled perspective, it is apparent that there is no support for the applicants' primary ground on this judicial review...

McInnis Cement faces rail limit

22 February 2018, Published under Cement News

Canadian cement producer McInnis Cement faces a new challenge in distributing its cement. The Quebec Ministry of Transport is imposing a 10 rail cars/week limit on cement transportation between Matapédia and Caplan due to the dismal state of the rail line. While 90 per cent of its 2.3Mt cement output is shipped, McInnis Cement had planned to increase rail transport of its products to Canadian and US customers to 40 cars per week by next summer. In May 2015 the Quebec Ministry of Transp...

Lafarge Canada provides update on its two low-carbon fuel studies

18 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Canada’s kiln-fuel study in Alberta announced last week will not be the same as the tyre-burning pilot it has applied for at its Brookfield plant, reports The Chronicle Herald. The Alberta study will examine the environmental effects of introducing low-carbon fuels into its Exshaw plant and will not be completed until December 2019. "It's different processes, it won’t be the same type of process at all," said Rob Cumming, environmental director at Lafarge. Regarding the Brookf...