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Puerto Rican cement sales up 4% in June

13 July 2022, Published under Cement News

In June 1.35m bags of 42.6kg,or 57,561t, were sold in Puerto Rico. This represents a 3.7 per cent increase when compared with June 2021, according to the country’s Institute of Statistics – the first increase in 13 months. When compared with June 2019, sales were up 19.6 per cent. Cement production advanced 31.5 per cent YoY in June to 860,000 bags, or 36,668t – the third consecutive increase.

CEMEX completes bolt-on aggregates acquisition

12 July 2022, Published under Cement News

CEMEX has announced that it has completed the acquisition of a 53 per cent stake in German aggregates company ProStein. The investment expands CEMEX’s aggregates business in the region while increasing the lifespan of its aggregates reserves in Europe. The company’s aggregates sales in Germany are expected to double with the acquisition. ProStein’s assets include six active hardstone plants and six construction, demolition, and excavation waste (CDEW) recovery sites. This deal is part o...

Holcim El Salvador starts Plants of Tomorrow technology at Maya plant

07 July 2022, Published under Cement News

Holcim El Salvador has been celebrating the opening of its state-of-the-art Maya cement plant.   The Maya plant upgrade is part of the group’s 'Plants of Tomorrow' programme, one of the largest roll-outs of Industry 4.0 in the building materials industry. At Maya, the company is deploying innovative technologies for increased safety, efficiency and sustainability, including a remote plant control system, drones for kiln and tower inspections, mobile app to track production levels a...

US-Puerto Rican Portland and blended cement market contracts 5% in April

27 June 2022, Published under Cement News

Shipments of Portland and blended cement (including imports) in the USA and Puerto Rico declined by 5.3 per cent YoY to 9.2Mt in April 2022, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).  The leading cement-consuming states – Texas, California, Florida, Ohio and Georgia – accounted for 41 per cent of total shipments. The leading cement-producing states were Texas, California, Missouri, Florida and Alabama. Masonry cement shipments totalled 217,000t in April 2022, slipping from April 2021. ...

Puerto Rican cement market expands 5% in May

14 June 2022, Published under Cement News

Puerto Rican cement sales in May 2022 declined 4.9 per cent YoY to 1.32m bags of 42.6kg, or 56,282t, according to the Puerto Rican Institute of Statistics. While the drop represents the sixth consecutive fall, sales are 8.8 per cent higher than in May 2019, before the COVID-19 pandemic. Cement production expanded 40.9 per cent in May 2022 to 32,831t, when compared with May 2021. This represents the second consecutive month of growth. In the past three years, output from the country’s cemen...

Fitch Ratings upgrades Cemex to BB+

14 June 2022, Published under Cement News

Fitch Ratings has upgraded the foreign and local currency Issuer Default Ratings (IDRs) of Cemex to 'BB+' from 'BB', its senior unsecured notes to 'BB+' from 'BB' and its subordinated hybrid issuance to 'BB-' from 'B+'. Cemex's national long-term rating is being upgraded to 'AA-(mex)' from 'A+(mex)', and its national short-term rating is affirmed at 'F1'. The rating outlook is stable. The upgrade reflects Cemex’s ongoing stronger operating performance which, along with asset sales, has ...

USA/Puerto Rico cement market expands 3% in March

13 June 2022, Published under Cement News

Portland and blended cement deliveries in the USA and Puerto Rico saw a 3.3 per cent YoY uptick in March 2022, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). A total of 45 per cent of deliveries were received by the five top consuming states – Texas, California, Florida, Arizona and Georgia. The leading producing states for Portland and blended cement were Texas, California, Missouri, Florida and Alabama. Masonry cement shipments totalled 228,000t in March 2022, representing a 2.7 per cent Y...

Sunshine for Argos Honduras

23 May 2022, Published under Cement News

The Honduran cement industry will see a further round of upgrades and expansion as Argos invests US$23m in key projects at its Piedras Azules and Río Blanquito cement plants. In addition to the expansion of Piedras Azules’ cement capacity, the company will also be investing significantly in renewable energy, including solar power. By Argos, Honduras. The solar farm at Argos’ Piedras Azules plant, inaugurated in 2020 Argos has announced that it will invest US$23m in strategic pro...

Puerto Rican market contracts 5% in April

20 May 2022, Published under Cement News

In April 2022 cement sales in Puerto Rico reached 1.3m bags of 42.6kg (94lb), or 55,250t, representing a five per cent drop when compared with April 2021, according to the country’s statistics office. However, sales were 13.2 per cent ahead of April 2019, before the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. In the January-April 2022 period, cement sales in Puerto Rico reached 5.02m bags, or 213,852t.

Cemex and Coolbrook to work on electric cement kiln

18 May 2022, Published under Cement News

Cemex announced that it expects to work with Coolbrook to test their patented technology that uses electricity in place of fossil fuels in the heating process of cement production. The companies have reached a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to combine their expertise to develop optimal electric process heating solutions that can be applied in the cement manufacturing process. Coolbrook's Roto Dynamic Heater (“RDH”) technology aims to revolutionise cement production by replacing foss...