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Cemex successfully converts kiln flue gases into nanomaterials

26 April 2022, Published under Cement News

Cemex has announced that it has successfully tested a process that converts flue gases emitted by the cement kiln into carbon nanomaterials, thereby transforming ‘bad’ carbon into ‘good’ carbon. Due to their unique mechanical, thermal, electrical and chemical properties, carbon nanomaterials have several potential applications in a wide array of industries, from construction to biomedicine. This technology was born out of Smart Innovation, Cemex’s internal open innovation platform. Ceme...

Cemex Ventures invests in Carbon Upcycling Technologies

22 April 2022, Published under Cement News

Cemex Ventures ( Cemex Group ) is investing in Carbon Upcycling Technologies, a Canadian startup and global leader in developing carbon utilisation and grinding technologies for the cement industry.   Carbon Upcycling's proprietary solution infuses carbon into a grinding process for industrial residues, such as slag and fly ashes, to produce a more reactive supplementary cementitious material. These materials can then be used to replace clinker in cement production. The blended cement an...

Cuban cement plants intend to take output over 1Mta in 2022

20 April 2022, Published under Cement News

While cement plants in Cuba will produce more cement in 2022, this would remain insufficient to meet national cement demand, according to the Cuban Ministry of Construction. It is expected that the country will output more than 1Mt in 2022, up from 0.8Mt in the previous year. The country has currently five cent plants with a further two under construction in Camagüey and Santiago de Cuba. If operating at full capacity they would be able to produce the 4Mt required by the domestic market. ...

Puerto Rican cement sales down 7% in March

19 April 2022, Published under Cement News

In March 2022 cement sales in Puerto Rico fell by 6.5 per cent YoY to 1.47m bags of 94lb, or 62,677t, according to the country’s Institute of Statistics. Despite the fourth-consecutive monthly fall, sales are 24.5 per cent above the pre-pandemic level. Cement production in March 2022 slipped 0.7 per cent YoY to 32, 618t (765,000 bags). Output from the country’s cement factories has fallen for nine of the last 11 months.

Cemex signs alternative fuel agreement with 3M

11 April 2022, Published under Cement News

Cemex has expanded its use of alternative fuels with an agreement with 3M in Panama to process their industrial waste. This collaboration aligns with Cemex’s Future in Action strategy to reduce its carbon footprint and contribute to a circular economy. This agreement adds to Cemex’s extensive capacity to repurpose society’s waste in its operations, reducing the carbon footprint of its own productions processes as well as the amount of waste sent to landfills. Decomposition in landfills pr...

US Portland and blended cement market expands in January

08 April 2022, Published under Cement News

Portland and blended cement shipments in the USA and Puerto Rico, including imports, edged up to 6.6Mt in January 2022, according to the US Geological Survey USGS). The largest consuming states were Texas, Florida, California, Georgia and Arizona, who accounted for a total share of 51 per cent of these shipments. The leading producing states were Texas, California, Florida, Missouri and Alabama. Masonry cement shipments slipped to 175,000t in January 2022 when compared with January 2021. Fl...

Plycem invests US$3m in microconcrete sheet production

04 April 2022, Published under Cement News

Plycem  ( Elementia Group ) has announced the investment of US$3m in its manufacturing plant located in Cartago. With this, it seeks the automation of a new production line for ‘microconcrete’ sheets in Costa Rica. Microconcrete consists of a sheet with a lower technical specification than the fibre cement sheets that the company already produces. It is a 12mm thick product, made with Portland cement, expanded polystyrene or stereophonic beads, and reinforcing mesh. In the country, self-...

Cemex releases its 2021 integrated annual report

29 March 2022, Published under Cement News

Cemex has launched its 2021 Integrated Report: 'Building a Better Future,' which includes a comprehensive analysis of the company’s strategic vision, operational performance, corporate governance, and value creation. The report highlights the company’s essential value of its industrial activity, climate action strategy,  commitment to innovation in the industry and unlocking new opportunities, as well as its focus on employee safety and wellbeing. "Despite another year full of unique c...

Elementia to invest US$40m in El Salvador

18 March 2022, Published under Cement News

Mexico-based Elementia is investing US$40m in its Cementos Fortaleza plant in Acajutla, El Salvador. The project will add 0.3Mta of cement capacity to the country and is expected to start operation in the 1Q23. “The new 0.3Mta Cementos Fortaleza plant, which is expected to start operations in the first quarter of 2023, will be built in El Salvador due to its strategic location in Central America, with access to key ports, a climate positive in terms of foreign investment and the right char...

Puerto Rican cement sales decline 13% in February

17 March 2022, Published under Cement News

In February 2022 cement sales in Puerto Rico declined 13.3 per cent YoY to 1.18m bags of 94lb, or 50,312t, according to Puerto Rico’s Institute of Statistics. However, cement output increased 4.1 per cent YoY to 26,478t. Production had been falling for eight of the last 10 months, reports Sin Comillas.