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Complaint filed against Lehigh Cement's proposed acquisition of Keystone Cement

24 May 2021, Published under Cement News

The Federal Trade Commission is seeking to block Lehigh Cement Co LLC’s US$151m acquisition of rival Pennsylvania-based cement producer Keystone Cement Co (Element Group), alleging the deal would harm regional competition in the market. Lehigh (HeidelbergCement group) owns multiple competing factories that sell cement in Keystone markets, including two cement plants located within 40 miles of Keystone’s plant in Bath, Pennsylvania. The Commission filed an administrative complaint and aut...

Elementia commissions Yucatan plant

28 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Mexico's Cementos Fortaleza ( Elementia) inaugurated its new grinding plant in Yucatan last Friday, together with the governor of Yucatan, Mauricio Vila  Dosal , the mayor of Progreso, Julián  Zacarías   Curi , and the Secretariat of Economic Development and Work, Ernesto Herrera Novel. The grinding station will have a cement production capacity of 250,000tpa and during the first stage of construction generated about 300 direct and 450 indirect jobs.

Cementos Fortaleza inaugurates Progreso plant

21 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Elementia-owned Cementos Fortaleza inaugurated its new US$25m cement plant in Progreso, Yucatan, Mexico. Yucatan state governor, Mauricio Vila Dosal, and Elementia CEO, Jaime Rocha Font attended the ceremony. The production facility has a capacity of 0.25Mta and incorporates state-of-the-art technology. It will complement the company’s current coverage of the Mexican market and is in line with its present expansion strategy. At the end of 2019, Elementia’s cement operations held a market...

Elementia appoints new CEO

24 June 2020, Published under Cement News

Mexico’s Elementia has appointed Jaime Rocha Font as its new CEO, with effect from 2 September 2020. Mr Rocha Font will take over the position from Fernando Ruiz Jacques, who has held the role since February 2015. Mr Rocha Font is the current head of Elementia’s cement division and thereby serves as the CEO of Cementos Fortaleza. Alongside this, he has been the president of the country’s National Cement Chamber since 2019. "I appreciate the work and dedication that Fernando Ruiz carrie...

Lehigh Hanson set to acquire Giant Cement's Keystone plant

27 September 2019, Published under Cement News

HeidelbergCement has announced that its north American subsidiary, Lehigh Hanson Inc, has entered into an agreement to acquire Giant Cement’s (Elementia SAB de CV) Keystone facility in Bath, Pennsylvania. The agreed purchase price for the unit is US$151m cash free and debt free, equivalent to US$137/t of capacity. The plant operates 1.1Mta of cement capacity following a kiln line modernisation in 2009. It supplies the Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York markets with bulk and bagged Portl...

Pura vida in Costa Rica

20 May 2019, Published under Cement News

“Pura vida” means “pure life”, but for Costa Ricans it is more than the country’s catchy slogan to say everything is cool. It is their relaxed way of life, where everything runs smoothly and with a positive focus. This way of life was also reflected in Elementia’s choice of a Gebr Pfeiffer ready2grind system for its new Salinas Esparza plant. By Chris Oesch, Gebr Pfeiffer Inc, USA. Clinker storage and mill feeding area of Gebr Pfeiffer’s ready2grind system at Elementia’s Salinas Es...

Higher fuel and power costs affect Mexican cement producers

22 November 2018, Published under Cement News

EBITDA margins of Cemex, Moctezuma, Cementos Chihuahua and Elementia have contracted by 0.5-2 percentage points in the 3Q18  as fuel and power costs in Mexico have risen. "At least half of the increase in costs was due to increases in energy, both electricity and energy, whose prices are dollarised," said Carlos García, infrastructure analyst at Signum Research. In the case of Cemex, the company’s overall EBITDA margin fell by 1.1 percentage points to 18.8 per cent while in Mexico, its ope...

Elementia to invest US$30m in Yucatán grinding unit

15 August 2018, Published under Cement News

Mexican cement producer Elementia will invest US$30m in a 0.25Mta grinding unit in Yucatán, reports CE Noticias Financiers. The project is in line with Fortaleza’s commercial strategy and part of the company’s previously-announced profitable growth strategy focussed on the countries where it currently operates – Mexico, USA and Costa Rica, according to a company statement. The new cement plant is scheduled to start operations at the end of 1H19, according to the company.

Timothy Kuebler becomes country manager of Giant

03 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Timothy Kuebler has joined Elementia as the country manager of Giant, reporting to the cement division. Mr Kuebler has more than 30 years of experience in the cement industry. His previous position was as senior vice president for Titan (cement and aggregates). Additionally, Mr Kuebler has worked for Lehigh Cement Company as vice president of sales and marketing in the USA and Canada and he has collaborated with Builders Concrete and Titan Florida Materials companies where he served as vi...

Elementia restructures debt with new seven-year loan

05 December 2017, Published under Cement News

Elementia, SAB de CV has announced that it obtained a loan from Citi Banamex for MXN925m (US$49.6m) over a seven-year term, with payments beginning in the first half of 2020, given its two-year grace period. The financial restructuring is part of its strategy to strengthen its balance sheet and maintain its profitable growth. The loan successfully concludes the company's commitment, as announced in 2016, of exchanging short-term for long-term debt during 2017. The proceeds will be used to...