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Fives Pillard appoints new executive director

01 October 2021, Published under Cement News

Fabien Illy has joined Fives Pillard as its new executive director. Fabien has considerable and international expertise in the combustion industry where he has spent the majority of his career. His main role will be to drive the company's business strategy, international development and boost its growth. After first starting his career at Air Liquide and working in its R&D department for combustion and cryogenics, Fabien joined the Group Fives 18 years ago where he held variou...

Vicat announces methanol production at Montalieu-Vercieu cement plant

16 September 2021, Published under Cement News

In partnership with Hynamics, a subsidiary of the EDF Group specialising in hydrogen production, Vicat is developing an integrated solution for capturing CO 2   and producing carbon-free methanol.  The Hynovi project aims to create the first production sector for decarbonised methanol in France and is in line with the  French government's objectives in terms of decarbonisation of industry and energy independence, of which synthetic fuels constitute one of the main levers.  The pro...

Vicat reports 20% rise in 1H consolidated sales

28 July 2021, Published under Cement News

Vicat reported a 19.6 per cent increase in consolidated sales as they rose from EUR1.304bn in the 1H20 to EUR1.56bn in the 1H21. At constant scope and exchange rates the advance is 26.2 per cent YoY. The group enjoyed strong sales growth in the 1H21 as buoyant markets combined with a favourable basis of comparison.  Business was hit particularly hard in the 2Q20, particularly in India and France, by the spread of COVID-19 and the governmental measures introduced to tackle it. Although the ...

Steel producer starts blastfurnace slag supply to French cement plant

15 July 2021, Published under Cement News

A French cement plant has taken a first order for 50,000t of blastfurnace slag from Liberty Galați of Romania. The slag will be converted into low-carbon cement to lower the cement producer's carbon footprint. A first ship loaded with blastfurnace slag, from Liberty Galati's steel facilities, was recently transported to the French cement manufacturer.  The steel producer’s new process is environmentally friendly as it does not involve the extraction of limestone, does not release ...

EU economic recovery threatened by building material shortages

09 July 2021, Published under Cement News

European construction executives are increasingly concerned that the building material shortage and higher material prices could undermine the EU's flagship EUR800bn Economic Stimulus Plan (ESP). The Construction Industry Federation (FIEC) has reported that cement prices have increased by 10 per cent in a single month, timber prices were up 20 per cent and bitumen prices have risen 15 per cent in three months. Market analysts suspect that the higher building material prices, product shortage...

Extinction Rebellion target LafargeHolcim's Paris facility

05 July 2021, Published under Cement News

Members of Extinction Rebellion protested at LafargeHolcim’s ready-mix concrete operations in Paris, last week, denouncing what they called the firm's environmentally damaging pursuit of profit. The protest forced the company to halt operations at the Port de Javel site and divert trucks to another site. Loic Leuliette, a spokesperson for LafargeHolcim France, said the company was investing in greener cement. A day earlier, the protesters, who include activists from the NGO Soulevement...

Vicat contracts FLSmidth for full-scale clay calcination project

29 June 2021, Published under Cement News

Vicat has contracted FLSmidth to deliver equipment for a new project in France, which will replace clinker with an environmentally-friendly clay and cut up to 16 per cent of CO 2  emissions, compared to existing cement products. The order includes FLSmidth’s new flash calciner technology, an environmental control system and alternative fuel storage. The project is set to become Europe’s first full-scale clay calcination installation. The flash calciner, expected to have a minimum capacity...

French cement consumption expected to recover in 2021

28 May 2021, Published under Cement News

Cement consumption in France fell 7.5 per cent to an estimated 17.891Mt in 2020 with demand in 2021 forecast at 19.039Mt, up 6.5 per cent YoY, according to CIC Market Solutions. Ready-mix concrete production in FY20 contracted 9.1 per cent to 36.994Mm 3 when expressed in constant working days. In the first quarter of 2021, output saw a 23 per cent YoY jump but edged up 1.1 per cent when compared with the 1Q19. Cement producers such as Lafarge France and Ciments Français announced a price...

Cem'In'EU's Rhône plant received CE marking

24 May 2021, Published under Cement News

Cem’In’EU has announced that its Rhône Cements site has obtained CE marking for all of its cements, both bulk and bags. This follows long-term and particularly-demanding management of quality and the implementation of a 4.0 technology ensuring the regularity and traceability of production. The plant has also completed its first shipment with the European cement in a 25kg bag.

Vicat reports 15% YoY surge in sales for 1Q21

06 May 2021, Published under Cement News

Vicat Group’s consolidated sales in the first quarter of 2021 reached EUR707m from EUR615m in the 1Q20, up 14.9 per cent on a reported basis and 22.1 per cent at constant scope and exchange rates. The group saw the benefits of a highly favourable base comparison in the first quarter given the impact of the pandemic and the government measures taken to address it in March 2020 and more generally during the first six months of 2020. However, the first-quarter performance not only exceeded tha...