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France: Daniel Group to buy Lafarge quarries

24 May 2016, Published under Cement News

Daniel Group is to buy three assets of Lafarge in France. The Baudreix-Mirepeix site comprises a 200,000tpa alluvial gravel quarry and a concrete plant. The agreement will also include the acquisition of the 350,000tpa Louvie-Juzon, an open pit limestone quarry, as well as a further concrete plant. These purchases add to the offer of the construction material specialist, which aims to broaden its customer base. With these acquisitions, the Daniel group owns 19 sites, reports Aggregate Resea...

France: Saint-Pierre-la-Cour plant to raise alternative fuel usage

05 May 2016, Published under Cement News

Lafarge is to increase its alternative fuel usage at Saint-Pierre-la-Cour, the biggest cement plant in France, reports Aggregate Research. The replacement rate of fossil fuels currently used could reach 83 per cent thanks to a new shredded solid waste recovery workshop, which was inaugurated in March 2016. Lafarge aims to be less dependent on imported products and promote local industry. In 2013 the thermal substitution rate at the cement plant was 60 per cent, up from 39 per cent in 2012....

Vicat sees 1Q16 revenues reach EUR554m

28 April 2016, Published under Cement News

In their quarterly statement for 1Q16, Vicat announced that turnover improved by 3.3 per cent YoY to EUR554m (US$629m), which represents an underlying advance of 6.5 per cent. Cement turnover was up by 1.5 per cent to EUR346m (US$392m), as cement shipments rose by 13.8 per cent to 4.83Mt. The turnover in concrete and aggregates was 7.7 per cent ahead at EUR204m (US$231m), which represents an underlying advance of 9.1 per cent, as aggregates shipments rose by 15.2 per cent to 4.83Mt and re...

Lafarge inaugurates new solid waste grinding unit in France

31 March 2016, Published under Cement News

Lafarge has inaugurated a new solid waste grinding facility at its Saint-Pierre-la-Cour cement works in Mayenne, France. The new unit will help the French cement producer to increase its thermal substitution rate to over 80 per cent. The company sources around 60 per cent of its waste from the Loire and Bretagne area.

Vicat’s profits declines in most markets

15 March 2016, Published under Cement News

French cement major Vicat saw its profits decline in most markets last year with the USA and India being the only exceptions. Turnover improved by 1.5 per cent in 2015 to EUR2457.9m and EBITDA was up by the same percentage to EUR448m, while at unchanged parameters there would have been declines of 4.4 per cent and 4.3 per cent, respectively.  The trading profit fell by 4.8 per cent to EUR249.7m, with the reduction at unchanged parameters being 10.4 per cent as the stronger dollar had ...


02 March 2016, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim has inaugurated 0.1Mta of additional grinding capacity at the Ndola cement works in Zambia, taking the annual capacity there to 0.5Mt. In addition to supplying the domestic market, this works exports to the Congo. In France LafargeHolcim is ceasing clinker production at Le Havre and at La Couronne. There will be a considerable reduction in staffing levels as only 31 will remain at Le Havre and 27 at La Couronne. The US$765m deal to sell one integrated works and one grindi...

Vicat underlying turnover eases by 4.4%

05 February 2016, Published under Cement News

Vicat's turnover improved by 1.5 per cent in 2015 to EUR2458m, which translates into an underlying decline of 4.4 per cent on a like-for-like basis. Turnover in cement advanced by 0.8 per cent to EUR1495m, or EUR1256m after deducting inter-group transfers. Aggregates and concrete sales improved by 3.6 per cent to EUR914m, while other activities saw turnover edging ahead by 0.4 per cent to EUR400m. Cement accounted for 53.4 per cent of turnover, little changed from the 53.7 per cent shown ...

Havre and La Couronne units to become grinding centres

03 February 2016, Published under Cement News

As part of the restructuring following the merger LafargeHolcim will be closing down cement production at the Havre and La Couronne cement works in France. Havre will be converted into a grinding station with 31 staff (compared with the current 152) while La Couronne will become a grinding unit with 27 staff. Last week, Eric Olsen, LafargeHolcim CEO, said the company was planning to close down some of its plants as capacity utilisation was currently around two-thirds, well below targe...

SFIC: French cement sector to stabilise in 2016

27 January 2016, Published under Cement News

France's cement sector in 2016 is showing "some signs of optimism" and pointing therefore to a stabilisation of the markets after eight years of decline thanks to a pick-up in the housing segment, said Raoul de Parisot, president of the Syndicat français de l’industrie cimentière (SFIC). In 2015 the market contracted around 1Mt with consumption falling from 18Mt to 17.1Mt. In the 2007-15 demand dropped by around 30 per cent. “Our plants have capacity rates of between 65-70 per cent, which...

HEPHA hosts its second Refractory Monoliths Colloquium

27 November 2015, Published under Cement News

Refractory specialists HEPHA successfully hosted its second colloquium on 5 November 2015 at Lyon Confluence, France, dedicated to the theme of refractory monoliths. The range of expert contributors delivered presentations under two key sections: Temperature corrosion • An approach to an analytical method for maintenance of refractories in cement plants: 
Imed Gader, expert in cement processes and productions of HEPHA (Tunisia) • Principal wear corrosion mechanisms of refractory mate...