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Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies develops low metakaolin-based cement

09 October 2018, Published under Cement News

Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies (HGCT) is completing the construction of a 50,000t pilot plant in Bournezeau, Vendée, France. The new works will produce cement using flashed metakaolin, reducing CO 2 emissions to 200-250kg/t produced, according to the company. "We use flashed metakaolin, clay flashed at 750˚C for five seconds, the clay is rendered in a metastable state, between the raw state and the burnt state. This clay powder is then activated. We also worked on clay powder, gypsum...

Vicat Group appoints Hugues Chomel as CFO

24 September 2018, Published under Cement News

France’s Vicat Group has announced the appointment of Hugues Chomel as CFO, replacing Jean-Pierre Souchet, deputy CEO, who will now be serving as an advisor to the chairman and CEO. Mr Chomel joined the company in 2004 and has been the deputy CFO since 2013, having previously worked for Schneider Electric, Alstom and Deloitte.

Vicat is looking at Brazil

21 September 2018, Published under Cement News

Vicat has confirmed that it is in conversations with Ciplan, Cemento Planalto SA, which could lead to an investment in the Brazilian group. The privately-owned Ciplan was established in 1968 and is active in cement, mortar, concrete and aggregates and has around 1100 employees.  No further information was disclosed by Vicat.

Vicat announces expansion plans in India

21 August 2018, Published under Cement News

At the inauguration of a 1.2Mt bulk cement terminal in Mumbai, France-based Vicat Group announced that it has invested INR3bn (US$43m) this year on capacity expansions in southern and eastern India. "We have already invested INR3bn this year. Our expansion plan includes setting up of 1.2Mt of bulk cement terminal at Kalamboli in Mumbai and second line of 2.75Mta capacity in existing Kalburgi cement plant and establishing a grinding unit of 1.7Mta capacity at Vizag in Andhra Pradesh to expa...

Vicat sees strong growth in net profit

07 August 2018, Published under Cement News

Vicat's 1H18 turnover improved by 2.7 per cent to EUR1281m, or by 9.6 per cent on a comparative basis. EBITDA advanced by 4.5 per cent to EUR197m, or by 12.3 per cent on a comparative basis, and the margin improved from 15.1 to 15.4 per cent. The trading profit rose by 21.3 per cent to EUR104m, while the net interest charge was EUR1.8m lower at EUR11.1m, giving an attributable profit 47.2 per cent higher at EUR59m. The net debt at the end of the period amounted to EUR895m, an 11 per cent red...

Ecocem France officially opens new plant in Dunkerque

18 July 2018, Published under Cement News

Ecocem France has opened its new 0.75Mta production plant in Dunkerque, France. Located on a 4ha plot in the Port of Dunkerque, the new facility is equipped with a vertical mill, a mixer and storage facilities. Further expansion is taken into account as the plant’s production capacity can be increased to 1.4Mta.  The new plant enables Ecocem France to gain access to northern French markets as well as the Ile-de-France region. Furthermore, the company will also be able to supply the UK and...

LafargeHolcim France invests EUR3.5m in Dunkerque Nord grinding unit

18 July 2018, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim France is installing a new blending facility at its Dunkerque Nord grinding plant to increase the unit’s capacity. With equipment supplied by Wamservira will enable the grinding plant to produce low-carbon cement. The EUR3.5m investment is located in the heart of the Port of Dunkerque on a 2.5ha site. Work started on 26 May with the construction of the foundations. The dosing equipment, mixers and silos will be installed before commissioning in early 2019. "With a st...


02 July 2018, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim has started its EUR100m+ investment in its Martres-Tolosane plant in Haute Garonne,  southern France, with completion envisaged in 2020. This should enable the use of alternative materials in clinker production to be increased from 39 to 80 per cent and the overall capacity of the works to be raised by some 20 per cent. Huaxin Cement, a 41.8 per cent-owned LafargeHolcim associate has formed a 50 per cent-owned associate in Nepal to build a US$140m cement works at Dhading. Hu...

LafargeHolcim starts Martres-Tolosane modernisation

05 June 2018, Published under Cement News

On Monday, LafargeHolcim announced the start of the modernisation works at its Martres-Tolosane plant in France. The project represents an investment of more than EUR100m. The first phase of civil engineering was awarded to Toulouse-based Eiffage Génie Civil. The next 12 months will see the construction of the foundations of the new preheater tower and kiln line. The allocation of the next contracts will occur in the coming months, said the cement company.

LafargeHolcim announces jobs restructuring at corporate offices

25 May 2018, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim has announced proposals to simplify its corporate organisation. Around 200 corporate jobs will go and the corporate offices in Paris and Zurich will close. Remaining positions in Switzerland will be moved to the company's Holderbank site and a new corporate office in Zug. In Paris remaining positions would be moved to Clamart in the southwest of the city. The plan is targeted to be completed by the end of 2018.   Jan Jenisch, CCEO of LafargeHolcim: "This painful but necessary s...