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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...

Vicat advances well in the USA but France, Italy and Africa weaken

04 November 2015, Published under Cement News

Vicat's turnover for the first nine months of the year improved by 1.9 per cent to EUR1883m, which represents an underlying decline of 5.3 per cent. The gearing level was reduced from 46.8 per cent at the end of September last year to 43.7 per cent this time. Turnover in cement was 2.5 per cent higher at EUR1,157m, which represented 53.9 per cent of the group total. Cement deliveries declined by 4.4 per cent to 15.13Mt. The aggregates and concrete turnover improved by 1.8 per cent to EUR6...

ThyssenKrupp merges plant technology businesses in France

02 October 2015, Published under Cement News

ThyssenKrupp is strengthening its plant technology capabilities in France by merging the formerly-separate entities Polysius and KH Mineral to become ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (France), the company said in a statement yesterday. The step came into effect as of 1 October 2015. As of today, ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (France) employs around 300 employees at two locations in Aix-en-Provence and Sarreguemines. Samir Abi Ramia, CEO of ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions (France):...

Vicat launches new range of high performance cements

10 September 2015, Published under Cement News

Vicat is launching a new range of “ultra-performing” cements: Alpenatup, Ultimatup, Smartup and Promptup. The latest additions to the Vicat product range are particularly suited to the construction, public works and civil engineering markets, according to the company. "We wanted to give this range of ultra-high performance cements an easily-understood name as well as a colour code that is consistent and simple, integrating it in our existing ranges. The technical expertise of the Vicat Grou...

Fives facilitates Suez Cement's fuel substitution strategy

06 August 2015, Published under Cement News

In the framework of a firing conversion to coal and petcoke, Fives will deliver a new FCB TSV™ classifier to to Egypt-based producer Suez Cement Co for the modernisation of a vertical ball mill and the optimisation of solid fuel grinding plant operations. Through the installation of its high efficiency third-generation classifier, Fives will enable Suez Cement  to increase grinding plant capacity by 17 per cent and consequently increase its fuel substitution rate. The contract includes the...

Vicat’s cement volume declines but cement EBITDA improves

05 August 2015, Published under Cement News

Vicat's first-half turnover improved by two per cent to EUR1243.6m, which amounts to a 6.1 per cent reduction on a comparative basis. EBITDA declined by 2.2 per cent to EUR203.1m and the margin narrowed from 17.1 per cent to 16.3 per cent. The trading profit came off by 19.2 per cent to EUR93.3m, an underlying reduction of 25.4 per cent. After a net financial charge 5.9 per cent lower at EUR27.8m and a 40 per cent increase in the income from associates to EUR2.4m, the pretax profit declin...

Holcim France to be renamed Orsima under CRH

17 July 2015, Published under Cement News

As of 1 August 2015, the former French subsidiary of Holcim, now owned by CRH, will be renamed Orsima. With the acquisition of Holcim France, resulting from the merger between Holcim and Lafarge, CRH will have a market share of around 15 per cent in the country. The Ireland-based company now owns the three integrated cement works of Lumbers, Heming and Rochefort-sur-Nenon, the four grinding centres of Grand-Couronne, Dannes, Dunkirk and La Rochelle as well as the Montoir-de-Bretagne ble...