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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...

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...