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France leads European construction slowdown

23 June 2023, Published under Cement News

Financial analysts CIC-Market Solutions (CMS) forecasts a decline in European construction activity, especially in France where new property builds are expected to dip. "The property market, traditionally the first sector of the real economy to be affected by monetary tightening policies, is bearing the full brunt of the combined effect of rising interest rates and higher factor costs, as well as the government's half-hearted efforts to support activity," said the French analysts. "After the...

Aggregate Industries welcomes UK's first green bio-fuel cement tanker

20 June 2023, Published under Cement News

Aggregate Industries  (part of Holcim ) has taken delivery of the next generation of cement tanker, fuelled by a green bio-fuel. Marking a UK first, the company has deployed the truck as part of its Lafarge Cement business. Working with logistical partner, Lomas Distribution, the 44t bulk tanker is fuelled by hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), a fossil-free alternative to mineral diesel, resulting in up to 90 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.  The truck joins the fleet of 5...

Geocycle UK accelerates decarbonisation efforts

16 June 2023, Published under Cement News

The investment of GBP13.5M (US$17.25m/EUR15.7m) contributes to Geocycle's commitment to decarbonise the Aggregate Industries ' Cauldon cement plant ( Holcim group ) by saving up to 30,000t of CO 2 per year. At the same time the platform supports the country's efforts to find sustainable solutions for non-recyclable waste streams such as plastics, fibres and textiles. The majority of the material comes from within a 50-mile radius of the site, reducing transport emissions whilst ensuring ...

Holcim acquires Minerales y Agregados

15 June 2023, Published under Cement News

Holcim has acquired Minerales y Agregados, a leader in advanced mortars and adhesives in Guatemala. Minerales y Agregados represents Holcim’s first production facility in Guatemala, while expanding the region’s Solutions & Products range with a new line of business. Holcim expects to deliver synergies by expanding the supply of Minerales y Agregados from its plants in Metapán, El Salvador, as well as by expanding the advanced mortars and adhesives offer from the Disensa retail network. ...

Lafarge Africa appoints new CEO

15 June 2023, Published under Cement News

Mr Lolu Alade-Akinyemi has been appointed group managing director/chief executive officer (GMD/CEO) of Lafarge Africa  (part of Holcim ) with effect from 1 July 2023. Prior to this appointment, Mr Alade-Akinyemi was the company’s CFO and the supply chain director. He was appointed an executive director to the board on 8 April 2020. He has over 20 years of cross-functional experience in finance, supply chain, business development, and sales. According to the company, Mr Alade-Akinyemi i...

Exshaw Cement progresses with 'Low-Carbon Fuel project'

14 June 2023, Published under Cement News

Exshaw Cement plant has announced that its 'Low-Carbon Fuel project' is advancing quickly.  Brad Kok, CEO of Lafarge Canada (West) ( Holcim Group ), and his team toured the project last week for implementation later this year. This initiative will replace 50 per cent of natural gas on our modern kiln line with low-carbon recycled materials and reduce our carbon footprint while reusing materials that would have been transported to landfills.

Digitalisation with lower case ‘d’

13 June 2023, Published under Cement News

Large companies proudly initiate large-scale digitalisation programmes and invest millions in futuristic solutions. The new challenges of a rapidly-changing world require a new set of skills and, above all, a certain mindset that is open to learning and open to change. Combining such a mindset with easily-accessible tools, Holcim’s Siggenthal plant in Switzerland has implemented low-cost digital solutions at its Gabenchopf quarry. By Dr Pawel Kawalc, Holcim, Switzerland. Figure ...

Aggregate Industries appoints new plant manager

08 June 2023, Published under Cement News

UK-based Aggregate Industries , which is part of the Holcim Group , has appointed Thierry Davila as plant manager at its Cauldon  works in Staffordshire. Mr Davila has over 27 years’ experience in the cement industry, including almost 20 as part of the Holcim Group. Having worked on Cauldon projects since November 2021 in his previous role with Holcim, Mr Davila has made a full-time move to the UK to focus on strategic operations within the business. He will also focus on implementing the...

Holcim Philippines’ PLC offering

05 June 2023, Published under Cement News

The introduction of Holcim Philippine’s brand of Portland limestone cement (PLC) to the domestic construction market is an important step in the local cement industry’s strides towards a low-carbon economy. The company is leading the way with this greener cement offering, which includes a range of benefits in terms of durability and versatility. By Kandy Icy Minano, Holcim Philippines. Figure 1: Holcim Optimo in different packaging – bulk, 1t and 40kg bag (© Holcim) The continuo...

Holcim Alpena opens new TDF unit

02 June 2023, Published under Cement News

Holcim has opened a new whole-tyre co-processing facility at its Alpena plant in Michigan, USA. The US$7.4m state-supported investment is expected to convert 22,000tpa of tyres into energy to help fuel the company’s cement plant. The tyre-derived fuel (TDF) will initially account for ~10 per cent of the cement plant’s thermal requirement. Construction on the TDF facility started in August 2022, partly funded by a US$3m grant from the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Ene...