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Holcim Philippines 3Q profits up 15%

27 October 2016, Published under Cement News

Holcim Philippines increased its net profit for 9M16 by nearly 20 per cent YoY to PHP5.4bn (US$111.8m), helped by a double-digit growth in cement sales. For the 3Q alone, the company's net profit rose by 15.3 per cent YoY to PHP1.7bn, which was attributed to strong sales figures and improved operational efficiency. For the 3Q operating cash flow increased by 11 per cent YoY to PHP2.7bn, driven by sustained gains in operational efficiencies implemented at the start of the year and higher c...

USA: Hagerstown plant US$96m upgrade

26 October 2016, Published under Cement News

Holcim (US) has completed a US$96m upgrade on its Hagerstown plant, Maryland. The facility has existed for over 100 years and according John Stull, CEO of US operations for LafargeHolcim, the latest improvements "really should help this plant to serve the community for another 20 to 30 years.” The project, during which the plant remained operational, took two years to complete and complies with federal environmental regulations. Oliver Terver, Hagerstown plant manager, spoke of the company...

Brazil: Fives completes Horomill grinding tests

24 October 2016, Published under Cement News

Following the start-up of kiln No 2 in the Barroso plant and the inauguration of the new line installed for Holcim Brasil SA, Fives has satisfactorily carried out performance tests on FCB Horomill ® 4400 grinding plant, implemented to produce 420tph of raw mix, according to the company's website. These 20-hour performance tests enabled LafargeHolcim to produce 438tph of raw mix with a product fineness of 11 per cent rejects at 90µm. Electrical power consumption remained limited to 10.8kWh/...

Canada: LafargeHolcim to shut Kamloops plant

21 October 2016, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Canada announced that it will shut its plant in east Kamloops for the foreseeable future. A downturn in demand in Alberta and western Canada and a result of plunging oil prices has made the 0.2Mta works unnecessary. The shutdown is due to be completed by the end of the year and will leave just operational cement plants in British Colombia, a Lafarge plant in Richmond and Lehigh Hanson’s in Delta. Despite the plant closing, it will not be dismantled. Discussions continue on whet...

Canada: Research shows burning tyres at LafargeHolcim plant promotes sustainability

21 October 2016, Published under Cement News

Research by Dr Mark Gibson of Dalhousie University has demonstrated that LafargeHolcim’s burning of used tyres at its Brookfield plant is more environmentally sustainable than using fossil fuels, the Truro Daily reports. “The idea is that pound for pound, you get more energy from a tyre and you get less CO 2 and some other gases that end up being greenhouse gases and which are toxic”, Dr Gibson said. The plant previously applied for permission to burn tyres in 2007, but its applicatio...

CIMAF to open third plant in Cote D’Ivoire

20 October 2016, Published under Cement News

Ciments de L’Afrique (CIMAF) has announced it will establish a third cement plant in Côte d’Ivoire, raising its capacity in the West African country to 2.3Mta by 2017. The new grinding plant will have a capacity of 350,000tpa and will be located at Bouaké in the north of the country. The project, representing an investment of XOF12bn (US$20.1m), will allow the company to improve availability of its cement in the domestic market. CIMAF expanded its Abidjan grinding works to 1Mta i...

Cameroon: new Cimencam plant by 2018

19 October 2016, Published under Cement News

Société les Cimenteries du Cameroun (Cimencam) announced that the commissioning of its new Nomayos cement plant is scheduled for mid-2018. The new grinding unit will boast an installed capacity of 2Mta and is expected to cost XAF23bn (US$38.5m). The project, which was originally announced in 2011, will benefit from 5-10 years of tax and customs duties exemptions, as per an agreement signed in May between Cimencam and the State of Cameroon. The agreement follows the conditions provided in ...

Visible cracks

10 October 2016, Published under Cement News

Over the last 18 months CDP has analysed sectors ranging from electric utilities and automotive manufacturing to extractives and has benchmarked how leading players manage climate risks and opportunities. In June it was the turn of the cement sector, as CDP published ‘Visible Cracks’, its first report for investors on the global cement industry. This publication revealed how differently companies in the sector are preparing for the transition to a low-carbon economy. By Tarek Soliman and Cha...

LafargeHolcim exits Chile as it sells Cemento Polpaico

10 October 2016, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim will sell its majority stake in Chile's Cemento Polpaico to investment firm Inversiones Caburga Ltda, whose interests include the Chilean ready-mix market through Cementos Bicentenario.  Caburga, owned by the Hurtado Vicuna Group, agreed to buy the 54.3 per cent stake, which represents around CHF220m (US$225m), via a public tender offer, according to LafargeHolcim. Cemento Polpaico operates one integrated cement works and two grinding units with a total cement capacity o...

Georgia: new cement plant in partnership with LafargeHolcim

04 October 2016, Published under Cement News

Georgian Cement Company (GCC) opened its new cement plant on the 4 October 2016 in Poti, with an initial annual capacity of 0.25Mta. GCC decided on the location of the plant after market research revealed that western Georgia was mainly supplied by cement imported from Turkey. To complete the project GCC entered a partnership with Lafarge, which has since merged with Holcim to become LafargeHolcim. Construction of the plant commenced in 2014. The new plant boasts a unique laboratory based...