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Divestment talk of LafargeHolcim's Australian and New Zealand divisions resurface

18 October 2019, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim is reported to be considering exiting Australia and New Zealand, according to The Australian. The AUS$2-3bn (US$1.37-1bn) division has been identified as a means for the group to potentially drive down its debt levels. LafargeHolcim was created through a US$50bn merger of Lafarge and Holcim in 2014 and considered an exit from Australia and New Zealand the following year to cut debt. Lafarge sold its Australian gypsum operations in 2011 for EUR120m to Knauf, but Holcim has rem...

Jalabiyeh plant in Syria set on fire

18 October 2019, Published under Cement News

The international coalition has set fire to LafargeHolcim’s Jalabiyeh plant, just north of Aleppo near the Turkish border, Syria, to prevent the Syrian Arab army taking possession of the plant, according to Réseau Voltaire. "On Oct. 16, after all Coalition personnel and essential tactical equipment departed, two Coalition F-15Es successfully conducted a pre-planned precision airstrike at the Lafarge Cement Factory to destroy an ammunition cache, and reduce the facility's military usefulnes...

Cembureau members look to pilot test new EC building assessment framework

17 October 2019, Published under Cement News

Three member-companies of Cembureau, the European Cement Association, have successfully completed a pilot test of the European Commission's new building assessment framework, Level(s). Level(s) is a voluntary building assessment framework covering six broad areas: greenhouse-gas emissions, resource use, water use, healthy and comfortable spaces, resilience to climate change, and life-cycle cost. The buildings tested by Cembureau's members were a sustainable single-family housing developme...

LafargeHolcim and ADEME Occitanie inaugurate new waste processing plant

15 October 2019, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim and the French environment and energy agency ADEME have inaugurated a new solid waste processing plant at LafargeHolcim’s Port-la-Nouvelle. The facility will process non-hazardous solid waste into to an alternative fuel for the cement plant. The EUR7.5m investment will enable the Port-la-Nouvelle works to target a thermal substitution rate of over 90 per cent by 2022 and as a result, contribute to the cement producer’s plans to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions. The project...

LafargeHolcim’s Bélier cement now available via Jumia

03 October 2019, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim’s Bélier cement is now available in Côte d’Ivoire on Jumia, the Nigeria-based E-commerce company. LafargeHolcim opened its online shop on the platform three months ago in addition to more than 200 points of sale through its Binastore franchises. "Individuals can now proceed with their purchase by mobile money, credit card or cash on delivery," says the cement producer.

Poland: leading Europe’s growth

30 September 2019, Published under Cement News

Poland was one of the countries that did not experience an economic downturn during the global crisis of 2007 and central Europe’s largest economy has been on the rise ever since, supported by an expanding construction sector. As a result, the output of the Polish cement industry is at an historic high with cement sales of 18.9Mt in 2018. By Wojciech Roszczynialski and Grzegorz Wolski, Eurocement Consulting LLC, and Zbigniew Pilch, Polish Cement Producers’ Association, Poland. Heidelb...

LafargeHolcim creates Chief Sustainability Officer position

25 September 2019, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim has created its first Chief Sustainability Officer position as part of its executive committee, with Magali Anderson appointed to the role effective from 1 October 2019. "I am very pleased with the appointment of Magali as our first Chief Sustainability Officer. This will accelerate our vision of running our operations with zero harm to people and contributing to a built environment that will be carbon neutral, fully recyclable and with a positive environmental impact," said...

LafargeHolcim's Brookfield plant starts tyre burning

19 September 2019, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim's Brookfield cement plant in Nova Scotia, Canada, has begun burning 20tpd of scrap tyres to reduce its coal use and lower its carbon footprint. "For every tonne of coal that we replace with scrap tyres, we will see a 30 per cent decrease in CO 2 emissions," said Lafarge director of environmental affairs Robert Cumming. "It also means that Nova Scotians have a way to use their own scrap tyres," said Mr Cumming. "So we’re making use of a local fuel source and taking scrap ty...

LafargeHolcim plans to reduce carbon footprint of European business

18 September 2019, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim intends to reduce its annual CO 2 emissions in Europe by 15 per cent (3Mt) like-for-like by 2022. The plans are expected to be achieved through a CHF160m (US$160.87m) investment for equipment and technologies to increase the usage of low-carbon fuels and recycled materials in the company’s processes and products, according to a press release. "We are cognisant of our impact on the environment and will remain at the forefront of efforts to mitigate climate change. With this in...

High prices in El Salvador attract new entrants

13 September 2019, Published under Cement News

This week CemNet reported on the new 120,000tpa grinding plant under construction in Acajutla, El Salvador, by Cemento Regional, the Guatemala-based Monterrey group, which is due to be completed by December 2019. This is the first significant challenge to Holcim El Salvador, which currently serves the 0.9Mta domestic cement market. Earlier this year, Cemengal (Spain) supplied the new Cemento Regional Co facility with a 12tph Plug & Grind modular plant. Roberto Díaz Durán, president of Cem...