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Sublime Systems wins award to advance electrolyser technology

14 February 2024, Published under Cement News

US-based Sublime Systems has been awarded US$6.7m from the Department of Energy Industrial Efficiency and Decabonization Office to advance its innovative electrolyser technology. The company claims to have found a way to make cement that eliminates 90 per cent of the carbon emissions associated with making ordinary cement.  Sublime Systems was one of 49 projects selected to receive US$171m in funding from the Industrial Efficiency and Decarbonization Office. The company’s project that ...

CRH completes lime divestment

05 January 2024, Published under Cement News

On 22 November 2023, CRH plc announced that it had reached an agreement to divest its lime operations in Europe for a total consideration of around US$1.1bn. This company is pleased to announce that the first phase of the transaction, comprising the group’s lime operations in Germany, Czech Republic and Ireland, is now complete.

Swiss team draws on archives to develop low-carbon binders

01 December 2023, Published under Cement News

A team of experts from EPFL (Switzerland), ETH Zurich and a Geneva-based architecture firm has developed a new type of non-reinforced concrete made from stone offcuts. Their method, known as ‘Cyclopean’, draws on ancient technologies uncovered in historical archives to reduce the use of carbon-intensive cement-based binders.  In October this year, the team built six load-bearing walls in Lucery-Villars, Switzerland, using recovered stone-quarry waste and fieldstone. The prototype str...

CRH sells lime business to SigmaRoc

23 November 2023, Published under Cement News

CRH plc has agreed to divest its lime operations in Europe to SigmaRoc plc for a total consideration of approximately US$1.1bn. The lime business comprises 16 operating locations with leading market positions across Ireland, the UK, Germany, Czech Republic and Poland. The combined business generated sales of around US$610m and EBITDA of roughly US$137m in 2022. The transaction, which is subject to customary conditions and regulatory approvals, is structured in three phases, the first o...

CEMEX utilises by-pass dust for agricultural use

26 October 2023, Published under Cement News

CEMEX and waste management company Silverwoods are utilising by-pass dust (BPD) from the CEMEX Rugby cement plant for agricultural purposes, supporting the circular economy. Since 2015 nearly 130,000t of BPD have been recovered through the partnership. BPD is ideal for use on farmland due to its high potassium and lime content, meaning it can provide a direct sustainable replacement for traditional fertilisers and lime. Additionally, by re-using BPD, CEMEX has been able to dramatically ...

MPA welcomes electricity network compensation in UK

25 October 2023, Published under Cement News

UK producers of cement and lime have welcomed the government's plans to boost UK competitiveness through compensating for high network charges as part of the ‘British Industry Supercharger’. The Mineral Products Association (MPA), which represents UK cement and lime manufacturers, says the network charges compensation announced by the Department for Business and Trade will ease electricity costs and narrow the disparity between the UK and EU industrial electricity prices. Combined with ot...

Cement Australia signs haulage agreement with Pacific National

11 October 2023, Published under Cement News

Cement Australia has signed a three-year rail haulage agreement with Pacific National for the movement of cementitious materials across Australia. Pacific National will transport cement, sand, fly ash, slag and lime between Australia’s major cities and throughout North Queensland, on behalf of Cement Australia, using interstate and inter-city transportation. Compared to road transportation, rail haulage is more fuel efficient, therefore offering a transport system with lower emissions. A...

Maerz Ofenbau AG carries out kiln audit and training at Cbb Cales

25 September 2023, Published under Cement News

Maerz Ofenbau AG has conducted a combined kiln audit and training at CCB Cales’ Jáchal lime plant in San Juan district, Argentina. The goal was to improve operations and safety, and to bring all kiln personnel back up to the same level of knowledge, said Maerz Ofenbau AG. The Jáchal lime plant, operated by Cbb Cales Argentina (formerly known as Compania Minera del Pacifico), has a long-standing reputation for producing high-quality lime products. The plant aims to further streamline its p...

MPA appoints director for energy and climate change

17 August 2023, Published under Cement News

The UK-based Mineral Products Association (MPA) has appointed Dr Diana Casey as executive director for energy and climate change, including heading up the MPA’s product groups for cement and industrial lime. She takes over from Dr Pal Chana, who continues to provide support as a special advisor to the MPA. In her new position on the MPA’s executive team, Dr Casey will play a key strategic role in the sector’s acceleration towards net zero carbon, advocating for better government policy to...

Lime production in Great Britain to be net zero by 2040

23 June 2023, Published under Cement News

Lime producers in Great Britain have launched an ambitious plan to accelerate decarbonisation and deliver net negative carbon emissions by 2040, reports the Mineral Products Association (MPA). Spearheaded by the industry’s trade body, MPA Lime, the Net Negative 2040 Roadmap explains how the sector can go beyond net zero a decade ahead of the UK’s overall 2050 target by deploying technologies such as fuel switching and carbon capture, as well as recognising lime’s natural carbon-absorbing pr...