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Demand for mineral products falls for second quarter in a row, says MPA

14 November 2022, Published under Cement News

Demand for aggregates, asphalt and ready-mixed concrete has declined for the second quarter in a row in the 3Q22, according to the UK-based Mineral Products Association (MPA). MPA members supply around 90 per cent of the total market for minerals and mineral products in Great Britain, predominantly to the construction industry.  Sales volumes were not only down on 2021 but also below their 2019 level. Over the past year, compared to 2019, aggregates sales have fallen 2.3 per cent, asph...

MPA reports slowdown in UK mineral product sales

08 August 2022, Published under Cement News

The Mineral Products Association has remarked that a disappointing quarter for UK producers of mineral products raises concerns that widespread cost inflation for raw materials, energy and labour is starting to negatively impact the sector. Demand for mineral products, edged lower in the 2Q22, with sales volumes down on a quarterly basis, according to the MPA’s latest industry survey. Tonnages of ready-mix were 7.4 per cent lower than in the 1Q22, 9.8 per cent lower for aggregates and asp...

UK building material volumes increase in 4Q21

08 February 2022, Published under Cement News

The latest UK industry survey from the Mineral Products Association (MPA) shows that volumes of primary aggregates increased by 15.7 per cent YoY in 2021, 14.1 per cent for ready-mixed concrete, 12.5 per cent for asphalt and 24.4 per cent for mortar.   Survey results also show that construction demand remained strong in the final quarter of the year, in spite of unprecedented supply bottlenecks impacting progress on construction sites, cost increases and higher uncertainty due to Omic...

Saint-Gobain and Cementos Argos create joint venture

10 December 2021, Published under Cement News

Saint-Gobain and Cementos Argos have entered a joint venture agreement to develop mortar solutions.  The partnership will combine Saint-Gobain’s mortar technology with Argos’ strong leadership and local presence. The aim is to offer a wide range of solutions across Colombia to accelerate the evolution of the construction market towards a more professional and sustainable future, creating employment and long-term value for all stakeholders.   This project will strengthen the leadership...

SIKA acquires Russian mortar company

12 February 2021, Published under Cement News

Sika has agreed to acquire Kreps LLC, a leading mortar manufacturer in Russia. The company offers a wide range of mortar products for interior and exterior finishing, complementing the existing portfolio and geographical footprint. The acquired business generates annual sales of CHF15m (US$16.8m). The transaction is subject to clearance by the local anti-trust authorities.   Kreps operates production plants in Saint Petersburg and Yekaterinburg, two geographical areas where Sika has not ...

Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe diversifies product range

15 January 2021, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe (LafargeHolcim group) has completed crucial test runs on a multi-million-dollar dry mortar plant as it aims to turn into a multi-product operation. Lafarge has also entered the tile adhesives range and several allied products to complement the cement operation, which faces stiff competition from imports and stronger domestic peers. The firm has mostly relied on cement production at its decades-old operation in Harare. However, Lafarge said its dry mortar factory...

Holcim Philippines releases a new dry mortar

08 January 2021, Published under Cement News

Holcim Philippines Inc has developed a new multipurpose mortar product that is a dry-mix solution for high-quality   walls, floors and tile building projects.  Called Holcim Multifix, the product combines sand and cement enhanced with polymer that can be activated by adding water. Multifix is produced in the company's dry-mix plant, removing the need for masons to combine materials on site. Being factory-produced also significantly reduces wastage of building materials such as sand, thus m...

Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe to open dry mortar mix plant in 2H20

02 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe is set to complete the installation of a US$2.2m dry mortar mix (DMX) plant during the second half of this year. The project is part of LafargeHolcim Group's US$25m recapitalisation of its Zimbabwean subsidiary, which was announced last year. "Currently, the DMX plant is being installed and is set to be completed in the 2H20, while the vertical cement mill supply contract was signed in August 2020," said the group's chairman, Kumbirai Kat. Lafarge has ...

SIka establishes Senegal subsidiary

27 April 2017, Published under Cement News

Sika is expanding its presence in west Africa by establishing a new subsidiary in Senegal – following those in Nigeria, Côte d'Ivoire and Cameroon. A local production facility for concrete ad-mixtures is already being planned, which will subsequently be expanded to include mortar products. The company has a strong presence in Africa with 19 national subsidiaries and 17 factories. Paul Schuler, Sika Regional Manager EMEA, commented: “We are positioning ourselves early in emerging market...

Achieving the target

23 November 2016, Published under Cement News

While achieving targets is commonplace in the cement industry, when it comes to quality, there are a few key parameters that determine the final product in the cement production process. Figure 1: some of the large amounts of data that are routinely collected in a modern cement plant Maintaining quality in the cement industry involves meeting a wide range of targets for raw material composition, raw meal fineness, kiln feed composition, clinker composition and mineralogy, cement...