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Golden Bay Cement completes waste tyre project

31 March 2021, Published under Cement News

New Zealand-based Fletcher Building has announced the completion of its project at Golden Bay Cement, which will see up to 3m used tyres be used in cement manufacturing every year. The upgrade to the integrated cement plant based in Portland, Whangarei, was officially opened by New Zealand's Minister for the Environment, David Parker. It is expected to reduce carbon emissions by around 13,000tpa and cut the producer’s coal usage by 15 per cent. "Using end-of-life tyres in cement manufa...

Former Westport site to be gradually redeveloped

31 December 2020, Published under Cement News

A group of Auckland investors that bought the former Holcim Wesport plant and land in the west coast of New Zealand have announced that local residents will have input on how the land is developed going forwards, as a masterplan is formulated.  The Westport plant closed in 2016 with the loss of 105 jobs. The land includes 10 houses, a quarry and 200ha of land suitable for dairy farming, most of which has been sold, and 14ha of rural land. The 10 houses on Larsen Street will also be sold b...

New Zealand's concrete sector on track for CO2 reduction target

11 June 2020, Published under Cement News

Concrete New Zealand has reported that a sustainability study by Australia-based independent consultants Thinkstep has confirmed that New Zealand's cement and concrete industry is on track to meet climate change commitments as made under the Paris Agreement. Thinkstep's report states that the New Zealand concrete sector is half way to its goal of 30 per cent reduction in CO 2 emissions by 2030, having cut CO 2 emissions from cement production by 15 per cent between 2005-18. Rob Gaimster, ...


28 October 2019, Published under Cement News

Votorantim is among the companies believed to be interested in buying LafargeHolcim’s Australian and New Zealand divisions, according to The Australian. The cement giant is reportedly considering exiting the two countries in a bid to drive down debt levels. Cement Australia Pty Ltd and Cement Australia Partnership (CACAP) is the company that LafargeHolcim operates as in Australia. It currently operates two integrated plants at Railton, Tasmania and Gladstone, Queensland, and two grinding ...

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...

FLSmidth to install HOTDISC at Golden Bay cement plant

29 January 2019, Published under Cement News

FLSmdith has won an order from Fletcher Building to install a HOTDISC® combustion device at its Golden Bay cement plant in New Zealand. Local media reported that substituting rubber biofuels for coal will reduce CO 2 emissions by 13,000 tonnes per year, or the equivalent of emissions from 6000 cars. Once the FLSmidth HOTDISC is fully operational, the kiln will consume up to 3.1m shredded tyres a year, replacing the need for over 15,000t of coal. New Zealand’s Associate Minister for th...

Fletcher building hit by Golden Bay shutdown and Australian residential market

21 November 2018, Published under Cement News

Fletcher Building Ltd's performance has been impacted by trading conditions and a four-week shutdown of subsidiary Golden Bay Cement which cost in the range of NZD8-11m (US$5.4-7.5m). The company has downgraded its full-year EBIT by 10 per cent to NZD20m. "The 10 per cent lower ebit was a reflection of Australian trading conditions, the Golden Bay Cement issue and timing of sales in its New Zealand residential business,'' said Craigs Investment Partners broker Peter McIntyre. In addition...

Council pulls out of Holcim Westport purchase

15 June 2018, Published under Cement News

The Buller District Council has reneged on a US$5m plan to buy Holcim cement assets and land on the West Coast. The assets include a water supply and treatment plant, a quarry, land, silos and a packing plant in Westport, Cape Foulwind and Tauranga Bay, New Zealand. Westport lost over 100 jobs when the company closed its cement works in 2016, after 58 years of operation. Mayor Garry Howard said the council had been in negotiations for more than a year on the more than US$5m deal. "We h...

Waste tyres to be used in New Zealand cement manufacture

22 June 2017, Published under Cement News

Millions of waste tyres each year are to be used to manufacture cement as part of a wider government plan to address the environmental problems of end of life tyres, Environment Minister Dr Nick Smith announced at the Golden Bay Cement works in Whangarei. “New Zealand has a long-standing problem, with 5m waste tyres generated each year. We have dozens of tyre stockpiles around the country posing a fire risk, leaching contaminants, providing a breeding ground for rodents and insects,...

New Zealand: cruise ship collides with cement carrier

13 February 2017, Published under Cement News

A cruise ship broke free from its moorings in high winds at Timaru, New Zealand, yesterday, hitting the cement carrier Milburn Carrier II. According to local media, the cement carrier’s hull and Seabourn Encore’s stern were damaged. No one was injured in the incident. New Zealand authorities have started an inquiry into the incident.