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Canada’s Bath plant converts to OneCem production

29 June 2022, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Canada’ s Bath cement plant, near Kingston, Ontario, is converting its entire production of general use cement to OneCem, the company’s low-carbon Portland limestone cement. “At the Bath Plant, we are excited to increase our OneCem production and to provide our customers with this sustainable product, so that every project they build with our product can have a smaller carbon footprint,” said Bath cement plant manager, Ignacio Arroyo, in a statement. Since 2011 Lafarge Canada, ...

Sika to open new US concrete admixtures plant

29 June 2022, Published under Cement News

Sika is opening a new manufacturing plant for concrete admixtures in Stafford, Virginia, USA to help meet demand in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. According to the company, the new plant is well positioned to support the addiitonal needs of the announced infrastructure programme of CHF200-250bn (US$209-216bn) in these two regions. The new facility in Stafford will be the second-biggest manufacturing plant for Sika concrete admixtures in the USA. "This investment allows us to sign...

US-Puerto Rican Portland and blended cement market contracts 5% in April

27 June 2022, Published under Cement News

Shipments of Portland and blended cement (including imports) in the USA and Puerto Rico declined by 5.3 per cent YoY to 9.2Mt in April 2022, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).  The leading cement-consuming states – Texas, California, Florida, Ohio and Georgia – accounted for 41 per cent of total shipments. The leading cement-producing states were Texas, California, Missouri, Florida and Alabama. Masonry cement shipments totalled 217,000t in April 2022, slipping from April 2021. ...

The growing need to recycle concrete safely and responsibly

24 June 2022, Published under Cement News

This week Holcim announced that it has successfully created the first clinker made entirely of recycled minerals and concrete. The circular economy can be truly closed in a circle if concrete can be reused to make clinker and in turn cement. Holcim believes the process will improve decarbonisation of the industry and help to reach net-zero emissions. However, there are many arguments against the recycling concrete for new buildings and cement manufacture. Holcim's breakthrough research a...

PCA questions future of IIJA

23 June 2022, Published under Cement News

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) has voiced concerns over plans to suspend the US federal gas tax. US President Joe Biden called on Congress this week to suspend the tax in a bid to stem the rise in fuel prices at the pump, which topped US$5/gallon for the first time ever this month. While this move may be welcomed by motorists, the PCA believes it could have serious ramifications for the US construction industry, according to PR Newswire. “Pausing the federal gas tax is the wrong deci...

Report highlights countries prioritising green public procurement

22 June 2022, Published under Cement News

The World Economic Forum and the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA), in collaboration with Boston Consulting Group (BCG), have released a Mission Possible Partnership report which identifies the nations that are prioritising green public procurement: The Netherlands, Sweden, Germany, France, the UK, and select US states. The report titled, 'Low-Carbon Concrete and Construction - A Review of Green Public Procurement Programmes', identifies a framework for how these six countries...

Bruks Siwertell completes Colonial Group ship unloader new order

21 June 2022, Published under Cement News

Bruks Siwertell has completed the installation of a new high-capacity Siwertell ship unloader at Colonial Group’s Georgia Kaolin Terminals in Savannah, Georgia, USA.   “This Siwertell unloader is a great machine, ideally suited for the terminal,” says Bengt Svensson, contract manager at Bruks Siwertell. “It will play a significant role in helping Colonial achieve its ambitious efficiency and environmental goals; early feedback has been extremely positive.” Bruks Siwertell worked close...

Holcim invests in Blue Planet Systems Corp

17 June 2022, Published under Cement News

Holcim has announced its financial investment in Blue Planet Systems Corporation, a US-based start-up whose patented mineralisation technology is a unique scalable method for capturing and permanently sequestering millions of tonnes of CO 2 .  Blue Planet claims its technology permanently locks up to 440kg of CO 2 into every tonne of synthetic aggregate it produces, opening the pathway to carbon-negative concrete. The investment adds to Holcim’s portfolio of over 30 carbon c...

DG Khan set for US exports

15 June 2022, Published under Cement News

Pakistan-based DG Khan Cement Co will be exporting 50,000t of cement to the USA for the first time. “A ship, Tomini Felicity, is presently loading cement at KPT in 1.5t jumbo bags destined for Houston, Texas USA,” Fareed Fazal, DG Khan director, said. The shipment is part of a contract that will see the cement producer export 100,000tpd to Texas after concluding a deal in August 2021, when Mr Fazal visited the US. Following the deal, there was a 10-month process to obtain the necessary ce...

USA/Puerto Rico cement market expands 3% in March

13 June 2022, Published under Cement News

Portland and blended cement deliveries in the USA and Puerto Rico saw a 3.3 per cent YoY uptick in March 2022, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). A total of 45 per cent of deliveries were received by the five top consuming states – Texas, California, Florida, Arizona and Georgia. The leading producing states for Portland and blended cement were Texas, California, Missouri, Florida and Alabama. Masonry cement shipments totalled 228,000t in March 2022, representing a 2.7 per cent Y...