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US Portland and blended cement demand up 19% in April

19 July 2021, Published under Cement News

Portland and blended cement shipments, including imports, in the USA and Puerto Rico, saw a 19 per cent YoY increase to 9.7Mt in April 2021, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The leading cement-consuming states were Texas, California, Florida, Georgia and Ohio, who accounted for a combined share of 40 per cent of total shipments. The leading producing states were Missouri, Texas, California, Florida and Alabama. Masonry cement deliveries were up 13 per cent YoY to 220,000t. The...

Virtual IEEE-IAS/PCA event

13 July 2021, Published under Cement News

The 63rd IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference was held on 24-28 May 2021 as a virtual event, consisting of training workshops, technical conference, international exhibition and three plant tours. ICR, a media sponsor for the event, took part in the virtual conference and followed the presentations remotely to deliver this report. CIC Chair, Chris Macey, opens the virtual IEEE-IAS/PCA event, held on 24-28 May 2021 Chris Macey, CIC chair, opened the main conference s...

China and Canada collaborate for carbon capture

12 July 2021, Published under Cement News

A new collaboration between China Building Materials Academy (CBMA) and Canada's International CCS Knowledge Centre (Knowledge Centre) will see simultaneous advancements in understanding and knowledge sharing of carbon capture technology for the global cement industry, according to a press release. The first initiative under the agreement will aid CBMA in applying the Knowledge Centre's model and Front-End Engineering Design (FEED) of a test platform, which has a capture capacity of appro...

Newberry plant sets two new records

12 July 2021, Published under Cement News

Argos has announced that in June 2021 its Newberry plant in Florida, USA, smashed two previous records. It produced 140,421t, beating the previous record set in June 2019 (127,800t) by nearly 20,000t. Because of this increase in production, the plant was also able to ship 128,728t of product to customers and its ready-mix plants, beating the previous record of 120,900t, set in 2019, by more than 7000t. "Everyone at the Newberry plant is excited and proud to see these records being set. W...

Bruks Siwertell completes US ship unloader order

08 July 2021, Published under Cement News

Bruks Siwertell has completed the commissioning of a new Siwertell ST 640-M screw-type ship unloader in Houston, Texas, USA.   The undisclosed owners have switched from bagged to bulk deliveries of cement and building materials, and supporting this transition is a totally enclosed high-capacity ship unloader. "The operator was looking to expand its US operations," explains Per Wahlström, contract manager, Bruks Siwertell. "For some time, it has imported bagged deliveries of cement,...

Lhoist North America starts up new lime kin

05 July 2021, Published under Cement News

Lhoist North America and Maerz Ofenbau AG have started up a new lime kiln in Montevallo, USA. The Maerz R4S type PFR kiln has a nominal production rate of 600tpd of soft-burned lime.  Lhoist North America is also expanding its dolomitic quicklime production at Marble Falls, Texas, as well as a new lime kiln at its New Braunfels, Texas facility.

Lehigh Cement's quarry expansion plans opposed

23 June 2021, Published under Cement News

Lehigh Cement (HeidelbergCement group) wants to amend its 2012 Reclamation Plan for Lehigh Permanente Quarry to increase mining but faces local opposition. As part of the amendment, the proposal asks to disturb an area of the ridge that is about 30m (100ft) in height and 1219m (4000ft) across. In its May 2019 proposal to amend its 2012 Reclamation Plan for Lehigh Permanente Quarry, Lehigh said it wants to mine additional limestone from the area and to cut back the slope for stabilisation alo...

Argos cement exports to the USA grow by 419%

17 June 2021, Published under Cement News

For Argos, the Grupo Argos cement company, exports have been a key element in the process towards recuperation after the effects generated by COVID-19 and, in the first five months of the year, the cement company's exports to the USA grew by 419 per cent, from 26,000t to 135,000t. In the particular case of the USA, there has been a rebound in the demand for cement and it is estimated that this industry will grow by 2.2 per cent in 2021. It should be noted that the company has a competi...

Vulcan Materials Co to acquire US Concrete

08 June 2021, Published under Cement News

Vulcan Materials Co   and US Concrete Inc have entered into a definitive merger agreement. Vulcan will acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of US Concrete common stock for a purchase price of US$74/share in cash, which represents a total equity value of US$1.294bn. The transaction has been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both companies and is expected to close in the second half of 2021, subject to US Concrete shareholder approval, regulatory clearance, and oth...

Lehigh acquisition of Keystone Cement breaks down

07 June 2021, Published under Cement News

The Federal Trade Commission has announced that Lehigh Cement Co (HeidelbergCement Group) and Keystone Cement Co (Giant Cement group) have decided to abandon their proposed merger. The news comes about two weeks after the FTC said it was challenging Lehigh Cement’s planned acquisition of Keystone Cement. "This is great news for cement customers in eastern Pennsylvania and western New Jersey," Acting Bureau of Competition Director, Maribeth Petrizzi, said in a statement. "The FTC voted 4-0...