Cement News tagged under: North America

RSS feed

LafargeHolcim awarded US$1.5m grant for Florence carbon capture project

26 October 2020, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim has received a US$1.5m grant from the US Department of Energy to research and develop a system to capture and sequester carbon dioxide emissions at its cement plant in Florence, Colorado, USA. The Swiss-based company is partnering with Svante Inc and other firms. Jamie Gentoso, the CEO of US Cement at LafargeHolcim, said the company worked with Svante to build a pilot carbon-capture unit at a plant in British Columbia. "We started this initiative in November of last year,...

Cemex exported 9% of Mexican output in 2019

26 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Cemex exported nine per cent of its Mexican cement sales in 2019. according to CE NAFTA 2.0. The company’s data show that 67 per cent of exports were delivered to US customers while the remaining 33 per cent were shipped to other Latin American countries. Exports were mainly in the form of cement although the company also shipped some clinker.

Climate change a bigger threat than recession for US cement producers

21 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Ed Sullivan, PCA senior vice-president and chief economist, gave an economic outlook for the USA and a cement business forecast on the opening day of the IEEE East Coast meeting yesterday. He advised that the current recession is not comparable to the 2008 Great recession when dozens of cement plants shut down and cement consumption decline year after year. The declines now at the most are about five per cent and that suggests that the risks coming from the recession might be small. ...

Lafarge Canada, Geocycle Canada and Rio Tinto partner for circular economy project

19 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Canada, Geocycle Canada and Rio Tinto, North America’s only primary aluminium producer, are working together to reuse waste from the aluminium smelting process to make cement. The circular economy project aims to reduce the need to extract new raw materials and create more value from waste. Geocycle Canada, part of Lafarge Canada, and Rio Tinto have developed a new product, Alextra, made from spent pot liners that would otherwise be sent to landfill. Alextra is the result of years ...

PCA: US cement demand to see modest decline in 2020-21

16 October 2020, Published under Cement News

The US Portland Cement Association (PCA) forecasts a modest decrease in cement consumption in 2020 and 2021 of 1.5 and 0.9 per cent, respectively. Its annual Fall Forecast discusses three economic scenarios, all based on a significant increase in COVID-19 infections during the 4Q20. The "U" shaped scenario would entail an increase in COVID-19 consistent with many baseline epidemiologist's projections. In this scenario, the economy achieves a gradual sustained recovery. 2021 cement consumpti...

US cement market contracts in July

16 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Total shipments of Portland and blended cement, including imports, in the USA and Puerto Rico slipped to 9.9Mt in July 2020 from 10Mt in July 2019, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The leading consuming states were Texas, California, Florida, Ohio and New York, which accounted for 37 per cent of July shipments. The largest producing states were Missouri, Texas, California, Florida and Michigan. They produced 41 per cent of domestic cement output. Masonry shipments remained stabl...

LafargeHolcim expands carbon capture projects

14 October 2020, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim's portfolio of carbon capture projects was strengthened with the US Department of Energy's national Energy Laboratory Technology’s (DOE-NETL) announcement that it will support the LafargeHolcim CO 2 MENT Colorado project.  LafargeHolcim has gathered a consortium of partners that include Svante Inc, Oxy Low Carbon Ventures LLC  and Total to complete a study to assess the viability and design of a commercial-scale carbon capture facility.  With DOE-NETL's finding confirmed, th...

PCA promotes Portland-limestone cement

09 October 2020, Published under Cement News

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) has launched a new initiative promoting the sustainable benefits of Portland-limestone cement (PLC). Manufactured with more limestone than OPC Type I, PLC emits 10 per cent less greenhouse gases than OPC to manufacture. "PLC is another example of the cement industry evolving over the years, continuing to innovate and sustainably producing the high-quality cement that is needed to help keep America's infrastructure string and resilient," said PCA Presid...

Department of Energy announces further funding for carbon capture project

24 September 2020, Published under Cement News

The US Department of Energy has announced additional funding for the carbon capture research and development project at LafargeHolcim’s plant in Florence, Colorado. The US$1.5m fund supports the initial engineering analysis and advancement of the LH CO 2 MENT Colorado Project. The project is being deployed in partnership with Svante Inc, LafargeHolcim, Kiewit Engineering Group Inc, Oxy Low Carbon Ventures, LLC (OLCV) and Total. The first phase of the project included a feasibility stud...

Ash Grove to modernise Port Manatee terminal with new ship unloader

24 September 2020, Published under Cement News

CRH-owned Ash Grove Cement (formerly Suwannee American Cement) is undertaking a major transformation project at its Port Manatee deepwater import terminal in Florida. The project will improve Ash Grove’s capacity to import cement, cement slag and flyash to meet the existing and future needs of customers in the Florida and south Georgia markets. The upgrade project includes the addition of a high-capacity FLSmidth/Kovako ship unloader at the terminal, together with the upgrade of existi...