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Lafarge Africa launches Eco Label

27 June 2023, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Africa Plc  (part of Holcim ) has announced the launch of its Eco Label branding to help communicate the environmental benefits of its sustainable building solutions and build on the company’s net zero pledge. Eco Label represents a broad range of green cements for high performance, sustainability and circular construction, says the cement producer,  Lafarge’s UniCem brand, which contributes about 23 per cent of the company’s entire volume, is now eco-friendly. Products that ar...

Aggregate Industries welcomes UK's first green bio-fuel cement tanker

20 June 2023, Published under Cement News

Aggregate Industries  (part of Holcim ) has taken delivery of the next generation of cement tanker, fuelled by a green bio-fuel. Marking a UK first, the company has deployed the truck as part of its Lafarge Cement business. Working with logistical partner, Lomas Distribution, the 44t bulk tanker is fuelled by hydrotreated vegetable oil (HVO), a fossil-free alternative to mineral diesel, resulting in up to 90 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions.  The truck joins the fleet of 5...

Holcim acquires Minerales y Agregados

15 June 2023, Published under Cement News

Holcim has acquired Minerales y Agregados, a leader in advanced mortars and adhesives in Guatemala. Minerales y Agregados represents Holcim’s first production facility in Guatemala, while expanding the region’s Solutions & Products range with a new line of business. Holcim expects to deliver synergies by expanding the supply of Minerales y Agregados from its plants in Metapán, El Salvador, as well as by expanding the advanced mortars and adhesives offer from the Disensa retail network. ...

UN General Secretary calls for action on net zero

14 June 2023, Published under Cement News

The Secretary General of the United Nations, António Guterres, has issued a call to action, alongside the CEOs of major cement and concrete manufacturers, for the industry to redouble its efforts, and to work in partnership with governments, to reach net zero. The united rallying call has been made by the CEO of the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA), Thomas Guillot, together with the leaders of GCCA member companies, as they begin a major conference in Zurich.  Addressing ...

Digitalisation with lower case ‘d’

13 June 2023, Published under Cement News

Large companies proudly initiate large-scale digitalisation programmes and invest millions in futuristic solutions. The new challenges of a rapidly-changing world require a new set of skills and, above all, a certain mindset that is open to learning and open to change. Combining such a mindset with easily-accessible tools, Holcim’s Siggenthal plant in Switzerland has implemented low-cost digital solutions at its Gabenchopf quarry. By Dr Pawel Kawalc, Holcim, Switzerland. Figure ...

Holcim (Romania) awarded state grant

12 June 2023, Published under Cement News

Holcim is among five companies in Romania which have been awarded state grants for “investments with systemic impact”, according to IntelliNews. The grants are worth a total of RON363m (US$78.92m), of which Holcim has been allocated RON77.8m. The company has not yet revealed what the funds will be used for.  Holcim (Romania) SA currently runs three plants in Romania, one grinding and two integrated, with a total cement production capacity of 6Mta. 

Aggregate Industries appoints new plant manager

08 June 2023, Published under Cement News

UK-based Aggregate Industries , which is part of the Holcim Group , has appointed Thierry Davila as plant manager at its Cauldon  works in Staffordshire. Mr Davila has over 27 years’ experience in the cement industry, including almost 20 as part of the Holcim Group. Having worked on Cauldon projects since November 2021 in his previous role with Holcim, Mr Davila has made a full-time move to the UK to focus on strategic operations within the business. He will also focus on implementing the...

Holcim selected to create world's first nature targets

25 May 2023, Published under Cement News

Holcim has announced that it is working with the Science Based Targets Network (SBTN) to submit nature targets for validation in 2023, as part of a global initiative to set the world’s first standards for ambitious and measurable corporate action for nature. Holcim was selected by SBTN among the first 17 global companies and the only one in its industry, based on its advanced science-driven approach to nature. Holcim’s biodiversity targets are based on its Biodiversity Indicator and Re...

Sika completes MBCC acquisition

04 May 2023, Published under Cement News

Sika has completed its acquisition of MBCC Group. Based in Germany and formerly owned by an affiliate of Lone Star Funds, MBCC Group is active in the field of construction systems and admixture systems. To close the transaction and to comply with regulatory requirements, Sika sold MBCC Group’s chemical admixtures assets in the UK, USA, Canada, Europe, Australia and New Zealand to the international private equity firm Cinven. The business now acquired by Sika generated sales of CHF2.1bn (U...

Holcim and Air Liquide join forces to decarbonise new Obourg plant

02 May 2023, Published under Cement News

Air Liquide and Holcim have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to pursue a project to decarbonise Holcim’s new cement production plant under development in Belgium, using Air Liquide's proprietary Cryocap TM  carbon capture innovative technology. Thanks to Air Liquide’s unique carbon capture innovative technology, Holcim will be able to reduce emissions by up to 1.1Mta CO 2 . The new cement production plant announced will be replacing an existing asset.  This partnership form...