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Holcim and Cemex among founding members of First Movers Coalition

05 November 2021, Published under Cement News

Holcim and Cemex are among the companies that have joined the First Movers Coalition (FMC) as founding members at COP26 to drive green demand and carbon technologies to advance climate goals. The initiative aims to accelerate innovation and the development of early-stage decarbonisation technologies by leveraging their combined purchasing power. The coalition will work across the eight key hard-to-abate industries of cement, steel, aluminium, chemicals, shipping aviation and trucking, a...

Holcim and Volvo Autonomous Solutions collaborate on autonomous dumper trial

04 November 2021, Published under Cement News

Holcim Switzerland and Volvo Autonomous Solutions have entered into a collaboration to jointly test and further develop the use of autonomous electric dumpers in a limestone quarry.  Holcim Switzerland and Volvo Autonomous Solutions will jointly test and further develop the use of autonomous electric dumpers at Holcim's Gabenchopf quarry in Siggenthal, Switzerlandt. The battery-electric dumpers that are currently being tested mark a groundbreaking step in the industry: not only are the...

Cemex invests in Synhelion and solar technology

03 November 2021, Published under Cement News

Cemex and Cemex Ventures have announced their investment in Synhelion which aims to decarbonise the cement manufacturing process based on solar technology. “Synhellion’s technology has enormous potential, not only does it close the fuel carbon cycle but it also facilitates a carbon-free cement industry. This investment is another example of the innovative projects and technologies we develop to decarbonise the industry,” said Gonzalo Galindo, head of Cemex Ventures.  Synhelion’s propri...

Holcim sets 2050 entire value chain net-zero targets

01 November 2021, Published under Cement News

Holcim has set industry-first 2050 net-zero targets, validated by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi), building on its 2030 commitments approved in September 2020. Setting a new milestone for its sector, the group's targets cover its entire value chain, including both direct and indirect emissions, following the three ‘scopes’ established by the Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Protocol. Jan Jenisch, CEO, Holcim said: "The building sector has an essential role to play to accelerate our wor...

Holcim announces its 2030 people strategy

26 October 2021, Published under Cement News

Holcim has announced its 2030 people strategy, which focusses on bridging the world’s housing and infrastructure gap, improving livelihoods and upholding the highest standards of human rights.   On its journey to build progress for people and the planet, Holcim states it will: “Accelerate access to adequate housing and infrastructure to improve living standards for all, continue to support communities, from health and education to skill building and respect human rights and implem...

AUMUND implements PREMAS® 4.0 at Jura-Cement

14 October 2021, Published under Cement News

Since the beginning of 2021 Jura-Cement-Fabriken AG Switzerland (CRH group) has been using the newly-launched P REMAS ® 4.0 predictive maintenance solution (PMS) on an Aumund belt bucket elevator at its cement plant in Wildegg. P REMAS ® 4.0 is an innovative digital monitoring system offered by Aumund Fördertechnik GmbH, Rheinberg, for predictive maintenance. At the beginning of 2020 Jura-Cement was the recipient of the first prototype of the P REMAS ® 4.0 System. Test runs were ...

Swiss market remains stable in 9M21

08 October 2021, Published under Cement News

Cement deliveries in Switzerland declined 2.5 per cent to 1,108,772t in the third quarter of 2021, according to cemsuisse, the country’s cement association. In the 3Q20 deliveries reached 1,137,615t.  Adverse weather conditions and delivery bottlenecks for other building materials affected construction activity and demand in the summer. In the first nine months of 2021 domestic deliveries slipped 0.3 per cent to 3,139,313t from 3,148,523t in the 9M20. Deliveries of lower-carbon CEM II ce...

Holcim takes drone work to new heights at Siggenthal

12 August 2021, Published under Cement News

Holcim Switzerland's Siggenthal cement plant is being used as a pilot site for Holcim Group's global “Plants of Tomorrow” initiative. As part of the programme, the plant is testing the latest 4.0 technologies and working methods to make cement production more efficient and sustainable.  In the latest collaboration with the ETHZ start-up “Voliro”, special drones are being used in Siggenthal for maintenance work at great heights, which Holcim claims is a world first. Holcim is using ...

Holcim records net sales of CHF12,566m in 1H21

30 July 2021, Published under Cement News

Holcim announced 1H21 net sales of CHF12,566m (US$13,640m) compared to CHF10,693m in the 1H20, a rise of 16.6 per cent LfL. Operating profit (EBIT) reached CHF1794 up from CHF1005 in the 1H20. Net debt rose to CHF12,438m in the 1H21 up from CHF10,662m in the 1H20. Jan Jenisch, Holcim CEO, said : "As we close H1 under our new Group identity, I sincerely thank all members of the Holcim family for the teamwork and resilience they continue to demonstrate to navigate the challenges of the pand...

Holcim launches 'ECOPlanet' a global range of green cement

28 July 2021, Published under Cement News

Holcim has launched ECOPlanet, its global range of green cement delivering at least 30 per cent lower carbon footprint with equal to superior performance. ECOPlanet is available in Germany, Romania, Canada, Switzerland, Spain, France and Italy, and will be distributed across 15 countries in 2021, with the objective of doubling its market presence by the end of 2022 to enable low-carbon construction at scale.   Jan Jenisch, Holcim's CEO: "I am excited to introduce ECOPlanet, the lat...