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Freight rates dampen scrapping trend

05 October 2018, Published under Cement News

Better-than-expected dry bulk freight rates have done little to encourage shipowners to scrap  their older vessels, despite warnings of ongoing market volatility due to a lack of scrapping activity. The Baltic Dry Index (BDI) hit 1773 points in the first week of August, compared to 1250 in the opening week of June, making owners increasingly reluctant to ditch their older tonnage. According to a report by Allied Shipbroking, only three dry bulk vessels were scrapped in the latter half of Aug...

GCCA appoints Andrew Minson to executive team

01 October 2018, Published under Cement News

The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) has announced the appointment of Dr Andrew Minson as Concrete and Sustainable Construction Director. Dr Minson joins the GCCA from the UK-based Mineral Products Association and will take up the role in January 2019. Dr Minson will lead the GCCA’s work in promoting the sustainability value of concrete in the future of construction, according to a press release. "I am delighted to be taking on this role at the GCCA, working in a sector which ...

South Ferriby Kiln 2 to start production in November

20 September 2018, Published under Cement News

Cemex plans to start up its second kiln at the South Ferriby plant in north Lincolnshire, UK, in November 2018. Initially installed in 1973, the kiln has a capacity of 1000tpd and has seen significant investment over the year to ensure compliance with environmental legislation. A recent modernisation programme has seen the renewal of electrical infrastructure, control system and instrumentation. The kiln was the first to achieve 100 per cent substitution of fossil fuels with alternative ...

Tarmac receives council approval for plant upgrade

18 September 2018, Published under Cement News

UK-based Tarmac has received the approval of East Lothian Council to modernise its facility in Dunbar, Scotland. The plans include the installation of a new grinding station and storage silo. "The proposed mill will replace two existing mills on the site and will be more energy-efficient and quieter than those existing mills," stated the planning officer’s report. Oliver Curtin, plant manager, noted the benefits of the upgrade and how additional permits are still required. "The plans wil...

Hanson UK starts graduate recruitment drive

22 August 2018, Published under Cement News

Hanson UK is looking to recruit graduates of science technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) by offering starting salaries of GBP25,000 (US$32,190) rising to GBP50,000 in five years under a structured graduate trainee programme. The cement company aims to challenge new recruits by teaching them different areas of the business over a period of two to three years. Graduates could enjoy working in Germany at Hanson's parent company HeidelbergCement as well at plants in the UK, including...

New bulk terminal to serve UK construction market

20 August 2018, Published under Cement News

Eureka Shipping has established a multipurpose floating bulk terminal at the Port of Tilbury in southeast England, under a four-year agreement with Cemineral and London Container Terminal. Cemineral will use the terminal to supply fly ash to the construction market in the southeast of the country. The 125m-long VESPER terminal has a 10,000t capacity and is designed to receive bulk powder both from self-discharging pneumatic cement carriers and from bulk vessels in a dust-free manner, accor...

Tarmac sets up more flexible distribution model

23 July 2018, Published under Cement News

Tarmac (CRH group) is to restructure the distribution model for its Cement and Lime division in the UK. A comprehensive strategic review will result in a more flexible regional model for both bulk and packed cement distribution, which have previously operated on a national basis. Tarmac's own fleet operations will handle around 50 per cent of bulk cement and 20 per cent of packed cement distribution, supported by six regional distribution providers selected through a rigorous procurement p...

Tarmac plans Dunbar plant modernisation

20 July 2018, Published under Cement News

UK-based Tarmac has announced plans to modernise its plant in Dunbar, Scotland. The proposal, submitted for approval to the East Lothian Council, includes the addition of a grinding unit, storage silo and a rail loading facility. "These plans will help us take the Dunbar cement operation onto another level in terms of efficiency and use of the rail network for transportation across Scotland and England," said Oliver Curtin, plant manager. The company expects a response from the plannin...

Cemex UK closes old Thorpe HQ building

05 July 2018, Published under Cement News

This week Cemex UK's former office headquarters in Thorpe, Surrey, closes after 28 years and Cemex UK's HQ will now be run from Cemex House Rugby. The company has had close links with Rugby for nearly 150 years and today operates one of the most modern cement plants in the world located in the town. The new HQ was the former global head offices for the Rugby Group plc until 2000 and today, the legacy of the company is continued with the brand, Rugby Cement, one of most well-known brands in ...

Breedon completes Tarmac asset swap

02 July 2018, Published under Cement News

Breedon Group announced it has completed an asset swap with Tarmac that secures 25Mt of additional mineral reserves and some 50,000tpa of extra asphalt capacity in four key UK locations. The Group has acquired from Tarmac three quarries near Inverness, Penrith and Wrexham, together with a quarry and asphalt plant near Porthmadog, in exchange for 23 of its ready-mixed concrete plants and a payment to Tarmac of GBP6.1m in cash. Commenting on today’s announcement Pat Ward, Breedon’s Grou...