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MPA outlines priorities for the next government

05 May 2017, Published under Cement News

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) has issued its priorities for the next UK government ahead of the general election on 8 June 2017. The government's post-election policy development and implementation will be central to the future health of the UK economy and the mineral products sector upon which so much depends, the MPA said in a statement. Negotiating a good deal on Brexit, which maintains UK competitiveness, will be vital, the trade association adds. The MPA has outlined six m...

N+P opens UK office

05 May 2017, Published under Cement News

N+P announces the appointment of Neville Roberts as Managing Director UK for N+P Alternative Fuels Ltd as well as the opening of a new UK office.   The successful expansion strategy of N+P already led to several new contracts for supply of RDF, SRF and Subcoal® in the UK and the European markets. In addition, several new large contracts will be concluded and announced in due course, the company said in a statement.   Commenting on the managerial appointment, CEO, Karel Jennissen, said: "N...

MPA sales suggest 'continued impetus' in construction

04 May 2017, Published under Cement News

Construction market demand in the UK for mineral products was higher in the first three months of this year compared with the previous quarter, providing some evidence of continued impetus in construction activity at the start of the year, according to the Mineral Products Association (MPA). Sales of aggregates grew by 2.1 per cent in 1Q17 compared to the previous quarter and ready-mix concrete by a positive but more subdued 0.7 per cent. Mortar sales accelerated further after the strong ...

CPA: UK construction industry beats post-Brexit expectations

19 April 2017, Published under Cement News

Activity in the UK construction industry is rising at a faster pace following the EU referendum than initially expected, according to the latest forecasts by the Construction Products Association (CPA). Construction output is expected to rise each year between 2017-19, by 1.3 per cent in 2017, 1.2 per cent in 2018 and 2.3 per cent in 2019. The CPA highlights that while the figures may fuel hope of a resilient UK construction industry amid Brexit-related anxieties and rising costs, the grow...

UK: small fire at Cemex Rugby plant

07 April 2017, Published under Cement News

A small fire broke out in the dust filtration system at Cemex's plant in Rugby, according to reports in the local press. Firefighters successfully extinguished the blaze, which occurred on Tuesday, 4 April. "No one was injured, everyone was safe, that’s the main thing. The emergency services attended which is standard procedure and the fire was brought under control," said Martin Casey, Cemex director of public affairs and communications. 

UK: Hanson to develop Victoria Deep Water Terminal

16 March 2017, Published under Cement News

Hanson (HeidelbergCement group) is planning to invest GBP12m at its Victoria Deep Water Terminal (VDWT) on the Thames at Greenwich, UK, to upgrade and improve the site. A planning application has been submitted to the Royal Borough of Greenwich along with a full environmental impact assessment. Hanson is proposing to replace two existing concrete batching plants with three new ones enclosed within a building. This new building will also house the raw materials for concrete production, prin...

UK: Quinn Cement seeks sustainable future

24 February 2017, Published under Cement News

To achieve a more sustainable manufacturing process and further decrease imported fossil fuel consumption, Quinn Cement has adopted the use of alternative fuels from local residual waste materials to co-fuel production. The introduction of solid recovered fuel (SRF) into the manufacturing process has already begun, with the potential for the company to reduce its use of coal by up to 50 per cent annually. The end result is a saving of 1t CO 2 /1t SRF used. This successful transition to ...

UK: Hanson reopens GGBS grinding plant

21 February 2017, Published under Cement News

Hanson has re-opened its ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBS) grinding plant at Teesport Docks in Middlesbrough, UK, creating 20 new jobs. The plant was mothballed during the recession in 2009, but the upturn in construction activity prompted Hanson to reopen the site. The raw material was originally sourced from the nearby steel works, which has now closed. In future it will be imported, helping to sustain the docks. Site Manager, Duncan Felgate, said: "It has taken nine months to ...

The world in 2016 and outlook for 2017

10 February 2017, Published under Cement News

This year will be a challenging year for the multinational cement companies, which are now faced by uneven economic performance in the emerging markets, combined with a new era of global political uncertainty that could further destabilise markets. On balance, however, global growth looks set to be anchored by positive trends in the major markets of China, India and the US, more than offsetting the poor performance elsewhere. The large cement majors have spent years diversifying their por...

FCC triples loss but cuts debt by third in 2016

07 February 2017, Published under Cement News

Spain’s FCC closed 2016 with a net loss of EUR165.2m, trebling losses when compared with the previous year. The result was attributed to the impact of the cement business and the exchange rate on the environmental services business the company owns in the UK, the company’s second-largest source of income after Spain. For the company it means the fifth-consecutive year of losses. FCC attributed the 2016 result mainly to the adjustment of value made in the goodwill of the cement division, f...