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GCC reports 44% increase in 2Q net income

28 July 2021, Published under Cement News

GCC saw its consolidated net sales increased 18.1 per cent YoY to US$286.7m in the 2Q21 from US$242.8m in the 2Q20. EBITDA advanced 18.6 per cent YoY to US$97m in the 2Q21 from US$81.8m in the 2Q20. As a result, the EBITDA margin edged up from 33.7 per cent to 33.8 per cent over the same period. Net income increased 43.8 per cent to US$47.7m in the 2Q21 from US$33.2m in the year-ago period. In Mexico cement and ready-mix volumes increased 17.1 and 41.4 per cent, respectively. In the USA c...

Titan's AI optimiser is rolled out across its portfolio

23 July 2021, Published under Cement News

Titan is creating the smart cement plant of the future with a multitude of cutting-edge solutions leveraging the power of artificial intelligence (AI), in the context of the group’s digital transformation journey, including the roll-out of its fully-autonomous, real-time optimisers for the entire cement production line. Initially launched at Pennsuco cement plant in the USA starting in late 2017 with a revolutionary prototype, one of the first AI systems to be used in cement production, t...

US Portland and blended cement demand up 19% in April

19 July 2021, Published under Cement News

Portland and blended cement shipments, including imports, in the USA and Puerto Rico, saw a 19 per cent YoY increase to 9.7Mt in April 2021, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The leading cement-consuming states were Texas, California, Florida, Georgia and Ohio, who accounted for a combined share of 40 per cent of total shipments. The leading producing states were Missouri, Texas, California, Florida and Alabama. Masonry cement deliveries were up 13 per cent YoY to 220,000t. The...

Virtual IEEE-IAS/PCA event

13 July 2021, Published under Cement News

The 63rd IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference was held on 24-28 May 2021 as a virtual event, consisting of training workshops, technical conference, international exhibition and three plant tours. ICR, a media sponsor for the event, took part in the virtual conference and followed the presentations remotely to deliver this report. CIC Chair, Chris Macey, opens the virtual IEEE-IAS/PCA event, held on 24-28 May 2021 Chris Macey, CIC chair, opened the main conference s...

Newberry plant sets two new records

12 July 2021, Published under Cement News

Argos has announced that in June 2021 its Newberry plant in Florida, USA, smashed two previous records. It produced 140,421t, beating the previous record set in June 2019 (127,800t) by nearly 20,000t. Because of this increase in production, the plant was also able to ship 128,728t of product to customers and its ready-mix plants, beating the previous record of 120,900t, set in 2019, by more than 7000t. "Everyone at the Newberry plant is excited and proud to see these records being set. W...

Bruks Siwertell completes US ship unloader order

08 July 2021, Published under Cement News

Bruks Siwertell has completed the commissioning of a new Siwertell ST 640-M screw-type ship unloader in Houston, Texas, USA.   The undisclosed owners have switched from bagged to bulk deliveries of cement and building materials, and supporting this transition is a totally enclosed high-capacity ship unloader. "The operator was looking to expand its US operations," explains Per Wahlström, contract manager, Bruks Siwertell. "For some time, it has imported bagged deliveries of cement,...

Lhoist North America starts up new lime kin

05 July 2021, Published under Cement News

Lhoist North America and Maerz Ofenbau AG have started up a new lime kiln in Montevallo, USA. The Maerz R4S type PFR kiln has a nominal production rate of 600tpd of soft-burned lime.  Lhoist North America is also expanding its dolomitic quicklime production at Marble Falls, Texas, as well as a new lime kiln at its New Braunfels, Texas facility.

PCA welcomes bipartisan infrastructure deal

28 June 2021, Published under Cement News

The Portland Cement Association's (PCA) Senior Vice President of Government Affairs, Sean O’Neill, has released the following statement regarding the USA's bipartisan infrastructure package. "PCA, representing America’s cement manufacturers, applauds the White House and the bipartisan group of 21 senators for reaching a deal on a US$953bn infrastructure package. America's economic vitality depends on an integrated, national transportation network that moves goods and people safely and effic...

Lehigh Cement's quarry expansion plans opposed

23 June 2021, Published under Cement News

Lehigh Cement (HeidelbergCement group) wants to amend its 2012 Reclamation Plan for Lehigh Permanente Quarry to increase mining but faces local opposition. As part of the amendment, the proposal asks to disturb an area of the ridge that is about 30m (100ft) in height and 1219m (4000ft) across. In its May 2019 proposal to amend its 2012 Reclamation Plan for Lehigh Permanente Quarry, Lehigh said it wants to mine additional limestone from the area and to cut back the slope for stabilisation alo...

Argos cement exports to the USA grow by 419%

17 June 2021, Published under Cement News

For Argos, the Grupo Argos cement company, exports have been a key element in the process towards recuperation after the effects generated by COVID-19 and, in the first five months of the year, the cement company's exports to the USA grew by 419 per cent, from 26,000t to 135,000t. In the particular case of the USA, there has been a rebound in the demand for cement and it is estimated that this industry will grow by 2.2 per cent in 2021. It should be noted that the company has a competi...