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Summit Materials announces 13% increase in revenue

24 February 2021, Published under Cement News

USA-based Summit Materials has reported a 13 per cent YoY increase in net revenue for the final quarter of 2020 to US$571.9m, compared to US$506.3m in the 4Q19. Net income remained fairly consistent YoY at US$35.2m from US$35.7m. Adjusted EBITDA increased 7.8 per cent YoY in the 4Q20 to US$130.6m against US$121.1m in the year-ago period. Sales volumes increased 24.7 per cent YoY in aggregates, 4.5 per cent in cement and 6.4 per cent in ready-mix concrete for the 4Q20. Inclusive of acquisit...

Cemex expands ready-mix portfolio in Texas

17 February 2021, Published under Cement News

Cemex USA is expanding its operations in Texas with the acquisition of a ready-mix business in San Antonio. Cemex acquired the ready-mix assets of Beck Readymix Concrete Co Ltd, including three strategically located ready-mix concrete plants and one portable plant to service the San Antonio metropolitan district and surrounding area. "Texas is experiencing explosive growth, and Cemex has repeatedly shown it is ready to make moves to help fuel it," said Scott Ducoff, Cemex USA Texas reg...

Dealing with dust

16 February 2021, Published under Cement News

With dust chemistry varying between direct operation when the raw mill is out of action and indirect operation when the raw mill is running, finding a destination for baghouse dust while maintaining a homogenous kiln feed is a long-standing issue in cement production. By John Kline and Benjamin Kline, Kline Consulting LLC, USA. Figure 1: a typical raw mill and kiln feed configuration The simple question of what to do with baghouse dust when the raw mill is out of operation has p...

Buzzi Unicem reports stable 2020 volumes in spite of pandemic

12 February 2021, Published under Cement News

This week, Buzzi Unicem released its FY20 preliminary results. The Italian-based cement producer announced cement volumes of 29.3Mt, a YoY rise of 0.4 per cent despite the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic caused an unprecendented recession in the first half of 2020. The extraordinary economic policy packages taken out helped cushion the impact from the contraction of international trade, while the loosening of restrictive measures by the second half helped deli...

Cemex reports 10% rise in 4Q20 cement volumes

12 February 2021, Published under Cement News

Cemex  S AB de CV reports that in the 4Q20 EBITDA grew by double-digit growth YoY. Consolidated net sales increased by nine per cent to US$3.537bn, an increase of one per cent for the full year of 2020 when compared with 2019. Operating EBITDA rose 19 per cent in the 4Q20 to US$644m. Operating EBITDA margin rose by 1.2 percentage points to 18.2 per cent. Foreign debt declined by US$1027m in 2020. "2020 was one of the most challenging years we have faced but itv was also a remarkable ye...

National Cement 5000tpd clinker line construction advances

12 February 2021, Published under Cement News

After one year of construction activity and despite the pandemic situation, National Cement's 1.65Mta Ragland Cement plant modernisation project is progressing well and is on schedule. The five-stage preheater and precalciner located next to the new 13,000t blending silo is fast being erected. It will be 110m high when completed.   "This structure, the tallest in the St Clair County will definitively reinforce National Cement Co of Alabama presence on the map," said National Cement. ...

US and Puerto Rican Portland and blended cement shipments up 9% in November 2020

11 February 2021, Published under Cement News

Total US and Puerto Rican shipments of Portland and blended cement advanced nine per cent to 8.6Mt in November 2020 when compared with November 2019, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The five largest cement-consuming states – Texas, California, Florida, Ohio and Georgia – accounted for 40 per cent of deliveries. The leading producing states in November 2020 were Texas, Missouri, California, Florida and Alabama. Masonry cement shipments totalled 178,000t in November 2020, repre...

Cemex is awarded CO2 capture grant from DoE

09 February 2021, Published under Cement News

Cemex SAB de CV has announced that its US operations have been awarded a grant from the US Department of Energy (DoE) to research, engineer and develop a pilot for a breakthrough carbon capture unit. The project, anchored to Cemex’s Victorville cement plant in California, will also contemplate cost-competitive solutions to completely close the loop on current carbon emissions. In this initiative led by non-profit research institute RTI international (RTI), Cemex is joining forces with UK-...

Lehigh Hanson's US$600m expansion project resumes

08 February 2021, Published under Cement News

Lehigh Cement Company  completed construction of a  concrete slipform silo as part of resuming its US$600m expasnion project at the Mitchell plant in Texas, USA. Lehigh broke ground on the project in October of 2019 and began preparing the site for the large project.  However, COVID-19 delayed the company’s progress with the project. Now the project has resumed with the construction of the 160ft  concrete slipform silo. Tracy Crowther, plant manager Lehigh Mitchell plant, explains ...

Hazemag installs 3500tph crusher for Texas cement plant

05 February 2021, Published under Cement News

Hazemag has installed a new 3500tph primary crushing system at a Texas cement plant. It will be one of the largest Andreas impactors operating in North America.   Hazemag delivered the very latest design and control technology found within its apron feeder, roller screen and the model HPI 2030 primary impactor capable of processing massive blocks or limestone at a capacity of 2500tph. The challenges and setbacks as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic made the project a challenging pr...