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Reviving a 60s modern marvel

14 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Built in the early 1960s, the Lafarge cement plant in Ravena, New York, USA, has seen many changes. As part of a three-year modernisation project, the facility improved its grinding section with the help of Gebr Pfeiffer Inc. The project resulted in higher output as well as a more efficient and environmentally-friendly grinding process. By Chris Oesch, Gebr Pfeiffer Inc, USA. Gebr Pfeiffer installed an MVR 6000 R-6 vertical roller mill as part of the modernisation project at Laf...

Argos sees net income grow to US$22m in 1H19

13 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Argos has announced that the company's net income grew by 33.5 per cent to US$22m in 1H19. Argos revenues also expanded by 10.6 per cent to US$1.419m, while EBITDA registered an increase of four per cent to total US$262.4m. Cement shipments were just under 8Mt, 1.2 per cent higher than in 1H18 and concrete dispatched were 5Mm 3 , down 2.5 per cent in 1H18 due to heavy rainfall in some parts of the USA. The company also sold its stake in OMYA Andina and Cartón de Colombia in 2Q19 to ra...

LafargeHolcim and Solidia Technologies launch first commercial venture

09 August 2019, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim and US-based Solidia Technologies ® have announced its first commercial venture to supply EP Henry’s paver and block plant in Wrightstown, New Jersey, with a reduced-CO 2 cement. Over the past six years, the two companies have developed an innovative technology that will reduce the environmental footprint of precast concrete and validate Solidia Cement™ at a commercial scale, according to a press release. Based on Solidia Cement produced at the Lafarge Whitehall plant, th...

Titan Group's 1H19 results bolstered by USA

02 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Titan Group recorded a turnover of EUR785.4m in 1H19, up 10.2 per cent on 1H18. This was attributed to a strong performance in the US market and growth in cement demand in southern Europe, along with a return to modest sales in Greece. EDITDA remained flat at EUR122.2m following challenging conditions in Egypt and Turkey, while group net profit after minority interests and taxes amounted to EUR13.3m versus EUR24.8m in 1H18. Consolidated turnover in 2Q19 for the group reached EUR422.7m, up ...

Alaskan cement terminal approved

02 August 2019, Published under Cement News

The Anchorage Assembly has approved funding to rebuild the city of Anchorage's docks at a cost of US$42.1m for the first phase of a US$200m programme that will see a petroleum and cement terminal at the city-owned port in Alaska, USA. The first phase of development is being implemented by Seattle-based Pacific Pile and Marine. The port's cement business is mainly carried out by Alaska Basic Industries, which is a primary cement distributor in Alaska, USA.

Cement shipments in USA slip to 9.3Mt

01 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Total shipments of Portland and blended cement in the USA and Puerto Rico fell to 9.3Mt in May 2019, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The leading consuming states were  Texas, California, Florida, Ohio and Georgia , which combined account for 39 per cent of shipments in May. Leading producing states were Texas, California, Missouri, Florida and Alabama. Masonry cement deliveries remained stable at 0.222Mt in May when compared with the year-ago period. Some 55 per cent of ship...

Eagle Materials notes record cement sales in 1Q

31 July 2019, Published under Cement News

US-based Eagle Materials Inc has reported a six per cent YoY fall in revenue to US$370.5m for the quarter ending 30 June 2019.  However, revenue in the Heavy Materials (cement, concrete and aggregates) segment saw a three per cent improvement to US$234.7m. Operating earnings decreased five per cent to US$40.6m, which has been attributed to increased fixed and freight costs alongside poor weather. “Our cement sales volume was up three per cent to a record 1.6Mt in the first quarter despite...

Lehigh Cement Co LLC orders new plant

31 July 2019, Published under Cement News

KHD Humboldt Wedag Inc has signed a contract with Lehigh Cement Co LLC (HeidelbergCement) for the engineering, supply of equipment and structural steel and advisory services for the erection and commissioning of a cement plant in the USA. The order is reported to be for more than EUR100m.

GCC announces overall increase in sales for 1H19

26 July 2019, Published under Cement News

Mexico's Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua (GCC) has announced a 1.3 per cent YoY increase in sales to US$403.9m for the first six months of 2019, against US$398.8m in the year-ago period. EBITDA declined five per cent to US$109.2m, while the EBITDA margin slipped 1.8 per cent to finish at 27 per cent. The 2Q19 saw a 3.5 per cent YoY rise in sales to US$240.5m from US$232.3m. EBITDA advanced 2.2 per cent to US$70.9m in the same period. However, the company’s EBITDA margin contracted 0.4 per cent...

Keystone Cement to switch to natural gas

22 July 2019, Published under Cement News

USA-based Keystone Cement has announced that its application for a US$320,950 state grant to extend a natural gas line to its plant in East Allen Township, Pennsylvania, has been approved. The company is looking to phase out coal in favour of natural gas as its primary fuel source, according to The Express Times. "The gas line will fuel the Portland cement rotary dry-process kiln and the preheater tower manufacturing equipment," stated the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic D...