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The PCA: supplying direction

09 May 2012, Published under Cement News

To coincide with the 2012 IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference taking place in San Antonio, Texas, in May, International Cement Review took the opportunity to discuss the latest developments in the US cement industry with the Portland Cement Association’s chairman, Aris Papadopoulos. Topics covered included the current status of the industry and sentiment among producers during what is turning out to be another challenging year for the industry, to NESHAP and the role of cement ...

US cement recovery in sight

09 May 2012, Published under Cement News

Ahead of the IEEE-IAS/PCA Technical Cement Conference and Exhibition being held in San Antonio, Texas, 13-17 May, Yuri Serov of Morgan Stanley provides a cogent analysis of the potential for a housing recovery and better cement pricing in the United States with an eventual rigorous rebound in cement consumption starting in 2013, with the country yet again capable of becoming one of the fastest growing cement markets in the world for some time. International Cement Review looks forward...

USA: Lafarge Bath plant applies to burn railroad ties and shingles

04 May 2012, Published under Cement News

Three years after backing off on a plan to burn tyres at its cement plant in Bath, Lafarge is applying to introduce railway ties and asphalt shingles into its kiln. The “low-carbon fuel demonstration project” would run for three years and incinerate up to 75t of construction and demolition debris each day. The application for compliance approval, written by the consulting firm Golder Associates, says that “the emissions from the Bath plant cement kiln are not expected to be significantly c...

USA: Illinois Cement workers rally as strike looms

03 May 2012, Published under Cement News

Conditions are ripe for a walkout at Illinois Cement Company in La Salle. Contract negotiations between Illinois Cement and the local United Steel Workers (USW) began in December. Since early March the union’s 114 members have been working without a contract, said local USW vice president T “Boo” Herndon. Members of USW Local 657 have begun meeting daily during lunchtime in the employee parking lot to discuss their status and prepare for a possible strike. “They want to raise our insur...

Lehigh partners biotech firm to reduce CO2 emissions

03 May 2012, Published under Cement News

Lehigh Cement and Oakbio Inc of Sunnyvale are conducting research that both parties hope can lead to a green partnership. Oakbio plans to capture carbon dioxide from cement manufacturing and feed it to hand-picked microbes that researches say will produce by-products that can be sold commercially. Flue gas at the Lehigh facility can be pumped into a container housing the microbes rather than into the atmosphere. Those microbes will use that gas as their sole carbon source and produce a by...

PCA: modest cement demand growth for 2012, greater growth beyond

01 May 2012, Published under Cement News

Stronger than expected job creation and the beginning of a construction industry recovery means gains in real construction spending will materialise this year—after seven years of consecutive declines.  According to the new forecast from the Portland Cement Association (PCA), increases in cement consumption will follow. PCA revised its fall forecast upward, anticipating a modest 3.7 per cent increase in 2012, followed by a 7.6 per cent jump in 2013 and a 14.1 per cent increase in 2014.  T...

Cementos Argos net profit rises

26 April 2012, Published under Cement News

Cementos Argos, Colombia's largest cement producer, posted a net profit in 1Q12 of US$144m, from US$16m a year earlier. Operating revenue was US$587m, the company said in a statement Wednesday to regulators while EBITDA rose 40% last quarter from the same period a year earlier, to $110m. For the first quarter of 2012, revenues from the Division rose to COP$ 569bn, an increase of 34%. EBITDA was COP$189bn, an increase of 47% from March 2011 and a record high for the company. The EBITDA margi...

Cement industry honours 2012 leaders in environmental improvement

25 April 2012, Published under Cement News

Four cement plants received special recognition for their commitment to improving the environment and their communities at the Eleventh Annual Cement Industry Environment and Energy Awards, presented by the Portland Cement Association (PCA) and Cement Americas magazine at PCA's Spring Meeting in Chicago, 16 April 2012. The awards honour individual cement facilities that exemplify the spirit of continuous environmental improvement and support this spirit with action. Nineteen cement plants...

USA: TXI sells Missouri City aggregate terminal

24 April 2012, Published under Cement News

Texas Industries Inc has announced the sale of its aggregate rail distribution terminal and associated assets located in Stafford, Texas, to Lex Missouri City, LP. The transaction included the sale of approximately 154 acres of land, with rail connection to the Union Pacific Railroad, and the sale of related assets used to receive and distribute aggregates to construction projects in the southwest Houston area. TXI will continue to operate its aggregate distribution terminal located in Katy...

Holcim (US) Inc celebrates group centennial, USA

20 April 2012, Published under Cement News

The Waltham, Massachusetts headquarters of Holcim (US) Inc is participating in a year-long community service initiative to mark the centennial anniversary of its parent company, Holcim Ltd. Holcim (US) is celebrating this 100-year anniversary by participating in Together for Communities, an initiative in which Holcim employees lead local volunteer projects. "Our employees at the Holcim headquarters have responded with vigor to the challenge of Together for Communities," said Bernard Terve...