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Turkish exports boom in first quarter, but slowdown expected

10 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Turkey’s cement sector exports increased by 54 per cent in the first three months of 2020, according to a statement by the Turkish Cement Manufacturers' Association (TÇMB). The association has released data on the sector’s March-end export figures and the production figures from January. Accordingly, the Turkish cement sector’s production increased by 31 per cent in January, reaching 3.6Mt. In the first month of the year, the domestic sales of the cement sector increased by 16.8 per...

Roanoke Cement awarded gold certification for zero waste efforts

10 April 2020, Published under Cement News

US-based Roanoke Cement Co (Titan America) has been awarded Gold certification by Green Business Certification for its zero waste efforts at its Troutville plant. "In order to elevate our TRUE Zero Waste certification, we ramped up our zero-waste policy to include, for example, physical audits of waste and improving recycling practices on-site," says Lindsey Layman, environmental engineer at Roanoke Cement. "As a result, we have created a zero-waste culture and achieved an average of 98.4...

CABC report calls for Canada and USA to keep border open to cement trade

09 April 2020, Published under Cement News

The Canadian American Business Council's (CABC) latest report on Canada/US cross-border trade calls for governments in north America to open border trade to cement and other building materials during the COVID-19 crisis to keep some liquidity in the economy. "If we don't keep this backbone of the economy going, we are going to extend the time the recovery will take, policy-makers are getting that," said Steve Morrissey, executive vice-president of the Cement Association of Canada, a member ...

Identifying and managing risk

06 April 2020, Published under Cement News

When developing cement plant projects, it is not possible to address every aspect of risk theory, nor every possible specific risk to be encountered. This article, however, offers considerations from the perspective of a cement industry consultant on behalf of the owner to identify, address and resolve project development risk to ensure the safe, responsible development and best operation of cement plants. By Thomas D Box, Box International Consulting, USA. Box International Consultin...

Lehigh Hanson delays Mitchell expansion project

02 April 2020, Published under Cement News

US-based Lehigh Hanson Inc has delayed the start of the US$600m expansion project at its Mitchell plant in Lawrence County, Indiana. Construction may be delayed by up to a year due to uncertainties resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.  The plant will reportedly continue to finalise the engineering and delivery of equipment but will limit the amount of site work during 2020 and will move it into early 2021. Therefore, the projected start-up date has been moved from September 2022 to the 3...

Georgia Power announces coal ash reuse project

01 April 2020, Published under Cement News

USA-based Georgia Power today announced a new beneficial reuse project for coal ash stored at Plant Mitchell, a retired coal-fired power station near Albany. Starting this year, approximately 2Mt of stored coal ash will be removed from the existing ash ponds for reuse in Portland cement manufacture. "As part of our ash pond closure efforts, Georgia Power is always looking for opportunities to reuse coal ash that are beneficial for our customers and communities," said Dr Mark Berry, vice p...

Argos reports 11% rise in revenues in 2019

23 March 2020, Published under Cement News

On a consolidated basis, Colombia-based cement producer Argos reported an 11.4 per cent increase in revenues and a 14.3 per cent increase in EBITDA during 2019. The year ended satisfactorily with advances of 11.4 per cent in revenues and 14.3 per cent in EBITDA. Operations in the USA saw significant volume growth and prices in Colombia and the Caribbean recovered. The Central America region maintains conjunctural difficulties in Honduras and Panama, which was offset to some extent by the ...

Cement industry and the COVID-19 crisis

20 March 2020, Published under Cement News

This week has seen growing action and concern from the construction and cement sectors on how best to fight off the coronavirus (COVID-19), which was declared a pandemic on 11 March, to keep businesses running and employees safe. Many countries have already announced emergency financial packages and stimulus measures to support businesses and protect livelihoods, as countries impose social distancing measures and quarantine measures to slow the virus. The latest reports reveal that buildi...

US growth settles down

19 March 2020, Published under Cement News

While the US economic cycle is expected to reach maturity in 2020-21, its construction market is forecast to remain relatively robust. As a result, the Portland Cement Association (PCA) forecasts modest growth for the cement sector in the medium term. By Ed Sullivan, PCA, USA. Figure 1: US economic growth, 2001-23 (Source: PCA) The United States economy and construction market are expected to remain relatively strong during 2020-21. However, the economy is entering a mature stag...

Bedeschi wins material handling order in USA

18 March 2020, Published under Cement News

Bedeschi SpA has been awarded by KHD Humboldt Wedag International AG the contract for clay crushing and handling equipment at the Lehigh Mitchell plant. Bedeschi is supplying two complete crushing units, including an apron feeder and a double roller crusher, as well as a blending stacking and reclaiming longitudinal system for limestone, a clay apron conveyor and a 700m-long pipe conveyor for cement. The pipe conveyor is similar to the one in the image. Bedeschi has won an order in t...