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National Cement Co of Alabama breaks ground

03 February 2020, Published under Cement News

National Cement Co of Alabama (Vicat group), has broken ground on its US$250m expansion of the plant in the Saint Clair County town of Ragland, USA. The expansion project is built adjacent to the company's existing plant on Highway 144. The expansion, expected to be completed by 2022, and the biggest economic project in a seven-county region of central Alabama. It is by far the town's biggest employer and a huge part of the economy, according to the town's mayor. "This investment is going...

US Portland and blended cement shipments edge up in 11M19

31 January 2020, Published under Cement News

Portland and blended cement Total shipments of Portland and blended cement, including imports, in the USA and Puerto Rico increased 3.2 per cent YoY to 10.1Mt in October 2019, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). In November 2019 they rose slightly YoY to 7.9Mt when compared with November 2018. The leading cement-consuming states in October were Texas, California, Florida, Ohio and Illinois, which accounted for 38 per cent of the total. In November the leading cement-consuming St...

Hoffmann Green granted US patent

30 January 2020, Published under Cement News

France-based Hoffmann Green Cement Technologies has been granted a patent for its H-P2A technology in the USA. H-P2A (High-Performance Alkaline Activation) is a geopolymer technology enabling low-carbon cements to be formulated, based on the use of co-products produced by industry, according to a press release. "The granting of this patent for our H-P2A technology in the United States is fully in line with our research and development strategy. We have a duty to anticipate and protect ou...

Egypt's cement sector is relying more heavily on coal

22 January 2020, Published under Cement News

Egypt saw thermal coal imports rise by 31 per cent to 6.32Mt in 2019, according to official data from the port of Alexandria, driven by strong demand from the cement sector. Most coal was imported from the US. The latest data confirm a two-year growth period in thermal coal imports. In 2018 they spiked by 174 per cent to 4.81Mt from 1.75Mt in 2017. The country’s largest importer of thermal coal is Egypt’s largest cement producer, El Arish Cement, which imported 2.04Mt or 32 per cent of to...

Connected manufacturing

20 January 2020, Published under Cement News

The abundant and growing quantity of operational data and events collected in real time opens the door for improvements across the cement manufacturing process instead of only in specific areas. Operational data from existing devices and sensors that support automation and control systems can help increase asset availability, reduce energy costs and improve process efficiency. However, this is just the start of the potential offered to the industry by new technologies based on operational da...

Two Argos plants receive Wildlife Habitat Council Conservation Certification

15 January 2020, Published under Cement News

Argos' (Grupo Argos) Atlanta and Newberry cement plants have achieved the Wildlife Habitat Council (WHC) Conservation Certification. The company had to demonstrate that they have a meaningful wildlife habitat management and conservation education programme, provide third-party credibility, produce an aggregated metric for reporting and demonstrate a long-term commitment to managing quality habitat for wildlife, conservation education and community outreach initiatives. As part of their c...

Eagle Materials' acquisition of Kosmos receives approval

14 January 2020, Published under Cement News

The US-based Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has cleared Eagle Materials Inc’s agreement to acquire certain assets from Kosmos Cement Company, Kentucky, a joint venture between Cemex and Buzzi Unicem. The anti-trust approval was received on 9 January. The assets being divested consist of the 1.7Mta cement plant in Louisville and seven distribution terminals as well as raw material reserves. The net proceeds obtained from this transaction will be distributed to Cemex and Buzzi Unicem in...

Sesco Cement reportedly faces lawsuit

09 January 2020, Published under Cement News

Texas-based Sesco Cement is reportedly facing a lawsuit filed by Harris County Attorney, Vince Ryan, for violating the Texas Clean Air Act, Texas Solid Waste Disposal Act and the Texas Water Code, according to the Houston Business Journal. The Attorney’s Office has stated that several inspections were conducted over the past 12 months, in which cement was found to have hardened inside storm drains at the plant, while piles of cement dust and other debris were found in the facility. Acc...

Carbon capture project to operate at LafargeHolcim's Florence plant

07 January 2020, Published under Cement News

Svante Inc, LafargeHolcim, Oxy Low Carbon Ventures (OLCV – a wholly-owned subsidiary of Occidental) and Total have formed a joint study to assess the viability and design of a commercial-scale carbon-capture facility at the Holcim Portland Cement plant in Florence, Colorado, USA.   The study will evaluate the cost of the facility designed to capture up to 725,000tpa of CO 2 directly from the LafargeHolcim cement plant, which would be sequestered underground permanently by Occidental.   “OLC...

National Cement to invest US$250m in Ragland

23 December 2019, Published under Cement News

Vicat-owned National Cement will be installing a new state-of-the-art kiln at its Ragland plant in Alabama, USA. The project represents an investment of US$250m and the project is expected to start the construction in the first quarter of 2020. "We are excited about our kiln project in Ragland. It will ensure that our employees and our Ragland facility can continue to be competitive for years to come by upgrading our plant with the latest technology and equipment," said Spencer Weitman, p...