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The US recovery is the one bright spot for Titan

30 August 2012, Published under Cement News

Titan’s first half turnover declined by 1.6 per cent to €547.9m and the EBITDA fell by 21.3 per cent to €112.1m, as the cement producer is caught amid a continued downturn it its domestic market of Greece and US operations prove to be its only bright spot. Titan’s trading profit fell 39.5 per cent to €50.5m, but the net financial charge dropped by 54.9 per cent to €20.5m, reducing the fall in the pre-tax profit to 21.8 per cent to €29.5m. The net attributable profit emerged 65.3 per cent l...

Fire at Lafarge Ravena works, USA

29 August 2012, Published under Cement News

A fire broke out at the Lafarge Ravena plant in Albany, NY on Monday as a rubber conveyor belt carrying limestone snapped and caught fire, according to John Reagan, public affairs manager for the Lafarge division. The blaze broke out after 2pm and it took firefighters about two hours to douse. The fire was contained to the conveyor belt was not in danger of spreading to the main cement plant. Mr Reagan says because the plant has limestone stockpiles, operations are continuing as usual. ...

Texas Industries asks Commerce to probe Greece, Republic of Korea imports

28 August 2012, Published under Cement News

Texas Industries, through its subsidiary TXI Operations, submitted a letter on 24 August 2012 to the Department of Commerce and the Interagency Trade Enforcement Center, asking that Commerce self-initiate anti-dumping and countervailing duty investigations of "unfairly priced" Portland cement from Greece and the Republic of Korea into the Texas region, USA. TXI believes that imports from Greece and Korea are being sold at less than fair value (ie, dumped) and benefit from government subsid...

USA: Buzzi Unicem trials use of hazardous waste fuel at Cape Girardeau plant

23 August 2012, Published under Cement News

A series of trials is underway at Buzzi Unicem’s Cape Girardeau cement facility in an effort to use more hazardous waste as fuel. The company invested US$1m in the project, aimed at cutting its operating expenses by replacing more of its coal with alternative fuels. For about 20 years, the company, formerly known as Lonestar Industries, has used hazardous waste as fuel to heat its kiln. In June, its hazardous waste permit was modified by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Missour...

USA: Martin Engineering opens new Wyoming facility

22 August 2012, Published under Cement News

Bulk materials handling technology specialist Martin Engineering has announced it is opening a new factory-direct and service centre in Gillette, Wyoming, USA. The new facility will allow Martin to provide factory-direct parts, sales and service 24/7 for the mining industry in Gillette and the surrounding region. “The new factory-direct sales and service centre will house a large stock of inventory in Gillette and serves as a sign of our commitment to this region and the Western US mining...

USA: TXI Hunter Cement has job offers

21 August 2012, Published under Cement News

Texas Industries’ (TXI) Hunter Cement plant, near New Braunfels, is nearing completion of the commissioning of its new kiln line, which will add another 1.4Msta of cement capacity. The culmination of this project will enable the plant to expand its workforce by adding a further 20 new employees, according to a local news release.  “We are pleased to announce the hiring of additional employees at our Hunter plant,” said Clifton Stapleton, Hunter plant manager. “This area of Texas will bene...

USA: New CEO at Giant Cement

21 August 2012, Published under Cement News

Jose A Llontop has been named as the new president and CEO of Summerville-based Giant Cement Holding Inc (GCHI), a subsidiary of Madrid-based Cementos Portland Valderrivas. Mr Llontop will oversee the company’s American operations at plants in Alabama, Maine, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. He previously held senior level positions at Cemex. “I am looking forward to returning GCHI to profitability through excellent customer service and product innovation, an efficient cost structure leve...

Cemex Kosmos seeks to increase alternative fuels usage

17 August 2012, Published under Cement News

Cemex’s Kosmos plant in Louisville, USA, is seeking permission to blend scrap plastic and wood to fuel its kiln, according to public officials. The company already has approval to burn scrap tyres for its cement production process. Cemex representatives said in a brief written statement that it was proposing to “safely replace up to 30 per cent of its kiln’s energy (and) heat demand” with waste-derived fuels as an alternative to fossil fuels including coal.” The statement said the process...

FLSmidth acquires Decanter Machine, USA

16 August 2012, Published under Cement News

FLSmidth has today signed an agreement to acquire the privately owned company Decanter Machine, Inc, a United States based manufacturer and supplier of centrifugal technology to the global minerals industries. The transaction is subject to rezoning of a portion of real estate which is expected to occur in September. The parties have agreed not to disclose the value of the transaction.   Decanter is recognised as the global leader in the manufacture of screen bowl, solid bowl and hyperbaric c...

USA May shipments rise 15.9 per cent

09 August 2012, Published under Cement News

Total shipments of Portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico for May 2012 were 7.5Mt – 15.9 per cent higher than shipments in May 2011. Shipments for the year through May were 29.4Mt, up by about 18 per cent. The leading producing States in May were Texas, Missouri, California, Michigan, and Florida, in descending order, and accounted for 42 per cent of total output. The leading consuming states (Texas, California, Florida, Ohio, and Illinois, in descending order) r...