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Cemex to pay US$1m to settle Clean Air Act fine, USA

22 April 2013, Published under Cement News

Cemex is to pay a US$1m civil penalty and install US$600,000 worth of new pollution control equipment at its Lyons plant in Colorado, to settle alleged violations of the Clean Air Act, according to the US Department of Justice and the Environmental Protection Agency. The complaint centered on changes made at the Lyons plant between 1997 and 2000, when it was owned by Southdown. "Today's settlement will reduce harmful emissions of nitrogen oxides, which can have serious impacts on respir...

PCA optimistic on North American outlook

16 April 2013, Published under Cement News

Welcoming over 750 delegates to the 2013 IEEE/PCA 55 th Cement Industry Technical Conference at the Walt Disney World Dolphin Resort in Orlando, Florida, USA, event chairman Ted Richardson gave an overview of this year’s conference offerings: some 45 presentations highlighting the latest technology advances, including the MIT’s Concrete Sustainability Research, as well as opportunities to network and a 165-stand exhibition. Over 750 delegates attended the 2013 IEEE/PCA 55th Cement In...

Cemex in alternative fuels study agreement

10 April 2013, Published under Cement News

Cemex announced today a collaboration agreement with the Earth Engineering Center (EEC) at Columbia University and City College of New York in which EEC will conduct a year-long study of the life cycle effects of using alternative fuels in cement manufacturing. This study will result in a better understanding of the role that alternative fuels play in society and the environment. “This collaboration with EEC underscores the urgency of searching for alternative fuels given the continuing ri...

US January shipments rise 5%

09 April 2013, Published under Cement News

Total shipments of Portland and blended cement in the US and Puerto Rico for January 2013 were up by five per cent to 4.8Mt compared to the same month a year ago, latest data from the US Geological Survey shows. The leading consuming states (Texas, California, Florida, Arizona and Oklahoma, in descending order) received about 46 per cent of the total January shipments. The leading Portland cement-producing states in January were Texas, California, Florida, Missouri and Alabama (in desc...

Votorantim Cimentos sees gains in Brazil, USA

03 April 2013, Published under Cement News

Votorantim Cimentos’ turnover was nine per cent higher at BRL9800m (US$4.85bn) in 2012 and the EBITDA improved by around 11 per cent to BRL3200m.  In Brazil, both volumes and prices were up by four per cent, while in North America volumes improved by 17 per cent and prices by 12 per cent.  "The combination of a favorable market alongside the opening of new factories and mills allowed a four per cent increase in sales volume in Brazil, reaching 24Mt. The average price of cement rose fou...

Lafarge North America sells Wichita, Kansas, assets to Summit Materials

02 April 2013, Published under Cement News

Lafarge North America is selling its Wichita aggregates, concrete and asphalt/paving operations to Summit Materials. The Lafarge-Summit agreement involves Lafarge’s three aggregate quarries, five ready-mix concrete sites and three asphalt operations in the Wichita area, according to Lafarge. The transaction is expected to close in early April. Layoffs are expected although how many employees it will affect has not yet been specified. Lafarge has had the Wichita operations since November ...

Texas Industries third-quarter loss narrows, USA

28 March 2013, Published under Cement News

Texas Industries, Inc reported a net loss of US$5.8m for the third quarter ending 28 February 2013 compared to a net loss of US$24.3m in the same period a year before. “Construction activity in Texas and California continued to improve this quarter,” stated Mel Brekhus, Chief Executive Officer. “Gross profit increased US$14.2m on increased sales of US$19.5m. This increase in profitability primarily reflects the benefits of increased shipments in reducing unit costs, and success in increas...

Titan's profits decline, except in the USA

05 March 2013, Published under Cement News

Titan Cement of Greece reported a 3.6 per cent recovery in turnover for 2012 to €1130.7m, following the 19.2 per cent drop in the previous year. EBITDA, however, continued its double-digit decline and fell by 19.8 per cent to €195.8m. While consumption in its home market of Greece has fallen to less than a quarter of the 2006 peak level, Titan has witnessed a reversal in fortunes in its US operations. In spite of a swing from a €11.9m loss on foreign exchange to a €1.5m profit, there was ...

Holcim ahead despite Europe slowdown

04 March 2013, Published under Cement News

Annual results released by Holcim earlier this week show that cement sales for the Swiss major in 2012 were ahead in spite of lower European volumes and political instability in the Middle East. Turnover during the year rose by 3.9 per cent in 2012 to CHF21,544m and in euro terms the increase was 6.4 per cent to EUR17,867m. Operating EBITDA improved 6.2 per cent to EUR3502m before restructuring costs, after which the advance was a mere 0.7 per cent to EUR3304m. The trading profit fell by ...

Holcim (US) and Aggregate Industries US celebrates Centennial with community service Initiative

28 February 2013, Published under Cement News

Holcim and Aggregate Industries US, a Holcim Group Company, celebrated the centennial anniversary of their parent company, Holcim Ltd in 2012. To mark the milestone, the company launched Together for Communities, an initiative in which employees led local volunteer projects. Together for Communities built on the Holcim mission and extends the values that are essential to creating the highest quality products. Over the course of the year employees contributed more than 34,600 volunteer hours...