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Holcim’s Trident Park renovates plant as part of group centenary celebrations

04 April 2012, Published under Cement News

Holcim (US)'s Trident plant, located in Three Forks, Montana, is participating in a year-long community service initiative to mark the centennial anniversary of its parent company, Holcim Ltd. Holcim is celebrating this 100-year anniversary and its US division is participating in Together for Communities, an initiative in which Holcim employees lead local volunteer projects. As part of the Together for Communities initiative, the Trident plant sponsored an employee-led project to renovate...

Cemex US volumes boosted by mild weather

30 March 2012, Published under Cement News

Cemex said it may have recorded strong growth in US cement volumes in the first two months of the year helped by good weather. "The first two months of the year have been great; demand nationwide has been up in excess of 20 per cent YoY," Maher Al-Haffar, vice president of corporate communications and investor relations, told Reuters in an interview. "A very important driver is the fact that we had fantastic weather in the first quarter and last year in the first quarter we had particu...

Texas Industries reports lower pre-tax losses

29 March 2012, Published under Cement News

For the first nine months to the end of February, Texas Industries increased turnover by 5.9% to US$472.4m. After a net interest charge 29.4% lower at US$26.8m, the pre-tax loss declined by 41.8% to US$54.0m.  However, a reduced tax credit meant that the net loss was just 5.5% lower at US$52.7m.  The net debt at the end of February stood at US$627.3m to give a gearing level of 97.9%.  Capital expenditure in the period was boosted by investment in the Hunter cement works in Texas and rose by ...

EPA calls for clearer visibility in Montana region, USA

26 March 2012, Published under Cement News

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has said that two cement plants in the Montana area need to invest in measures to improve visibility in wilderness areas and national parks. The EPA says upgrades are needed at Ash Grove’s cement plant near Montana City and Holcim’s cement plant near Three Forks as well as the Colstrip power plant. The three plants would need to spend a combined estimated US$90m on the required improvements. The agency says the proposal would clear the air i...

FCC to delay Giant Cement sale, USA

26 March 2012, Published under Cement News

FCC is to delay the planned sale of its US-based Giant Cement Holding division while the Spanish construction major focuses on debt refinancing of Cements Portland Valderivvas, Dow Jones reports. FCC owns nearly 70 per cent of Cements Portland, which in turn owns Giant Cement. FCC had previously said it planned to sell Giant by the end of the first quarter but has now changed the timeline, FCC chairman and CEO Baldomero Falcones Jacquotot told Dow Jones in an interview, stating that FCC i...

GCC tyre burning permit nearing approval, USA

21 March 2012, Published under Cement News

A plan to burn tyres at GCC’s Rio Grande plant in Pueblo, Colorado, USA is nearing final approval. State air pollution regulators have issued a draft permit for GCC Rio Grande's proposal. The plant would use old tires piled up at the Midtown tire dump south of Fountain. According to the Pueblo Chieftain the state will hold a 30-day public comment period before issuing a final permit. GCC Rio Grande's 2631tpd greenfield plant at Pueblo, Colorado made its first clinker in January of 2008. ...

Taiheiyo Cement’s operating FY14 target, Japan

19 March 2012, Published under Cement News

Japan’s Taheiyo Cement plans to increase group operating profit by around JPY50bn (US$598.8m) in fiscal year 2014 (FY14), an increase of 90 per cent on its projection for the year ending March 31. The Nikkei reports that the target will be included in a forthcoming business plan that runs through the year ending March 2015. The projections are based on total domestic demand rising four per cent to 43Mt in fiscal 2014. Japan’s leading cement producer anticipates a 2Mta boost from earthquake ...

Lafarge to close kiln line at Joppa Cement, USA

16 March 2012, Published under Cement News

Lafarge has shut down Kiln Line No 2 at its Joppa cement plant, Illinois, USA, citing the continued challenging economic environment as the reason for shutting down one of its two kilns. The company will continue to operate the plant and its associated Cave-In-Rock Quarry and manufacture specialty well cement on its Kiln 1. Lafarge has  "The shutdown was due to the state of the economy and the weak demand for cement, " said Louis Derose-Environmental and Public Relations Manager-Lafarg...

Cementos Portland Valderivvas debt reduction plans, Spain

15 March 2012, Published under Cement News

Spanish cement producer Cementos Portland Valderivvas is looking to reduce debt to around EUR1bn from the current EUR1.3bn with two options on the cards. The company is looking for institutional investors to subscribe to its forthcoming capital hike, the proceeds of which will allow Cements Portland to cut debt. It is also considering the divestment of it Giant subsidiary in the USA and reduce its workforce by some 500 employees, Cinco Dias reports For this year, the company is planni...

US shipments edge ahead in 2011

06 March 2012, Published under Cement News

Total shipments of Portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico for December 2011 were 4.8Mt. This was 16% higher than shipments in December 2010.Although sales continued a trend of increases begun in May, the exceptionally large increase in December was in part because of unexpectedly mild weather conditions. Shipments for 2011 were 72.2Mt, up by 3% from those of 2010. The leading producing states in December were Texas, California, Missouri, Florida, and Pennsylvania...