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United States: Maine representatives call for vigilance over McInnis plant

16 February 2017, Published under Cement News

Congressional representatives for the state of Maine have written to US Trade Representative, Maria Pagan, calling on her to ensure that cement imports from McInnis’s new Port-Daniel-Gascons plant do not unfairly compete with domestic firms. In a letter to Ms Pagan, the four representatives state that McInnis’s project has received support from the government of Quebec which could be in violation of Canada’s international obligations under WTO rules. The letter specifically cites the c...

The world in 2016 and outlook for 2017

10 February 2017, Published under Cement News

This year will be a challenging year for the multinational cement companies, which are now faced by uneven economic performance in the emerging markets, combined with a new era of global political uncertainty that could further destabilise markets. On balance, however, global growth looks set to be anchored by positive trends in the major markets of China, India and the US, more than offsetting the poor performance elsewhere. The large cement majors have spent years diversifying their por...

LafargeHolcim's Olsen welcomes US infrastructure pledge

18 January 2017, Published under Cement News

Eric Olsen, CEO of LafargeHolcim, has welcomed President-elect Donald Trump’s commitment to increasing infrastructure spending in the United States, CNBC reports. "We've believed for many years the US needs a significant boost in infrastructure, if you look at the status of bridges, roads... core infrastructure in the US needs real investment and we're heartened to see that that's coming", Mr Olsen said. "Infrastructure payments typically pays off 2.5 times for what you do. You need to...

HeidelbergCement completes sale of US assets to Cementos Argos

01 December 2016, Published under Cement News

HeidelbergCement has completed the US$660m sale of the Martinsburg cement plant and eight terminals to Cementos Argos. HeidelbergCement had been required to sell the West Virginia plant to comply with regulators following the acquisition of Italcementi. It is expected that the company will use the proceeds of the sale to pay down some of debt it took on to finance the acquisition process. “With the disposal of the US assets we fulfil the obligation of the FTC and improve the net financ...

Cementos Argos hit by Colombia’s infrastructure slowdown

23 November 2016, Published under Cement News

In a trading update for the third quarter of 2016, Cementos Argos announced that its profits were down by 22.7 per cent YoY, with cement volumes falling by 7.4 per cent to 3.557Mt. Figures for the nine months to the end of September 2016 were more positive, with the company’s net income rising by 18.7 per cent YoY to COP393bn (US$125m). The third-quarter figures were negatively impacted by a slowdown in the company’s home market. Cement dispatches in Colombia fell by 22.1 per cent in 3...

USA: FTC approves HeidelbergCement divestiture

16 November 2016, Published under Cement News

The US Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has given its approval to an application from HeidelbergCement and Italcementi for the divestiture of the Essroc Martinsburg cement plant in West Virginia and eight cement terminals, local newspaper the Morning Call reports. The plant and terminals are to be acquired by Cementos Argos for US$660m. The divestiture was required by the FTC to preserve competition in the face of the merger of HeidelbergCement and Italcementi. The deal was originally ag...

United States: St Mary's Cement secures funding to expand North Michigan plant

29 September 2016, Published under Cement News

St Mary's Cement, a subsidiary of Brazil's Votorantim Cimentos, has had its application for funding to expand its Charlevoix plant in north Michigan approved by the Michigan Strategic Fund (MSF), according to local news reports. The approval means that the company can access US$150m from the MSF to finance the project to increase capacity at the plant from 1.4Mta to 2Mta. In a statement, Stephen Gallagher, vice president of St Mary Cement Human Resources, said: “St Mary Cement is thril...

US environmentalists to set out case against Orcem plant

16 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Environmental activists will today take their case against a proposed Orcem cement plant and marine terminal to the public, according to local media reports. The proposed project is to be built in Vallejo to the north of San Francisco and will consist of a 0.5Mta grinding plant producing cement from GBFS, to be expanded to 0.9Mta in subsequent phases. Opponents of the scheme have branded it an “environmental nightmare”, citing the impact of higher traffic volumes – one banner claimed u...

HeidelbergCement to sell US assets to Cementos Argos in US$660m deal

18 August 2016, Published under Cement News

HeidelbergCement has agreed to sell its plant in Martinsburg (WV), USA, and eight terminals to Cementos Argos for US$660m. The deal is subject to regulatory approval, but the Federal Trade Commission had ordered the disposal as a result of the Italcementi acquisition. HeidelbergCement said that it expected the transaction to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2016. The deal involves the disposal of the company's Lehigh and Essroc subsidiaries. Dr Bernd Scheifele, chairman of the Man...

United States: Sunrise reports progress on Pozz Ash project

16 August 2016, Published under Cement News

Sunrise Resources has said that it has made “positive progress” in the development of its natural pozzolan Pozz Ash cement, Proactive Investors reports. Based on preliminary results from a concrete producer testing the product, Sunrise has concluded that Pozz Ash has good commercial potential providing the cement’s clay content can be reduced.