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VTT electric kiln targets carbon neutral cement production

09 December 2022, Published under Cement News

VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland has developed an electric rotary kiln that is capable of making cement production close to carbon neutral. Powered by low-emission electricity, the kiln enables the capture of pure CO2 when lime is burned in the pre-calcination phase of cement production. VTT has successfully completed several experiments using different feedstocks between November 2021 and October 2022, with the participation of Finnish cement producer Finnsementti and Nordka...

Titan plant constructs first 3D-printed Greek house

09 December 2022, Published under Cement News

The first 3D-printed concrete house in Greece is being printed at TITAN Elefsina cement plant , by TITAN and its partners – Sika Hellas, Cos Hellas Ltd, and the National Technical University of Athens. The consortium successfully developed, produced, and operated the first 3D printer for construction in Greece as part of the 3BUILD research project. “ 3BUILD creates a pioneering, modular and lightweight printer, which can construct concrete buildings and infrastructures with a high...

New UK cement plant gets green light

08 December 2022, Published under Cement News

A new GBP40m (US$48.8m), 0.5Mta cement plant at Sheerness Docks in Kent, UK, has been given the go ahead. Despite a petition against the plant receiving over 1000 signatures, Kent County Council unanimously approved the plans on 7 December 2022. Councillors assured local residents that noise from the new plant will be closely monitored and the movement of trucks during the night would be restricted to once a month with residents receiving a warning in advance. The council also said that i...

Cementa's time-limited extraction permit stands

08 December 2022, Published under Cement News

The Supreme Administrative Court (HFD) has decided that the time-limited extraction permit, which the government announced to Cementa  ( Heidelberg Materials ) in the fall of 2021, must stand. HFD made the assessment that the government's decision on a time-limited permit does not contravene any legal rule. This means that limestone quarrying and cement production in Slite can continue as planned for the rest of the year. Cementa's previous permit to mine limestone in Slite expired ...

WBA claims few science-based biodiversity assessments are carried out

06 December 2022, Published under Cement News

The World Benchmarking Alliance’s (WBA) new Nature Benchmark has analysed around 400 companies on their operations impact on nature and biodiversity, including many from the construction and mining sector.   The top 10 construction material companies have been ranked 1-10 for their reduced impact on nature and biodiversity: 1. Holcim , 2. CEMEX , 3. Siam Cement Group , 4. Owens Corning, 5. CRH , 6. Cementos Argos , 7. Heidelberg Materials , 8. Saint-Gobain , 9. Asia Cement Corp ,...

WCA's CEO responds to WWF EU ETS free allocation analysis

05 December 2022, Published under Cement News

Ian Riley, CEO of the World Cement Association, has responded to recent analysis from the World Wildlife Fund on the  EU ETS emissions over the examined period (2013-21), when more than half of the emissions (53 per cent) were handed out to polluters for free through the so-called ‘free allocation’ scheme. These free permits to pollute were worth EUR98.5, more than all the revenue that EU countries earned through selling regular allowances, stated the WWF. The WWF argues that while th...

Dyckerhoff CEDUR composite cement rebuilds Lörrach hospital

05 December 2022, Published under Cement News

Dyckerhoff secured an order for the delivery of 68,000m³ of concrete to rebuild the central hospital in Lörrach, southwest Germany. The concrete is produced with Dyckerhoff Cement from the Göllheim and Amöneburg plants. For the duration of the construction period, the Dyckerhoff mobile plants branch operates a mobile mixing plant directly on site. Approximately 6000m³ of ready-mixed concrete of quality C30/37 in consistency F4 was produced in the mobile plant for the foundations,...

Italian cement output down 4% in September

02 December 2022, Published under Cement News

Italy’s cement production declined by four per cent YoY in September 2022, according to the country’s construction chamber, Federbeton. When compared with the 2015 base index production the value increased from 61 in August to 96 per cent in September. Cement prices remained stable MoM at 189 when compared with the base year of 2015 (=100). However, they saw a 49 per cent increase when compared with September 2021. Grey cement imports in August increased by six per cent when compared with ...

Geminor enters the Spanish recycling and recovery market

02 December 2022, Published under Cement News

Geminor plans to expand its operations in 2023 by focussing on the Spanish market. In addition to France, Spain can play a key role in securing a balance in the material recycling and energy recovery markets in Europe, says Senior Business Development Manager at Geminor, Kai Schöpwinkel. From offices in Bordeaux in France, Kai Schöpwinkel will lead Geminor’s move into Spain, as well as a planned expansion of operations in France. Both the recycling and energy recovery markets are growin...

Spanish cement demand slips 0.4% in October

01 December 2022, Published under Cement News

Cement demand in Spain has edged down by 0.4 per cent YoY to 1,264,554t in October 2022, according to the country’s cement association, Oficemen. The fall represents a six-month decline since May. Exports from Spain were down 22 per cent YoY in September, resulting in a 20 per cent drop in the year to date of 20 per cent. Imports decline by 55 per cent YoY on the back of falling domestic consumption, but in the year to date they have increased 14.5 per cent YoY. “In the first 10 months...