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Heidelberg Materials France to close two plants

05 April 2024, Published under Cement News

Ciments Calcia , part of Heidelberg Materials France , is closing two of its plants as part of a restructuring programme. The two sites due to close are in Beffes (Cher) and Villiers-au-Bouin (Indre-et-Loire), both of which are scheduled to shut in October 2025. According to Heidelberg Materials France, the restructuring is the result of a significant decline in cement sales resulting from weak construction demand in the country. Sales volumes fell six per cent in 2023, after first dec...

Holcim acquires concrete construction systems specialist Tensolite

05 April 2024, Published under Cement News

Holcim has signed an agreement to acquire Tensolite, a leading manufacturer of innovative precast and pre-stressed concrete construction systems with US$22m of net sales in 2023 and a strong presence in fast-growing Latin American markets. With plants and a distribution network across Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay, Tensolite will expand Holcim’s Solutions & Products portfolio and strengthen its geographical footprint. Oliver Osswald, region head Latin America, said: “By acquiring Ten...

Brenntag acquires Lawrence Industries

05 April 2024, Published under Cement News

Brenntag Specialties, a leader in chemicals and ingredients distribution based in Germany, has acquired Lawrence Industries Ltd, an independent specialties distributor in the UK. The move is designed to strengthen Brenntag Specialties’ position in the UK and Ireland, as well as expanding Brenntag’s Material Science portfolio across the coatings, adhesives, sealants, construction, polymer and rubber industries.  Founded over 50 years ago, Lawrence Industries is a technically-driven, inde...

Scott Bros and Teesside University join forces on on low-carbon concrete

04 April 2024, Published under Cement News

UK-based aggregates firm Scott Bros is working with Teesside University to run trials to see by much it can reduce the OPC content in concrete. The company, which specialises in recycling material into aggregates for the construction industry, has been investigating uses for filter cake, which is a byproduct from its wash plant, which converts construction and waste into sand and aggregate. The use of low-value filter cake as alternative binder could enable concrete producers to reduce the...

Tarmac embraces Schaeffler OPTIME solution

04 April 2024, Published under Cement News

Schaeffler’s OPTIME wireless condition monitoring solution is helping prevent unplanned downtime of machines and auxiliary equipment at the Tarmac Tunstead limestone plant near Buxton, Derbyshire, UK. The site benefits from the early detection of equipment failures, as the OPTIME app keeps the maintenance team informed on the condition of the machines at all times, without them having to take manual readings. Tarmac Tunstead is home to one of the largest limestone quarries in Europe.  ...

New Holcim Board member proposed

04 April 2024, Published under Cement News

Holcim has proposed Catrin Hinkel, CEO of Microsoft Switzerland, for election to its Board of Directors. She stands for election alongside nominee Michael H McGarry at Holcim’s Annual General Meeting on 8 May 2024. All other members are standing for re-election and Jan Jenisch is proposed for re-election as Chairman of the Board. With the proposed nominations, the Holcim Board will comprise 11 members, 10 of whom are independent according to the Swiss Code of Best Practice for Corporate...

CEMEX receives EUR4.8m to reduce natural resource use

03 April 2024, Published under Cement News

Spain’s Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge (MITECO) has awarded a EUR4.8m (US$5.2m) to CEMEX España  as part of its Strategic Project for the Recovery and Economic Transformation (PERTE) of the Circular Economy to improve the circularity of its processes. The grant represents 35 per cent of the approved EUR13.7m budget to develop and implement the “L2 cross-cutting action to boost the economy – Increasing the efficiency of raw materials in cement manufactu...

Buzzi SpA's 2023 regional results see cement sales climb in Italy

03 April 2024, Published under Cement News

Buzzi SpA reported domestic hydraulic binders and clinker sales in Italy up 2.1 per cent in 2023, while the ready-mix concrete output slightly declined 1.4 per cent. The average prices of cement and concrete confirmed their improvement compared to the previous period. Such trend in volumes and prices led to net sales of EUR818.3m, up 12.7 per cent (EUR726.2m in 2022). Ebitda achieved EUR175.2m, more than doubled compared to EUR82m of last year.  USA US cement sales closed the year sli...

Bedeschi SpA to supply crushing unit to Buzzi Unicem

03 April 2024, Published under Cement News

Bedeschi SpA has announced a finalised contract with Buzzi to provide a double-stage crushing unit for their cement plant in Guidonia, Italy.  The system will take in limestone lumps of up to 600mm and reduce these to less than 50mm. Each machine in the system will have a capacity of 750tph capacity with 2x315kW power installed.  The project marks the continuation of the relationship between Buzzi and Bedeschi. 

Buzzi SpA reports consolidated cement sales of 26Mt in 2023

02 April 2024, Published under Cement News

In 2023 Buzzi SpA reported consolidated cement sales of 26.343Mt, down seven per cent compared to 2022. The generalised slowdown in deliveries, which has been already highlighted during the first half of the year, continued also during the following quarters, particularly in central Europe, Poland and the Czech Republic, where the residential sector significantly weighed on demand. In Italy and the United States sales volumes showed some resilience. Ready-mix concrete sales amounted to ...