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HeidelbergCement starts new CI programme

12 January 2016, Published under Cement News

HeidelbergCement has started its Aggregates-CI programme (Continuous Improvement) to continuously optimise the operational and commercial working processes in the area of aggregates (sand, gravel and crushed rock). The new programme follows the margin improvement programme CLIMB Commercial that successfully concluded at the end of 2015. Aggregates-CI will be implemented at all of the more than 500 production sites worldwide. The process enhancements shall lead to sustainable result improveme...

Blazing the acquisition trail

14 December 2015, Published under Cement News

North American construction materials company Summit Materials has been engaged in an impressive phase of expansion, enhancing its portfolio both organically and through acquisitions. Having effectively doubled its cement capacity through the recent purchase of a 1.2Msta cement plant in Davenport, Iowa, Summit Materials President and CEO, Tom Hill, speaks to ICR about the timely nature of the deal, how it fits with the company’s vertical integration model and plans for growth. Followi...

Hope Construction Materials signs transport services contract with DB Schenker Rail UK

06 November 2015, Published under Cement News

Hope Construction Materials and DB Schenker Rail UK have have signed a five-year partnership contract for transport services. The agreement covers the transport of aggregates from the quarry at Dowlow near Buxton in the UK to 10 locations across Britain. In 2015 a new depot was opened in Walsall, West Midlands, with further depots planned to open during the contract. Coal is also conveyed twice per week from South Wales to the cement plant in Hope. The locomotive naming ceremony w...

Polish competition watchdog approves proposed Gorazdze acquisitions on condition

20 October 2015, Published under Cement News

The Polish Competition and Consumer Protection Office (UOKiK) has approved the acquisition of Duda Kruszywa and Duda Beton by Gorazdze Cement on condition that Gorazdze sells the concrete unit in Olszowa to avoid limiting market competition. Both Duda Kruszywa, which is an aggregate producer, and Duda Beton, a producer of ready-mixed concrete, are currently owned by the Opole-based firm JD.

Martin Marietta sees higher building volumes

05 August 2015, Published under Cement News

Martin Marietta Materials, one of the top five US aggregates producers, has announced a first-half turnover 46.9 per cent ahead at US$1612.7m, thanks to the initial consolidation of TXI, formerly Texas Industries, and the EBITDA rose by 71.6 per cent to US$303.2m.  The trading profit jumped by 102.5 per cent to US$162.5m and after a net interest charge that was 53 per cent higher at US$38.4m and other items, the pre-tax profit emerged at US$126.3m compared with US$52m and the net attribut...

Vulcan’s profit falls following exceptional gains in previous year

05 August 2015, Published under Cement News

Vulcan Materials' first-half turnover rose by 11.8 per cent to US$1526.4m, but EBITDA declined by 31.8 per cent to US$300.2m. The trading profit fell by 44.8 per cent to US$164.59m after the exceptional gain on the disposal of the cement business in the previous year. After a net interest charge nine per cent lower at US$146.1m, the pretax profit dropped by 86.6 per cent to US$18.9m. The net attributable earnings line went from US$100m to US$8.5m. Net debt was increased by 10.8 per cen...

UK building products: volumes up

01 May 2015, Published under Cement News

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) reports that sales volumes of aggregates, ready-mixed concrete and asphalt improved again in the first quarter of 2015. Seasonally-adjusted results, which provide a consistent quarter-by-quarter comparison, indicated that UK crushed rock and sand and gravel sales volumes rose by 2.2 and 3.6 per cent, respectively compared to 4Q14. Ready-mixed concrete and asphalt sales were up by 1.3 and 1.2 per cent up. Annual sales of cement grew by 7.8 per cent in 20...

Martin Marietta Materials boosted by Texas Industries

11 February 2015, Published under Cement News

Martin Marietta Materials, including Texas Industries from mid-2014, saw turnover increase by 34.2 per cent in 2014 to US$2958m and the EBITDA of US$631.2m was 59.9 per cent higher than the figure shown a year ago. The trading profit rose by 44.4 per cent to US$314.9m while the net attributable profit it improved by 12.8 per cent to US$155.6m.  Aggregates Martin Marietta's aggregates production rose by 15,3 per cent in 2014 to 134.31Mt (148.0543Mst) while the original business showed a ...

Holcim

02 February 2015, Published under Cement News

Holcim completed the purchase of Cemex’ cement and aggregates assets in western Germany along with 59 batching plants in Germany and a further six in The Netherlands, while disposing of its activities in the Czech Republic and two of its Spanish cement works. Holcim is negotiating to sell most of its assets in France and all of its assets in Slovakia, Hungary, Serbia and Canada as well as certain assets in Brazil and the Trident cement works in Montana and certain terminals in the Great L...

Concrete, air and aggregates

19 December 2014, Published under Cement News

The design of a good-quality concrete mix depends on a number of factors: the right balance between cement and water used, avoiding excessive air entrapment and the use of suitable aggregate. A fresh delivery of concrete Most Portland cement production is destined to become a part of concrete, whether ready-mix, precast, sprayed or other type. A typical mix for concrete is shown in Table 1. Concrete contains three essential elements: aggregate (including coarse, fine and sand...