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MPA survey reveals deteriorating markets

07 February 2024, Published under Cement News

The UK-based Mineral Products Association (MPA) has released the results of its latest industry sales survey, revealing a second consecutive annual drop in sales volumes of heavy-side building materials in Great Britain. The deteriorating market for aggregates, concrete, asphalt and mortar has unfolded against a backdrop of unfavourable economic conditions, escalating costs, rising interest rates and a diminishing pipeline of new construction projects, says the MPA. The quarterly surve...

Adani Group commits to investment in Bihar

15 December 2023, Published under Cement News

The Adani Group has announced plans to invest an additional INR87,000m (US$1046m) in the Indian state of Bihar. The money will be spent across a number of sectors, including its cement business. So far Adani has invested around INR8500m in the Bihar region but plans to create an additional 10,000 jobs in the state through its spending plans, according to The Telegraph.  “Bihar is now an attractive investment destination in the country. We are currently present in logistics, gas distribu...

Cement-free mineral foams for 3D printing

05 December 2023, Published under Cement News

ETH Zurich has launched a project known as Airlements, which pioneers the use of cement-free mineral foams derived from recycled industrial waste, including fly ash from industrial blastfurnaces, to produce 3D printed building components. Spearheaded by doctoral researcher Patrick Bedarf from Professor Benjamin Dillenburger’s Digital Building Technologies group, the technology promises to reduce heating and cooling costs and to revolutionise the efficiency of construction material usage. ...

Polpaico suspends Quilicura grinding operations

09 November 2023, Published under Cement News

Chile-based Cemento Polpaico will temporarily suspend operations at its grinding plant in Quilicura and transfer these to the Cerro Blanco plant in Til Til. The step is part of the company redistributing its production capacity nationwide due to corporate and operational restructuring, which is expected to be completed in the 1H24. The process will also seek greater logistical efficiencies and improved competitiveness. In addition, Cemento Polpaico will also integrated its subsidiaries...

MPA appoints director for energy and climate change

17 August 2023, Published under Cement News

The UK-based Mineral Products Association (MPA) has appointed Dr Diana Casey as executive director for energy and climate change, including heading up the MPA’s product groups for cement and industrial lime. She takes over from Dr Pal Chana, who continues to provide support as a special advisor to the MPA. In her new position on the MPA’s executive team, Dr Casey will play a key strategic role in the sector’s acceleration towards net zero carbon, advocating for better government policy to...

MIT study uses cement to produce supercapacitor

01 August 2023, Published under Cement News

A study by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has found that combining cement and carbon black, which resembles very fine charcoal, may form the basis for a novel, low-cost energy storage system. The technology could facilitate the use of renewable energy sources such as solar, wind and tidal power by allowing energy networks to remain stable despite fluctuations in renewable energy supply. According to the study, cement and carbon black can be combined with water to make a...

Bangladesh cement export revenue jumps 43% YoY

05 July 2023, Published under Cement News

Bangladesh has reported 42.7 per cent YoY growth in cement export revenue to US$13.66m in FY22-23 (July 2022-June 2023). This compares to US$9.57m in the same period a year earlier. According to the Bangladesh Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), this figure includes minor amounts of salt, stone and related products. Historically, the majority of cement exports from Bangladesh are shipped to India, particularly from the northeastern states of Bangladesh. Other popular destinations include N...

Andhra Cements restarts clinker line at Durga

06 June 2023, Published under Cement News

India-based Andhra Cements Ltd, part of Sagar Cements, has relaunched the clinker line at its 1Mta integrated Durga Cement Works in Dachepalli Mandal, Palnadu District, Andhra Pradesh. According to press reports, Sagar Cements plans to invest over US$50m at the plant to boost its cement and clinker production capacity to 3Mta and 2.3Mta, respectively.

ALCCC calls on Europe to adopt performance-based standards

31 May 2023, Published under Cement News

The Alliance for Low Carbon Cement and Concrete (ALCCC) has published a new report, ‘Fast Tracking Cement Decarbonisation’, calling for a shift to performance-based cement and concrete standards to accelerate the decarbonisation of the European cement industry. According to the report, clinker substitution is generally seen as the most promising lever for decarbonisation, enabling considerable reductions in the industry’s carbon footprint in the short term at near-zero costs, followed by oth...

Cement production growth fuels record-high emissions in China

23 May 2023, Published under Cement News

A 4.1 per cent YoY increase in China’s cement production in the first quarter of 2023 has contributed to a four per cent rise in the country’s CO 2 emissions, marking a record high for the first quarter of a year. According to Carbon Brief, the uptick was driven by a economic rebound following the end of China’s zero-COVID-19 policy, which led to oil consumption advancing by 5.5 per cent, coal consumption up by 3.6 per cent and gas use expanding by 1.4 per cent. Steel production also re...