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Cementos Argos becomes a member sustainability index

19 January 2017, Published under Cement News

Cementos Argos has joined the FTSE Good Emerging Index which measures the performance of companies demonstrating strong environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices. The index is operated by FTSE Russell and is listed by Rate the Raters as one of the top three indexes in the global sustainability market and is recognised as an index for ESG issues for investment decisions.

Eric Olsen to chair Cement Sustainability Initiative in 2017

14 December 2016, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim Chief Executive Eric Olsen has been appointed as chairman of the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) for 2017. Mr Olsen’s appointment was confirmed at the CSI’s annual CEOs meeting this week. The CSI is part of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and is made up of nine core members and 15 other participating members, drawn from the world’s largest cement firms. “It is an honour for me to be chairing this important industry organisation in the coming ...

Cemtech's 25th Anniversary Conference & Exhibition

02 November 2016, Published under Cement News

Cement professionals from over 40 nations gathered at The Westin Palace, Madrid, to celebrate Cemtech’s 25th Anniversary on 18-21 September. Following major events staged in Dubai and Manila earlier this year, this final celebration marked another successful year of growth for the industry’s leading independent cement conference. Delegates settle down to the first morning presentations in the conference hall Cemtech conferences now span the globe, with annual events in Europe, M...

Germany: a positive outlook?

31 October 2016, Published under Cement News

As the German economy continues to expand, investment in construction is rising. However, the recovery of the key market appears to be slowing and cement demand in 2015 slipped when compared to the previous year’s volumes. But with imports declining and exports recovering, the outlook for domestic cement producers is improving. Will Germany's cement producers be able to look forward to a continued recovery in the domestic construction market? The German economy expanded 1.7 per ...

World Cement Association launched

28 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Tuesday 27 September saw the launch of The World Cement Association (WCA), which will represent and promote the cement industry worldwide. The association will give its members access to comprehensive statistical data, host industry events, seminars and awards. It also strives to promote industry best practice at all levels, especially in emerging markets, with a focus on sustainability, health and safety, climate change and fair trade practices. WCA corporate members will include worldwi...

Cementos Argos

27 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Cementos Argos has agreed to purchase the Essroc cement plant in Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA, from HeidelbergCement. The deal, which is reputedly worth around US$650m, forms part of HeldelbergCement’s divestment plans resulting from its ongoing acquisition of Essroc’s parent company, Italcementi. To help fund the purchase, Cementos Argos has sold a 20 per cent stake in its Panamanian subsidiary to Panama-based real estate investment firm Grupo Provivienda for US$126m. This leaves Cemento...

Addressing climate change

07 September 2016, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim operates 239 integrated and grinding plants with around 374Mta capacity and consumed 785mGJ of energy in 2015. As the largest multinational construction materials company in the world, what it says and does in relation to sustainability is of crucial importance for the industry as a whole. Ahead of his presentation at Cemtech’s 25th Anniversary in Madrid, Bernard Mathieu, Head of Sustainable Development at LafargeHolcim, discusses the company’s performance and contribution in r...

Best practice in karst mining

31 August 2016, Published under Cement News

The high biodiversity and ecological sensitivity of karst areas presents additional challenges in terms of sustainable mining practices to cement producers as they mine for the limestone required by their production process. In a partnership with key domestic environmental conservationists, Brazil’s Votorantim Cimentos has published a guide on best practices in limestone mining in these highly-vulnerable environments. By Patricia Montenegro, Votorantim Cimentos, Brazil. The karst envi...

Cemtech Asia and the Philippine growth trail

01 August 2016, Published under Cement News

Cemtech Asia’s seventh conference and exhibition, which took place in Manila, Philippines, between 19-22 June, provided an exceptional opportunity to take stock of the industry’s progress in one of the world’s fastest-growing regions. Ernesto M Ordoñez, president of the Cement Manufacturers’ Association of the Philippines (CeMAP), delivered the keynote address, using the opportunity to highlight the country’s upward momentum in cement consumption. Ernesto M Ordoñez addresses delegates...

LafargeHolcim’s fifth international design awards opens for entries

06 July 2016, Published under Cement News

This week sees LafargeHolcim’s fifth international sustainable construction awards open for submissions. The awards, administered by the LafargeHolcim Foundation, will be accepting entrants until 21 March 2017. The competition’s main category is open to architects, planners, engineers, students of related disciplines, project owners, builders and construction firms that showcase sustainable responses to technological, environmental, socioeconomic and cultural issues within contemporary bu...