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Spanish demand down 19% in January

24 February 2021, Published under Cement News

Cement consumption in Spain decreased by 19.2 per cent YoY to 842,861t in January 2021, according to the country’s cement association, Oficemen. Demand was impacted by the stoppage of works due to snowstorm Filomena as well as subsequent clearing operations that lasted for a fortnight. In addition, January had two fewer working days than last year. “The storm, although temporary, has been the last straw to a situation that, as we have been saying, is already critical for a sector, that o...

HeidelbergCement records cement sales of 122Mt in FY20

23 February 2021, Published under Cement News

HeidelbergCement’s preliminary, unaudited figures for the full year 2020 saw the result from current operations before depreciation and amortisation rising by six per cent LfL to a record EUR3.7bn while implementation of the company's COPE action plan led to cash savings of around EUR1.3bn. Despite the decline in sales volumes, group revenue for 2020 decreased by 6.6 per cent to EUR17.6bn (previous year: EUR18.9bn). Dr Dominik von Achten, chairman of the Managing Board of Heidelber...

Lafarge Mannersdorf orders new BEUMER conveying system

23 February 2021, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Zementwerke GmbH in Mannersdorf, Austria, has awarded the contract for a conveying system for alternative fuels and materials to BEUMER Group. The Mannersdorf plant uses plastic waste as an alternative fuel and raw materials. However, when the old conveying system was irreparably damaged after a fire in June 2020, the company commissioned BEUMER Group to supply a new and more powerful system. The order includes two pipe conveyors, which convey the material. The first conveyor has...

Cemex completes hydrogen technology fuel mix in Europe

23 February 2021, Published under Cement News

Cemex has successfully introduced hydrogen technology as part of the fuel mix in its European cement plants. With an estimated US$40m investment programme, Cemex is also looking to extend the technology to the rest of its global operations, including Mexico, USA, South and Central America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. The hydrogen technology will emit zero CO 2 from combustion and will reduce fossil fuel and increase energy efficiency. Trials began at the Alicante cement plan...

MPA launches new website

18 February 2021, Published under Cement News

A new website for the UK's mineral products industry has been launched by the Mineral Products Association at www.mineralproducts.org The newly-designed site sets out the latest facts and figures that demonstrate the importance of mineral products, providing a fascinating overview into an industry that represents the biggest flow of materials in the economy.  The concrete and cement industry's Road to Beyond Net Carbon by 2050 is explained in detail, whilst the unique contribution to...

Vicat announces FY20 sales of EUR2805m

17 February 2021, Published under Cement News

Vicat announced FY20 sales of EUR2805m, up 5.5 per cent from EUR2740m in FY19. EBITDA rose to EUR557m, up by 10.1 per cent LfL and EBIT increased to EUR298m, a rise of 17.5 per cent LfL.  Vicat’s consolidated net income reached EUR172m, up 17.5 per cent LfL from EUR160m in FY19. Cash flow totalled EUR461m up 12.9 per cent LfL and net debt fell to EUR1202m, down EUR88m. Leverage is at 2.16x. EBITDA rose by EUR26m in the Americas, EUR14m in Asia, EUR9m in Africa and EUR1m in Europe. EBIT...

Buzzi Unicem reports stable 2020 volumes in spite of pandemic

12 February 2021, Published under Cement News

This week, Buzzi Unicem released its FY20 preliminary results. The Italian-based cement producer announced cement volumes of 29.3Mt, a YoY rise of 0.4 per cent despite the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 pandemic caused an unprecendented recession in the first half of 2020. The extraordinary economic policy packages taken out helped cushion the impact from the contraction of international trade, while the loosening of restrictive measures by the second half helped deli...

Hanson UK launches green hydrogen power unit

11 February 2021, Published under Cement News

A new green hydrogen power demonstration unit has been developed and installed at Hanson UK's Regen ground granulated blastfurnace slag (GGBS) plant in Port Talbot, south Wales.This is part of the company's GBP9.2m 'Reducing Industrial Carbon Emissions' (RICE) project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The aim of the demonstration unit is to replace some of the natural gas used to power the plant with green hydrogen, which is considered a clean source of energy a...

FLSmidth reports 22% decline in cement order intake in 2020

10 February 2021, Published under Cement News

FLSmidth’s order intake in 2020 was on par with last year, comprising 13 per cent growth in mining and a 22 per cent decline in cement. Including currency effects and acquisitions, total order intake decreased by five per cent to DKK18,524m (US$2490m). FLSmidth Group CEO, Thomas Schulz, commented: "2020 was impacted operationally and financially by the pandemic, which has presented both challenges and opportunities for FLSmidth. Our employees have done a tremendous job handling this cr...

LafargeHolcim and Schlumberger New Energy explore CCS

10 February 2021, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim and Schlumberger New Energy will explore the development of carbon capture and storage (CCS) solutions. The two companies will study the feasibility of capturing carbon from two LafargeHolcim cement plants, based in Europe and North America, using Schlumberger’s carbon sequestration technologies.   Magali Anderson, chief sustainability officer of LafargeHolcim: "Today’s announcement is further proof of LafargeHolcim’s environmental leadership and commitment to pioneer new s...