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Holcim is authorised to extend Mormont quarry

18 January 2023, Published under Cement News

Holcim Switzerland has heard that the decision of the Federal Tribunal is to authorise the Birette extension of the Mormont quarry. This decision guarantees the long-term supply of local and sustainable building materials for its construction and infrastructure projects in French-speaking Switzerland. For the first time, federal judges have recognised the national importance of cement supply and recognised the special importance of Holcim's query, which is now considered to be of nationa...

VDZ’s new appointments

18 January 2023, Published under Cement News

To meet the growing tasks of CO 2 separation and digital process support, a new climate-neutral process technology department has been established at the German cement association, VDZ. Kristina Fleeter, a long-standing expert in CCUS technologies and process simulation will lead the new department. In his function as Managing Director of VDZ Technology GmbH, Volker Hoenig will continue to have overall responsibility. In terms of content, he will place a strong focus on the issue of CO₂ ...

Heidelberg Materials places first sustainability-linked bond

17 January 2023, Published under Cement News

Heidelberg Materials successfully placed its first sustainability-linked bond (ISIN XS2577874782) with an issue volume of EUR750m and a term until 2032 via HeidelbergCement AG as part of the EUR10bn European Medium Term Note (EMTN) programme. The company had already announced the issue of a bond linked to sustainability criteria at its Capital Markets Day 2022. Interest on the bond is linked to the development of specific CO₂ emissions per tonne of cementitious material up to 2026 as we...

Poland looks toward 2023

16 January 2023, Published under Cement News

The unfavourable economic situation in Poland has been impacting the domestic cement industry, with a gradual improvement only expected from the 2H23. Following significant investments to modernise its production base, the industry is now turning its attention to carbon capture as part of European efforts towards effective CO 2 reduction. By Dr Eng Bożena Środa, Polish Cement Association, Poland. The Polish cement industry expects a further slide in output as the economic downturn im...

Cementa to develop water treatment plant

13 January 2023, Published under Cement News

Cementa  ( Heidelberg Materials ) plans a new water treatment plant to strengthen the drinking water supply in northern Gotland, Sweden. In the autumn of 2022, Cementa commissioned and tested a miniature water plant in the roof to evaluate technology and construction before the full-scale water plant is being built.    The pilot plant, which has been in operation since last September at Filehajdar, is a smaller-scale model of a fully-functioning water treatment plant, about one-tenth t...

Dal Engineering completes preheater modernisation

13 January 2023, Published under Cement News

Dal Engineering of Turkey has completed the engineering scope of the preheater modernisation project at Lafarge Saint Pierre La Cour Cement plant ( Holcim group) in France and delivered the all fabrications to the site.  Dal Engineering will continue preassembly works in the site.

MPA calls for electrification push by UK government

12 January 2023, Published under Cement News

The Mineral Products Association (MPA) has welcomed the UK government’s announcement of the new Energy Bill Discount Scheme (EBDS), extending the Energy Bill Relief Scheme. The broad support available through the EBDS encompasses most of the products manufactured by MPA members, including aggregates, asphalt, cement, concrete and industrial minerals. However, the MPA says the proposed support may not be sufficient to maintain the competitiveness of UK manufacturing should prices return to th...

Sika reports record sales in excess of CHF10bn

12 January 2023, Published under Cement News

In 2022 Sika reported sales in excess of CHF10bn (US$10.83bn) for the first time as the company saw sales growth of 15.8 per cent in local currencies compared to the previous year. Total sales came in at CHF10.49bn despite the increasingly difficult backdrop of rising raw material prices and a slowdown in construction sector growth in the second half of the year. In the EMEA region sales increased by 8.3 per cent YoY in local currencies in 2022, despite Sika’s distribution business ...

Swiss market contracts by 1% in 2022

11 January 2023, Published under Cement News

Cement deliveries in Switzerland, including Liechtenstein, were down 6.3 per cent YoY to 971,994t in the fourth quarter of 2022 from 1,037,394t in the 4Q21, according to cemsuisse, the Swiss cement association. Low-carbon cements accounted for 94.7 per cent of sales. A total of 73.2 per cent of deliveries were supplied to ready-mix concrete companies while 20.2 per cent of deliveries represented the off-take of construction companies and contractors. In 2022 cement deliveries in Switzerlan...

Votorantim to invest in energy efficiency at Toral de los Vados plant

11 January 2023, Published under Cement News

In line with Votorantim ’s Sustainability 2030 commitments, the company is investing EUR15m to improve the energy efficiency of the Toral de los Vados factory in Spain. With this investment Votorantim expect to reduce the plant's electricity consumption by seven per cent, equivalent to the average annual consumption of 1600 homes, in addition to reducing the use of fossil fuels, mainly petcoke.