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Spanish cement demand falls 3% in 2023

31 January 2024, Published under Cement News

Cement consumption in Spain showed no growth in 2023, settling at 14.5Mt, representing a drop of three per cent YoY and five years of stagnation, according to the country’s cement association, Oficemen. With an installed capacity of approximately 47Mta, capacity utilisation rates are low and Oficemen President, Alan Svaiter, said that a country with the population and GDP of Spain should have a stable demand of around 20Mt. He called for greater implementation of public works, more promine...

FLSmidth reports 2023 cement revenues of DKK6bn

31 January 2024, Published under Cement News

FLSmidth has released its 4Q23 and full-year 2023 preliminary and unaudited results. The cement business recorded revenues of DKK1.4bn (US$203.3m) in the 4Q23 and DKK6bn in 2023. EBITDA margin for the cement business grew by 7.4 per cent in the 4Q23 and by 6.7 per cent in 2023. The order intake for the 4Q23 in the cement business totalled DKK1bn and in 2023 it reached DKK4.9bn. In a statement the company stated, "We expect the short-term outlook for the cement industry to remain impact...

Heidelberg Materials launches evoBuild

31 January 2024, Published under Cement News

Heidelberg Materials has introduced a new global product brand, evoBuild, for low-carbon and circular products. evoBuild products are characterised by their clear sustainability credentials, and each product must meet strict requirements to become part of the range. As the first company in the heavy building materials industry, Heidelberg Materials is using globally standardised criteria to label sustainable products. All countries in which the company is present will gradually integrate t...

MPA's new report issues warning to next UK Government

30 January 2024, Published under Cement News

With a general election approaching in the UK, a new report from the Mineral Products Association (MPA) – ‘Priorities for the Next Government: Decarbonisation, Growth, Delivery’ – is urging all parties to carefully consider the supply of essential domestic mineral products in their manifesto pledges on housing and transport, schools and hospitals, flood defences and renewable energy infrastructure. The report outlines the three fundamental issues that the next UK Government needs to ge...

Heidelberg Materials ends clinker production at Hanover

30 January 2024, Published under Cement News

Heidelberg Materials has announced that it is shutting down clinker production at its Hanover cement plant in the second half of 2024. Going forward, the company will instead focus its activities in Hanover on the end-product cement and will continue to operate the site as a grinding facility. The adjustment comes after a substantial decline in cement sales following weak construction demand in Germany due to the current economic environment, as well as a stronger alignment of the co...

Port of Rotterdam puts geopolymer concrete to the test

30 January 2024, Published under Cement News

The Port of Rotterdam Authority is trialling the use of geopolymer concrete as part of the port’s efforts to lower its CO 2 footprint. This marks the first time geopolymer concrete, which does not contain any cement, has been tested in a maritime environment, reports Hellenic Shipping News. The Port Authority currently maintains 80km of quay walls and 200km of slopes, and plans to use the concrete in replacement works on some of the quay walls where its performance will be monitored over a ...

Holcim names Miljan Gutovic as new CEO

29 January 2024, Published under Cement News

Holcim ’s has appointed Miljan Gutovic as chief executive officer (CEO), effective from 1 May 2024. He will succeed the current CEO Jan Jenisch, who will focus on his role as chairman and will stand for re-election at the AGM in May. Mr Gutovic, an Australian national, has been a member of the group executive committee since 2018. He served as head of the region Middle East and Africa, followed by the region Europe and operational excellence. Under his leadership, Holcim strengthened it...

Holcim to list North America business in the US

29 January 2024, Published under Cement News

Holcim has announced its intention to list its North American business in the US with a full capital market separation. According to the company, this process will create the leading pure-play building solutions company in the region. The newly-listed business will be committed to driving long-term growth in the rapidly expanding North American market and unlocking value for all its stakeholders.  Following the US listing of North America, Holcim is expected to remain included in the Sw...

Holcim US collaborates on membrane CC technology

26 January 2024, Published under Cement News

Holcim US, Ohio State University and GTI Energy are joining forces to design, build and test a cost-effective membrane carbon capture technology, funded in part by the US Department of Energy’s Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management (FECM) with cost share contributions from Holcim. Groundbreaking membrane technology from Ohio State will be employed in the project, targeting the capture of 95-99 per cent of CO 2 from cement kiln gas with a purity exceeding 95 per cent and lower ener...

Holcim orders 1000 Mercedes-Benz battery-powered trucks

26 January 2024, Published under Cement News

Holcim will deploy a total of 1000 units of Mercedes-Benz Trucks’ new eActros 600 battery-powered electric truck, which premiered in October 2023, to its European fleet. This enlargement of its electric truck fleet will contribute to Holcim’s 2030 goal of reducing by 24 per cent its scope 3 downstream transportation emissions per tonne of material transported versus a 2020 baseline. Holcim aims for 30 per cent of its heavy-duty truck purchases or contracts to be zero-emission by 2030. Kar...