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»   » CBI Ghana relies on clinker imports during shortage
Fri, 05 Mar 2021 13:00:40 +0000

CBI Ghana relies on clinker imports during shortage

Ghana: CBI Ghana has said that its costs have increased because it has had to import clinker during an on-going local shortage. The Ghana News Agency newspaper has reported that the Supacem cement producer attributes a rise in its cement prices to the cost increase.

Commercial manager Kobby Adams said, “The rising cost of cements is due to the unavailability of some products and these materials are imported in large quantities at exorbitant charges coupled with the unstable and high import charges.” He warned customers against accepting counterfeit products to circumvent the rising prices. “CBI Ghana pledges to continue with the expansion to be able to reach and serve more customers,” he added.

»   » Cimenterie Nationale to stop cement dispatches
Fri, 05 Mar 2021 12:59:52 +0000

Cimenterie Nationale to stop cement dispatches

Lebanon: Cimenterie Nationale has announced that it will dispatch its last batch of cement for the foreseeable future on 6 March 2021. The L’Orient-Le Jour newspaper has reported the cause for the stoppage as the exhaustion of stocks of raw materials. The Lebanese government suspended access by cement producers to their quarries in October 2020. The nation’s three cement companies are permitted only to produce cement using clinker or limestone from existing stockpiles.

The company currently has 700 employees. It said that 3500 other jobs depend indirectly on its activities.

»   » Cemex supplies cement for Santolea Canyon dam project
Fri, 05 Mar 2021 12:58:50 +0000

Cemex supplies cement for Santolea Canyon dam project

Spain: Cemex is supplying cement to the site of the upcoming Santolea Canyon dam in Aragon. The 59m-high structure will hold a 105hm3 reservoir, which will provide water to 2000 surrounding farms. Concrete pouring began at the site in March 2020 and is scheduled to reach completion in mid-2021.

Europe, the Middle East, Africa, and Asia regional president Sergio Menendez said, "We are very proud of our participation in the construction of the Santolea Canyon dam, a key project requiring materials and solutions of the highest technical and environmental specifications. The new Santolea dam will greatly contribute to support sustainable growth in the region”.

»   » Bestway Cement wins three Corporate Social Responsibility Awards 2021
Fri, 05 Mar 2021 12:57:53 +0000

Bestway Cement wins three Corporate Social Responsibility Awards 2021

Pakistan: Bestway Cement claimed three awards at the Corporate Social Responsibility Awards 2021. The company won the Corporate Social Responsibility in Times of Covid-19 Pandemic award, the Education and Scholarships award and the Green Energy Initiatives award.

It said, “Bestway appreciates its responsibility towards local communities, thus playing a vital role in their socio-economic development such as improving access to health services and education, taking part in the urban development and environmental conservation programs and helping generate employment.

»   » Cemex reintroduces bighorn sheep in Northwest Mexico
Fri, 05 Mar 2021 12:56:48 +0000

Cemex reintroduces bighorn sheep in Northwest Mexico

Mexico: Cemex has partnered with reintroduction specialist Ovis to release bighorn sheep at a site in Sierra El Viejo, Sonora state. The UMA El Plomito ranch supplied nine sheep. Four more sheep were born in the open pre-release pen which the sheep currently inhabit. The partners will support the animals with supplementary food and water while they adapt to their new environment.

Head of sustainability Vicente Saiso said, "The reintroduction of the bighorn sheep in Sonora represents one more example of our commitment to the conservation of biodiversity. It is a successful example of joint work between companies and conservation organisations to create a better future for our planet."

»   » CRH grows earnings in difficult year in 2020
Thu, 04 Mar 2021 14:01:43 +0000

CRH grows earnings in difficult year in 2020

Ireland: CRH’s consolidated earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) grew by 5% year-on-year on a like-for-like basis to US$4.6bn in 2020 from US$4.5bn in 2019. Sales fell by 2% to US$27.6bn from US$28.1bn. The group reported a net debt/EBITDA ratio of 1.3x, its lowest since 2010.

Chief executive officer Albert Manifold said, "Our 2020 performance is testament to the commitment of our people and the strength and resilience of our business model. Through the repositioning of our business in recent years and our relentless focus on continuous business improvement, we have delivered record levels of profitability, margins and cash generation. Although the near-term outlook remains uncertain, our unique portfolio of businesses together with the strength of our balance sheet leaves us well positioned to capitalise on the growth opportunities that lie ahead."

By division the group reported growth in its US cement sales volumes in 2020 on a like-for-like basis due to demand in the west, surpassing the negative effects of the coronavirus pandemic elsewhere. However, volumes fell in Canada, particularly in the first half of the year. In 2020, CRH adopted the Ash Grove brand for all its North American cement businesses, unifying 12 cement plants and 42 cement terminals under one brand. In Europe sales and earnings fell due to poor markets in the west despite better conditions on the east. The group noted that it grew its profit in the Philippines due to a strong recovery in the second half and cost savings despite plant shutdowns.

»   » Lehigh Cement to sue planning director over planning delays at site in California
Thu, 04 Mar 2021 14:00:55 +0000

Lehigh Cement to sue planning director over planning delays at site in California

US: Germany-based HeidelbergCement subsidiary Lehigh Cement has taken legal action against the Santa Clara county planning and development director over processing delays to the company’s planning applications. The Los Altos Town Crier newspaper has reported that the producer plans to fill in an open-pit aggregates mine, to open a second mine and to cut through a natural ridge near to its integrated Permanente cement plant near Cupertino in California. The plans constitute an amendment to a plan previously approved in 2012 .

The company says that it has ‘exhausted available administrative remedies’ against the local government office. It said that the rights it seeks to exercise are not subject to permits. It added that the director deemed the application complete in 2019, before requiring additional processing steps.

»   » Seebo announces US$24m funding round to support product rollout
Thu, 04 Mar 2021 13:57:26 +0000

Seebo announces US$24m funding round to support product rollout

: Seebo has announced an extended Series B funding round for a total of US$24m. Vertex Ventures is leading the round, in which10D, The Phoenix and Leumi Partners participate. Seebo will use the funding for a further expansion to its global reach, as well as enhancement of its process-based artificial intelligence product.

The company says that its product enables cement producers to identify process-driven inefficiencies in their operations in order to predict and prevent production losses. It can target losses including those involving kiln throughputs, emissions, clinker quality and ammonia usage. General partner Yanai Oron claimed that Seebo is the only supplier providing a productised solution based on artificial intelligence across the full product line.

»   » Chinese government makes Starlinger’s Ad*Star type bags a national standard
Thu, 04 Mar 2021 13:56:05 +0000

Chinese government makes Starlinger’s Ad*Star type bags a national standard

China: Starlinger says that its Ad*Star bag has received designation as one of three types of national standard cement bag type specifications by the Chinese government. The supplier developed the block bottom valve bags made of woven polypropylene tape fabric in 1995. Global production was 15.7bn in 2020.

The new Chinese standard for cement packaging was released in October 2020. It applies to cement bags holding up to 50kg and lists laminated woven plastic bags (made of one layer of laminated plastic fabric or with additional paper liner), paper bags (three-layer, three-layer with PE liner, four-layer bags), as well as paper-plastic composite bags (paper bags with plastic liner) as possible packaging options. All three types of bags must be designed as block bottom valve bags.

The standard specifies the dimensions as well as physical and mechanical requirements of the cement bags. Regarding break resistance, for example, a cement bag has to survive a drop from 1m height a minimum of six times before it breaks. Furthermore, printing and marking, general bag appearance, testing methods, and rules for quality inspection during bag manufacture are established in the standard. It also stipulates that each bag must be provided with a certificate before selling.

Local cement companies have been given a transition period until 31 March 2022 to adapt to the new standard. Starlinger expects to deliver and install machines for an additional production capacity of more than 2 billion Ad*Star bags on the Chinese market in 2021 and 2022.

»   » Cemex UK launches Supaflo Rapide screed
Thu, 04 Mar 2021 13:55:12 +0000

Cemex UK launches Supaflo Rapide screed

UK: Mexico-based Cemex subsidiary Cemex UK has announced the launch of Supaflo Rapide, a calcium sulphate binder-based screed for all domestic and commercial floor applications. The company said that the product achieved a moisture condition of below 75% relative humidity at between 10 and 15 days under controlled conditions.

West Europe regional quality and product technology director Steve Crompton said, “Our technical expertise has enabled us to develop a new, more sustainable, premium quality screed that will help increase the efficiency of the job site, allow effective use of labour and improve the climate impact of projects. Supaflo Rapide uses an enhanced calcium sulphate binder and the latest admixture technology to cut down on drying time while maintaining the speed of installation associated with these types of screeds.” He added, “This will greatly benefit construction companies as they juggle the on-going challenges of site working requirements alongside increasing demand for fast and safe completion of jobs with a lower environmental impact.”