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Cement news highlights: 2 – 6 March 2015

World Cement,

World Cement’s March 2015 issue is now available!

The latest issue of World Cement includes a regional report on Southeast Asia’s cement sector and a lime industry update. This month’s Keynote article is written by Michel Folliet, International Finance Corporation, who outlines the financing programmes and support available to help the cement industry limit its environmental footprint. Some highlights from the issue include:

  • Dr Carlo Cella, QualiCal International, Italy, outlines a new industrial internet technology to help lime plants move closer to zero unplanned downtime.
  • Jeff Stobbart, National Logistics Manager UK, Aggregate Industries, explains how the company has identified new practices and ways of working to streamline its logistics strategy across its divisions.
  • Cement factsheet: Southeast Asia.

Subscribers can read the full issue by logging in. They can also read the magazine on smart phones and tablets by downloading World Cement’s app. Non-subscribers can take a look at a preview of the March issue here.


  • Independent audit shows that Cement Sustainability Initiative member companies are improving their sustainability with the help of the CSI collaborative approach.
  • Lebanon’s Cimenterie Nationale has joined the WBCSD CSI, an indication of its commitment to sustainable development.
  • Cemex is one of the top 8 companies for data disclosure related to environmental and CO2 emissions performance on the CDP Latin America Climate Disclosure Leadership Index.
  • Nine of Cemex USA’s ready-mix concrete plants in Texas and New Mexico have qualified for the ENERGY STAR® Challenge for Industry Award, which involves reducing energy intensity by at least 10%.
  • Lafarge North America’s Presque Isle Quarry has won an award for its efforts to create a healthier lifestyle for its staff and the local community.

Contract news

  • Chinese firm TCDRI has been contracted for the new 4500 tpd cement plant in Turkey belonging to Votorantim Cimentos Sanayi Ve Ticaret A.S.
  • FLSmidth will supply a range of equipment to Misr Cement Company’s plant in Egypt, located some 45 km from Luxor.
  • MacGregor, part of Cargotec, has won an order from Wuhu Xinlian Shipyard in China.

This week’s not to be missed articles…

  • Holcim Ecuador has inaugurated the second phase of its modernisation project at the Guayaquil cement plant, which enables it to produce 4500 tpd of clinker at the plant and represents an investment of US$400 million over the last 5 years.
  • On 6 March 2015, Ronald Rael, Associate Professor of Architecture at UC Berkeley’s College of Environmental Design, will unveil the first and largest powder-based 3D printed cement structure developed to date.

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