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Cement news highlights: 5 – 9 January

World Cement,

Investments and contracts

  • The UK’s Hope Construction Materials, which is celebrating its second birthday today, is investing £14 million in a number of projects that will enhance production at the Hope cement plant in Derbyshire.
  • Two new ETA Coolers have been ordered for El Arish Cement, following the successful operation of two existing coolers from Claudius Peters.
  • HeidelbergCement subsidiary Scancem, in partnership with Maxime Cardoz, has applied to IFC for a loan of €11 million to fund the new plant.

Emissions reduction, waste utilisation and low-carbon schemes

  • Matt Drew, Saxlund International, UK, reveals how Hope Construction Materials’ Derbyshire cement plant is moving to 50% coal substitution with a new waste-derived fuel solution.
  • The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) outlines the steps that India is taking to grow a low carbon economy as the nation rapidly develops.
  • N+P has expanded its cooperation with Dyckerhoff in Germany for the delivery of high quality Subcoal® pellets.
  • The US Department of Energy’s Illinois Basin-Decatur project successfully captured and stored 1 million t of carbon dioxide and injected it into a deep saline formation.
  • The 2015 Awards for Excellence are open to industry, local authorities and community groups and provide an opportunity to celebrate the work to keep resources in the loop.

Construction output and spending

  • All four construction sub-sectors in the Australian Industry Group/Housing Industry Association Australian PCI® contracted in December 2014.
  • The seasonally adjusted Markit Germany Construction PMI® came in at 50.5 in December 2014, the third consecutive month of growth, albeit at a slower pace than in November.
  • According to the Markit/CIPS UK Construction Purchasing Mangers’ Index®, the pace of growth slowed in December 2014 but remained above the long-run series average.
  • According to data from the US Census Bureau, construction spending fell by 0.28% in November 2014, the first decline since June. 

This week’s not to be missed articles…

  • Beijing Triumph completes work for Suez Cement.
  • ‘A Competitive and Efficient Lime Industry’ – Part 3.

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