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Cement news highlights: 16 – 20 June

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Holcim inaugurates Indonesian plant

PT Holcim Indonesia Tbk has commenced cement production at its 1.7 million tpa Tuban 1 line in Java. The Tuban 2 line is due to be completed in 2015, further expanding Holcim Indonesia’s production capacity.

Over in Argentina, Holcim has awarded a contract to IKN for the supply of an IKN Pendulum Cooler® with a grate area of 61 m² and the latest Coanda Wing® technology. The new clinker cooler will be installed at the Puesto Viejo cement plant.

Environmental news from Europe

It has been estimated that GHG emissions from the 12 000 power plants and manufacturing installations taking part in the EU Emissions Trading System (EU ETS) decreased by approximately 3% in 2013. Furthermore, a recent report compiled by Instituto Cerdà and presented by the Fundación del Cemento y el Medio Ambiente indicates that Spanish cement plants used some 795 000 t of waste fuels in 2012, thereby reducing CO2 emissions by 850 000 t.

Also in Europe, ETV Programme Manager at BRE Global has said that the firm is “looking to talk to companies with commercially relevant innovations.” The EU’s Environmental Technology Verification (ETV) offers a world-recognised route for eco-innovators to get independent recognition.

Cement-based roads

India’s Road Transport and Highways Minister is reportedly looking to form long-term deals with cement manufacturers to increase the number of concrete roads in the country. Meanwhile, the Dominican Cement Producers Association (ADOCEM) has called for better understanding of the advantages of cement-based roads, and urged the government and private sector to consider utilising concrete for more road infrastructure projects.

Last but not least…

As the nail biting World Cup group games continue, Trinidad Cement Ltd (TCL) has announced that its Cimento Fort was among the cement brands used in the construction of the Amazônia Arena in Manaus. This stadium was the venue for last week’s England versus Italy match, and it will host a number of other games as the tournament progresses. TCL has exported cement to Brazil since 2009. It has experienced a rise in sales levels as infrastructure development drives demand.

You can read more about the Brazilian cement sector and how manufacturers are investing to meet demand generated by major projects, such as the 2014 World Cup and 2016 Olympic Games, here.

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