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Cement news highlights: 27 – 31 October

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Lafarge, Holcim and Cemex transaction updates

  • Lafarge and Holcim have formally notified the European Commission of their proposed merger in order to obtain regulatory approval.
  • Rather than combining their operations in Spain as originally announced, Cemex will acquire Holcim’s Gador cement plant and Yeles grinding facility and Holcim will retain its remaining assets in the country.

Environmental approvals

  • Government of Nova Scotia approves request from Atlantic Industrial Services to dispose of a further 5 million litres of treated hydraulic fracturing wastewater. Lafarge will use the water as a coolant for its kiln at the Brookfield cement plant, where it will be evaporated at 700 °C.
  • Michigan DEQ approves Lafarge’s request to burn plastics and shingles: the new permit will allow Lafarge to burn approximately 65 000 tpa of plastics and 26 000 tpa of asphalt shingles in kilns with pollution controls at its Alpena plant.

Catch up with the latest financial results…

This week’s not to be missed articles…

  • Arco has created an infographic that highlights the health risks posed by construction dust.
  • Aggregate Industries’ Human Resources Director talks through the company’s Healthy You campaign.
  • Suez Cement Group of Companies, Egypt, explains how the group is working to advance environmental standards at its facilities across Egypt, in this abridged article from the November 2014 issue of World Cement.

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