Hanson UK has reported “disappointing” safety performance in 2016, as lost time injuries remain level with the previous year.
Storm damage to the main stack at the Ketton cement plant reduced Hanson UK’s alternative fuel use in 2016, raising the carbon emissions from the company’s cement business.
Hanson is to develop new terminal facilities to handle up to 1 million tpy of concrete aggregates in Sydney, supporting a new concrete batching plant planned for Glebe Island.
Construction sector growth in Indonesia is expected to grow strongly to 2021 – but the cement sector will remain plagued by overcapacity.
The acquisitions and integration of Italcementi has hit HeidelbergCement’s sustainability performance – but future may be brighter on greater R&D capacity.
Demand for white cement is projected to grow at an average of 3% per year to 2021, as rising purchasing power in emerging economics boost demand for the premium production.
HeidelbergCement could do better when it comes to safety, admits CEO, as the company focuses on staff training and integrating Italcementi facilities into its safety network.
A memorandum of understanding between HeidelbergCement and Talga Resources will look to develop business opportunities related to graphene and graphite enhanced building materials.