Cementos Argos’ Revenue Drops in First Quarter

Cementos Argos’ consolidated revenues for the first quarter of 2017 were COP 2.08 trillion ($719 million), down 6.1 percent year-over-year, and EBITDA was COP 274 billion ($94.7 million), down 35.5 percent. The results were impacted mainly by operations in Colombia and the expected seasonality in the U.S. after the consolidation of the Martinsburg, W.Va., plant and eight related terminals from…

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EPA and Nevada Cement Reach Settlement

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced an agreement with the Nevada Cement Co. to install new air pollution control technology at its Fernley, Nev., facility and replace a heavy-duty diesel truck and a diesel railcar mover at the facility with clean emissions vehicles. The agreement improves Nevada Cement’s compliance with federal clean air laws and resolves alleged violations of…

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Gebr. Pfeiffer’s MPS Swing Mill Exceeds Plant’s Expectations


Gebr. Pfeiffer replaced aging ball mills at the Hormicreto clinker plant in Cuenca, Ecuador. The new grinding solution not only reduced the plant’s energy consumption but also improved the overall grinding efficiency, allowing the plant to increase production from a single mill. By utilizing the Pfeiffer Swing Mill technology, the plant is able to switch between raw material and clinker…

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LafargeHolcim Taps Sika Exec as New CEO

LafargeHolcim announced the appointment of Jan Jenisch as chief executive officer, effective October 16. He succeeds Eric Olsen who announced his resignation in late April, effective July 15, due to fallout from the company’s admission that it had struck deals with armed groups in Syria. LafargeHolcim Chairman Beat Hess will become the interim CEO during the transition period.

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CSI Releases Low-Carbon Technology Review

A new report published by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development’s (WBCSD) Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) focuses on the availability of the latest technologies and the need to increase research and development that can help the cement industry mitigate its greenhouse gas emissions. In light of the Paris Agreement’s entry into force, the CSI initiated an in-depth review of…

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