August Cement Shipments Climb Nearly 5%

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Total shipments of portland and blended cement, including imports, in the United States and Puerto Rico in August 2021 were an estimated 10.1 million metric tons (Mt), a 4.9% increase from shipments in August 2020, according to the most recent USGS Mineral Industry Survey. Shipments for the year through August totaled an estimated 70.1 Mt, a 4.1% increase from those for…

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PCA Releases Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) released its Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality, a strategic plan that outlines opportunities and actions to reach the ambitious goal throughout the industry’s value chain by 2050.  The roadmap demonstrates how the U.S. cement and concrete industry, along with its entire value chain, can address climate change, decrease greenhouse gases (GHGs), and eliminate barriers that are…

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WCA Adds New Affiliate Member

The World Cement Association (WCA) has further expanded its international network of members by welcoming the Institute of Concrete Technology (ICT) as an affiliate member. The ICT was established in 1972 and is the concrete sector’s professional development body, operating internationally to provide qualifications in concrete technology to people with a professional interest in the industry. “The cement and concrete…

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HeidelbergCement Moves Toward Digitalization With Command Alkon Stake

HeidelbergCement entered an agreement to take a 45% stake in Command Alkon, the global leader in software and information technology services for heavy building materials. San Francisco-based investor Thoma Bravo, which acquired Command Alkon last year, will retain majority ownership.  The agreement is subject to regulatory approvals, which the parties anticipate clearing by year end. Through each other’s efforts and…

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Country Report: Cement Production in Uruguay Recovers

By Mauro Nogarin After registering six consecutive quarters of year-on-year declines, the Uruguayan Ministry of Economy ratified the official growth projection for the economy of the country: 3.5% in 2021, after registering a year-on-year decline in the first quarter of 2.8%. Among the indicators that confirm a better performance of the economy are tax collection, industrial production and the evolution…

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