Cement Shipments Rise 5.4% in December

Total shipments of portland and blended cement, including imports, in the United States and Puerto Rico in December 2021 were an estimated 8.0 million metric tons (Mt), a 5.4% increase from shipments in December 2020, according to the latest USGS Mineral Industry Survey. Shipments for the year through December totaled an estimated 107 Mt, a 4.2% increase from those in…

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CEMEX, HeidelbergCement Hailed as ‘Supplier Engagement Leaders’

Following the 2021 global score release, the environmental non-profit organization CDP has listed CEMEX and HeidelbergCement as two of the globally leading companies in its Supplier Engagement Rating (SER) published last month.  The SER evaluates scope 3 emission objectives, company efforts to engage suppliers on climate action, and close monitoring of supply chain, based on CDP’s climate change questionnaire. The…

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Holcim Partners on Cement-based Energy Storage Solution

Holcim is working together with French engineering school INSA Lyon and French utility company ENGIE’s Corporate Research Center, ENGIE Lab CRIGEN, to develop a breakthrough energy storage technology that will serve as an alternative to batteries.  The solution is based on cement hydration, storing heat as energy and releasing it when needed in an infinitely repeatable cycle. This next-generation approach…

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CEMEX Puerto Rico Renews Port Lease

CEMEX Puerto Rico renewed its leasing contract at Port of San Juan’s Pier 16 for another 20 years, according to Puerto Rico Ports Authority Executive Director Joel Pizá Batiz.  “The renewal of the contract to extend operations responds to the government’s vision to promote and implement recovery efforts efficiently and effectively, capitalizing on opportunities to rebuild a better and more…

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PCA: IIJA to Boost Cement Consumption

During last month’s World of Concrete, held Jan. 18-20 in Las Vegas, Portland Cement Association Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Ed Sullivan previewed his annual economic forecast, with specific focus on the cement industry and the increasing demand for construction materials accelerated by the recently passed infrastructure bill. In particular, Sullivan noted that through November 2021, the U.S. as…

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PCA Honors Safety Innovation

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) recently announced the winners of the 2021 Safety Innovation Awards, which recognizes creative safety-enhancing projects in the cement industry.  The winners were determined by a panel of judges that evaluated safety projects completed in 2020 from across the country in four categories: COVID-19 management, pyroprocessing, general facility, and distribution. “Our industry prioritizes the safety of…

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