How to Herd Cats: AI in the Cement Industry

After Many Years Of Talk, Artificial Intelligence Is Coming Into Its Own As A Powerful Solution To Cement’s Many Challenges.  By Jonathan Rowland Artificial Intelligence (AI) has received a lot of attention of late in a broad range of industries, including cement. So much so, that it’s easy to think of it as something new, innovative – 21st century. But…

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Country Report: Colombia Cement Industry Increases Production

By Mauro Nogarin Although political stability faced a very tough time due to massive work stoppages in recent months and an increase in taxes, the Central Bank of Colombia in its latest financial report projected an increase of 7.5% to 8.6% in the growth of the Gross Domestic Product for this year; and for 2022, the agency estimated an increase…

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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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Cement and Sustainable Finance

Sustainability-Linked Finance Is One Of The Fastest Growing Sectors In The Finance Space. It’s Also Helping Change The Cement Industry. By Jonathan Rowland The cement industry talks a lot about sustainability. Major cement companies all have some sort of sustainability strategy. Sustainability is also a central component to the work of the two global cement associations, the GCCA and WCA, and…

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Country Report: Cement Industry Production, Investment Grow in Bolivia

By Mauro Nogarin The political instability that was experienced in 2020 created a very negative impact on the Bolivian economy that, added to the effects of the pandemic, significantly slowed down all those industrial activities vital for the country’s development. The entire productive sector such as the hydrocarbon, mining and construction industries suffered considerable losses. Only in October, when new…

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Taking Total Control

Virtual Server Solution In Plant Control System Upgrade At Cementos Argos Cartagena. By Mark S. Kuhar When Cementos Argos decided to upgrade the control system at its Cartagena cement plant in Colombia, they started on an unexpected journey. A journey that would end with the implementation of a virtualized high-availability automation system to host a number of FLSmidth’s software products…

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Country Report: Cement Production in Mexico is Stable

By Mauro Nogarin According to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in 2021, the Mexican economy is expected to have a growth of 5% due to an increase in manufacturing exports and benefiting from the economic recovery of the United States. Although on one hand there is a strong boost in external demand, with the export of manufactures,…

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