The White House’s Infrastructure Goals Risk Disruption – By the White House

By Louis Baer For Americans to start seeing evidence of the Biden Administration’s Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) taking shape in their hometowns, the construction industry will need building materials to do the work. Should a newly proposed Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) particulate matter (PM) standard take effect in the next few weeks, those materials might not be readily…

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Cement Industry Solar Update

By Mark S. Kuhar Cemex and Synhelion report prospective scaling of a high-temperature process to industrially-viable levels, where solar energy supplants fossil fuel combustion. This marks a significant milestone in the companies’ journey toward the world’s first fully solar-powered cement plant. An early 2022 energy lab demonstration in Spain saw researchers leverage Synhelion devices and fuel conversion methods to successfully…

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The Cement Industry In Latin America Is Facing Difficulties

By Mauro Nogarin Cement production in most Latin American countries has stagnated for two main reasons: inflation, which in some cases, such as in Argentina, Brazil and Mexico, caused prices to rise. On the other hand, lower investment by governments in large public works also generated a reduction in cement consumption. BrazilThe instability of the Brazilian economy, marked by a…

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Argentina and Peru Invest in the Cement Industry

By Mauro Nogarin Argentina and Peru have confirmed important investments in the cement industry, with the aim of diversifying the supply of products to strengthen the construction industry. In Argentina, Holcim recently inaugurated a new mortar plant at its Malagueño cement plant in the province of Córdoba in order to produce different construction products for the local market. Among the…

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Time for AI?

Artificial Intelligence Is Changing The World, And The Cement Industry Is No Exception. Should We Be Worried, Or Is It The Time To Embrace The Revolution?  By Jonathan Rowland We need to talk about how good AI is getting. So read a headline from the New York Times in August 2022. Since then, public interest in artificial intelligence (AI) has…

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Don’t Miss ICSE

Registration for the International Cement Seminar & Exhibition (ICSE), the premier event for the cement industry, is officially open. The Nov. 14-15 event at the Cobb Galleria Centre in Atlanta will bring together industry leaders to discuss the latest trends and technologies in cement production. ICSE is sponsored by Cement Products and sister publications Rock Products and Concrete Products. Keynote…

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Shrinking the Environmental Footprint

According to Command Alkon, decarbonization of the cement and construction industry is essential to reach the goals set out in the 2015 Paris Agreement, which seeks to limit global warming to well below 2 degrees Celsius, preferably to 1.5 degrees Celsius, compared to pre-industrial levels. This includes a goal to reach net zero global greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. Importantly,…

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