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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Perfecting the Process

World’s Largest Calcined Clay Kiln Requires Precise Metering And Blending. By Ernesto Duran Argos Rio Claro, Colombia, owned and operated by its parent company Cementos Argos, wanted to achieve a higher clinker substitution rate for its portland cement, by blending alternative cementitious materials. This substitution is helping to advance the company’s sustainability drive to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050…

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The Cement Industry in Latin America

By Mauro Nogarin The cement industry in the main Latin American countries has stabilized, reaching in most cases the production levels of 2019. However, in Brazil and Mexico the unfavorable economic situation has led to an increase in the prices of construction has materials to such an extent that it has slowed down domestic demand.  Unlike the situation in Peru,…

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