Hilti phases Concrete Sensors maturity monitoring platform rollout

Six months after acquiring the assets of Concrete Sensors in Cambridge, Mass., Hilti North America has assimilated the start up’s maturity monitoring device and quality control technology. An Internet of Things hardware, mobile app, training and support services offering, Hilti Concrete Sensors will help practitioners track slab or structure internal temperatures and strength development—potentially enabling project schedule acceleration while bringing…

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Investors commit $10M to mineralized aggregate developer Blue Planet

A $10 million funding round positions Blue Planet Systems Corp. to advance a carbon capture and utilization system netting fine to coarse, concrete-grade synthetic limestone. The Los Gatos, Calif., company is approaching commercialization of a process that converts diluted carbon dioxide from fossil fuel-powered electricity generating stations, cement or steel mills, and petroleum refineries to carbonate for mineralization into calcium…

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UHPC developer Kulish closes funding round, rebrands as Steelike

Steelike Inc., developer of a namesake ultra-high performance concrete (UHPC) formerly operating as Kulish Design Co. LLC, has announced a $2 million seed investment. Funding from a Chicago group-led round will expedite research and development of mixes and production methods, while positioning staff to continue building contractor, engineer, agency and precast producer relationships. The company’s signature, steel fiber mix attains…

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LafargeHolcim rebrands alternative binders, nudges A/E/C pros on carbon

Responding to demand for construction materials performance and sustainability, market leader LafargeHolcim has rebranded its U.S. blended cement and supplementary cementitious materials portfolio as Envirocore Series—led by OneCem Portland Limestone, MaxCem Blended and NewCem Slag Cements. Concurrently, it calls on architectural, engineering and construction (A/E/C) interests, along with their concrete suppliers, to adopt more sustainable products.

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Two economic recovery models inform new PCA market outlook

Portland Cement Association Chief Economist and Senior Vice President Ed Sullivan offers two U.S. cement consumption scenarios around “U” or “W” shaped economic recovery curves, with respective 2020 and 2021 figures of -3.4 percent or +1.7 percent and -4.8 percent and -2.7 percent—both years measured against 2019 industry shipments.

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Investment firms lay groundwork for $4 billion Construction Supply Group, White Cap merger

Two private equity fund managers have outlined a transaction spawning a powerhouse in concrete or masonry construction accessories and supplies, plus rebar fabrication. Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (CD&R), New York, will acquire HD Supply’s Construction & Industrial segment, better known as White Cap and including the Home Improvement Solutions and Brafasco businesses, then pursue a merger of that Norcross, Ga.…

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Insurance giant stresses noncombustible construction in “Future Fires”

With business owners facing the ‘new normal’ of rising temperatures, public safety power shutoffs, Covid-19 and—on the West Coast—a seven-month wildfire season, property preparation is more critical than ever this year. To meet the myriad of challenges during unprecedented times, Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty (AGCS) has teamed with the Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I) to provide businesses with risk mitigation…

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