U.K. bureaucrats look to loosen Cemex, Hanson, Lafarge cement market concentration

Sources: Competition Commission of the United Kingdom, London; CP staff

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission and Department of Justice Antitrust Division’s British counterpart agency is considering steps to increase competition among three major, integrated producers following an investigation of the U.K. portland cement, GGBF slag cement, aggregate and ready mixed concrete supply chain.

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OSHA rule delay buys time for model-specific crane operator certification

Sources: Occupational Safety and Health Administration; National Precast Concrete Association, Carmel, Ind.; CP staff

A November 2014 deadline for crane operator certification will be moved back three years under a new OSHA proposal, allowing agency officials and industry stakeholders to address concerns over the suitability of a single standard for construction site and truck-mounted equipment.

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Investors, market conditions validate TXI expansion, integration strategy

Sources: Texas Industries Inc., Dallas; CP staff

Stock price gains and plant capacity ramp up suggest that a bellwether operator will reap returns from escalating ready mixed, cement and aggregate demand in one of the industry’s strongest markets.

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Putzmeister, Simem team for greater plant equipment presence

Sources: Putzmeister Holding GmbH, Aichtal, Germany; Simem SpA, Minerbe-Verona, Italy; CP staff A strategic alliance announced at the recent Bauma trade fair in Munich will position mix placing equipment giant Putzmeister and plant equipment specialist Simem SpA to increase their global market share in concrete, environmental engineering and industrial market segments. The companies are finalizing details of the alliance, including…

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MIT researchers observe CO2 emissions-free steel production process

Sources: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge; CP staff

As researchers at the MIT Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering-hosted Concrete Sustainability Hub seek methods of lowering carbon dioxide emissions in portland cement milling—based on lower kiln temperatures and shorter clinker phases—campus peers have a tandem effort involving another vital commodity whose production is synonymous with high carbon footprint.

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NCMA adds veneer stone categories to Design Awards call for entries

Source: National Concrete Masonry Association, Herndon, Va.

 NCMA has opened the 2013 Concrete Masonry Design Awards of Excellence program, with July 15 registration and September 3 entry deadlines. Cosponsored by Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute, it highlights design excellence using concrete masonry and hardscapes for commercial, residential and landscape applications.

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