Cement and Concrete Day on Capitol Hill caps April

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; CP staff

The second annual Cement & Concrete Day on the Hill, April 29–30 in Washington, D.C., brings together representatives from more than a dozen construction industry groups, as host and lead sponsor Portland Cement Association aims to expand members’ and their customers’ presence in federal transportation, environmental and water resources infrastructure.

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Investors like advanced talks of possible Holcim, Lafarge merger

Sources: Holcim Ltd., Zurich; Lafarge Group, Paris; CP staff

Two of top five global players in concrete, cement and aggregates confirm  discussions surrounding a potential “merger of equals which builds on the strengths and identities of the two companies,” but stipulate that no deal has been reached nor can assurance be given that discussions will lead to definitive agreement.

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Elematic extrusion technology: Automation, speed, concrete optimization

Gauges enable the E9 to distribute concrete mixes according to the finished hollow core slabs’ target engineering properties, meaning fewer overbuilt floor components and lower dead loads.

Chief among innovations at this year’s World of Concrete in Las Vegas and The Precast Show in Houston was a new generation of extruding equipment that represents a significant step forward for prestressed hollow-core slab flooring production.

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FRP Hybrids Make Encore Appearance at TRB 2014

PHOTOS: Aghahassani, Elbadry and Moravvej

After a strong showing in January 2013, glass and polymer fiber-reinforced polymer hybrid precast girders again dominated the technical presentations on precast technology and accelerated bridge construction at the 93rd annual meeting of the Transportation Research Board earlier this year in Washington, D.C.

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