Developer patents flooring adhesive equal to high slab moisture, pH levels

Sources: Formulators, Santa Ana, Calif.; CP staff

As concrete practitioners continue to confront floor-covering work schedules dictated by slabs on grade drying requirements, Formulators has announced patent protection for its waterproof adhesive technology. The patent covers a mixture marketed with the Aquaflex moisture mitigation system for flooring installations on moisture- and pH-bearing concrete.

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Load test results open agency specs for permeable interlocking concrete pavement

Sources: University of California, Davis; Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute (ICPI), Chantilly, Va.

Civil and pavement engineers can design permeable interlocking concrete pavement (PICP) with confidence for many municipal streets and parking lot applications thanks to findings from one of few studies globally to examine open-graded PICP bases’ structural response to wheel loads.

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Agency specs, customer demands drive Ameron Hawaii’s five-plant, central mixed upgrade

Sources: Concrete Equipment Co., Blair, Neb.; CP staff

In two retrofits and two transit-to-central mixed conversions, Con-E-Co dealer DHE Inc. has installed Model 12 tilt mixers at the Ameron Hawaii batch plants on Oahu and Maui islands, and also delivered a new Model 12-equipped Lo-Pro 427CM plant. The move to central mixed production at two locations was partly driven by performance requirements for a major bridge deck contract, and to address increasing demand for specialty concretes.

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Ready mixed producers’ 2015 market confidence remains on upward trajectory

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

Based on April Producer Confidence Survey responses, NRMCA’s latest industry confidence index reached a 75.1 level for the first quarter of 2015—amid a stock market at historic highs, positive companion economic indicators, and shipment figures showing 2014 as the first year since 2008 where U.S. per capita ready mixed concrete consumption eclipsed one yard.

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Besser leverages global sales team to extend Rosetta Hardscapes’ wet cast solutions

Sources: Besser Co., Alpena, Mich.; CP staff

A marketing agreement will see the Besser sales organization promote the Rosetta Hardscapes product line to domestic and international prospects, augmenting the latter company’s existing sales & marketing. The variety of Rosetta units and plant equipment offerings, Besser officials note, will appeal to producers throughout the industry—across manufactured concrete and ready mixed.

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Heavy-haul workhorse caps charter Caterpillar Class 8 truck series

Cat i150

Sources: Caterpillar Inc., Peoria, Ill.; CP staff

A 124-in. bumper to back of cab (bbc), set-forward axle model suited to heavy-haul or other extreme conditions commanding big bore power, the CT680 completes Caterpillar’s initial on-highway truck series. The company unveiled it at a late-April dealer meeting in Texas, and announced formal launch two weeks later at the Tinaja Hills demonstration facility outside Tucson, Ariz.

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U.S., Canadian regulators do their Lafarge, Holcim merger math

Sources: CP staff; Federal Trade Commission; Canadian Competition Bureau

A May 8 Federal Trade Commission statement addresses a consent agreement tied to the Lafarge S.A. and Holcim Ltd. merger, and how Lafarge North America and Holcim (US) Inc. asset sales resolve an administrative complaint alleging anticompetitive effect in 12 U.S. markets and two regions.

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Lafarge, Holcim merger ushers realignment of U.S. and Canadian markets

Sources: CP staff; U.S. Federal Trade Commission; Canadian Competition Bureau

Officials in Washington, D.C., and Ottawa confirmed in early-May consent agreements the approved scope or direction of Lafarge North America, Holcim (US) Inc. and Holcim (Canada) Inc. operations following the Lafarge S.A. and Holcim Ltd. merger.

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Big Apple ‘Dryline’ flood protection concept garners Holcim Award

Source: Holcim Foundation, Zurich

A large-scale, integrated protection system addressing New York City’s vulnerability to coastal flooding won Bronze in the 2015 Global Holcim Awards. The “Dryline” project is the vision of a consortium headed by Bjarke Ingels Group or BIG (Copenhagen/New York) and One Architecture (Amsterdam) in collaboration with the city.

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