Technology conference to spotlight materials production, AI prospects

The publisher of Concrete Products, Rock Products, Cement Products and North American Mining magazines will team with On the Rocks Digital, a specialist in social media and artificial intelligence platforms, to stage AggNexus, September 9-10 at the University of Texas, Austin. The event will focus on the latest advancements in high technology for construction materials and aggregates, giving attendees insight…

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Kwik Bond Polymers guides Sika AG into performance bridge decks

  The parent company of New Jersey-based Sika Corp. has acquired Kwik Bond Polymers LLC (KBP), a developer of premium compounds for bridge deck and other heavy/civil concrete conditions. The Benecia, Calif. firm’s primary deck, overlay and surface treatment offerings for new construction or retrofit are polyester-based concrete or polymer-based basalt fiber synthetic mixes and high molecular weight methacrylate sealers.…

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Investors shore up Buildstock ordering and payment platform

New York-based Buildstock, a business-to-business marketplace and financial technology platform for construction materials, has secured pre-seed funding from Precursor Ventures, MGV, XFactor, and RefashionD, plus six angel investors. The platform empowers builders, contractors and their suppliers by streamlining material or product sales and procurement. “Digital disruption has been the story of our generation and construction is one of the last…

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A triumphant dispatch along Avenue de Champs-Élysées

A Putzmeister SY408C-8FRBEV model from the Holcim Ltd. mixer fleet became a SANY Group torch bearer as the equipment manufacturer rolled into Paris for the Intermat 2024 trade fair earlier this spring. Underscoring a commitment to environmental responsibility and reducing carbon emissions in the construction industry, the mixer was one of six battery electric machines the manufacturer dispatched to the…

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Progressive Planet plasma process extracts SCM from quartz silica

Progressive Planet Solutions Inc. of Kamloops, B.C., cites promising compressive strength performance of concrete specimens prepared with PozPyro, a supplementary cementitious material processed with plasma technology and abundantly available crystalline silica feedstock. Designed in collaboration with Pyrogenesis Canada, the binder exhibits potential as a partial portland cement replacement. Mortar cube testing on four separate PozPyro mix batches showed strength activity…

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Nucor scouts Pacific Northwest target sites for $860M rebar mill

The Nucor Corp. Board of Directors has approved an $860 million outlay to construct a 650,000-ton-per-year rebar micro mill in the Pacific Northwest. Equipped for a full range of concrete rebar sizes and spooling capabilities, the facility will be the producer’s fourth and largest such operation, with approximately 50 percent more capacity than a mill currently under construction in North…

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Architects confirm producers’ role as catalysts in low-carbon concrete

To increase low-carbon concrete frequency in project specifications, the Boston Society for Architecture (BSA) and the Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF) Boston/Northeast Hub engaged in a year-long schedule of stakeholder focus groups and cross-disciplinary working sessions. Among top challenges to mass adoption of low-carbon alternatives to conventional mixes, participants cited lack of early engagement with concrete suppliers and use of prescriptive…

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Copper blend earns Eagle Roofing Color of the Year designation

With 35-plus years in concrete roof tile production, California-based Eagle Roofing Products is known for an extensive line of durable, elegant and eye-catching offerings, among them Bridgeport Blend Copper, the producer’s Color of the Year. An amalgamation of grays, taupe, brown and black hues accented by subtle orange-luster streaks, Bridgeport Blend Copper mirrors Sequoia trees’ deep sepia tones and ash…

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Belgard adds texture to national catalog with Papyrus pavers

Belgard, the leader in outdoor living essentials made of concrete, metal or composite materials, has announced nationwide availability of is newest paver texture. Papyrus is the latest concrete paver addition to the Artisan Collection, which offers new and unique textures designed for elegant, contemporary outdoor living. Reminiscent of handmade textiles or dried earth, Papyrus embodies the spirit of biophilic design,…

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Béton Provincial solidifies Eastern Canada footprint with CRH assets

Béton Provincial Ltée of Quebec City, the largest Canadian-owned company in cement and concrete, has closed on a major asset transaction with CRH Canada Group Inc., netting: the Ash Grove Cement mill in Joliette, Quebec, plus one Solvay, N.Y., two Greater Montreal and three Labrador or Newfoundland terminals; nine Demix Béton ready mixed plants, seven in Greater Montreal, two in…

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