Cemex reaches volume watermark with low carbon concrete mix deliveries

Cemex USA has delivered more than 1 million yd. of Vertua for public and private projects in California, where the lower carbon mix recently debuted as part of the producer’s Future in Action program. When measured on embodied carbon metrics, Vertua offers carbon dioxide emission reduction of at least 30 percent against ordinary portland cement concretes. Golden State customers have…

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Heidelberg Materials picks up where Lehigh Hanson left off

Sources: Heidelberg Materials, Irving, Texas; CP staff Consistent with a global rebranding its German parent company announced last fall, Lehigh Hanson Inc. enters 2023 as Heidelberg Materials, a new identity for the cement, aggregate and ready mixed concrete producer’s corporate office and core Lehigh Cement and Hanson Aggregates businesses. A majority of the company’s other subsidiaries in the U.S. and Canada…

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Cemex ‘Spider Tracker’ sensors gauge mix set temperatures wire-to-wire

Sources: Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico; CP staff Cemex has announced a proprietary technology, dubbed “Spider Tracker,” that monitors concrete during placing and hardening to measure strength development in real-time. It enables contractors to remove formwork at precisely the right moment and make informed decisions about the concrete specified for their jobs.  Such actions can result in time and…

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Three ways to protect concrete from a natural enemy: Water

Concrete has been used as a strong, durable building material for thousands of years, dating back to ancient structures that are still standing to this day. Yet, it has one fundamental enemy it can’t escape—water. As an uptick in humidity and rainstorms wash across many regions throughout much of the calendar, water infiltration can lead to issues such as below-grade…

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ORGANIZATIONS – June 2022

CTLGroup, Illinois-based design, engineering and materials science consultant, has promoted Giulia Alimonti, AIA, LEED AP to principal architect following her successful launch of a New York City office in January 2021. The firm recently expanded into new office space at the historic Hoover Building on 8th Avenue, in the heart of city’s Garment District, operating as CTL Engineering & Architecture.…

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What Buy Clean means for the concrete industry

And how concrete producers can capitalize on the federal government’s changing policy landscape In December 2021, the White House issued an executive order focused on reducing emissions across federal government properties. The order introduces a “Buy Clean” meant to reduce carbon emissions arising from the production or manufacturing and use of building materials. For the first time, suppliers of concrete…

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ACI Center, Composites Manufacturers eye FRP plant certification

Sources: American Concrete Institute, Farmington Hills, Mich.; CP staff The American Composites Manufacturers Association (ACMA), along with the American Concrete Institute and recently chartered NEx: An ACI Center of Excellence for Nonmetallic Building Materials, will develop a plant certification program for concrete-grade, fiber-reinforced polymer (FRP) composite bars and tendons. ACMA, ACI, and NEx agree the program should a) comply with…

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Investor underwrites new Hebel autoclaved aerated concrete plant

Verte OZ Fund Inc., College Park, Md., has invested in Probitas Ventures LLC and its wholly owned subsidiary AAC East LLC, both of Bennettsville, S.C. Probitas Ventures is building an advanced production facility for autoclaved aerated concrete (AAC) under licensing from Germany’s Xella GmbH, owner of the legacy Hebel AAC brand. The goal of the Verte OZ infusion is to…

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Command Alkon stake: HeidelbergCement’s ticket to tech leadership

Lehigh Hanson Inc. parent company HeidelbergCement AG announced late last month an agreement to take a 45 percent stake in Command Alkon, the global leader in software and information technology services for heavy building materials. San Francisco-based investor Thoma Bravo, which acquired Command Alkon in early 2020, will retain a 55 percent interest. The agreement is subject to regulatory approvals,…

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Holcim to cut water consumption 
in concrete, upstream operations

  Holcim AG aims to reduce cement, aggregates and ready mixed concrete operations’ respective water intensities by 33 percent, 20 percent and 15 percent through 2030. Applicable to namesake, Lafarge, Aggregate Industries, Lattimore Materials and other North America or overseas brands, the targets are part of a global strategy to become nature-positive by restoring and preserving water and biodiversity, while…

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