PCA confirms industry’s stunning performance in the face of 2020 adversity

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff Thirteen months after pandemic panic and profound economic uncertainty compelled a guarded one- to three-year outlook for U.S. construction activity, the Portland Cement Association Market Intelligence Group reports that a key indicator of building and nonbuilding project volume grew year over year—a trend likely to continue in 2021 and 2022. 

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Argos, Buzzi, GCC and Titan double up in EPA Energy Star certifications

Sources: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff Thirteen of the 95 manufacturing plants earning certification in the 2020 Environmental Protection Agency Energy Star program produce portland cement: Argos USA LLC, Calera, Ala. and Harleyville, S.C.; Ash Grove Cement, Seattle; Buzzi Unicem USA, Festus, Mo. and Chattanooga, Tenn.; CalPortland Co., Rillito, Ariz.; Cemex USA, Miami; Drake…

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PCA issues Industry-Wide EPD for ASTM C150, C595, C91 powders

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff New Industry-Wide Environment Product Declarations (IW-EPDs) for Portland Cement, Portland-Limestone Cement, Blended Hydraulic Cement and Masonry Cement offer stakeholders across private and public construction markets an exhaustive profile of material, fuel and energy factors attending production of the key ingredient in concrete, grout and mortar. The documents inform updates to companion EPD…

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Investors back cement-wise artificial intelligence tech developer Seebo

Sources: Seebo, Tel Aviv; CP staff A $24 million financing round will position Seebo to enhance its Process-Based Artificial Intelligence solution for cement companies and their peers across industrial and consumer products. Company programmers have demonstrated the solution’s potential to assist cement operators in reducing kiln feed variance and improving clinker quality; increasing kiln throughput; extending refractory service life; optimizing…

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Cemex upgrades Mexico mill to feed U.S. West Coast terminals

Sources: Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico; CP staff Cemex will invest around $15 million to fire up an idled kiln at its CPN cement plant in northwest Mexico, yielding more powder for terminals north of the border by mid-2021. The producer presently supplies more than 3 million tons of cement annually across Arizona, California and Nevada from its Victorville…

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CalPortland migrates CNG power from concrete mixers to cement bulk tankers

Sources: CalPortland Co., Glendora, Calif.; CP staff  Eyeing deliveries throughout southern California, CalPortland is deploying a compressed natural gas bulk tanker fleet as part of a strategy to capture fuel economy and lower the net greenhouse gas emissions associated with cement production at its Oro Grande plant. The producer has staged 24 CNG-fueled tractors with double bulk trailers along a…

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St. Marys, McInnis Cement pursue joint venture

Sources: Caisse de dépôt et placement du Québec, Montreal; CP staff The parent companies of St. Marys Cement Inc., Toronto, and McInnis Cement Inc., Montreal plan to combine their production and distribution assets serving Canada and United States markets from the Atlantic seaboard to the Great Lakes. With respective stakes split 83 percent and 17 percent, their joint venture will…

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PCA projects minor 2020-21 shipment drops, or gain, under two recovery models

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff

Portland Cement Association Chief Economist and Senior Vice President Ed Sullivan offers two U.S. cement consumption scenarios around “U” or “W” shaped economic recovery curves, with respective 2020 and 2021 figures of -3.4 percent or +1.7 percent and -4.8 percent and -2.7 percent—this year’s projections measured against 2019 shipments.

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CalPortland blended cement series clips carbon dioxide load

Sources: CalPortland Co., Glendora, Calif.; CP staff

The two charter offerings in a new CalPortland line of blended portland-limestone cements (PLC) have an embodied carbon level about 10 percent below that of common ASTM C 150 materials. ADVANCEMENT LT (Light) is a lighter colored, higher albedo Type IL PLC suiting concrete in design and architectural conditions. ADVANCEMENT HS (High Sulfate) is formulated for general use concrete or when high sulfate resistance is required. 

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