LafargeHolcim US follows Swiss parent in transition to Holcim identity

Source: Holcim US, Chicago; CP staff LafargeHolcim in the United States has unveiled its new identity, Holcim US, uniting legacy brands and strengthening the cement, aggregate and concrete producer’s purpose “to build progress for people and the planet.” The transition is the first within Holcim Group and represents what management notes is a significant milestone. “The Holcim US identity is…

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CRH to book $3.45B in Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope sale

Sources: CRH Plc, Dublin; CP staff CRH continues to streamline its North American portfolio around cement, aggregates, concrete and asphalt production assets. The company recently announced an agreement to sell its California-based Oldcastle BuildingEnvelope business to KPS Capital Partners, a New York private equity firm. The deal includes a $3.45 billion cash payment, plus transfer of $335 million in lease…

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PCA’s Sullivan factors Ukraine into revised U.S. construction forecast

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff Portland Cement Association Chief Economist Ed Sullivan cites the potential for a dip in cement consumption and concrete output attributable to the Russia-Ukraine conflict. At a joint luncheon in San Antonio during the PCA and National Ready Mixed Concrete Association 2022 conventions, he offered three scenarios for U.S. shipments through 2024:

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Cemex, CRH, Heidelberg, Holcim school GHG emissions auditors

Sources: Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico; Holcim AG, Zug, Switzerland; HeidelbergCement AG, Germany; CP staff Three of the top five global cement, aggregate and concrete producers have made the 2021 Climate Disclosure Project A List, reflecting transparency in environmental impact, greenhouse gas emissions management and water resource metrics. Cemex, HeidelbergCement and Holcim are among 200 A List/Climate category performers…

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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 bringing…

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Cement producers formally approve carbon neutrality roadmap

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff True to a timeline announced in late 2020, the Portland Cement Association has adopted a Roadmap to Carbon Neutrality, billing it as an ambitious journey to low carbon dioxide emissions across the cement and concrete value chain by 2050. The document demonstrates how the U.S. cement and concrete industry, along with parties…

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Solid market conditions amplify Texas producers’ return to normal

Speakers at the 67th annual Texas Aggregates & Concrete Association meeting, staged last month in San Antonio, offered 450-plus attendees a sampling of production, economic and demographic data well worth the price of admission.

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Lafarge ACM, gypsum veteran Tabbara takes U.S. Cement helm

Sources: LafargeHolcim, Chicago; CP staff LafargeHolcim has named Toufic Tabbara as chief executive officer of U.S. Cement operations. He arrives with more than 20 years’ experience in Lafarge North America and overseas ready mixed concrete, asphalt and gypsum businesses, and most recently oversaw similar operations, plus cement production, as Country CEO for Jordan, then Algeria. Tabbara holds undergraduate and graduate…

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