Investors commit $4 million to artificial intelligence-enabled mix design developer

Billed as the only recipe-as-a-service platform optimizing local materials for cleaner and more cost-efficient concrete, AICrete has raised $4 million in a seed funding round led by Clear Ventures and VoLo Earth Ventures, with participation from Cortical Ventures plus a multinational materials producer.  The capital positions the Richmond, Calif. firm to expand a proof of concept program to several key…

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CarbonCure streamlines environmental product declaration preparation

Sources: CarbonCure Technologies, Halifax, Nova Scotia; CP staff CarbonCure Technologies has launched a namesake service, Express EPD, with which concrete producers can expedite preparation of verified environmental product declarations (EPD). It  streamlines the complex life cycle assessment process declarations require by automating much of the data collection. Concrete producers can generate accurate, mix-specific EPDs through a secure program at an accessible…

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QMC machines 30-ton tractor mount boom truck

QMC Cranes’ new tractor mount boom truck, the 4554S, affords manufactured-concrete producers the ability to deliver oversized payloads with an unencumbered trailer and no overhead interference. The crane has a 30-ton lifting capacity and a 54-ft. long, three-section boom with 50-ft. maximum working radius. Main and auxiliary outriggers spread 20 feet and 12 feet.  Other product features include a high…

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NRMCA invites “Cost of Returned Concrete” survey participation

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.; CP staff  The NRMCA Developing Industry Leaders group is gathering producer data to benchmark the industry’s returned concrete transfer and process spend. Compiled figures will inform a “Cost of Returned Concrete Calculator,” posted at www.nrmca.org and equipping users to compare handling process outlays based on industry averages. 

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Lehigh White Cement parent builds out UHPC binder series

Italy’s Cementir Group presents the just-launched Aalborg InBind as a flexible white binder enabling manufactured-concrete producers to optimize ultra-high performance mix designs leveraging locally available materials. Based on FutureCem technology formulations—heavy on limestone and calcined clays—InBind supports the recently introduced InWhite Solutions packaged concretes and mortars. The binder is premiering in Europe with potential distribution in North America through Lehigh…

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Charah Solutions lands Indiana power station ash contract

Sources: Charah Solutions Inc., Louisville, Ky.; CP staff Under a multi-year contract effective this quarter, Charah Solutions will market approximately 150,000 tons of specification grade fly ash annually from a central Indiana power generating station. The material will be distributed primarily by truck through the company’s MultiSource network. With nearly 40 truck and rail loadout-equipped locations across the country, the…

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Eco Material books record, 600K-tpy harvested ash processing contract

Sources: Eco Material Technologies Inc., South Jordan, Utah; CP staff Eco Material Technologies has outlined an agreement with Georgia Power to harvest nearly 10 million tons of landfilled ash from Plant Bowen—one of the largest coal-fired power generating stations in North America. The successor to Boral Resources and Green Cement will build a facility at the Cartersville, Ga. site to…

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Pre-packaged corrosion inhibitor

MCI Grenades are water-soluble pouches of the companion 2006 NS migrating corrosion inhibitor, substituting as needed for doses of the MCI 2005 liquid admixtures. The Grenades are sized to treat 1 yard of concrete. Urgent field conditions aside, the company notes, the pouches afford concrete producers and their customers a convenient option “added onsite and safely handled despite their high…

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Industry producers cruise ahead of CO2 emissions reporting rule

Examples of carbon dioxide emissions reporting by public cement, concrete and aggregate producers accompany an overview of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission-proposed “The Enhancement and Standardization of Climate-Related Disclosures for Investors” rule (pages 12-13). Through guidance detailing environmental metrics, operators like Charah Solutions, Holcim Ltd., Summit Materials and Vulcan Materials rise to a familiar position: Ahead of the regulatory…

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Lehigh White Cement parent company packages UHPC binder

Sources: Cementir Group, Italy; CP staff Cementir presents the just-launched Aalborg InBind as a flexible white binder enabling manufactured-concrete producers to optimize ultra-high performance mix designs leveraging locally available materials. Based on FutureCem technology formulations—heavy on limestone and calcined clays—InBind supports the recently introduced InWhite Solutions packaged concretes and mortars. The first InWhite offerings, Excel and Extreme, are available in…

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