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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HeidelbergCement invests in maturity sensor technology developer

Sources: HeidelbergCement AG, Germany; CP staff Lehigh Hanson Inc. parent HeidelbergCement has taken a strategic minority stake in Ottawa-based Giatec, whose proprietary sensors equip producers and their customers to monitor concrete maturity in real time. Combined with artificial intelligence algorithms, configured to integrate with a wide range of concrete industry software solutions, the sensor data informs cement optimization, quality control,…

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Well Governed

A visit with 2022 NRMCA Chairman John Holliday The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association annual convention in San Antonio this month will build on momentum from the fall 2021 ConcreteWorks Conference and Expo, the group’s first major in-person gathering in 18 months. Incoming Chairman John F. Holliday, chief executive officer and third generation principal of Holliday Rock Co., is set…

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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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How Increasing Wages Are Affecting Our Economy

It’s February, so some of the year-end economic metrics for 2021 are starting to be reported, and it is no surprise to see that wages took a big jump last year. Wage increases were fueled by the unexpected supply chain morass that the Covid-19 lockdown precipitated, and were further compounded by the amount of stimulus cash that was injected into…

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Automation Systems fine tunes JEL plant control packages

Batch plant dealer Fesco Direct coordinates with equipment manufacturers across the country to tailor fixed or portable packages for ready mixed or manufactured concrete producers and contractors. Representing Milwaukee neighbor, JEL Concrete Plants, Fesco Direct recognizes how each project requires custom systems to meet producer or contractor targets for concrete grade, flow characteristics and general properties. 

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Coal ash recycling rate increases in 2020, reversing previous years’ declines

The American Coal Ash Association 2020 Production and Use Survey shows 59 percent, or 40.8 million tons, of the 69.2 million tons of coal ash produced during 2020 was recycled—up from 52 percent in 2019 and marking the sixth consecutive year that more than half of such material produced in the United States was beneficially used rather than disposed.  ACAA…

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Industry leaders ace climate audit

By Don Marsh Three of the top five global cement, aggregate and concrete producers made the 2021 Climate Disclosure Project A List, reflecting transparency in environmental impact, greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions management and water resource metrics. Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., HeidelbergCement AG and Holcim AG are among 200 A List/Climate category performers from a pool of 10,000-plus companies. London-based Climate…

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