Patio Drummond, Canal Block shoulder CarbiCrete commercialization

On the heels of increasing availability of its cement-free, carbon-negative binder through a Lafarge Canada production agreement, CarbiCrete has announced a doubling of signature block output at Patio Drummond, Quebec neighbor and premier binder user. The CarbiCrete process substitutes portland cement with a steel slag binder and brings carbon dioxide into the concrete masonry curing phase, where the gas is…

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Holcim outlines North American business spin off plan 

Sources: Holcim Ltd., Zug, Switzerland; CP staff With an eye to unlocking North American asset value, Holcim Ltd. plans a 2025 spin off of its namesake US and Building Envelope plus Lafarge Canada Inc. operations, the new entity likely listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Across 850-plus sites and a payroll north of 16,000, the three businesses hold top…

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Lafarge Canada drives circular economy via CarbiCrete partnership

Sources: Lafarge Canada Inc., Montreal Lafarge Canada has teamed with CarbiCrete, Quebec-based concrete binding agent and curing method developer, to process steelmaking byproduct at its St. Constant – Montreal East manufacturing cluster and extend the latter company’s market prospects. CarbiCrete technology enables the conversion of formerly sub-grade, often landfill-bound steel slag to cementitious material with binding capacity affording full portland…

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Lafarge Canada backs maturity, curing device specialist Exact Technology

Sources: Lafarge Canada Inc., Toronto; CP staff Lafarge Canada has announced an investment in Exact Technology Corp., a developer of digital concrete quality control solutions based in Toronto with Orlando, Fla. satellite office. Exact Technology offers Monitor, Match, Cure and Track hardware and software for cast-in-place or manufactured concrete, along with Sure Cure, an electric curing system suiting precast, prestressed…

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Holcim Ltd. backs Nanolike, IoT-powered SiloConnect developer

Sources: Nanolike, Toulouse, France; CP staff The parent company of Holcim US and Lafarge Canada has announced an investment in Nanolike, whose Internet of Things technology-equipped SiloConnect platform is programmed to ensure users the right amount of cement at the right time. A plug and play solution with versatile sensors, SiloConnect automates the ordering process and provides users automated silo…

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PRODUCERS – September 2023

Maryland-based Chaney Enterprises has put an exclamation point in recent years’ Virginia market expansion with the acquisition of 10 ready mixed plants from Charlottesville’s Allied Concrete Co., a family-owned operator nearing 80 years in business. Allied Concrete President Ted Knight will continue to lead the plants, while his former colleagues retain namesake concrete block and Valley Building Supply businesses in…

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Lafarge Canada sets PozGlass on commercialization pathway

Under a new purchase agreement, Lafarge Canada Inc. will assume the entire run of PozGlass 100G ground glass pozzolan—upward of 3,500 metric tons—from a pilot British Columbia facility that developer Progressive Planet has scheduled for 2024 start up. PozGlass 100G technology centers on a reactor engineered to transform the sodium in finely ground, post-consumer glass to sodium carbonate, formed with…

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Lafarge Canada secures full output of recycled glass pozzolan plant

Sources: Progressive Planet, Kamloops, British Columbia; CP staff  Under a new purchase agreement, Lafarge Canada Inc. will assume the entire run of PozGlass 100G ground glass pozzolan—upward of 3,500 metric tons—from a pilot Progressive Planet facility in British Columbia, scheduled for 2024 start up. PozGlass 100G technology centers on a reactor equipped to transform the sodium in finely ground, post-consumer…

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Producers – June 2023

The board of North Dakota-based MDU Resources Group closed May with a distribution of Knife River Holding Co. shares, finalizing a 10-month spinoff process of the concrete, aggregate, cement distribution and construction business from the utilities operator flagship. MDU Resources and Knife River are now independent, New York Stock Exchange-traded companies with distinct investment identities, business operations, customers and geographic…

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Lafarge Canada expands renewable diesel spec to prairie fleet

After a successful demonstration in British Columbia concrete operations, Lafarge Canada Inc. is extending to its Manitoba fleet the use of renewable diesel from waste oil and fats processor 4Refuel. The migration from petroleum diesel equates to lower carbon dioxide emissions tracked in material deliveries. “Switching to renewable diesel (R50) is a significant step forward in our sustainability journey,” says…

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