Lehigh Cement Receives Air Permit for Plant Modification

Lehigh Cement Co.’s Mitchell, Ind., plant received the necessary permit from the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) to begin construction of a new cement kiln system. The company will invest more than $600 million in an expansion project at the Mitchell facility, making it the largest undertaken by Lehigh Hanson in North America.

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LafargeHolcim Launches ‘Plants of Tomorrow’ Initiative

LafargeHolcim announced the launch of a four-year “Plants of Tomorrow” plan to upgrade its production process with artificial intelligence, predictive maintenance and digital twin technologies. The initiative is one of the largest roll-outs of Industry 4.0 technologies in the building materials industry.

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GCCA, ECRA Announce Strategic Alliance

The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) and European Cement Research Academy (ECRA) announced a formal Partnership Agreement. The strategic alliance is aimed at fostering innovation in the cement and concrete sectors and across their value-chain partners.

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LafargeHolcim Eyes BASF Construction Chemicals Business

LafargeHolcim has joined a bidding war for BASF SE’s construction chemicals business, according to Bloomberg sources. BASF announced a strategic review of the construction chemicals division, which makes products including grouts, mortars and admixtures, in October 2018.

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