March Cement Shipments Decrease Slightly

Total shipments of portland and blended cement, including imports, in the United States and Puerto Rico in March 2019 were 7.3 million metric tons (Mt), a slight decrease from the roughly 7.4 Mt in March 2018, according to the most recent USGS Mineral Industry Survey. Shipments for the year through March totaled 19.4 Mt, an increase of 2.4% from those for the same period in 2018. The leading producing states for portland and blended cement in March were, in descending order, Texas, California, Missouri, Florida and Alabama.

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HeidelbergCement Appoints New Communication, Investor Relations Head

Christoph Beumelburg was named director of Group Communication & Investor Relations at HeidelbergCement. He will report to Dr. Bernd Scheifele, chairman of the managing board. The previous head of the function, Andreas Schaller, left to pursue opportunities outside of the organization.

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Vallejo Marine Terminal Drops Cement Plant Appeal

Vallejo Marine Terminal, the development partner for a proposed Orcem Americas cement plant in in Vallejo, Calif., recently withdrew its appeal of a 2017 rejection by the city’s planning commission. According to city manager Greg Nyhoff, VMT’s withdrawal “effectively terminates the proposed project” as the company owned the site on which Orcem wanted to build the plant.

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Inventys Partners with Lafarge, Total on Carbon Capture Project

Inventys announced a project partnership with Lafarge Canada and Total, a major energy company, to develop and demonstrate the first full-cycle solution to capture and reuse CO₂ from a cement plant while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions. Project CO₂MENT will demonstrate and evaluate Inventys’ CO₂ capture system and a selection of CO₂ utilization technologies at Lafarge Canada’s Richmond, B.C., cement plant over the next four years. 

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