Buzzi Unicem to Expand Texas Cement Plant

Buzzi Unicem USA announced that it plans to modernize and expand its cement production facility located at Maryneal, Texas. The project will reduce the plant’s environmental footprint while more than doubling capacity to serve the increasing demand for cement for the construction and oil and gas industries.

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Clinker Shipment Marks Start of Jamaica-Venezuela Trade Agreement

Caribbean Cement Co. Ltd., a subsidiary of the TCL Group, announced an agreement to supply 100,000 tons of clinker to Venezuela from December 2013 to April 2014, according to local news sources. The arrangement was facilitated under the PetroCaribe Agreement, a compensation mechanism whereby Jamaica could repay the loan to Venezuela with goods and services in lieu of cash.

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Solidia Cement’s Performance, Properties Detailed in White Paper Series

In the first of a two-part white paper series, Solidia Technologies detailed the chemical properties, manufacture and performance qualities of a sustainable cement that, combined with its concrete counterpart, can reduce the carbon footprint of cement and concrete products up to 70 percent. Made from the same raw materials and equipment as traditional, ordinary portland cement, Solidia Cement is adaptable to a wide variety of cement formulations and production methods, offering portland cement manufacturers a sustainable and performance-enhancing alternative.

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Housing Activity Drives Hardie’s Fiber Cement Plant Outlays

Pointing to U.S. home building market improvement, James Hardie management confirmed new machinery installations at three operations specializing in the company’s flagship HardiePlank and other fiber cement siding products.

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