PCA Energy and Environment Awards

Six cement plants received special recognition for their commitment to improving the environment and their communities at the 14th Annual Cement Industry Environment and Energy Awards, presented by the Portland Cement Association (PCA) and Cement Americas magazine at PCA's recent Fall Meeting in...

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By Mike Wilson, Carlos Schleske and Markus Lackman While manual cement-packaging operations remain very common, more and more producers of cement,...
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Cement Products

ASD Series Current Sensing Switches feature a single turn potentiometer, allowing the trip point to be set before the sensor is installed or before the monitored circuit is energized. In conjunction, the ASD features an LED display for quick visual indication of where the contact changes, making...
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Cement Newsline

Arcadis, a leading global natural and built asset design and consultancy firm, will oversee construction on a multi-million dollar modernization project set to transform Lafarge North America’s Ravena cement plant into one of the most advanced dry-kiln facilities in the nation. The firm will...
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Cement Shoptalk

Established in 1999 and located in the port of Antwerp, Belgium, Diamur is a producer of cement mortars. With a capacity of about 700,000 metric tpy, the plant produces products in bulk silos and 25-kg bags. It has become a leading producer by developing a reputation for quality and user-friendly...
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Eagle Materials Sees Record Cement Volumes

Eagle Materials Inc. reported financial results for the first quarter of fiscal 2014 ended June 30, 2013. Notable items for the quarter include revenues of $227.0 million, up 47 percent from prior-year, and record quarterly cement sales volumes of 1.2 million tons.

First quarter earnings before interest and income taxes increased 109 percent, reflecting improved sales volumes and net sales prices across all heritage businesses as compared to the prior year’s first quarter and the acquisition of assets, consisting primarily of two cement plants in Oklahoma and Missouri and related aggregates and ready-mix businesses in Kansas City (the Acquired Assets) in Nov. 2012.

Operating earnings from cement for the first quarter were $19.0 million, a 93 percent increase from the same quarter a year ago. The earnings increase was driven by increased sales volumes and average net cement sales prices partially offset by a slight increase in operating costs.

Cement revenues for the first quarter, including joint venture and intersegment revenues, totaled $117.7 million, 55 percent greater than the same quarter last year. The revenue improvement reflects a 46 percent increase in first quarter cement sales volume, including sales volume attributable to the Acquired Assets. The average net sales price for this quarter was $86.15 per ton, 6 percent greater than the same quarter last year.