Taking Total Control

Virtual Server Solution In Plant Control System Upgrade At Cementos Argos Cartagena. By Mark S. Kuhar When Cementos Argos decided to upgrade the control system at its Cartagena cement plant in Colombia, they started on an unexpected journey. A journey that would end with the implementation of a virtualized high-availability automation system to host a number of FLSmidth’s software products…

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GCC Reports Strong First Half of 2021

Cement and concrete producer GCC announced positive results for the second quarter of 2021. Consolidated net sales increased 18.1% to $286.7 million, while EBITDA increased 18.6% to $97 million, with a 33.8% EBITDA margin. “GCC is off to an excellent first half of the year, we are very pleased with the results delivered – increasing top and bottom-line growth and…

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Flexicon Expands World Headquarters

Flexicon Corp. has expanded manufacturing space at its headquarters in Bethlehem, Pa., by 50,000 sq. ft. to meet increased demand for its bulk handling equipment and systems, said David Boger, executive vice president of Flexicon. The new space is slated primarily for warehousing of sub-assemblies, crating, and staging of assembled equipment. This includes stocking of Quick-Ship models of flexible screw…

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Cementos Argos Highlighted in Sustainability Index

Colombian cement company Cementos Argos is once again highlighted in the FTSE4 Good Sustainability Index for its solid environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices. This year Argos is the only Colombian company to achieve an outstanding listing in the construction materials category. “We are very excited about being included in the FTSE4Good, because it recognizes the importance of sustainability management…

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PCA: Cement Consumption Continues to Climb

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) Market Intelligence Group’s Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Ed Sullivan presented the association’s annual summer cement market outlook, predicting an increase in cement consumption over the next four years. Cement consumption through June 2021 increased 7.4%, said Sullivan during a webinar presentation of the outlook. However, he noted that as residential construction strength has…

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