PCA testifies proposed 'Cement Relief' legislation would save thousands of jobs

Source: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.

Testifying in Washington, D.C., this week before the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce, Dan Harrington, president and CEO of Lehigh Hanson, Inc., and former PCA chair, stressed to Congress that inaction on onerous EPA regulations will result in the direct loss of 4,000 high-paying manufacturing jobs and have an adverse impact on the nation’s beleaguered construction sector.

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Lafarge, Tarmac merger referred to Competition Commission

Source: Builders Merchants Journal, United Kingdom

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has referred a proposed UK construction materials joint venture between Tarmac UK parent company Anglo American and Lafarge to the Competition Commission. The parties propose to establish a 50-50 joint venture to which each of them would contribute the bulk of their construction materials businesses in the United Kingdom.

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CSA, codes enable Lafarge Canada to up limestone content in cement

Sources: Lafarge North America, Reston, Va.; Staff reports

In response to ever-increasing market demand for sustainable building solutions, Lafarge has recently introduced a new portland-limestone cement (PLC) commercial offering in Canada. Widely used in Europe for over 25 years, PLC is a new category of cement that provides performance similar to conventional portland cement with up to 10 percent less CO2 emissions.

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Cemex enhances operations with new business process model

Source: Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico

Cemex announced recently the successful execution of its integration to SAP-centric enterprise platform for its operations across all business lines in Mexico, Spain and Costa Rica. This platform is  already implemented in other operations, including the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany and France, among others. Cement, ready-mixed concrete and aggregates operations are now using one of the most advanced enterprise application software available in the market.

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