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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Cement Totals—June 2011

Source: U.S. Geological Survey, Reston, Va.

Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico were about 7.3 million mt in June 2011, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. This was 2.8 percent lower compared with shipments for June 2010. Total shipments for the year through June were approximately 32.1 million mt, slightly lower than the same period in 2010.

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Cemex nears $378 million Ready Mix USA buyout

Sources: Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico; Staff reports

Pursuant to the exercise of a put option by Ready Mix USA, Cemex will assume full ownership in the two Cemex USA–Ready Mix USA joint ventures. Created in 2005, they span ready mixed, concrete block, cement and aggregate production and distribution operations in Alabama, Florida, Georgia and five other Southeast states.

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MIT buildings, pavements research position concrete for post-LEED accounting

Sources: CP staff; Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; RMC Research & Education Foundation, Silver Spring, Md.

Two studies from the Concrete Sustainability Hub at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology represent major advancements for construction-related life-cycle assessments (LCA), as they quantify cradle-to-grave cost and environmental impacts for buildings and pavements. Released August 11 as part of the Concrete Sustainability Hub’s 2011 Industry Day on the MIT Cambridge campus, the studies factor costs and embodied carbon dioxide levels at initial construction plus those of use and operations phases—based on energy consumption, maintenance and traffic delays—not fully accounted for in most LCAs.

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