PCA Poll: Majority of Americans Concerned Over Wooden High-Rises

Three in four, or 74 percent, of Americans say proposals to allow taller buildings to be constructed with wood raise serious concerns for public safety, according to a nationwide poll conducted by Hart Research on behalf of the Portland Cement Association (PCA). Proposed code changes that would allow the use of mass timber in the construction of buildings up to 18 stories will be voted on in October by the International Code Council (ICC), which develops the model building code.

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FLSmidth Nabs Two Central American Contracts

FLSmidth has awarded two contracts worth more than €250 million ($288 million) combined: one for a greenfield cement plant and the other for a brownfield cement plant. Both contracts include design and engineering, equipment supply, automation systems, training as well as advisory services for installation and commissioning.

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Cement Shipments Plateau in June

Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico in June 2018 were about 9.3 million metric tons (Mt), essentially unchanged from shipments in June 2017, according to the most recent USGS Mineral Industry Survey. Shipments for the year through June totaled about 45.9 Mt, up by 2.8 percent from those for the same period in 2017. The leading producing states for portland and blended cement in June 2018 were Texas, Missouri, California, Florida and Michigan, and these accounted for about 41 percent of the country total.

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HeidelbergCement Reports Positive Quarterly Results

HeidelbergCement’s group revenue rose by 4 percent in the second quarter to €4.8 billion ($5.6 billion). Negative currency effects of €226 million ($264 million) had an adverse impact on revenue. Adjusted for currency and consolidation effects, revenue increased by 9 percent due to sales volume growth in all business lines and successful price increases.

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