Cement Shipments Increase in January

According to the latest USGS Mineral Survey report, total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico for January 2013 were about 4.8 million metric tons (Mt). This was 5 percent more than shipments in January 2012.

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Canada Green Building Council, Holcim (Canada) Advance Sustainability

As Canada Green Building Council’s (CaGBC) first Gold National Sponsor, Holcim (Canada) will play a key role in the group’s National Conference and Expo 2013, June 4-6 in Vancouver, and the implementation of EcoDistricts, an initiative aimed at working with professionals, cities and community groups to transform neighborhoods.

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Votorantim Cimentos Files for $5.4 Billion IPO

Brazil’s largest cement producer, Votorantim Cimentos S.A., filed a $5.4 billion maximum proposed initial public offering with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on April 17. The company plans to dual list on the NYSE and São Paulo Stock Exchange to raise funds to finance expansion, portfolio diversification and reduce debt. A request was filed with the Brazilian Securities Commission (CVM) on April 9.

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Cemex Releases Sustainability Report

Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V. presented its 2012 Sustainable Development Report last month. Among other highlights, the company reported that its different self-construction initiatives, including Patrimonio Hoy, ConstruApoyo and Productive Centers of Self-Employment, benefited more than 2 million people since the programs started. The report summarizes the company’s role in “Building the Cities of the Future.”

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