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18 December 2018

UK: Lafarge Cement, part of the Aggregate Industries business, has introduced Rapid Set Cement to its packed product range. It is an Ordinary Portland Cement containing calcium aluminate for rapid hardening. The product is designed for use in screeds and renders to prepare wall and floor surfaces prior to installing most tile types. It’s suitable for dry and wet installations, including swimming pools, and can be pumped for fast application. It is available in 25kg paper bags and is a quality-assured BS EN 197-1 CEM II, cement carrying CE marking.






“This new product follows significant investment over the last 18 months in expanding our portfolio of packed cement products. All of our products are designed to offer a solution to everyday problems faced by the trade. Rapid Set Cement ensures a strong, durable high quality finish in a fraction of the time compared with standard cement,” said Jamie Stratford, National Sales Manager at Lafarge Cement.


US: Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua (GCC) says that the upgrade to its Rapid City cement plant in South Dakota has started operation. The expansion has added 0.44Mt/yr of production capacity to the unit taking its total capacity to 1.18Mt/yr. The project cost US$105m and it started in 2016. Tie-in of the upgrade was finished in late November 2018. Production was suspended during the tie-in-process and has now resumed. The new facilities are now being stabilised.


“The Rapid City expansion comes at an opportune time, as our US cement plants are running nearly at full capacity, and we expect to see continued, steady growth in demand across


our market area. We will be able to serve our customers better and operate our cement logistics network more efficiently with the additional capacity,” said Enrique Escalante, GCC’s chief executive officer (CEO).


GCC has 5.8Mt/yr of cement production capacity. Of this, 3.5Mt/yr is in the US, with plants in Pueblo in Colorado, Odessa in Texas, Tijeras in New Mexico, Trident in Montana and Rapid City in South Dakota. GCC expects to ramp up the new production capacity at Rapid City gradually over the next 18 to 24 months, in accordance with market conditions.


GCC’s cement production capacity in Mexico is 2.3Mt/yr from plants in Chihuahua, Juarez and Samalayuca in Chihuahua state. In the third quarter of 2018, GCC reactivated two idled kilns in Chihuahua to increase production of both oil well cement and construction cement.


Argentina: Aumund Brazil and Aumund China have collaborated with Sinoma Tianjin TDI to supply two clinker-conveying orders for cement plants. No value for either order has been disclosed.


Aumund will supply three chain bucket elevators, eight belt bucket elevators, five pan conveyors and a drag chain conveyor for Line 2 at Loma Negra’s L’Amali cement plant. The order also includes 19 silo discharge gates.



In August 2017 Loma Negra awarded Aumund the order to build a second kiln line with a capacity of 5800t/day at the L’Amali plant in Olavarria in Buenos Aires province. The new line, which will produce 2.7Mt/yr of clinker, will be located adjacent to the existing kiln line. Production will start early in 2020.


In June 2018 Aumund Brazil worked with Aumund Brazil and Sinoma to supply four belt bucket elevators, three chain bucket elevators and three pan conveyors via Sinoma TDI to Cementos Avellaneda. Cementos Avellaneda is a joint venture operated by Brazil’s Votorantim Group and Spain’s Cementos Molins.



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