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Italy: CIFA has celebrated its 90th anniversary with an update to the company museum, the launch of a special edition vehicle-mounted pump and a series of special events. The museum, based at the company headquarters in Senago, has introduced news areas dedicated to hybrid technology and carbon fibres. The special edition pump products are available for the K42L, K45H and the new K47H models and include special anniversary colours, celebratory plaques and a 90th anniversary logo. The company was specialises in concrete pumps was originally founded on 7 July 1928 by Carlo Ausenda.

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UAE: Al Khair National has suspended talks to sell a 38% stake in Gulf Cement to Liberty House Group. Negotiations originally started in December 2017.

Brazil: Walter Dissinger, the chief executive officer of Votorantim Cimentos, says that company’s diverse geographical spread and its products protected it from turbulent markets, especially at home in Brazil since 2015. Dissinger made the comments in an interview to the Valor Econômico newspaper ahead of a company meeting to plan its strategy for the next five years. He forecast that the local cement market is likely to decline for the fourth consecutive year in 2018, with a drop in consumption of 2%.

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He mentioned expansion plans in the US and upgrade projects in Argentina. Six new mortar plants are also planned over the next four years with an investment of US$30m. These units will generally be built next to existing integrated cement plants. The company is expanding its limestone business with an investment of US$54m. Dissinger added that the company’s Nobres plant in Mato Grosso is making more revenue from limestone products than from cement. The company is also cutting fuel costs by replacing petcoke imports from the US with co-processing refuse derived fuels and exploring biofuel options.

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