2021 News

For Argos, the Grupo Argos cement company, exports have been a key element in the process towards recuperation after the effects generated by COVID-19 and, in the first five months of the year, the cement company’s exports to the USA grew by 419 per cent, from 26,000t to 135,000t.
In the particular case of the USA, there has been a rebound in the demand for cement and it is estimated that this industry will grow by 2.2 per cent in 2021. It should be noted that the company has a competitive location in its Cartagena plant, which facilitates the entry of cement volumes at a more favourable cost from the Caribbean Sea.
Cementos Argos seeks to close the year with a total of 400,000t of product exported to the USA. In addition, the company is currently looking forward to the commissioning of a project that consists of expanding the productive and port’s capacity of its Cartagena plant, which represents an approximate investment of US$40m and the creation of 194 jobs. As a result of this project, the cement company will be able to support the growing demand for this market and other destinations to which it exports, within the framework of the recovery plans of the economies that include the construction sector as a means for development.
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In May, Argos, the Colombian cement company, celebrated a huge accomplishment. The Newberry plant in Florida was not only able to break their record for the most cement produced but also break their record for how much of the product was shipped. Back in June 2019, the Newberry plant was able to set the cement production record at 127 800 metric t, and the shipping record was set to 120 900 metric t.
“Everyone at the Newberry Plant is excited and proud to see these records being set. With the current sales climate, we are able to show the untapped potential Newberry has. This sustained sales commitment would not be possible if it wasn’t for all the hard work and dedication of everyone at the plant as well as from Argos plant support staff and Argos Corporate. But with the new record set, we strive to set new records going forward”, affirmed Daniel Ball, Production Manager at the Newberry Cement Plant.
Last month, the plant was able to crush both of these previous records. They were able to produce 140 421 metric t, beating the previous record by nearly 20 000 metric t. Because of this increase in production, they were also able to ship 128 728 metric t of product to their customers and the ready-mix plants, beating the previous record by more than 7000 metric t.
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HeidelbergCement has launched the fifth edition of the Quarry Life Award, its nature-based competition involving more than 20 countries worldwide. Researchers, students, local communities, NGOs and nature lovers from around the world can pitch their ideas for sustainable quarry management, with prizes up to € 30000 for the most innovative projects. The Quarry Life Award supports HeidelbergCement and its partners, such as BirdLife International, in raising awareness of biodiversity in general and of extraction sites as habitats for many species.
“The time for action is now: The World Economic Forum 2021 Global Risk Report has put biodiversity loss among the five most concerning global risks, both in terms of likelihood and impact”, says Dr Dominik von Achten, Chairman of the Managing Board of HeidelbergCement. “With the competition, HeidelbergCement wants to contribute to the global restoration agenda and works towards a net positive in biodiversity. Our sites can provide valuable habitats for a variety of animal and plant species during and after extraction.”
Positive impact on biodiversity and local communities
“We are committed to maintain our leadership position in nature conservation. Our exceptional collaboration with diverse stakeholders through the Quarry Life Award plays a large part in this”, says Dr von Achten. “The Quarry Life Award stimulates the exchange not only between academia and industry, it also strengthens our relationships with local communities.”
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LafargeHolcim in the United States announced the appointment of Toufic Tabbara as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of US Cement operations. Mr. Tabbara brings more than 20 years’ experience in the construction materials industry around the world that will help lead the organization through the next phase of growth.
“Toufic is a proven leader in this industry. With a professional background that crosses diverse business divisions and spans both US and global geographies, he is well positioned to drive continued growth across the US cement business,” said René Thibault, LafargeHolcim Group Executive Committee Member and Region Head, North America.
Mr. Tabbara received his Master of Business Administration from the Thunderbird School of Global Management in Arizona and holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the American University of Beirut, Lebanon.
Mr. Tabbara succeeds Jamie Gentoso, who was recently named Global Head, Solutions & Products Business Unit and Group Executive Committee Member.
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US: The US Green Building Council (USGBC) has granted its Regional Leadership Award to Titan America’s Pennsuco, Florida, and Roanoke, North Carolina, cement plants. The award recognises green building and sustainable practices. The Pennsuco plant implemented 16 zero waste and sustainability programmes. At the Roanoke plant, Titan America subsidiary Roanoke Cement Company (RCC) achieved TRUE Gold Zero Waste certification in 2020 and implemented environmental product declarations (EPDs). RCC cement manufacturing vice president Zaklina Stamboliska said, “Through our zero waste programs we have implemented native landscaping and other biodiversity advances to our local ecosystems. We have entered into outreach with local universities to educate students and shared our knowledge among our industry, concrete producers and others through work with EPDs. We are building and spreading the word.” #SealPlus #GreenBuildingCouncil #Pennsuco #newstoday # #sustainability #construction #LeadershipAward