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www.cementamericas.com • Winter 2018 • CEMENT AMERICAS 5 CEMENTSCOPE T h e Wo r l d C e m e n t A s s o c i a t i o n appointed Zhiping Song, chairman of China National Building Materials (CNBM), as its new president. This is the first time a representative from a Chinese organization has taken the helm of an international cement association. Song gave his first keynote address as association president last month at the WCA World Cement Conference in London, organized in association with Intercem. More than 100 senior dele- gates from 29 countries attended the first edition of the global event. "It is a great honor for me to speak at this conference and a good opportu- nity for us to share our experience, build consensus and seek common development," Song said. WCA Chairman Emir Adiguzel com- mented, "We are delighted Mr. Song has accepted the presidency of the WCA. CNBM is the world's largest pro- vider of cement and this appointment reflects the growing importance of China in the global cement industry, as well as the WCA's commitment to connecting the cement community in all countries across the world." Song 's speech marked the opening of the conference, which focused on key issues and challenges the cement industry is facing, including sustain- ability and global overcapacity. In his keynote address, Song explained how CNBM is working to reduce over- capacity and increase industrial con- centration by implementing large-scale rationalization, reducing new produc- tion and reorganizing M&A strategy, while expanding the business. "We have been increasing the degree of industrial concentration of cement in China from 12 percent in 2006 to 57 percent in 2016, which set an example for the whole industry," Song said. As chairman of the world's largest provider of cement, with a capacity of 530 million tpy, Song emphasized CNBM's efforts in the area of environ- mental protection. " The production of cement strongly depends on resources and is sensitive to the environment […] We put envi- ronment first because we know that some changes will be irreversible if the environment is damaged, Song said." WCA Appoints New President

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