Cement Americas

SUM 2019

Cement Americas provides comprehensive coverage of the North and South American cement markets from raw material extraction to delivery and tranportation to end user.

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www.cementamericas.com • Summer 2019 • CEMENT AMERICAS 7 CEMENTSCOPE The Main category is for exemplary sustainable construc- tion projects at an advanced stage of design from architec- ture, engineering, urban planning, materials and construc- tion technology, and related fields. There is no age restric- tion for project authors. The Next Generation category seeks visionary design concepts and bold ideas at a prelim- inary stage of design, including design studio and research work. To participate in this category, authors must be under the age of 30. Students and young professionals are wel- come to enter the main category with projects that have reached an advanced stage of design. Independent expert juries in five geographic regions of the world evaluate submissions using the comprehensive "tar- get issues" for sustainable construction of the LafargeHol- cim Foundation. The criteria cover innovation and transfer- ability; ethical standards and social inclusion; resource and environmental performance; economic viability and com- patibility; and contextual and aesthetic impact. Submitting entries in the competition is free and must be made in English using a web-based form at www.lafarge- holcim-awards.org /enter to provide information on authorship, a project summary, technical details, as well as project images and/or illustrations. Prizes will be presented at LafargeHolcim Awards ceremo- nies in each region – Europe, North America, Latin Amer- ica, Middle East Africa, and Asia Pacific – between Sep- tember and November 2020. The 15 regional recipients are automatically nominated for the Global LafargeHolcim Awards in 2021. ĂůWŽƌƚůĂŶĚhƉŐƌĂĚĞƐZĂŝůĐĂƌDŽǀĞƌĂƚKƌŽ'ƌĂŶĚĞWůĂŶƚ Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) awarded a $339,948 grant to CalPortland to replace a 1987 Trackmobile with a state-of-the-art 2019 Rail King RK330 at its Oro Grande, Calif., cement plant. The on-boarding of this new low emission technology effectively reduces equip- ment emissions on average by more than 97% compared to the old equipment. "We're thrilled to have been able to work with the Mojave Desert AQMD to win this grant. It allows us to operate a new, modern railcar mover, directly replacing older equip- ment that had a Tier 0 engine," said Steve Regis, senior vice president corporate services, CalPortland. The grant funding is provided through the MDAQMD Mobile Source Emission Reductions Program pursuant to the authority granted by the California Legislature through AB 2766. The program authorizes air quality districts to impose a surcharge fee on vehicles registered within dis- trict jurisdiction to satisfy new responsibilities mandated under the California Clean Air Act. "We are happy to partner with any company in their efforts to reduce emissions and help us all breathe a little easier in the Mojave Desert," Poiriez said. "It's great to have leaders like CalPortland who are willing to work toward making a cleaner air environment for everyone." Ribbon-cutting ceremony of the new Rail King RK330 at the Oro Grande cement plant. ƌĂnjŝůĞŵĞŶƚ^ĂůĞƐZŝƐĞƚŽEĞĂƌůLJϲй Cement sales in Brazil grew 5.7% in the first five months of the year to 21.6 Mt, according to preliminary figures from the country's cement association SNIC. The increase is contributed to high levels of activity in the real estate sector, offsetting the weak performance of infrastructure projects due to low public investment. In May, cement sales were up 27.7% year-on-year to 4.6 Mt. The sharp rise was attributed to the low base of com- parison since in May 2018 a 10-days nationwide truckers' strike damaged economic activity and seriously affected various segments, including cement sales. " The number of new real estate launches is on the rise and [this] is serving as a foundation for the growth of the cement industry," explained SNIC President Paulo Camil- lo. "On the other hand, we still don't see any movement in the infrastructure sector capable of leveraging cement consumption." Camillo concluded, "Our expectation is that with the approval of the pension reform, the economy will be more positive, enabling a new cycle of growth."

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