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UK: Mid UK Recycling Limited plans to extend its Wilsford Heath waste management facility at Ancaster, South Kesteven in Lincolnshire. If its plans are approved, the plant would recycle up to 350,000t/yr of waste mattresses and plastics.
Chris Mountain, managing director, said that the investment could run into 'multiple millions' of Euros. "We are an existing business, we employ 350 people in Sleaford, Caythorpe and the Ancaster site," said Mountain. "We will put in the main planning proposal in the next three months and as soon as we get the green light we'll start straight away." He said that initially the company wants to start by the end of December 2015, although it may take three years to complete the expansion. "We have been four years developing the site next-door, which is full to capacity now," he said. "The range of products we produce is getting wider and wider. It makes no sense to export those jobs out of the county."
There would be a building for machinery that could break down mattresses into resalable parts. Leftovers would form solid recovered fuel (SRF) products, which could by cement plants and power stations. Another building would be created for packing and storing gypsum from recycled wallboard, which would be sold to supermarkets as cat litter. The business would also bring in a new way of recycling rigid plastics, breaking them down into granules to sell to Lincolnshire manufacturers of drainage pipes, water pipes and car parts.
Indonesia: Holcim Indonesia has reported that its profit for the first quarter of 2015, which ended on 31 March 2015, was down to US$2.49m from US$24.7m in the same quarter of 2014. Sales for the quarter were US$171m compared to US$180m in 2014. Gross profit was US$40.6m, compared to US$52.5m in 2014, while operating profit was US$11.9m, compared to US$28.5m in 2014.
"The cement industry as a whole faces some significant challenges, in the continued downward trend for this sector of the economy and the absence, so far, of anticipated stimulus from fiscal spending on upgrading infrastructure," said Kent Carson, CFO of Holcim Indonesia. "At the same time, competition has escalated significantly with considerable new capacity introduced, creating substantial oversupply in a market where costs continue to stubbornly climb."
Ireland: Quinn Cement Limited has been fined Euro2000 plus costs after the company pleaded guilty to failing to control dust emissions from its plant in Ballyconnell, County Cavan.
Reports of at least three houses and cars in the nearby area being coated in a film of cement dust were made to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) after a filter bag failed at the plant on 5 – 8 September 2014. An inspector from the EPA subsequently visited the area and took statements from complainants, including an asthmatic who had raised fears in relation to the health impact the dust might have.
At Cavan District Court on 21 May 2015, the court heard how the plant was shut down while the fault was found and rectified. A number of fail-safes have since been employed at the Ballyconnell plant safeguarding against such an occurrence arising again. Judge McLoughlin convicted and fined Quinn Cement Euro2000 on one count of failure to control dust associated with activity, which resulted in an impairment of or an interference to amenities or the environment beyond the installation boundary, subject to licence. A second count was struck out on the agreement that the company also pay costs incurred by the EPA in carrying out its investigation of Euro5570.
Written by Global Cement staff
21 May 2015
Mexico: Cemex has presented the results of its sustainable development report from 2014, stressing that it has responded to growing challenges in urban development, while highlighting the need for investments in long-lasting infrastructure, energy-efficient buildings and accessible housing.
Cemex's achievements include 600 infrastructure projects, amounting to more than 8Mm2 of concrete for motorways, runways and streets in 14 countries, while it contributed towards the construction of 3150 affordable homes, covering more than 180,000m2 in 12 nations. Since 1998, Cemex social programmes, including Patrimonio Hoy, ConstruApoyo and Centros Productivos de Autoempleo, have benefited more than 7m people, including 550,000 families. In 2014, Cemex substituted about 28% of its fuels for alternative fuels. Cemex also avoided the emission of more than 8Mt of CO2 and lowered worker accident rates by 33%, as well as contract worker accidents by 23%, during 2014.
Written by Global Cement staff
21 May 2015
Malaysia: Lafarge Malaysia's pre-tax profit for the first quarter of 2015, which ended on 31 March 2015, rose to US$27.6m from US$26.9m in the same quarter of 2014. Its revenue improved to US$193m from US$188m in the prior year due to higher cement and concrete sales in the domestic market on the back of market growth. The company expects the construction sector to continue to grow in 2015 driven mainly by the continued progress of key infrastructure projects and ongoing commercial and residential development.