Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Cement Calculator

The concrete calculator will save you a lot of time and headaches trying to remember all the forumulae for area and volume of cylinders and cubes.

When you go down to the local building supply store you will know exactly how many bags of pre-mix cement you will need. And if you are using a footing or one of the pre-formed footing bases, we have the volumes already pre-calculated for you.

Use our Cement calculator to quickly and accurately determine the volume of cement you will need for the footings or your deck.

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Pakistan starts exporting cement to India

Bilateral trade between India and Pakistan has taken a significant step forward with at least five Pakistani companies approved by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) starting to export cement to India while five more manufacturers have applied for certification.

'A total of 11 cement companies have been cleared by the BIS and four more have applied to get approval for export,' Shahzad Ahmed, secretary of All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA), told IANS.

The idea of cement export from Pakistan surfaced during a meeting between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Pakistan's former prime minister Shaukat Aziz in 2005.

Pakistani exporters were encouraged by the Indian's government steps to abolish countervailing duty and additional customs duty, making imports viable.

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Monday, July 28, 2008

Green Scorpions target cement manufacturers

South Africa's environmental management inspector unit, the Green Scorpions, has started the first of a series of compliance inspections at various cement manufacturing facilities across the country, the government said on Tuesday.

The unit started its blitz, which signaled the start of the ‘Clean Cement' campaign, with an inspection at the Lafarge cement plant, in the North West province on Monday. Over the coming week, PPC facilities in Limpopo, Gauteng, Eastern Cape and the Western Cape would also be inspected.

The Green scorpions would monitor compliance with all environmental legislations, authorisations and permits applicable to each site.

The campaign follows the multi-year national environmental compliance campaign in the iron and steel and ferroalloy industry, known as Operation Ferro.

"The cement industry has been prioritised in this new environmental compliance campaign because of the growing demand for its products. An increase in construction and development projects in the country and rapid expansions in the cement sector means that the industry may contribute significantly to pollution if not mitigated and managed properly," said Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism deputy DG for environmental quality and protection Joanne Yawitch.

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Friday, July 25, 2008

The Monarch Cement Company

The Monarch Cement Company (Monarch) is engaged in the manufacture and sale of Portland cement. The Company is engaged in two lines of business: Cement Business and Ready-Mixed Concrete Business. Cement Business refers to the manufacture and sale of cement, and Ready-Mixed Concrete Business refers to Monarch's ready-mixed concrete, concrete products and sundry building materials business. The Company's products are marketed under the name MONARCH. Concrete products primarily include pre-formed components produced by the Company that are ready for use in the construction of commercial buildings, institutional facilities and parking garages. The Company owns and operates quarries located near its Humboldt, Kansas plant.

Company address :- The Monarch Cement Company, 449 1200 Street, Humboldt, KS 66748

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Thursday, July 24, 2008

US Concrete cuts 2Q profit outlook

U.S. Concrete Inc., which makes ready-mixed concrete and other building supplies, on Tuesday cut its second quarter profit guidance, citing a jump in raw material costs and a tough sales environment.

The company said it now expects to post a profit from continuing operations of about 8 cents or 9 cents per share, down from its previous projection of 10 cents to 16 cents per share.

Analysts polled by Thomson Financial expect a profit of 14 cents per share for the quarter.

The company said ready-mixed concrete sales volumes began to fall below expectations beginning in May, resulting in an about nine percent volume shortfall and lower profitability.

The average ready-mixed concrete selling price rose 2.6 percent, but the raw materials spread fell as a result of higher aggregate and diesel fuel costs, the company said.

U.S. Concrete added that it expects quarterly drops in demand for the rest of the year.

In premarket trading Tuesday, shares of U.S. Concrete fell 21 cents, or 3.8 percent, to $5.37.

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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Pakistani cement exporters eyeing India

Pakistan's cement industry is eyeing the Indian market and wants the government to lobby with New Delhi to surmount the hurdle of standards certification.Pakistani exports to India have got stuck for want of certification by the Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS).

'We have asked the federal government to get approval from the BIS as a number of Pakistani companies have applied for it,' said Aizaz Shaikh, chairman All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA).

Pakistani cement makers, operating their factories below capacity, are eyeing the Indian market, which is estimated to require more than 2.5-3 million tonnes cement annually.The industry says it can easily supply 6,000 to 8,000 tonnes daily.

Industry sources said that local factories had enough capacity to ship 8,000-10,000 tonnes of cement a day to India. Pakistani cement makers have set a price of Rs.240 per 50 kg bag while the local price is Rs.190 to Rs.210.

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Wednesday, July 16, 2008

JK lakshmi Cement - India's best Cement Factory

The cement manufacturing technology used by JK Lakshmi ensures that the final product adheres to globally accepted standards of quality and performance.

JK Lakshmi Cement comes in three variants:

* Cement 53 Blended
* 53 Grade OPC
* 43 Grade OPC

Our award winning cement manufacturing facility in Sirohi (Rajasthan) has an annual production capacity of 3.5 million tonnes. The quality of limestone used as raw material is of such superior quality that even without the addition of clay or any other material, the quality of cement produced is comparable to the best in the world.

Only JK Lakshmi Cement comes with the unique Mazbooti Guaranteed advantage. The Mazbooti advantage means consistency in strength, fineness, setting time, weight and colour.

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Monday, July 7, 2008

Indian cement industry cleans up its act: CSE survey

A recent survey of the cement industry finds that the sector is more energy-efficient than even its counterparts in Europe and the US. However, the Centre for Science and Environment survey recommends a stringent regulatory regime for better mine management

The Indian cement industry, a potentially high polluter and the country's biggest excise payer after tobacco, has earned praise for its efforts to reduce air pollution and energy use in its manufacturing practices. However, the industry has been criticised for its bad mining practices, in a survey by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), the Delhi-based organisation.

The countrywide survey, which covered 41 top cement producers across nine Indian states, representing 80% of the sector, resulted in the sector being awarded the CSE's Three Green Leaves eco-award.

The Chennai-based Alathiyur Works, which was awarded the prestigious Four Green Leaves award, is the first plant in India to receive this honour. Gujarat Ambuja Cement Limited's Gujarat plant bagged second spot, while the third spot was shared by three companies -- J K Lakshmi Cement Limited, Prism Cement Limited and ACC's Gagal Cement Works.

While the cement industry may have scored higher points than three other polluting industries previously rated for eco-friendly practices by the CSE under its Green Rating Project (GRP) -- paper pulp, chlor-alkali and automobiles -- the market leaders in the industry were not the environment leaders. The industry has performed poorly where it has no economic returns, says the CSE. "The cement industry's better environmental performance in energy and waste-utilisation is not because of environmental concerns but because of better economic returns," stresses Sunita Narain, director of the CSE.

Grasim Industries Limited, from the Aditya Birla Group, which has a 22% market share in this booming industry, was rated "mediocre" by the CSE. The next largest cement company, the prestigious Associated Cement Companies (ACC) Limited, now jointly owned by multinational Holcim and the Indian Ambuja Group, scored less than 35% marks as a group.

The study observes that while the cement industry does not fit the definition of a "sustainable industry", an "acceptable trade-off" can certainly be proposed. What the study attempts to do is to benchmark the performance of companies against such a trade-off.

The sector scores high because of certain initiatives taken to reduce air pollution and the fact that it is today one of the world's most energy-efficient, more so even that its counterparts in the US or Europe.

The rating found that energy is the sector's biggest production cost, and Indian companies have done a lot to reduce this cost. They have modernised their technology and have focused on producing more blended cement. According to the GRP's assessment, the Indian cement sector (after Japan) is the second most energy-efficient cement sector in the world.

The GRP also found that emissions of carbon dioxide -- which leads to global warming -- from Indian cement companies are significantly lower than European and American cement companies. "This is an important message to give out to the developed world, where the general feeling is that India is not doing enough to combat global warming," says Chandra Bhushan, head of the GRP and associate director of the CSE.

Among the industrial sectors, the cement industry is the second largest emitter of carbon dioxide, and accounts for 5% of global human-made carbon dioxide emissions.

The study recommends strong regulatory control over the sector. To begin with, regulators can do away with cheap mine leases and provide incentives for good mine management and disincentive for poor management. The economic benefits of mining must also belong to local communities, whose resources are exported by the sector.

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