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Cemex digital platform approaches 10,000-user milestone

Sources: Cemex S.A.B. de C.V., Monterrey, Mexico; CP staff

A digital platform programmed to simplify transactions with Cemex cement, aggregate and concrete operations has been adopted by upward of 25 percent of customers in the U.S., Mexico, Colombia, Germany and the United Kingdom. 

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Royal White Cement subsidiary secures key permit for 500K-tpy Texas mill

Sources: Royal White CementInc., Houston; CP staff

US Cement, LLC has received a draft air permit from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for a white-cement plant near the town of Brady—the first American greenfield operation of its kind since the Great Recession. Groundbreaking on the facility, which will have a capacity of 500,000 tons and sits on a limestone deposit of 80 million tons, is slated for the first half of 2019. 

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HeidelbergCement cuts debt, strengthens core units toward 2020

Sources: HeidelbergCement AG, Germany; CP staff

Lehigh Portland Cement parent HeidelbergCement envisions $1.8 billion to $2.4 billion in acquisitions over the next three years, backed by $1.2 billion to $1.8 billion in non-core asset sales, plus savings realized from continuous efficiency improvements across global cement, aggregates and ready mixed concrete businesses. Driving those improvements are digital platform implementation in operations, maintenance, logistics and purchasing. 

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EPA scrutinizes cost, benefit math justifying rules and regulations

Sources: Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

Through an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking published in the Federal Register, the EPA is soliciting public input on whether and how to change the way it considers costs and benefits in making regulatory decisions. 

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Management ace: Digitization sweeps global construction business

Sources: World Economic Forum, Geneva; Boston Consulting Group; CP staff

Digital technologies such as building information modeling, prefabrication, wireless sensors, automated and robotic equipment, and 3D printing will transform the entire engineering and construction (E&C) industry and its 100 million-plus employees worldwide, according to “Shaping the Future of Construction: Future Scenarios and Implications.” The new World Economic Forum and Boston Consulting Group report cites a potential $1.0 trillion to $1.7 trillion in an annual cost savings tied to a full-scale digitization of the global E&C business. 

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