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Zenyatta Ventures Ltd., owner of a rare, volcanic graphite deposit in Ontario, has entered an agreement with Israel-based admixture specialist Larisplast Ltd. to expand research on a processed material called graphene, which has shown in preliminary testing to accelerate concrete curing time; reduce cement requirements; and, impart mechanical performance suited to seismic or blast impact loads.

Sika Corp. has acquired Tuscaloosa, Ala.-based FRC Industries, citing it as the fastest growing concrete reinforcing fiber producer in the U.S. Founded in 2001, the company has a full synthetic polypropylene product line and serves markets east of the Mississippi River.

Backed by the Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute, Canadian Precast/Prestressed Concrete Institute and National Precast Concrete Association, the North American Precast Concrete Sustainable Plant Program (NAPCSPP) has yielded its first full-year energy, materials and transportation data benchmarks. PCI’s inaugural Sustainable Plant Program Performance Report presents results in carbon dioxide equivalent (global warming potential), total primary energy and water consumption categories.

Leading West Coast architectural and structural precast producer Clark Pacific has teamed with the U.S. Resiliency Council, a non-profit organization that aims to establish building resilient ratings, to offer a complimentary webinar series for architects, engineers and building owners.