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LafargeHolcim Accelerator: Construction, urban planning entrepreneur magnet

Sources: LafargeHolcim Ltd., Zurich; CP staff

LafargeHolcim will scale up access to innovative construction solutions through entrepreneur collaboration at the new Start-Up Accelerator facility in Lyon, France. Rising adjacent to the producer’s global Research & Development Center, it will enable young companies to test and market their solutions in construction and urban planning.

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Cemex Ventures: Connectivity, technologies, urban planning

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

A new Cemex corporate unit will focus on innovation, technology and venture capital as they drive construction industry evolution. Looking beyond core cement, concrete and aggregate businesses, Cemex Ventures will open an inaugural call later this month for startups, entrepreneurs, innovators, and entities exploring new opportunities in:

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Cemex, Chaney, Jackson RM beat drum for Build With Strength campaign

Sources: Cemex USA, Houston; CP staff

Prior to field duty, three mixer trucks with drums bearing outsized Build With Strength logos were dispatched to the Las Vegas Convention Center, informing 2017 ConExpo-Con/Agg attendees of the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association campaign to advance cast-in-place methods for low- to mid-rise buildings.

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GCP formulates agents neutralizing clay factor in sub-par aggregates

Sources: GCP Applied Technologies Inc., Cambridge, Mass.; CP staff

The former Grace Construction Products business arrived at 2017 ConExpo-Con/Agg with new sand & gravel additives and concrete admixtures aimed at mitigating poor quality aggregates’ effect on fresh mix and finished slab or structure performance. The Clarena product portfolio was front and center at GCP Applied Technologies’ Las Vegas Convention Center booth during the March 7-11 show.

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Performance underpins AASHTO provisional standard for pavement mixtures

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Iowa State University-hosted National Concrete Pavement Technology Center and research partners have secured AASHTO Subcommittee on Materials approval of “Performance Engineered Mixtures for Concrete Pavements,” a provisional standard offering alternatives to prescriptive specifications. Transportation agencies and industry stakeholders will join a five-year Federal Highway Administration pooled-fund program to implement concepts in the standard.

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