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Parent company maps Grace Construction Products’ independent future

Sources: W.R. Grace & Co., Columbia, Md., CP Staff

Directors have approved a plan to separate Grace into two independent, publicly traded companies, each with interim designations: New GCP, spanning concrete admixtures- and cement additives-anchored Grace Construction Products, and New Grace, comprised of petroleum and chemical processing-driven Catalysts and Materials Technologies.

 

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Trucks debut, portable plants rise, filters press in Las Vegas

Sources: CP staff; Informa Exhibitions U.S., Irving, Texas

Three years of respectable concrete output gains backed the strong attendance and exhibitor participation levels at World of Concrete 2015, February 2-6 in Las Vegas. Early on day one of exhibits, Portland Cement Association Chief Economist Ed Sullivan confirmed market trends fueling the positive mood across the Las Vegas Convention Center: 2014 cement shipment reports are trending an 8 percent increase over 2013 figures, he noted, and the industry is likely to match that pace in 2015 and 2016.

 

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Arched profile increases steel fibers’ load-carrying capacity 20 percent

Sources: KoSteel, Seoul; CP staff

Steelfiber-150At its first World of Concrete, steel wire rod mild producer KoSteel showed a new take on concrete reinforcement: Bundrex steel fibers, .75-mm (1/32-in.) diameter in 50- or 55-mm sizes (2- or 2.16-in.) with 67-mm (2.66-in.) and 73-mm (2.87-in.) aspect ratios, fabricated in a patent-pending arch design. The company credits the configuration with increasing fibers’ load-carrying capacity in concrete structures up to 20 percent over conventional end hook steel products.

 

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Cat dealer-aligned Weiler rolls out namesake mixer truck

Sources: CP staff; Weiler Inc., Knoxville, Iowa

Weiler-150A manufacturer of asphalt paving machines for Caterpillar dealers worldwide, whose contract production log includes a decade of concrete mixer drum system deliveries, has expanded its branded lines. After acquiring a mixer system design and intellectual property, Weiler is now offering turnkey truck production, showing its first model at the Caterpillar World of Concrete 2015 booth.

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Attendance spike leads solid World of Concrete 2015 metrics

Sources: Informa Exhibitions U.S., Irving, Texas; CP staff

Indicative of improving construction industry fortunes, this year’s World of Concrete drew nearly 56,000 registered professionals, up 15 percent over 2014 figures, and saw more than 1,450 companies exhibit across 675,000 net square feet of Las Vegas Convention Center space—100,000 square feet above the prior year. Participation in the February 2-6 gathering easily met management’s projections that this year would see the best turnout since 2008.

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