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Lignin researchers document new process for concrete-grade plasticizers

LigninA Finland research and technology specialist serving Europe’s forested Nordic countries cites a technique to convert lignin, a wood fiber binder and pulp mill byproduct, to a plasticizing agent competitive with synthetic and lignosulphonate-based concrete admixtures.

 

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L.M. Scofield acquisition fuels Sika’s drive in North America

Sika iThe Swiss parent of Sika Corp. has closed on a forerunner in value-added flatwork, billing Los Angeles-based L.M. Scofield Co. as “a 100-year-old, family-owned company long established as the number one brand of concrete color additives and decorative products in North America.”

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RMC Foundation supporters jumpstart campaign, pledging $3.2 million

GroupThe Ready Mixed Concrete Research & Education Foundation (RMC Foundation) kicked off a major fundraising campaign and celebrated its 25th anniversary at a reception during the 2016 National Ready Mixed Concrete Association Convention last month in San Diego.

 

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Pedestrian, cyclist safety focus of awareness campaign, Innocon side guards

awareness iiConcrete Ontario, previously Ready Mixed Concrete Association of Ontario, has launched a pedestrian and cyclist safety awareness campaign to educate the public on the various blind spots mixer drivers encounter, especially when it comes to persons and vehicles that may be crossing behind or passing the truck.

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Awaiting FTC and EC word, Heidelberg maps initial Italcementi integration plan

i.LabTo advance a proposed merger with mid-year target, HeidelbergCement AG Chairman Dr. Bernd Scheifele reviewed moves to restructure Italcementi S.p.A. operations, principally at Bergamo, Italy, headquarters and affecting upward of 400 employees through 2020; consolidate global research and development activities at Italcementi’s ultra-modern i.Lab, a Bergamo facility dedicated in 2013; and, maintain the Italcementi brand plus home base plants and industrial network.

 

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