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Lafarge buys Canadian ready-mix plants

27 Jan 2014: Lafarge Canada has completed the acquisition of eight ready-mix concrete plants from James Dick Construction. more »

Study shows benefits and viability of low temperature asphalt

27 Jan 2014: Researchers claim to have come up with a new way of reducing the energy required for road-building materials. more »

Market conditions force Heidelberg's closure of Belgian cement plant

24 Jan 2014: HeidelbergCement subsidiary CBR has announced its intention to close a clinker and white cement plant in Harmignies, Belgium, after attempts to make it profitable failed. more »

Building board producer breaks its sales records

24 Jan 2014: UK sales of Fermacell building boards reached a record high in 2013 thanks, its says, to keen pricing. more »

Builders warned of risks with natural materials

16 Jan 2014: The National House-Building Council, which provides warranties for new homes, is warning builders that using hemp and straw as building materials is fraught with risk. more »

Lafarge Tarmac says cement shake-up is flawed

14 Jan 2014: Lafarge Tarmac, one of the big four UK cement producers, has hit out at the Competition Commission’s plan to shake up the market by creating a fifth producer. more »

Competition Commission confirms plan for new cement producer

14 Jan 2014: The Competition Commission (CC) has confirmed its plan shake up the cement market and to open the way for a fifth producer to increase competition in the market. more »

Marshalls positioned for growth

8 Jan 2014: Paving bock producer Marshalls saw its revenue from continuing operations rise 2% for the year ended 31 December 2013 at £306m (2012: £301m). more »

Roof tile associations merge

8 Jan 2014: A new trade association has been formed to represent the interests of manufacturers involved in the pitched roofing industry. more »

Nottingham's new brick

8 Jan 2014: A new red brick has been developed for Nottingham City Council’s house-building programme. more »

New boss for Stanton Bonna

3 Jan 2014: Precast manufacturer Stanton Bonna Concrete has appointed Glyn Woolley its new chief executive. more »

Takeover for matting specialist

18 Dec 2013: Temporary roadway specialist Terrafirma Roadways has been taken over by its US supplier. more »

Kijlstra offsets carbon to make products neutral

18 Dec 2013: Specialist drainage systems supplier Kijlstra is using ‘carbon offsetting’ to achieve carbon neutral status for some of its products in the UK. more »

Jewson targets civils contractors

3 Dec 2013: Builders’ merchant chain Jewson is stepping up its efforts to attract business from civil engineering contractors more »

Rapid Cure concrete credited with reducing roadworks

29 Nov 2013: Contractors that look after the M25 motorway say that new concrete technology has sped up roadworks and reduced delays experienced by motorists by 80%. more »

Rising brick demand prompts Ibstock to increase capacity

29 Nov 2013: Ibstock Brick has opened a new brick factory in Newcastle-under-Lyme and reopened a mothballed plant in Leicester to help meet rising demand. more »

Jablite signs five-year deal with Cordek

25 Nov 2013: Jablite has signed a deal to be sole supplier of expanded polystyrene mouldings for Cordek’s Cellcore HX systems. more »

Warning sounded over planning authorities creating aggregate shortage

25 Nov 2013: Quarrying companies are warning that they may not be able to supply enough aggregate to meet growing demand from the construction industry. more »

The fall guy

22 Nov 2013: Access hirer Gordon Leicester has developed a new type of harness that could prevent a little-known but potentially deadly risk. more »

Brick producer raises funds for output expansion

19 Nov 2013: Michelmersh Brick Holdings has raised £10m from a share placing to help raise production capacity. more »

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