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Holcim New Zealand

In mid-2018, Holcim (New Zealand) Ltd distributed its one millionth tonne of cement since introducing a new cement sourcing and distribution strategy two years ago.

After almost 60 years of operation, Holcim New Zealand’s Westport cement manufacturing operation underwent planned closure in June 2016, necessitating an extensive process to secure a replacement overseas supplier, explains Holcim New Zealand’s country manager Glenda Harvey.

Golden Bay Cement

Fletcher Building is in the throes of a $40 million, three-year investment to upgrade and improve the manufacturing process and national cement supply operation of subsidiary Golden Bay Cement.

The programme is pivotal to ensuring the commercial viability of the business in competition with cement importers and sustaining its position as the only fully-integrated cement manufacturer in New Zealand, explains Golden Bay Cement general manager Paul Thorn.

HR Cement

An innovative new cement is to soon hit the New Zealand marketplace, with Mount Maunganui-based HR Cement expecting to unveil its eco-cem product in the second half of 2019.

Currently in the final stages of development, the cement will provide “all of the benefits” of pozzolans, says HR Cement sales director Cameron Greig.

“As a low-embodied carbon cement offering high durability, Eco-cem is an innovative product in a New Zealand context,” explains Mr Greig.

 

Emissions Reduction

The New Zealand concrete industry is halfway towards meeting its target of a 30 percent reduction in carbon dioxide emissions by 2030.

Concrete New Zealand (NZ) Chief Executive Rob Gaimster says the industry is fully committed to becoming net carbon neutral by the Government’s target date of 2050.

A review last month by an independent auditor, Australian sustainability consultancy Thinkstep, found the New Zealand concrete industry is well placed to meet climate change commitments the New Zealand government signed up to under the Paris Agreement.

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