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JUL 2018

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Page 64 of 69 ROCK products • July 2018 • 61 BinMaster brings a sense of simplicity to cus- tomers seeking basic operation and single-point particulate monitoring with the new DD-3000 Dust Alert sensor. The dust sensor is ideal for baghouse leak detec- tion when installed in stacks, ducts or pipes. This compact sensor is designed to save time by elim- inating the need for manual inspections, reduce maintenance, and prevent emissions and downtime. The DD-3000 with integrated electronics and sensing probe utilizes highly reliable inductive electrification technology to detect – and alert – when particulate emissions exceed a preset point. As particles flow past and over the sensing probe, they induce a charge into the probe that creates small electrical currents. This extremely sensitive method mini- mizes the influence of sensor contamination, particulate velocity change, or temperature drift. With its single-piece design, the DD-3000 is easy to install and configure with no special alignment or structural supports needed. Sensor models are available with either an alarm relay – generally used to alert to a need for maintenance – or a 4-20 mA transmitter output option used for monitoring trends and compliance. The proactive DD-3000 Dust Alert sensor is applicable in a wide range of applications including cement and mining. BinMaster, interaction that Cemex Go offers in terms of efficiency and speed on the spot. It is absolutely a complete solution," said Marcela Guajardo of Blokasa, a user in Mexico. Cemex Go is currently available in Mexico, the United States, Colombia, the United Kingdom and Germany. By the end of the year, it is expected to be available in all Cemex markets, serving approximately 45,000 customers. Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico in March 2018 were about 7.4 million metric tons (Mt), slightly less than shipments in March 2017, according to the most recent USGS Mineral Industry Survey. Shipments for the year through March totaled about 19.0 Mt, essentially unchanged from those for the same period in 2017. The leading producing states for portland and blended cement in March 2018 were Texas, California, Missouri, Florida and Alabama, in descending order. The leading cement-consuming states (Texas, California, Florida, Geor- gia and Pennsylvania, in descending order) received about 46 percent of the March shipments. Masonry cement shipments of about 207,000 metric tons (t) in March 2018 were 9.0 percent lower than those in March 2017. For the year through March, shipments totaled 544,000 t, 7.2 percent less than those for the same period in 2017. The leading masonry-cement-consuming states in March 2018 were, in descending order, Florida, Texas, California, Georgia and North Carolina; these states received about 59 percent of the March shipments. Clinker production totaled 5.9 Mt in March 2018, down by 4.4 percent from the output in March 2017. For the year through March 2018, production was 15.3 Mt, down slightly from that of the same period in 2017. The leading clinker-producing states in March 2017 were, in descending order, Texas, Mis- souri, California, Florida and Alabama. March Cement Shipments Drop Slightly Consistent with its Strategy 2022, LafargeHolcim announced that it will close its head offices in Paris and Zurich by the end of the year, eliminating 200 jobs as part of a cost-cutting drive. Remaining positions in Switzerland will be moved to the company's Holderbank site and a new corporate office in Zug. In Paris, remaining positions will be moved to Clamart, a commune in the southwestern suburbs of the city. "This painful but necessary simplification step is key to creat- ing a leaner, faster and more competitive LafargeHolcim," said Jan Jenisch, chief executive officer of LafargeHolcim. According to the plan, 107 jobs in the Zurich area and Holderbank will be impacted and 97 in Paris. No other sites in France will be affected by this plan. The proposals are a key component of LafargeHolcim's Strategy 2022 launched in March 2018, which will enable the company to grow and vigorously capture market opportunities by moving closer to customers in key coun- tries. The simplified corporate organization outlined in the plan will help facilitate this shift. The company is on track to reaching the previously announced $402 million SG&A cost-saving target by Q1 2019. The proposed changes will also help sustain competitiveness and investment in innovation. LafargeHolcim to Close Paris, Zurich Offices Products Particulate Monitor

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