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The latest announcements, headlines and news briefs from within the industry.

Using Slag to Create Eco Friendly Concrete Pavers


Victorian based architectural product company Anston have developed an innovative concrete paver that reduces environmental impacts.

The ‘EcoPebble’ concrete paver uses repurposed materials, is less reliant on virgin raw materials. The new product will enable designers and other users to achieve sustainability goals whilst still maintaining the strength, durability, and aesthetic of architectural concrete.

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Flinders University Researchers Find Solution to Combat Alkali-Silica Reaction In Concrete


Flinders University researchers have a solution to combat alkali-silica reaction in concrete. The formula, using ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBS) and fly ash as binders, mitigates alkali-silica reaction (ASR) effects, maintaining mechanical properties and durability.

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Australian Vanadium Open New Vanadium Electrolyte Manufacturing Facility in Perth


Australian Vanadium Limited (AVL) has recently opened a landmark vanadium electrolyte manufacturing facility in the northern Perth Suburb of Wangara.

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BlueScope Partner with Australia’s Leading Iron Ore Producers on Steel Decarbonisation


The largest iron ore producers and leading steel manufacturer in Australia have joined forces to accelerate the decarbonisation of steel production. They have committed to exploring the development of Australia's first ironmaking electric smelting furnace (ESF) pilot plant.

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Final Call for Papers & Award Nominations – 16th Global Slag Conference


Attention all – this is the final call for papers for the 16th Global Slag Conference. The event will be held in Dubai, commencing on the 23rd April at the Le Meridien Dubai Hotel & Conference Centre.

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91% Vanadium Extraction Rate Reached in Western Australia Bore


Surefire Resources proclaims that it has achieved a significant advancement in the process of extracting vanadium directly from magnetite concentrate at its primary Victory Bore project in Western Australia.

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NSW Transport Take Historic Steps Towards Net Zero Future


New South Wales Transport is propelling Australia towards a cleaner future, with progressive plans aimed at accelerating the transition to net zero operations in the transport sector.

Contributing  approximately 20 percent of the state's greenhouse gas emissions, transportation stands as the fastest-growing contributor to Australia's emissions.

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Call For Papers – 16th Global Slag Conference


The 16th Global Slag Conference is being held this April in Dubai!

The Call for Papers is now OPEN - please send your proposed presentation title to the conference convenor Dr Robert McCaffrey - to - as soon as possible.

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British Concrete Standards Allows More Low-Carbon Concrete to be Created


The latest changes to the British standard for concrete have been hailed as a substantial “leap forward” for the industry as it pursues its decarbonisation goals.

The British Standards Institution recently revealed a significant change to BS8500 standard which will enable British concrete producers to create more low-carbon concrete.

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Global Geopolymer Market to Grow at 20.9% CAGR by 2032


The global geopolymer market is set to grow at a Compounded Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 20.9% by 2032, according to the International Market Analysis Research and Consulting Group (IMARC Group).

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Heidelberg Materials Launches evoZero® - the World’s First Carbon Captured Net-Zero Cement


Heidelberg Materials has introduced the world’s first carbon captured net-zero cement to customers in Europe.

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Challenges & Future Directions of Geopolymer Concrete


Geopolymer concrete is a sustainable alternative to conventional Portland cement-based concrete. It has received substantial attention due to its potential for decreasing carbon emissions and preserving natural resources.

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Heidelberg Materials Announce Slag Supply Agreement with Levy Group of Companies


Heidelberg Materials announced today that it has entered an agreement with the Levy Group of Companies to secure a steady supply of slag granules to produce high-quality slag cement at its Indiana, U.S, facility.

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Adbri’s Futurecrete Lowering Embodied Carbon Emissions


Adbri has created a concrete mix that reduces the embodied carbon in concrete mixes through supplementary cementitious materials (SCMs).

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Ground Granulated Blast Furnace Slag Reduces CO2 Emissions by 408Mt Over 22 Years


EUROSLAG says that the use of ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBFS) in cement production in the EU and UK between 2000 and 2022 has generated a cumulative reduction in CO2 emissions of 408Mt.

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Concrete Institute of Australia Roadshow : Call To Action


Take action to address the critical issue of carbon emissions associated with concrete and cement production. It's time to recognise that real solutions for emissions reduction are available! Low-carbon alternative binders for concrete not only help mitigate environmental impacts but are also becoming standardised, providing designers, contractors, and suppliers with clear guidance on their utilisation in concrete design and construction.


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Concrete Innovation Must Lay the Foundation for Australia to Reach Net-Zero


Without a dramatic reduction in emissions from concrete production, Australia will fall short of reaching their Net-Zero plan. Australia has excellent abilities to reduce emissions in this area, the main challenge will be creating the environment and framework to reach the target.

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Eco-Friendly Cellulose Thickener Minimises Soil Liquefaction Risks


Popularized in the 1990s, liquefied soil stabilisation is one tactic to reuse excavated soil and toxic sludge at construction sites.

The construction-generated waste is mixed with cement or other coagulating materials and reused as backfill for support and ground stabilization.

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Concrete Institute of Australia Roadshow


With the current focus on sustainable concrete construction solutions, the use of alternative binders in concrete has been an area of research, development, testing and discussion for some time. However, with the recent release of the Australian Standard document TS199 “Design of geopolymer and alkali-activated binder concrete” there is now a specific guideline for the industry to design and specify Lower Carbon Alternative Binder Concrete in a practical way to respond to some of the challenges posed by traditional cement and concrete, and to help reduce the carbon footprint of the construction industry.

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Critical Metals Reach Agreement with Global Steel Company to Recover Slag By-Product


Critical Metals has reached agreement with highly specialised global steel company SSAB to recover by-products from the steel making process into high-grade vanadium products.

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