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Dyckerhoff and the Celtic Museum of Glauberg
17 July 2012

Dyckerhoff and the Celtic Museum of Glauberg

One of the largest Celtic settlements in Europe was discovered in 1988 during an exploratory flight over the Glauburg area. Excavations conducted between 1994 and 1997 by the regional cultural heritage authority of Hesse unearthed the tombs of three princes that were found to be full of funeral objects. Also among the discoveries was the Prince of Glauberg, a life-sized statue of a warrior in an excellent state of preservation.
The Land of Hesse decided to build a museum and a research center, close to mound no. 1, in order to display the objects and allow the public to visit the site.
Dyckerhoff contributed to the construction of the museum by supplying the material to realize the marvellous white cement slab floor. The visual concrete slab flooring was made with Weiss Face CEM I 42,5R, which was used throughout the museum. The light-colored continuous concrete slab is practically devoid of visible joints, and for esthetic reasons even the joints between the floor and the walls throughout the building were sealed with a plastic material.

The Celtic Museum has received the “Auszeichnung vorbildlicher Bauten im Land Hessen” award, which is conferred to buildings that “set the example” by the Land and the regional architectural and urban planners association.

Planta Central in Mexico City
23 May 2012

Planta Central in Mexico City

Concretos Moctezuma has completed construction of the largest, most modern ready-mix concrete production plant in the country. The new plant will strengthen the company’s position in the market and extend its radius of operations within the huge urban conglomeration of Mexico City.
The new batching plant was designed to very high standards to ensure the production of top quality concrete and optimize the efficiency of its processes, but still keeping an eye on the environment. The design of the plant emphasizes functionality, practicality, ease of maintenance and the reduction of environmental impact by greatly decreasing water consumption by means of an innovative recycling system for the water used to wash the concrete mixers, accompanied by a rainwater collection system.

The vertical, tower-shaped plant is equipped with the latest generation systems, including a 2.5 m3 mixer. Thermal and acoustic insulation systems have also been installed to make it one of the most ecocompatible plants currently in operation. The vertical structure of the Planta Central ensures high-performance production operations and provides ample storage space, while the tower shape greatly reduces the surface area required for the construction site.
Planta Central is a high-performance batching plant built not only to produce large quantities of concrete but also to demonstrate the commitment of Corporación Moctezuma toward the environment and community by focusing on the growth of Mexico and its capital city.

The new Sustainability Report online now!
17 May 2012

The new Sustainability Report online now!

On May 11th, the 2011 edition of the Sustainability Report was presented during the annual meeting of shareholders.

The report shows the social, environmental and economic performance related to 2011, in accordance with GRI (Global Reporting Initiative) guidelines.
The 2011 edition discloses, for the first time, data series structured by country, to assure a better understanding of available information, with full transparency.

As for the previous years, the 2011 edition has achieved the level of application A+.
The 2011 Sustainability Report is written up and published in two languages: Italian and English.

Sustainability Report 2011

The new Nuremberg - Berlin high speed railway line
17 April 2012

The new Nuremberg - Berlin high speed railway line

Thanks to the high speed ICE north-south rail connection which is part of the project VDE 8, the travel time between Berlin and Munich in Bavaria will be reduced to only four hours. The section of the 500 km long railway line that is being extended and currently under construction is funded by the European Union and Deutsche Bahn. As a supplier of materials and expertise, Dyckerhoff is playing an instrumental role in the success of this project.

Dyckerhoff has been supplying materials since 2009 for the construction sites between Altenfeld and Gehren where the Silberberg tunnel is located, the second longest tunnel along the entire section. Dyckerhoff also supplied the ready-mix concrete for the construction of the bridge over the Saubachtal and the Unstruttal, plus the Osterberg tunnel in the section between Erfurt and Leipzig. To ensure smooth delivery to these construction sites, movable concrete batching plants were installed in Altenfeld, Mohrenbach and Blessberg. Together they produced a total of 700,000 m³ of structural concrete, 300,000 m³ of which is Spritz Beton.
The most ambitious part of the project was without a doubt the Silberberg tunnel, which is impressive not just for its length of 7,391 meters but also because of the problems that had to be overcome to construct it. The most southern section of the line, from Nuremberg  to Erfurt, which also includes the Silberberg tunnel, will become operative in 2017.

Buzzi Unicem in the Axia Sustainable Index basket
16 March 2012

Buzzi Unicem in the Axia Sustainable Index basket

Axia Financial Research is an innovative Merchant Bank whose core value and competitive edge are rooted in ethics. Axia conducts studies, research and financial analyses among various other activities.
The company recently launched ASI, Axia Sustainable Index, which accompanies the already existing Axia Global Corporate Bond and Axia Global Sustainable Index, all aimed at socially responsible investing.
The Axia Sustainable Index consists of 40 stocks that have been screened by Axia and are listed on the Italian stock exchange. The companies in the basket are ranked based on capitalization and must have a rating greater than 50, equal to A++. The index values the great effort made by individual companies to support sustainability in their management of environmental and social policies and in their corporate governance.
Included in the Axia Sustainable Index basket are large banking and national industrial groups, including Buzzi Unicem. Ratings updates and daily index returns are available from the ASCA press agency, a partner in the initiative, on the new Il Mondo website, the Axia Financial Research website, and many other financial vendor websites.

Long Life Choice for Jack Daniel’s
22 February 2012

Long Life Choice for Jack Daniel’s

Buzzi Unicem USA, Signal Mountain Plant, Chattanooga, TN, teamed up with Irving Materials (Nashville, TN), Robert Smith Paving (Chattanooga, TN) and Lee Adcock Construction (Shelbyville, TN) to provide 2700 cubic yards of Roller Compacted Concrete Pavement (RCCP) to Jack Daniel’s new warehouse facility in September 2011.
The continuous growth of the distillery on the international market presented the need for more storage space for the barrels to age.
Buzzi Unicem USA and its partners worked together to convince Jack Daniel’s to consider using Roller Compacted Concrete Pavement as an alternate to the asphalt design. RCCP is a low slump, low water/cement (w/c) ration concrete mix with the consistency of damp gravel. It is placed with standard asphalt paving equipment or high-density pavers designed for this product. 

The scope of the project included two new warehouses for stocking the new whisky prior to shipment and 162,000 square feet of paving, which included a 1000 foot access road.
The installed price of the RCC was 10% below the cost of the asphalt design. With lower maintenance, faster placement, and structurally superiority and durability, Jack Daniel’s made an intelligent business decision.

Italy-Russia in person
27 January 2012

Italy-Russia in person

2011 was the year of Russian culture and language in Italy and Italian culture and language in Russia.
As part of the program’s initiatives, the government leaders of the Sverdlovsk region invited President Sandro Buzzi last May to support a joint Italy-Russia project to create a book of interviews with people who have made a signficant contribution in cementing relationships between the two countries.

The goal of the project was to acknowledge the contributions of each interviewee in the political, cultural, scientific and educational, economic and business, public and humanitarian arenas. This publication served to honor those individuals who have made a significant personal contribution in developing the relationships between Italy and Russia, who support common projects and promote the development of economic, cultural, commercial, scientific and humanitarian collaboration between the two countries.