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US: Saint-Gobain has signed an agreement to purchase Structus Building Technologies, Inc (SBTI) of Bend, Oregon. The company owns one production plant and with 60 employees.
Founded in 1996, Structus is a leading manufacturer of high-performance wallboard corner solutions with a very strong focus on innovation, improving the way the building industry designs and constructs wall systems. Saint-Gobain has distributed Structus products for many years in North America and Europe, making this project a 'natural fit.'
Tanzania: Saint-Gobain has finalised a deal to form a joint venture in which it owns 50% of the capital of Lodhia Gypsum Industries based in Arusha, Northern Tanzania, according to the National Iraqi News Agency. Lodhia Gypsum Industries makes and sells wallboard in Tanzania, Kenya and neighbouring countries.
Written by Global Gypsum staff
28 July 2015
Indonesia: Saint-Gobain is strengthening its presence in Indonesia by increasing its interest from 51% to 100% in PT Cipta Mortar Utama, which specialises in plastering mortars, masonry mortars, tile fixing and façade renders, according to Dow Jones. The company is one of Indonesia's leading manufacturer of industrial mortars with estimated sales of over US$55m in 2015. This acquisition bolsters Saint-Gobain's position in Indonesia, where it is also present in abrasives, plastics and wallboard.
Written by Global Gypsum staff
27 July 2015
New Zealand: Auckland's first comprehensive recycling facility for building industry waste, including wallboard, has been opened by the environment and building and housing minister Nick Smith, according to Live News.
"This new recycling facility is about greening the building industry, enabling 30,000t/yr of construction and demolition waste to be diverted from going to landfill. It will enable thousands of tonnes of wood, wallboard, steel, plastics and aggregates from the construction sector to be sorted and re-processed into a reusable form," said Smith.
The US$2.78m facility is part-funded by a government grant of US$1.39m from the Waste Minimisation Fund and has created 15 jobs in the local Onehunga community. The fund was established by the government from a US$6.6/t levy on waste going to landfill that was introduced on 1 July 2009. Over US$39.6m has been used to fund more than 100 projects in the past five years.
"The opening of this new facility is very timely with Auckland on the brink of its largest ever building boom. The house build rate has increased from 4000/yr to 8000/yr since 2011 and is expected to grow to over 12,000/yr. Each home constructed generates 4t of waste and it makes sense to recycle as much of this construction material as possible," said Smith.
Wood, plasterboard, steel, plastics, aggregates and cardboard are being targeted by CID Resource Recovery for recycling or reuse. Wood will be further processed into biofuel for industrial kilns, while old wallboard can be recycled for use as a soil conditioner. Scrap steel will be extracted by magnet and delivered to metal recyclers for processing and sale on the local or export markets. Various grades of plastic, card and paper will go to local recyclers for processing. Aggregates will be used locally for hardfill or drainage material on building or infrastructure projects.
"This sort of practical approach to recycling typifies the Government's Bluegreen approach to waste. We are partnering with business to find economically-viable ways to recycle waste and focusing on those areas where there are the biggest gains. This initiative is particularly significant as construction and demolition waste makes up half of New Zealand's total waste going to landfill," said Smith.
Turkey: Onat GYPS has officially opened its new 25,000m2/day capacity gypsum wallboard plant near its gypsum plaster plant in Ankara, Turkey. The machine and automation systems were developed by Grenzebach Maschinenbau GmbH engineers.