Calucem

Sector

Specialty chemicals

Country

germany, croatia

Date

2016

Environmental rationale
CAC are a family of high-value and high-performance specialty binders used for their high strength, rapid hardening and heat resistance. CAC based materials are at the base of the success of large, global and fast growing end markets such as building chemistry, refractories and several specialties such as, for example, specialty pipes. In Building Chemistry, the largest end market, CAC is often used in blends with ordinary cement (“OPC”), improving its performance, reducing the needed quantity including, sometimes, even replacing OPC. The effect of such OPC displacement corresponds, for Calucem’s sales only, to a saving of about 250,000 tons of CO2 emission per annum, equivalent, as an example, to the elimination of about 120,000 passenger cars. Furthermore, when used as a binder CAC can replace phenolic resins, a very powerful but highly toxic alternative.

Business
Calucem ranks #2 in the world as a Calcium Aluminate Cements (“CAC”) developer, manufacturer and distributor and is one of only a few competitors with global reach in the sector. Calucem sells in more than 60 countries, with the US and Germany being the largest. As a global player, Calucem operates through an R&D and commercial centre in Mannheim (D), operations in Pula (HR), sales and marketing offices in the US and Singapore, a bauxite quarry near Bodrum (TR) with distribution centers in the US, UK and Sweden. CAC are a family of high-value and high-performance specialty binders used for their high strength, rapid hardening and heat resistance. CAC based materials are at the base of the success of large, global and fast growing end markets such as building chemistry, refractories and several specialties such as, for example, specialty pipes. Ambienta acquired a control stake in Calucem in April 2016.