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Lafarge new packaged cement


July 10, 2013
By Rock to Road

July 10, 2013, – Lafarge
Canada Inc. is offering three new additions to its packaged cement line in
Eastern Ontario, Quebec, and Atlantic Canada, which are said to help people
avoid serious neck and back injury.

Effective this month,
Lafarge Canada will be selling 20kg Contempra (GU-L), 20kg High Early Cement
(HE), and 30kg Silica Fume Cement (GUb-SF) bags.

Based on the Canadian Centre
for Occupational Health & Safety's (CCOHS) heavy lifting recommendations,
Lafarge's 20kg packaged offering recognizes that people are at risk of
seriously injuring their neck and back when repeatedly lifting heavy objects
both at home and in the workplace. The Centre states that 23 kilograms is the
most an individual should lift on a regular basis.

After studying customer
usage of the traditional 40kg cement bags, Lafarge chose a 20kg bag so that mix
designs can easily be adjusted. The new 20kg cement bag also follows a broader
packaged good trend. From stones to flour, 20kg is a standard size for easy
transport and use.  Lafarge has branded
its 20kg offering as the Backsaver Bag, which was first developed and launched
last year in Western Canada.

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Contempra is contemporary
cement engineered for today's needs. The use of Contempra cement in
manufacturing concrete decreases CO2 emissions by 10 per cent while still
producing concrete with the same level of strength and durability as the
concrete produced with regular Portland cement. The durability characteristics
and associated service life of concrete can be significantly improved when
using Lafarge Silica Fume Cement. 
Lafarge SF Cement is handled like normal Portland cement and, therefore,
eliminates the need for specialized equipment normally associated with handling
silica fume.