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15 July 2021

Buzzi Unicem supports “The Association Cement in the identity of Monferrato Casalese”, in the regenerative design of the Paraboloide

The Paraboloide of Casale Monferrato, one of the most distinctive and recognizable traces of the production history of the Monferrato Casalese area, thanks to the support of the "The Association Cement in the identity of Monferrato Casalese", which includes private and public members, is a landmark in the recovery and urban integration process of Casale's production past, opening a door to the future.
In fact, the project for strategic recovery of the Paraboloide has been funded, with the aim of protecting the property and reintegrating it into urban and social life, as well as emphasizing its historical traces and features, so that it can finally be returned to the city of Casale Monferrato as part of a systemic network.

The valorization of the Paraboloide also provides an opportunity to work in a residential area of Casale Monferrato wedged between the railway and the park of the Cittadella, fragmented and poorly connected to the city center, with the intention of becoming the cornerstone of a veritable urban regeneration, for a sustainable and integrated city, according to the best parameters of environmental, economic, and social quality.

The recovery project will enable the Municipality of Casale Monferrato, which owns the property, to take part in the national competition for the allocation of grants to Municipalities for investments in urban regeneration projects. 

The building is a "significant example of industrial archaeology in reinforced concrete from the 1920s, a typical example in terms of the type of construction, techniques and materials used", as underlined by the declaration of cultural interest (DDR – Director Document for Reconstruction no. 163 of 14 June 2011) that sanctions its protection. The roof, a sequence of parabolic arches allowing a free plan and an airy, light volume, is the result of daring twentieth-century experiments with concrete. the Paraboloide of Casale Monferrato is the first real Italian example of this type of design, subsequently developed and expanded by iconic figures such as Pier Luigi Nervi.

The building will be renovated according to the "Guidelines for the Project of Recovery and Seismic Improvement of the Paraboloide of Casale" drawn up by the Department of Structural, Building and Geotechnical Engineering of the Polytechnic Institute of Turin in 2018. 
The deterioration phenomena with consequent structural inefficiency will be counteracted by widespread consolidation works, using the Beton Plaqué technique. 
The existing chains, added following renovations carried out during the second half of the 20th century, will be replaced with steel chains at the level of the existing floor. 
The external tower, 16 meters high and strongly characterizing the north-eastern elevation, will be secured and structurally connected to the main body of the building. Following the restoration, the latter will be used as a covered square and will be equipped with new multi-purpose spaces designed indoors, connected to the entrance level by a new stairwell, and with a renovated pathway to the upper walkway.
The adjacent area will be redeveloped using greenery as an "architectural material", offering spaces for outdoor sports and social activities, in line with the Citadel's green system and the interior of the building. On the south-west side, the building will be "isolated" from the surrounding looming residences by an embankment, a sort of green amphitheater accessible to the public. On the other hand, the part facing the park of the Cittadella will be lined with green paths and equipped with a projecting roof for sports activities.
 

28 June 2021

2020 cement plant figures available

The key cement plant figures for 2020 are available, reported in individual brochures that can be downloaded from this link as well as obtainable in paper form during plant visits. 

The purpose is to inform our stakeholders about Buzzi Unicem production site activities from both a strictly operational standpoint as well as our presence within the community. More specifically, the data are organized into two main areas, namely the specific figures for each plant and the overall figures for the Group. 
The individual plant figures focus on the environment, employee accidents, events involving the plant and atmospheric emissions. 

The environmental data include the tons of recovered raw materials (circular economy), the kilowatt hours consumed to produce one ton of cementitious material, the megacalories used to produce one ton of clinker, and the environment and safety investments made during the 2018-2020 three-year period. With respect to the atmospheric emissions, we report the figures for dust, nitrogen oxides and sulfur oxides. 

The overall Group figures include the key data for Buzzi Unicem S.p.A, the certifications obtained and the Group’s policies. 

22 June 2021

Stabilimento Testi/Greve in Chianti (FI) e Centro di macinazione Arquata Scrivia (AL) – Firmato l’accordo sindacale

A seguito del confronto avviato con le Organizzazioni Sindacali e le RSU, conseguente all’annuncio della cessazione delle attività dello stabilimento di Greve in Chianti (FI) e del Centro di macinazione di Arquata Scrivia (AL), in data odierna è stato raggiunto un accordo condiviso tra le parti.
La chiusura della trattativa ha privilegiato soluzioni a sostegno dell’impiego, prevedendo la ricollocazione dei lavoratori, mettendo a disposizione oltre 100 posizioni di lavoro a tempo indeterminato presso altre unità operative del gruppo, nonché specifiche azioni aggiuntive di mitigazione sotto forma di contributi per alloggio, trasloco, spese di viaggio.
Sono stati predisposti, inoltre, percorsi di outplacement fino a 36 mesi, una “dote assunzione” a favore di potenziali datori di lavoro sul territorio, percorsi di formazione e adeguamento delle competenze e la prelazione in caso di nuove assunzioni, presso le società del Gruppo in Toscana e Piemonte fino al 15 settembre 2024.
Per sostenere ulteriormente coloro che non fossero nelle condizioni di poter accettare le posizioni disponibili all’interno dell’azienda, sono state concordate forme di sostegno alternative. 
Le persone che continueranno il percorso professionale all’interno dell’azienda saranno sostenute nell’affrontare la nuova realtà, al fine di proseguire una collaborazione proficua nel tempo.
Buzzi Unicem conclude ribadendo il proprio impegno ad operare con una visione a lungo termine e continua a dialogare con le Istituzioni in maniera costruttiva su temi di natura strategica per il territorio. 
 

21 May 2021

The Buzzi Unicem Onlus Foundation celebrates its 18th birthday

Since 2003, the non-profit organization has been working to promote and support research and diagnosis of asbestos-related diseases, as well as the testing of therapies and targeted projects.

Founded in 2003 in Casale Monferrato upon the initiative of Buzzi Unicem S.p.A., The Buzzi Unicem Onlus Foundation has been promoting and supporting for the last 18 years measures aimed at improving the diagnosis and treatment of Malignant Mesothelioma, a particularly aggressive tumor caused by environmental and occupational exposure to asbestos.
This serious disease is a social phenomenon with extremely alarming effects, especially in the Casale area, which in the past was the site of industrial processes for the production of products containing asbestos.
The Foundation fulfils its statutory commitments through measures for the research, diagnosis and treatment of Malignant mesothelioma, financing projects suggested by researchers from Universities, Research Institutes and Health Authorities and dedicated to scientific research applied to prevention systems and direct actions on patients aimed at early diagnosis and treatment.
The non-profit organization cooperates with the public sector, channeling funding to projects that best enable the pooling of ideas, experience and resources in order to facilitate processes that provide the right solutions to the clinician, the ideal link between science and the patient. 
Today, the Foundation supports 8 active research projects in collaboration with various organizations throughout Italy, relentlessly pursuing the fight against this serious disease. The Foundation's support comes from voluntary donations and from the “5x1000”, a donation made through one’s tax return (tax code 02007580067), which are crucial for financing both new research projects and those already underway. 

For further information on the Buzzi Unicem Foundation, please visit the website at fondazionebuzziunicem.org.
 

06 May 2021

Buzzi Unicem presents its 2020 Sustainability Report. Attention to environmental issues and help for the local communities for the Covid emergency: these are the topics of focus in the 2020 Sustainability Report

The 2020 edition of Buzzi Unicem’s Sustainability report was presented today.

In addition to accurate reporting of economic, environmental and social indicators, the document also provides an update on objectives and targets, in line with the policies promoted by the company.

From an economic standpoint, the financial results show an improvement on the levels achieved in 2019 despite the difficulties related to the health emergency. The company hopes that both the vaccination plans and the economic stimulus announced by governments will strengthen demand for the sector and contribute to growth.

On the environmental level, the report illustrates the Group's commitment to reducing CO2 which in absolute value, in 2020, was down mainly due to a lower production of clinker and a lower use of electricity.

The year 2021 will be crucial for the definition of new targets for the reduction of CO2 emissions in the medium term, while the goal of climate neutrality by 2050, already announced by Cembureau - the European Cement Manufacturers' Association - could also be confirmed by the end of the year by the global association GCCA (Global Cement and Concrete Association), of which Buzzi Unicem is a member. For the company this is a complex and stimulating challenge, which it does not want to shy away from.

Social performance highlights the results of good practices in terms of health and safety at work and confirms the downward trend in workplace accidents in recent years. In addition, in order to mitigate the problems related to the health emergency, the company has decided to help people in difficulty in the countries where the Group's plants operate by donating over € 3 million to provide tangible help, in collaboration with various non-profit organizations.

Lastly, the company noticed that interest in non-financial information is growing and thus reiterates its commitment to constantly improving the quality and level of detail of non-financial information.

05 January 2021

Buzzi Unicem in support of local communities

The pandemic has affected all continents, albeit to varying degrees, and has forced us to deal with an anomalous situation that has put and is still putting everyone to the test, significantly penalizing the most vulnerable layers of society. The heavy repercussions caused by the COVID-19 emergency have exacerbated the inequalities already existing in our country and around the world and, as a company, we wish to do our part in providing tangible help to those in difficult situations.

This is why Buzzi Unicem has decided to promote an initiative involving all the countries in which it operates, aimed at supporting a number of non-profit organizations in each region.

With a one-off donation distributed proportionally among all the Group's operating facilities in the various continents in which it operates, the company has chosen to directly support the weakest sections of the population, providing real assistance to the basic needs of individuals and families through the support of non-profit organizations (more than 70) that work in favor of the weakest, both nationally and internationally.

The areas of interest include disbursements for food expenses, utilities, rent, help for single women with children and much more, in favor of the most vulnerable categories.

Each plant has been in contact with the beneficiary entity in order to assess the intended use of funds and the most appropriate areas of intervention for the local context in which it operates and will follow, with the support of Stakeholder Engagement, the reporting of individual projects.

Fully aware of how much this emergency situation is lasting beyond expectations, we hope that a commitment of this nature and scope may minimize the distress of many categories and help our territories along the path to recovery.

 

2020

25 May 2020

The TagCem Master in Advanced Techniques for the management of cement production plants is underway

Buzzi Unicem is pleased to announce the launch of the TagCem Master program, which will take 14 apprentices on a journey involving work, training and project work divided between our company and the Polytechnic of Turin.
In the next 24 months, also thanks to the collaboration with the Polytechnic pf Turin, young talents will be the main players in a program of advanced training, which is characterized by the variety of the covered areas: production, maintenance, quality, ecology, environment and safety are the main topics, tackled with an interdisciplinary approach. The academic staff consists of an in-house team and faculty from the Polytechnic. The didactics includes frontal lessons, "learning by doing" and "project work", as well as in-depth visits and projects residing in the Italian cement plants. This theoretical and practical approach will enable trainees to acquire a wealth of knowledge transferable to the various professional fields and organizational roles within Buzzi Unicem.

11 April 2020

"The treatment begins at home" - a pilot study of home monitoring, in the territory of Casale Monferrato and Turin

Faced with the COVID-19 emergency, the Buzzi Unicem Foundation has undertaken to finance a pilot study on home monitoring in the Casale Monferrato and Turin areas, coordinated by the Mario Negri Institute.

The choice of the project reflected the spirit of the Foundation and of the Buzzi family to offer the Piedmont territory a quality and scientifically-valid service, in aid of the current healthcare emergency.

Patients with COVID-19 symptoms, who on medical advice were not referred directly to the emergency room, had access to the study. For all of them it was possible to be followed at home by a team of physiotherapists, properly trained and equipped with all medical devices, who carried out daily monitoring of the respiratory function, using a saturimeter, subjecting the patient to a "walking test" and agreed with the referring physicians the possible and progressive hospitalization.

The Crisis Unit of the Mario Negri Institute, under the coordination of Dr. Guido Bertolini, arranged for the collection and processing of data and for the logistical coordination of the entire project.

The Buzzi Unicem Foundation undertook to fully finance the project, which had a positive outcome with a significant number of monitored cases.

09 January 2020

Buzzi Unicem and Leardi High School together for the course “Construction, Environment and Territory”

Buzzi Unicem, in partnership with Leardi High School in Casale Monferrato (AL), has launched highly professional training courses for the three-year period 2019-2021, conceived for the course entitled "Construction, Environment and Territory".

The project will cover various topics such as the characteristics and quality of construction materials, construction site knowledge and notions of operating techniques, technologies and know-how related to concrete.

"We strongly believe in this project and in the training of students - underline Daniele Bogni and Monica Baratto, coordinators in charge of the project and Plant Manager and Territory Relations Representative, respectively, for Buzzi Unicem - because we consider it a priority to promote these kinds of activities aimed at distributing value throughout the territory, not only at the local but also at the national level".
 

“CAT" students will alternate between classroom learning and on-the-job training, where they will understand the complexity of the cement industry and examine in depth how the most sophisticated technologies are used to guarantee a product with high quality and safety standards.
Among the many topics being covered during the course, the ones that stand out are: sustainability, circular economy, research into new materials and alternative fuels.                   

 

The project includes a visit to the Buzzi Unicem plants of Vernasca (PC) and Robilante (CN), the latter being a virtuous example of circular economy because it uses Solid Secondary Fuels as alternative fuels.
Great satisfaction for the initiative was expressed by the teachers of the Leardi High School, Fausto Milano and Laura Catalano, who pointed out that the proposed training path integrates the disciplinary skills of students and allows, thanks to this process of in-depth study, to successfully enter a context in which professions are increasingly specific and interconnected.