Cembureau (the European Cement Association) has published an updated version of its Cement Standards of the World publication, with a complete overview of all standards for cement across 84 countries.

Cembureau previously published an edition of the Cement Standards of the World in 1991. It pointed out that since then, there have been many changes in the standards for cement around the world.

For example, in Europe, the Committee for Standardisation (CEN), comprised of all countries of Western Europe (ECC and EFTA members), produced a harmonised standard for common cements in EN 197-1:2000. This standard was updated in 2011 to include cements with specific performance characteristics.

Several countries have adapted this European standard and transposed it into their national standards.

Cembureau added that the majority of national standards of countries outside of Europe had been updated.

The updated publication provides the latest information on worldwide cement standards and includes key countries such as US, China, the Russian Federation, Canada and Australia.

The association said that in view of the large number of different types and strength classes of common cement now available, the publication’s format has the same specification requirements in the same tables for each country to allow comparisons if desired.

It said that to help with obtaining copies of the individual standards referred to, an additional section was provided. This lists the names, acronyms, addresses, telephone numbers, e-mail addresses and websites of national Standards Bodies.

The Cement Standards of the World publication costs €300, but Cement manufacturers can benefit from a special discount.

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