Understanding the Industry and our Footprint


Understanding the Industry and our Footprint

TITAN has been actively investing in the entire value chain of building materials, including aggregates, ready-mix concrete, dry mix mortars, building blocks and fly ash beneficiation products. Vertical integration is a major priority of corporate strategy, as the Group pursues new sources of growth by leveraging the benefits of an expanded presence in existing markets.

In 2011, turnover from areas other than the core cement business represented 27% of total.

TITAN has a strong degree of vertical integration in the Eastern U.S.A. and in Greece and a growing presence in the regions of South Eastern Europe and the Eastern Mediterranean.

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the Industry
and our Footprint

In 2011, from 52 active quarries were extracted 24.3 million tons of raw materials (wet basis) of which 16 million tons or more than 65% were used for cement production while 8.3 million tons for aggregates. €36.6 million were invested to reduce environmental impact.

91.7 million m2 is the total area of active quarries:

  • 17.3 million m2 are affected by operations
  • 14.7 million m2 have been rehabilitated.

More than 1.9 million plants and trees have been planted for quarry rehabilitation and reforestation of other areas, or donated to third parties.

Main impacts of operations include:

  • Dust and noise
  • Safety risks
  • Alteration of the landscape
  • CO2 emissions related to energy consumption
    by equipment and transportation
  • Raw materials energy and water consumption

Total thermal energy consumption for all Group activities was 36,828TJ while total electrical energy consumption was 5,511TJ or 1,531GWh.

1.5% of the energy consumed for clinker production came from alternative fuels.

Total water consumption was 9.9 million m3.

  • 8.6 million metric tons = total direct CO2 emissions from cement plants.
  • 625.1 kgCO2/ton product = TITAN specific CO2 emissions including Separation Technologies’ production.
  • 0.8 million metric tons = the total indirect CO2 emissions related to electrical energy consumption by cement plants.
  • 1.2 million tons (dry basis) of alternative raw materials used for cement production.
  • 30,630 metric tons was the total alternative fuel consumption.

Education, community development and infrastructure, environment and safety, culture and social solidarity were the focus areas of Group financial and in-kind donations expenditure for 2011.

TITAN products contribute to the multiple social values provided by concrete structures such as:

  • Safety
  • Durability
  • Economy
  • Resource Efficiency
  • Communication
    and Connectivity
  • Aesthetics

Initiatives to reuse and recycle demolition by-products are adopted to further reduse environmental impacts.

An innovative and integrated building materials group

TITAN Group is a leader in the processing and management of fly ash with a decade of experience in the field.

Separation Technologies LLC (ST), acquired by the TITAN Group in 2002, develops commercial applications for a proprietary electrostatic separation process that has applications in a wide range of materials. The ST separator converts fly ash, an industrial waste produced from the burning of coal in power plants, into a sustainable building material used in the construction sector, ProAsh®.

For concrete industry users, ST creates a reliable product that provides cost-savings while increasing the strength and durability of the concrete. At the same time, disposal of fly ash in landfills is avoided, demonstrating that waste recovery can be a sustainable solution which offers business opportunities and benefits to the environment and society.

Separation Technologies offers a range of products for a large number of specific applications.

Committed to long term sustainable development

In 2011 TITAN’s Research & Development and Quality Centre entered its 20th year of pioneering research in the building materials field, while seeking ways for the Group to best fulfill its sustainability mission. The Centre technically supports production plants, advising on issues ranging from the assurance of raw materials to quality optimization and control, while researching available opportunities for the production of environmentally friendly cement and other building materials.

The Centre’s current projects include research on the heat consumption characteristics and cost containment opportunities of using alternative fuels and alternative raw materials; development of new products, like pervious concrete and applications for both concrete and mortar to foster sustainability, broadening the firm’s expertise in the life cycle analysis of building materials. These are just a few of the numerous research initiatives currently underway within TITAN Group. TITAN’s Research & Development and Quality Centre is an active member of various collaborative projects with academia, research institutes and industry bodies across Europe.