International

01 September 2014

ZETH hosts groundbreaking ceremony for Kyrgyzstan plant

The ground ceremony for a new cement plant in northern Kyrgyzstan was held on Friday by ZETH Cement, a local subsidary backed by Chinese investors. The project will be located in Kemin, Chui province, about 13km east of the Kyrgyz capital, Bishkek, according Sun He, business counselor...

01 September 2014

Semen Indonesia Myanmar investment facing delays

Semen Indonesia may have to postpone expansion into Myanmar until next year due to prolonged negotiations with its local partner, a company executive told the Jakarta Post. Finance director Ahyanizzam said that desp...

01 September 2014

Cemex Dominican Republic unveils EvolutionEco concrete

Cemex Dominican Republic has pledged lower costs, shorter construction time and higher quality during the launch of its new "EvolutionEco" concrete last week. Cemex Dominican Republic President, Carlos Emilio Gonz...

01 September 2014

Nigeria: Unicem prepares to begin Mfamosing expansion

The groundbreaking ceremony for United Cement Co of Nigeria’s (Unicem) new 2.5Mta line at its Mfamosing works is scheduled to take place tomorrow in the presence of the country’s president Goodluck Jonathan. Olivier...

29 August 2014

Pakistan's export earnings down by one-third

During the first month of the new Pakistan fiscal, cement exports declined by 30.31 per cent YoY to 557,159t, with shipments to Afghanistan falling significantly. In revenue terms, exports were down by 33.68 per cent...

29 August 2014

First-half US cement shipments up 7%

Total shipments of Portland and blended cement in the US and Puerto Rico for the year through June 2014 reached 39.5Mt, up by about seven per cent from the same period in 2013. Latest data from the US Geological Sur...

29 August 2014

Colombian monthly demand jumps 8.1%

Colombian cement consumption increased 8.1 per cent to 1.059Mt in July 2014 when compared with the same month a year ago, according to the country's statistics office, Dane. The rise has been attributed to a stronger...

29 August 2014

FLSmidth to expand Australian ‘Supercenter’

FLSmidth is to expand its Australian ‘Supercenter’ in Perth, Australia, to double the facility’s warehouse and workshop from 5000m2 to 10,000m2. The expansion will allow FLSmidth to further decrease costs and increa...

01 September 2014

Cimento Apodi to expand presence in northeast Brazil

Brazil-based cement producer Cimento Apodi is to construct a new cement plant in Sergipe state to reinforce its position in the northeast of the country. The new unit will have a capacity of 5000tpd involving an inve...

28 August 2014

Holcim's Siggenthal plant returns to service

Holcim's Siggenthal works in Switzerland has restarted its cement production with an activated carbon filter after the equipment was badly damaged in a fire in February. The fire was attributed to self-igniting coal ...

27 August 2014

South Africa to probe dumping allegations

The International Trade Administration Commission (Itac) is investigating claims that cement from Pakistan is allegedly being dumped in the Southern African Customs Union (Sacu). South Africa-based producers AfriSa...

29 August 2014

Akkord completes second phase of Gazakh plant

Akkord has announced the successful completion of Phase 2 of its Gazakh Cement plant with the participation of the International Bank of Azerbaijan. Last week, Gazakh Cement started clinker production of a new line...

28 August 2014

Shree Cement to acquire Jaiprakash grinding unit

Shree Cement has entered into an agreement to buy Jaiprakash Associates 1.5Mta cement grinding unit in the Panipat district of Haryana state in north India. The proposed sale is subject to approval of the lenders ...

29 August 2014

Bhutan: feasibility study completed for new plant

The feasibility study for a new cement plant in Bhutan has been completed, marking the first such proposal to receive the go-ahead in the Zhemgang district. The proposed cement works must now obtain clearances from...

28 August 2014

Vietnam: double-digit uptake in domestic sales

Vietnam producers sold 4.42Mt of cement to the domestic market in July, up 12 per cent from the previous month and 14 per cent from the same period a year ago, the Vietnam Cement Association said. Exports totalled...

28 August 2014

Sephaku Aganang works launches clinker production

Dangote subsidiary, Sephaku Cement (SepCem), launched clinker production at its integrated Aganang plant on 20 August 2014, the company confirmed in an operational update. This follows the announcement on 13 August 2...