International

21 October 2014

India moves towards ending coal monopoly

The Indian government has taken a cautious step towards ending the coal monopoly as its plans to allow private players to mine and sell coal, a move that is expected to benefit cement companies amongst others. The cabinet has approved auction of 74 of the recently-cancelled 204 coal...

21 October 2014

Kenya: Savannah Cement to widen its east African sales

Savannah Cement has confirmed plans to develop its business to the wider east African market as part of its regional integration support. The project will see the company pursue sales opportunities in all the east ...

21 October 2014

India: VP Cements plans a two-phase plant

VP Cements is planning a two-phase integrated cement project in the village of Gundlakunta, Andhra Pradesh. Land acquisition is in progress, but both phases still await environmental clearance. The total cost of t...

21 October 2014

Ghana: Dangote sets retail price reduction deadline

Dangote Cement says it expects all retailers of its cement to reduce the price by GHS2.70 by Friday, 24 October following concerns that retailers have failed to cut prices after a reduction announced by the cement pr...

20 October 2014

Ethiopia: Chinese producers report tough market conditions

Ethiopia’s sudden slump in cement demand has left an oversupply situation with Chinese cement producers in the country reporting toughening market conditions. There is increased pressure on some companies to look at...

20 October 2014

India: Ambuja Cement launches Ambuja Plus

Ambuja Cement has launched a new cement product, Ambuja Plus, in the state of Maharashtra, India. This innovative product is created with an advanced formula, offering additional strength than ordinary Portland cemen...

20 October 2014

India: cement producers target government road projects

High-ranking representatives of 17 cement manufacturers promised road transport minister, Nitin Gadkari, that their companies would put in lower bids to encourage development projects, according to the Times of India...

17 October 2014

HeidelbergCement recognised as 'best improver'

HeidelbergCement has been honoured as the 'best improver' in disclosure of environmental information among the 350 largest-listed companies in the Germany-Austria-Swittzerland (DACH) region by the Carbon Disclosure P...

17 October 2014

Italcementi completes Devnya modernisation

Italcementi has completed the modernisation of its Devnya cement plant in Bulgaria, taking the plant’s capacity to 1.5Mta and employing best available technology. “With one of the largest investments made in the cou...

17 October 2014

Holcim Awards 2014 winners for Africa Middle East announced in Beirut

The 12 winning projects of the Holcim Awards 2014 Africa Middle East have been announced in Beirut, with a green building in Turkey, an urban forest rehabilitation in Lebanon, and a low-cost housing plan in Ethiopia ...

17 October 2014

Saudi Arabia: strong annual 3Q gains for Yanbu despite weak start

Yanbu Cement reported a 16.4 per cent rise in third-quarter net profit to SAR163m (US$43.4m), driven by lower cost of sales due to increased production and the government's subsidy on imported clinker. The result w...

17 October 2014

Cemengal launches new Plug&Grind®XL

Cemengal has introduced its new Plug&Grind®XL. The grinding concept is the same as the company’s original and patented Plug&Grind® Classic but allows capacity to reach more than 30tph (>220,000tpa) of cement. ...

17 October 2014

HAZEMAG & EPR wins three new MEA cement contracts

Materials processing and crushing specialists HAZEMAG & EPR has received a trio of orders in the Middle East and Africa during the third quarter of this year. El Arish's new production line in Egypt In September 2...

17 October 2014

NCCD plans new Egyptian plant

Egypt's National Company for Construction and Development (NCCD) is to build a cement plant due to the high price of locally-produced cement. The new facility will be aimed at covering cement requirements for the co...

16 October 2014

Spain: September demand up 6.1%

In September, Spain’s cement consumption rose 6.1 per cent YoY to 959,150t, according to the latest figures issued by Oficemen, the country’s cement association. Spain’s cement market saw demand drop by one per ce...

16 October 2014

Peru: September dispatches up 3.7%

Cement dispatches in Peru rose 3.7 per cent in September to 904,840t, according to the country’s cement association, Asocem. Including exports, dispatches reached 946,762t. For 9M14, total domestic sales remained ...