International

29 July 2014

Colombia's 1H14 cement dispatches increase 11.2% YoY

In the first half of 2014, national cement demand in Colombia reached 5.690Mt, up 11.2 per cent when compared with the equivalent period of 2013, according to the country's statistics office, Dane. Consumption in Norte de Santander rose by 50.2 per cent, followed by Magdalena (30...

29 July 2014

PPC Zimbabwe set to begin Harare plant construction

PPC Zimbabwe said that preliminary work for a new plant in Harare is complete and construction is scheduled to begin next month. The country’s leading cement producer has reportedly secured approximately US$18m for...

29 July 2014

Talks held on proposed Russian Karachay-Cherkessia plant

Rashid Temrezov, the head of Karachay-Cherkessia Republic, and Filaret Galchev, a member of the board of directors of Eurocement Group, are in talks for the construction of a cement factory in Karachay-Cherkessia.  T...

29 July 2014

Adelaide Brighton acquires Penrice quarry, Australia

Adelaide Brighton has acquired the Penrice limestone quarry in Angaston for an undisclosed price. The quarry, which had been placed into voluntary administration in April, will now become a key raw materials supplie...

28 July 2014

Pakistan export revenues down in FY14

Pakistan reported a decline in export revenue in FY14, due in part to lower sales to Afghanistan and a decline in average export prices. Encouraging trends were, however, noted in exports to India and other parts of ...

29 July 2014

Egypt cement volumes hold firm in first five months

Egypt’s cement volumes demonstrated resilience over the Jan-May 2014 period with the pricing environment also positive. During the first five months of the year, volumes totalled 21.7Mt – an increase of 1.8 per ce...

28 July 2014

US Jan-May cement shipments up 6% YoY

Total shipments of Portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico for the year through May 2014 were 31.2Mt, up by around six per cent compared to the same period of last year, latest data from the ...

25 July 2014

ACC net profit down 7%, improving demand outlook

India’s second-largest cement producer, ACC, reported a seven per cent decline in profit for the second quarter of the year as operational costs continued to rise. However, improvements on the demand front were noted...

25 July 2014

Sinai Cement awards FLSmidth contract to prepare for coal usage

Sinai Cement Co (SCC) has awarded FLSmidth, the contract to provide the equipment to facilitate the use of coal, Daily News Egypt has reported. The Egyptian-based cement producer also said it would partner with loc...

24 July 2014

Philippine cement sales growth continues

Cement sales in the Philippines rose 3.2 per cent in the second quarter of this year, underpinned by public works projects and private sector construction activity. Latest figures from the Cement Manufacturers Ass...

24 July 2014

Algeria: Cevital to build 8Mta cement plant

The Cevital group, owned by Issad Hebrab, plans to build a greenfield cement plant in Algeria. The country’s National Investment Council has validated the project and technical studies have started, according to Mr H...

23 July 2014

Lafarge Surma signs grinding supply agreement with Metrocem, Bangladesh

Lafarge Surma Cement has signed a contract to supply Metrocem Cement Ltd with clinker from its integrated cement plant in Bangladesh. Under the agreement, Lafarge Surma Cement will provide high-quality clinker to Me...

24 July 2014

NORM inaugurates Qizildas works, Azerbaijan

NORM Sement has marked the official launch of its 2Mta greenfield Qizildas cement works with an inauguration ceremony attended by Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan. Cement production at Norm’s 2Mta plant, locate...

22 July 2014

Carthage’s turnover increase fourfold in first six months

Turnover by Tunisia’s newest cement producer, Carthage Cement, amounted to TND101,836m (US$59m), up 419 per cent compared to the same period of last year. Clinker and cement sales totalled TND19.262 and TND64,060, ...

22 July 2014

Qatar demand slows during Ramadan

Cement demand in Qatar has dropped by 40 per cent during Ramadan, prompting the country’s largest cement producer to undertake maintenance work during the slowdown. Speaking to The Peninsula, Mohamed Al Sulaiti, g...

22 July 2014

Rep Congo: Sonocc threatens to cease Brazzaville supply

Société Nouvelle des Ciments du Congo (Sonocc) has threatened to stop the flow of product to Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, after the government proposed a decrease in the cement price following the increase of VAT ...