International

22 August 2014

Venezuela government to centralise cement plant administration

The Venezuelan government is currently looking at plans to unify the administration of the cement works owned by Corporación Socialista del Cemento (CSC). At present, while the cement works are subsidiaries of the CSC, they each have their own administration. CSC includes Venezolana ...

21 August 2014

Venezuela: state companies to restrict cement sales

Venezuela's state cement companies have started to regulate the sales of cement. Building companies can only buy cement from plants near their building sites. Due to the declining output, builders were buying the pr...

21 August 2014

Saudi imports 3.1Mt in past nine months

Saudi Arabia imported some 3.1Mt of cement in the past nine months valued at SAR750m, according to a financial report quoting data released by Customs Department. The rise is attributed to the increased pace of proj...

20 August 2014

FLSmidth selected as supplier for Holcim (US) Ada modernisation

FLSmidth has been selected to supply the major equipment pieces needed as Holcim (US) looks to modernise its Ada, Oklahoma, plant. The modernisation of the pyroprocess is expected to deliver lower emissions of near...

21 August 2014

Vicem cement output rises 4.7% YoY

State-owned Vietnam Cement Industry Corporation (Vicem), the country’s leading cement producer, produced 10.24Mt of cement in the first seven months of this year, rising 4.7 per cent from the same period a year earli...

20 August 2014

Lafarge Zambia considers review of headcount

Lafarge Zambia is considering reducing its workforce of 670 employees by around 30 per cent, according to a memorandum circulated by a group of unionised workers. A sales report from Lafarge dated 12 August 2014, E...

20 August 2014

Birla HomeTech mulls Kurnool plant project, India

Birla HomeTech are considering setting up a cement factory in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh (AP). N Chandrababu Naidu, chief minister of AP, assured Birla HomeTech officials during a recent visit to discuss...

21 August 2014

CRH returns to first-half pretax profit

CRH's first half turnover advanced by four per cent to EUR8,324m and the EBITDA improved by 27.2 per cent to EUR505m. The trading profit jumped from EUR41m to EUR171m and after a net interest charge 2.7 per cent hig...

21 August 2014

Peru cement sales fall 3.9% in July

Cement dispatches in Peru reached 845,907t in July, representing a 3.9 per cent decline YoY, according to Asocem, the country's cement producers' association. In the year to date, the latest figures reflect a 0.11...

21 August 2014

Essroc's Nazareth plant earns Energy Star® certification

Essroc’s cement plant in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, has earned the US Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® certification which signifies that the facility performs in the top 25 per cent of similar facilities ...

21 August 2014

Iran exports surpass 6.6Mt in first four months

Iran exported approximately 6.62Mt of cement and clinker in the first four months of the current Iranian year (21 March - 22 July 2014), a cement industry official has said. "We have exported a sum of 6,620,958t of ...

18 August 2014

Eurocement first-half shipments rise, Russia

In the first half of 2014, Eurocement Group shipped over 450,000t of  PC 500-D0-N grade cement, 24 per cent higher than the previous year. PC 500-D0-N cement is actively being used in the construction of road projec...

15 August 2014

Cemex Latam to build new cement works

Cemex Latam Holdings is to invest around US$340m in building an additional cement works in Colombia.  The new plant will be built in the Antioquia department, which is enjoying good economic growth.  The first ph...

15 August 2014

US first-half shipments reach 39.5Mt – preliminary data

Total shipments of blended cement in the US and Puerto Rico including imports in the first six months of 2014 reached 39.5Mt, preliminary data from the US Geological survey shows. Total dispatches comprised 36.42Mt o...

14 August 2014

Corporate restructuring at FLSmidth

FLSmidth has announced a number of organisational structure changes, as well as adjustments to the Group Executive Management. The new organisation will consist of the four divisions. The Material Handling and Miner...

14 August 2014

Aganang works to launch clinker production

Sephaku Cement has completed the commissioning of the clinker production facility at Aganang, South Africa, and is ready to commence production, the company said in a statement. The first consignment of clinker will ...