International

19 December 2014

Cemex to increase capacity of Costa Rica cement works

Cemex Latam Holdings (CLH) is to increase cement capacity of its plant located in Colorado, Costa Rica by approximately 25 per cent, reaching a capacity of 1.1Mta by 2017. The total investment is expected to be approximately US$35m over a three-year period including the construction ...

19 December 2014

Spain: November demand up, 2014 largely stable

Cement consumption in Spain rose 2.7 per cent in November to 902,312t, according to the latest data of Oficemen. The November data take domestic consumption in the first 11 months of 2014 to 10,009,922t, slipping ...

19 December 2014

Egypt: Beni Suef signs bank loan for coal mill

Beni Suef Cement has signed a loan contract with a bank for a coal mill, according to a bourse statement. The Egyptian cement producer said the loan consisted of EGP100m (US$14m) for the planned mill, but did not s...

19 December 2014

Dalmia launches in Jharkhand market, India

Dalmia Cement Bharat Limited (DCBL) has entered the Jharkhand market in eastern India which it will serve through the 2.1Mta Bokaro cement plant. Amandeep, business head and director of BoJCL said, "Bokaro cement ...

19 December 2014

South Africa: PPC names new CEO

PPC has announced the appointment of Darryll Castle as executive director and CEO, effective 12 January 2015. PPC's former chief executive Ketso Gordhan resigned in September after his attempt to fire chief financia...

18 December 2014

US Jan-October shipments – preliminary data

Portland and blended cement shipments in the US and Puerto Rico reached 75.8Mt in the first 10 months of the year, preliminary figures from the US Geological Survey show. Of the total, imports accounted for 6.17Mt. ...

18 December 2014

UK: Cemex restarts production at flood-hit Ferriby works

Production has started at Cemex UK's South Ferriby cement plant after significant work by its 150 workforce and over 400 contractors during the past year, following the flooding in December 2013. Just over a year ag...

18 December 2014

HeidelbergCement reopens Ukraine factory

HeidelbergCement has reopened its 1.8Mta plant in eastern Ukraine a month after closing it due to pro-Russian rebels in the regions wanting to impose their own agenda on the production process. The situation now ha...

18 December 2014

Peru: November dispatches up 3.6%

Peru’s November cement dispatches remained stable MoM at 928,981t, according to Asocem, the country’s cement association. However, YoY figures show a 3.6 per cent rise. Production increased 2.8 per cent from 945,992t...

18 December 2014

Pakistan producers bring prices down

Pakistan cement producers have reduced prices by PKR5-23/bag, passing on the cut in the prices of petroleum products and coal, according to a recent market survey. Bestway Cement reduced the price to PKR492 from PK...

17 December 2014

Angola to ban cement imports in 2015

Angola has banned the import of cement in 2015 with the country having achieved self-sufficiency in terms of cement production but has set a quota of 150,000t for three outer-lying provinces, the minister for constru...

17 December 2014

Suez Cement to invest in conversion to coal

Suez Cement, Italcementi’s Egyptian unit, said on Tuesday it planned to spend EGP600m (US$84m) in 2015 on equipping two factories to run on coal. CEO Bruno Carre said in a statement to the bourse the firm would dev...

17 December 2014

Sludge dispatched to Ariyalur plants for use as raw material

The Pollution Control Board of the Indian state of Tamil Nadu has dispatched 20,000t of sludge generated by textile units in the SIPCOT Industrial Estate in Perundurai to cement units in Ariyalur district for use as ...

18 December 2014

Guyana’s first integrated plant officially opened

Caricom Cement Company Inc has officially opened the first cement plant in Guyana in the presence of Prime Minister Samuel Hinds. The plant, situated in Everton, East Bank Berbice, has a capacity of 0.5Mta and is lo...

18 December 2014

Dominican Republic full-year sales seen rising 18% YoY

Cement sales in the Dominican Republic are forecast to see a double digit rise in 2014 to 3.6Mt, local association ADOCEM said on Friday.  "Compared with the 3Mt consumed in 2013, this represents an increase of aro...

16 December 2014

Nepal: Sarbottam Cement launches commercial operations

Sarbottam Cement, a newcomer to the Nepalese cement industry, has started commercial operations from its new greenfield plant. The project is promoted by local company Saurabh Group while a foreign investor holds a ...