International

27 April 2015

Ecuador first-quarter sales at 1.4Mt

Ecuador cement sales in the first three months of 2015 reached 1.427Mt, latest data from local association Instituto Ecuatoriano del Cemento y del Hormigon shows. In March alone, sales were 504,682t, up 15.67 per cent compared to the February 2015 figure of 436,287t.

24 April 2015

Lucky Cement posts double-digit rise in 9M net profit, Pakistan

Lucky Cement recorded net profit for the nine months ending 31 March 2015 of PKR9.30bn (US$91.5m), up 13.7 per cent YoY. The company's gross profit increased by 7.2 per cent during the nine months as its net sale...

24 April 2015

Construction output down by 1.8% in euro area

Seasonally-adjusted production in the construction sector fell in February 2015 fell by 1.8 per cent in the euro area (EA19) and by 1.2 per cent in the EU28 compared with January 2015, according to first estimates fr...

23 April 2015

Pakistan export volumes and revenues down over first nine months

Pakistan cement exports in the first nine months of the current fiscal fell 6.75 per cent YoY to 6Mt. Export revenues, meanwhile, were down by 6.86 per cent to US$349.04m over the July 2014-March 2015 period. In te...

23 April 2015

Canada cement industry applauds impact of Federal budget

The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) has applauded the release of Budget 2015. Released on 21 April 2015 by the Minister of Finance, the Budget indicates that several billion dollars have successfully been invested...

23 April 2015

TPCC to have own gas plant, Tanzania

Tanzania Portland Cement Company Limited (TPCC) plans to have gas plant are expected to be realised this year to reduce operational costs and overcome issues with erratic power supply. The TPCC Managing Director, Mr...

22 April 2015

AFCM 2015 opens in Hanoi, Vietnam

The AFCM 24th Technical Symposium has officially opened at the JW Marriott Hotel, Hanoi, Vietnam, before an audience of 400 international cement delegates, including manufacturers and all major suppliers to the ind...

22 April 2015

Ethiopia: government drafts development strategy

Ethiopia’s Ministry of Industry is drafting a national cement industry development strategy that will enable it to overcome challenges and assist fast growth of the industry. State minister of Industry, Mebrahtu Mel...

22 April 2015

Clinker, cement account for 42% of Vietnam's 1Q exports to Bangladesh

Clinker and cement remained Vietnam’s major exports to Bangladesh in the first quarter of this year with export revenue of US$70.1m despite a decline of 33.6 per cent from the same period of last year. The figure ac...

22 April 2015

Benefits of Cemex Patrimonio Hoy initiative

Cemex has announced that a total of 1800 families in Dominican Republic have benefitted from its Patrimonio Hoy self-build scheme whereby the company helps improve the quality of life of families by helping them carr...

24 April 2015

TPCC targets 1.5Mta output in 2015

Tanzania Portland Cement (TPCC), part of the HeidelbergCement Group, said that it its production targets will not be deterred by the ongoing “illegal importation” of cement into the east African country. The firm'...

21 April 2015

McInnis Cement to build Bronx warehouse, USA

McInnis Cement plans to build a US$40m distribution warehouse along the East River in the Bronx, New York, to help develop the borough's waterfront and reduce road traffic. McInnis Cement will transport cement down ...

21 April 2015

Xoptix celebrates 10th anniversary, UK

The team at Xoptix have successfully reached their 10th year developing and manufacturing particle sizing instrumentation.   Managing director, Stuart Barton, explains what their 10th anniversary means to Xoptix: “T...

23 April 2015

Spain: 1Q15 cement demand up 8.5% YoY

Spanish cement consumption increased 8.5 per cent YoY to 2,553,962t in the first quarter of 2015. In March cement demand expanded by 12.3 per cent to 983,210t, according to cement association Oficemen. "Although the...

20 April 2015

Court rules on Semen Indonesia Rembang mining activities

The Semarang (Central Java Province) State Administrative Court (PTUN) on Thursday ruled on the legality of the local government’s decision to allow PT Semen Indonesia to start mining activities in the area of its ne...

24 April 2015

Japan: positive export pricing & volume trends continue

Fiscal 2015 export price negotiations between major Japanese cement producers and customers in Asia have concluded with prices remaining virtually unchanged from the high level of fiscal 2014 on the back of robust de...