International

23 January 2015

CRH confirms discussions over Lafarge and Holcim assets

CRH has confirmed that it is in discussions with Lafarge and Holcim regarding the potential acquisition of certain assets being disposed of by the two companies in advance of their proposed merger. “While there can be no certainty that these discussions will result in a transaction,...

23 January 2015

Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia remain Vietnamese top importers

Bangladesh, Indonesia and Malaysia were the top importers of Vietnamese clinker and cement exports last year, the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade said on its website. Bangladesh took the lead after import...

23 January 2015

SCG positive on Thai demand outlook

Thai cement demand is expected to increase by six per cent in 2015 after remaining flat last year, and prices are expected to hold relatively steady despite new capacity on the way, the country’s leading cement produ...

22 January 2015

Argos recognised for sustainability efforts

Argos has been awarded a Silver Class distinction in Robeco SAM’s 2015 Sustainability Yearbook for the second consecutive year. The company was included in the Yearbook once again for having one of the best sustaina...

23 January 2015

India: production begins at JK Lakshmi's Durg plant

JK Lakshmi Cement has started production of its 2.7Mta cement works in Durg, Chattisgarh state, central India. The greenfield works, which will manufacture various types of cement including OPC, PPC and slag cement...

22 January 2015

Qatari group expresses interest in Ethiopian plant construction

A Qatari business group led by Sheikh Fahad Ahmed M T Al Thani has expressed an interest in constructing a cement plant in Dire Dawa, Ethiopia, as part of a series of investments across various sectors in the Afri...

22 January 2015

Vietnam targets increased exports in 2015

Vietnam is forecast to export 25-26Mt of cement and clinker in 2015, the Dau Tu (Investment) newspaper reported, citing the country’s Ministry of Construction. The main end-markets include Bangladesh, Middle East cou...

22 January 2015

Spain’s cement demand holds at just below 11Mt in 2014

Cement consumption in Spain reached 10.79Mt in 2014, largely stable when compared to the 10.74Mt recorded in 2013, latest figures released by domestic cement association Oficemen show. The bottoming out from a steady...

21 January 2015

PCA: positive gains in US residential housing expected

Residential housing starts will be on the increase in 2015 according to the Portland Cement Association (PCA) with positive gains expected to continue next year. In his annual residential housing forecast during the...

22 January 2015

BaselCement's full-year output rises 37% YoY

BaselCement produced 2Mt of cement and clinker in 2014, an increase of 37 per cent YoY, the Russia-based company said in a statement. Volumes at the Serebryansky Cement plant in Ryazan Oblast increased by 95 per ce...

21 January 2015

Sanghi Industries invests in energy, port development

Sanghi Industries is to invest in a 15MW waste heat recovery (WHR) system at its cement plant in Kutch, Gujarat, as part of the company’s drive to enhance efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint. Explaining the ...

21 January 2015

Holcim Indonesia launches new mortar product line

Holcim Indonesia has launched a new line of mortar products as it responds to changing construction requirements in urban markets. The three new products – Holcim Pasangan, Holcim Plesteran and Holcim Acian – will be...

21 January 2015

Indian interest in Congo plant investment

The Republic of Congo is expected to add a further cement plant to its production base, according to local news service, Star du Congo. The president of India-based Seftech, Mahesh Chaturved, will be meeting the c...

22 January 2015

Morocco’s cement demand falls 5.4% in 2014

The fall in Morocco’s cement consumption declined by 5.4 per cent, following a 6.3 per cent reduction in 2013, according to the Moroccan Economics and Finance Ministry (DEPF). The positive trend is attributed to go...

20 January 2015

Iran halts clinker production for 30 days

Iran has halted the production of clinker for 30 days, effective 14 January 2015. Abdolreza Sheykhan, an official with Iran's Cement Producers Association, said that the country currently has 17Mt of clinker in store...

19 January 2015

US Jan-Nov shipments - preliminary data

Portland and blended cement shipments in the US and Puerto Rico over the Jan-November 2014 period reached 82.39Mt, preliminary data from the US Geological Survey (USGS) shows. Of the total shipments, domestic dispatc...