International

25 November 2014

PCA foresees continued US cement industry growth

Cement consumption in the United States continues to grow in line with expectations, PCA chief economist and group vice president, Ed Sullivan, told the PCA Boad of Directors meeting last week. The PCA says its cement volume forecast remains essentially unchanged since the autumn for...

25 November 2014

India: LafargeHolcim merger could harm competition

The merger between Holcim (Switzerland) and Lafarge (France) is likely to hurt competition in the country, says the Indian Competition Commission (CCI), according to reports in the Indian media. The CCI stated tha...

25 November 2014

China: Chongqing Conch commissions new line

Chongqing Conch Cement commissioned its third clinker line on 16 November. The new 4500tpd clinker line at Zhongxian was partially contracted by the Housing Engineering Technology Company of the 17th China Metallurgi...

25 November 2014

India: CCI closes cement case

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has closed a case of alleged cartelisation among cement companies due to a lack of evidence. An anonymous reference before the CCI had alleged that 11 cement companies incre...

25 November 2014

India: Shree wins approval for new Aurangabad plant

India's Bihar state cabinet sanctioned its approval on 21 November 2014 for the construction of a INR3370m (US$54.5m) cement plant in the Aurangabad district of Bihar, planned by Shree Cement. The proposed works w...

24 November 2014

Myanmar: Siam Cement starts work on new plant

Thailand's largest cement producer, Siam Cement Group (SCG), has begun work on its greenfield Mawlamyine plant, in Mon State, Myanmar. The new 1.8Mta facility is scheduled to start production in 2Q16. SCG has finishe...

24 November 2014

Anhui Conch to invest in Myanmar

The Myint Investment Group Co Ltd has joined Anhui Conch Cement Co Ltd from China to upgrade Kyaukse cement factory, Myanmar, to a 5000tpd plant through a build-operate-transfer (BOT) system, according to the Myanmar...

24 November 2014

Nepal: Reliance plant gets go-ahead

India’s Reliance Group, headed by Anil Ambani, has received clearance to build a cement plant in Nepal. The INR24.8bn (US$401.1m) cement works is expected to be constructed in central or eastern Terai. Reliance curr...

24 November 2014

India: CCI closes case against 11 cement companies

The Competition Commission of India (CCI) has closed a case of alleged cartelisation among cement companies for lack of evidence. An anonymous reference had alleged that the cement producers had increased prices by I...

24 November 2014

Kenya’s ARM Cement defines further expansion plans

ARM Cement Ltd says it is investing in the construction of new plants and upgrading existing units across east Africa as competition in the region increases. The plan is to see several upgrade projects completed over...

21 November 2014

Cherat Cement looks to expand capacity, Pakistan

Pakistan-based cement producer Cherat Cement has reportedly decided to install a new production line with a production capacity of over 1.3Mta, according to a report in The News International (Pakistan). Citing Abi...

21 November 2014

Lawyer defends Semen Indonesia's Rembang plant, Indonesia

Noted lawyer Adnan Buyung Nasution, who is legally representing PT Semen Indonesia, is trying to bring together stakeholders to realise the construction of a cement plant in Rembang, Central Java. "We hope that thos...

21 November 2014

Algeria: Société Saoura Ciment to launch Ben-Zireg construction in 1Q15

Construction on the Ben-Zireg cement works will be started in the first quarter of 2015, said Abdelkader Bouaichaoui, CEO of Société Saoura Ciment, a subsidiary of Algeria’s Groupe Industriel des Ciments d’Algerie (G...

21 November 2014

Ecuador monthly sales up 4.61%

Ecuador cement sales during October 2014 reached 602,748t, up 4.61 per cent compared to the previous month. Accumulated sales over the first 10 months of this year were 5.381Mt, according to the latest data from do...

21 November 2014

Egypt: National Cement Company to invest in coal usage

Egypt's National Cement Company will invest at least EGP150m (US$20.9m) to convert from the use of gas to coal, according to the company's CFO, Ahmad Saad. Speaking in an interview with Al-Mal newspaper, Mr Saad ...

20 November 2014

Peru: exports offset domestic sales slip

Peru’s cement market remained stable in October as domestic sales slipped slightly from 967,000t in October 2013 to 965,000t, according to Asocem, the country’s cement association. However, local producers saw a more...