International

24 October 2014

Exports loom: Dangote has 29Mta of production in sight

Alhaji Aliko Dangote, president of Dangote Group of Companies, said the company's cement production will hit 29Mt in Nigeria by December this year, while exports will be the next step. Speaking at the Obajana cement plant yesterday, the Dangote president said the 29Mt will be possibl...

24 October 2014

Pakistani cement industry weak due to lack of innovation

Pakistan is lagging behind in introducing different types of cement for use in different projects. Most construction requirements are met by ordinary Portland cement (OPC). This puts the industry at a disadvantage in...

24 October 2014

China: three cement firms fined for price fixing

Jilin Yatai Group Cement Sales Co Ltd (Yatai), North Cement Co Ltd and (North) and Jidong Cement Jilin LLC (Jidong) were handed out fines for price fixing after China's National Development and Reform Commission (NDR...

23 October 2014

China’s August cement production stable at 224Mt

China’s cement output remained largely stable in September 2014 at 224.15Mt when compared against August 2014, when the world’s largest cement maker produced 224.8Mt. YoY output slipped slightly from 225.06Mt. In t...

24 October 2014

US cement market grows 2.8% in August

Cement shipments in the USA were up 2.8 per cent in August 2013 when compared with August 2013, according to preliminary data from the US Geological Survey (USGS). While southern Texas, Georgia and Florida all noted ...

21 October 2014

India moves towards ending coal monopoly

The Indian government has taken a cautious step towards ending the coal monopoly as its plans to allow private players to mine and sell coal, a move that is expected to benefit cement companies amongst others. The...

23 October 2014

Kenya: Savannah Cement to widen its east African sales

Savannah Cement has confirmed plans to develop its business to the wider east African market as part of its regional integration support. The project will see the company pursue sales opportunities in all the east ...

21 October 2014

India: VP Cements plans a two-phase plant

VP Cements is planning a two-phase integrated cement project in the village of Gundlakunta, Andhra Pradesh. Land acquisition is in progress, but both phases still await environmental clearance. The total cost of t...

23 October 2014

Ghana: Dangote sets retail price reduction deadline

Dangote Cement says it expects all retailers of its cement to reduce the price by GHS2.70 by Friday, 24 October following concerns that retailers have failed to cut prices after a reduction announced by the cement pr...

23 October 2014

Ethiopia: Chinese producers report tough market conditions

Ethiopia’s sudden slump in cement demand has left an oversupply situation with Chinese cement producers in the country reporting toughening market conditions. There is increased pressure on some companies to look at...

20 October 2014

India: Ambuja Cement launches Ambuja Plus

Ambuja Cement has launched a new cement product, Ambuja Plus, in the state of Maharashtra, India. This innovative product is created with an advanced formula, offering additional strength than ordinary Portland cemen...

20 October 2014

India: cement producers target government road projects

High-ranking representatives of 17 cement manufacturers promised road transport minister, Nitin Gadkari, that their companies would put in lower bids to encourage development projects, according to the Times of India...

24 October 2014

HeidelbergCement recognised as 'best improver'

HeidelbergCement has been honoured as the 'best improver' in disclosure of environmental information among the 350 largest-listed companies in the Germany-Austria-Swittzerland (DACH) region by the Carbon Disclosure P...

17 October 2014

Italcementi completes Devnya modernisation

Italcementi has completed the modernisation of its Devnya cement plant in Bulgaria, taking the plant’s capacity to 1.5Mta and employing best available technology. “With one of the largest investments made in the cou...

17 October 2014

Holcim Awards 2014 winners for Africa Middle East announced in Beirut

The 12 winning projects of the Holcim Awards 2014 Africa Middle East have been announced in Beirut, with a green building in Turkey, an urban forest rehabilitation in Lebanon, and a low-cost housing plan in Ethiopia ...

17 October 2014

Saudi Arabia: strong annual 3Q gains for Yanbu despite weak start

Yanbu Cement reported a 16.4 per cent rise in third-quarter net profit to SAR163m (US$43.4m), driven by lower cost of sales due to increased production and the government's subsidy on imported clinker. The result w...