International

29 July 2015

Colombia cement market expands 10.2% in June

Colombia’s cement dispatches rose 10.2 per cent YoY in June to 1.0121Mt as building companies and contractors increased their demand by 25.8 per cent. Cement production reached 1.0292Mt, up 4.9 per cent when compared with June 2014. In the first half of 2015 the Colombian cement mark...

29 July 2015

Philippines: cement sales rise 11% in 1H15

Cement sales rose steeply in the first six months of the year behind robust construction activities in the country, the Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (CeMAP) said. CeMAP president, Ernesto Or...

29 July 2015

Nepal: IBN approves Chinese investment in cement plant

Investment Board Nepal (IBN) has approved a foreign direct investment (FDI) proposal worth NPR36bn (US$352m) made by Hongshi Holding Group of China. Hongshi Holding Group's proposal to invest in the establishment ...

29 July 2015

Tunisia: CMG receives government approval for 1.2Mta plant

Ciment de la Méditerranée Gafsa SA (CMG) has received the approval of the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mines to construct a 1.2Mta greenfield plant. The works, with a clinker capacity of 1Mta, represents an inves...

28 July 2015

India: merger talk heightens as UltraTech-Century Cement align dealers

UltraTech Cement Ltd and Century Textiles & Industries Ltd are in talks with their respective dealers to synchronise their cement distribution network, trade sources told Cogencis.     UltraTech and Century Textiles...

28 July 2015

Pakistan International Bulk Terminal issues 20% stake to IFC

The Pakistan International Bulk Terminal Limited (PIBTL) has issued 189.653m shares, or 20 per cent, stakes to the International Finance Corporation (IFC) at INR10 (US$0.09)/share for its bulk terminal to handle coal...

28 July 2015

Tanzania: Twiga Cement holds seminar for block makers

Some 250 cement distributors and block makers recently participated in a training seminar in Dar es Salaam held by Tanzania Portland Cement Company Limited (TPCC)  to improve efficiency. The initiative is part of the...

27 July 2015

Peru cement market contracts 3% in June

Cement consumption in Peru fell by three per cent in June, according to the country’s cement producers’ association, Asocem. A rise in exports limited the decline in total cement sales to 2.6 per cent. Output from do...

27 July 2015

Tanzania needs government support to grow

The East Africa Cement Producers Association (EACPA) has stated that the cement industry is a major contributor to the Tanzanian economy contributing over TZS100bn (US$55.6m) to the economy every year.  However, the ...

27 July 2015

Senegal cement sales up 0.7% in 5M15

Demand for cement in Senegal edged up 0.7 per cent YoY to 1,432,100t in January-May 2015, according to national Planning and Economic Study Directorate. Production in the first five months of 2015 increased 9.6 per...

27 July 2015

Production of building materials in Uzbekistan increased by 11.3%

According to the State Statistics Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan, the construction materials industry produced goods worth UZS2.1098trn (US$427m) in January-June period of the current year, which is 11.3 per...

24 July 2015

South Korea: local producers to face price probe?

South Korea's Fair Trade Commission (FTC) has initiated another investigation into whether domestic cement producers colluded to raise cement prices. According to industry sources and the FTC Friday, the antitrust w...

24 July 2015

Mexico: cement price up 8%

In the year to date, the price of cement in Mexico has increased by just over eight per cent. This follows a price rise of nine per cent in 2014, said Juan Francisco Sanchez Kramer, investor relations director of Ele...

23 July 2015

Russia: BaselCement output up 4% YoY

BaselCement produced just over 1Mt of cement and clinker in the first half of 2015, up four per cent YoY, according to the statement. "Significant growth in production was achieved at Serebryansk Cement Plant: the...

23 July 2015

PCA applauds House action to support coal ash recycling

By a bipartisan vote of 258 to 166, the US House of Representatives today passed legislation that will promote continued recycling of coal ash, a move which the Portland Cement Association (PCA) considers to be good ...

22 July 2015

Vicem half-year sales dip 0.5%, Vietnam

Vietnam Cement Industry Corporation (Vicem), the country’s leading state-owned cement producer, said its cement and clinker sales slipped 0.5 per cent to 10.73Mt in the first half of 2015. Of the volume, 9.58Mt were...