International

24 June 2016

Brazil: Votorantim opens BRL860m plant

Votorantim Cimentos opened its 1.2Mta cement plant in Primavera, Pará yesterday. Votorantim expects the plant to reach 50-60 per cent capacity this year. The new works cost BRL860m (US$257.9m) and was planned almost five years ago. The new operation is part of Votorantim's expansion ...

24 June 2016

Ukraine: cement production in May rises 6.7%

Ukraine's State Statistics Service reports that in May 2016, production increased by 6.7 per cent compared to April. For the period January-May 2016 cement production increased by 11.4 per cent against January-May 20...

24 June 2016

Azerbaijan: Cement production drops by 30% in year to May

Cement production in Azerbaijan has fallen by 30.3 per cent for the five months to May 2016, Azer press reports. The national statistics committee put the decline in output down to lower public and private sector ...

24 June 2016

Iran: Turkmenistan exports reach US$1bn

Deputy Minister of Industry, Valiollah Afkhamirad has said that the country's exports to Turkmenistan have reached US$1bn. He added that Tehran is seeking now more than ever to secure its position in the Ashgabat mar...

23 June 2016

Ghana: Dangote aims to speed up expansion work

Dangote Cement Ghana Ltd hopes to quickly complete its new plant being built in Takoradi and in addition to the expanded facility in Tema to increase its silo capacity beyond the current 21,000t. Mr Etornam Komla Bu...

23 June 2016

Syria: Lafarge protected interests from ISIS

According to French newspaper Le Monde, Lafarge entered into deals with armed groups in Syria, including the Islamic State, to protect its staff and business interests in the country. Lafarge is yet to respond to que...

24 June 2016

Philippines: Bullish Ordoñez opens Cemtech Asia

The Philippines will see cement consumption continue its upward momentum as the incoming Duterte administration maintains its predecessor's focus on public works. That was the message delivered by the President of th...

21 June 2016

Indonesia: Semen Indonesia looks to international markets

Amid prospects of disappointing revenue growth in the domestic market, Semen Indonesia is looking offshore to expand its sales figures. Newly appointed head of PT Semen Indonesia, Rizkan Chandra has said that he wa...

23 June 2016

Nepal: planned entry of foreign cement giants

The proposed entry of foreign cement manufacturers into the Nepalese market has set off an expansion drive amongst domestic producers. Dangote Cement of Nigeria, Reliance Cement of India and Hongshi and Huaxin of ...

21 June 2016

Paraguay: INC undergoes maintenance work

Paraguayan cement company Industria Nacional del Cemento (INC) will carry out maintenance work in Villeta for six days, suspending production there from 20 June 2016. Tyeh cement producer does not  expet the ma...

21 June 2016

Peru: Unacem invests in power projects

Unacem will invest in two separate power generation projects in 2016. Through Compania Electrica El Platanal it will invest in Carpapata III in its plant in Condorcocha in Junin. It will also invest US$60m (EUR 53.1...

24 June 2016

Uganda: drop in cement production

As cement production has decreased and cement prices increased, the construction sector has slowed down. According to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) there was a low production of cement between March and Apri...

20 June 2016

Kazakhstan: constructions begins on Kyyszlorda plant

Construction on a 560,000tpa capacity cement plant has begun in the Kyzylorda region of Kazakhstan, reports the regional akimat. The investment project valued 30.2bnt (US$89.2m) is between Meliorator Ltd and Russian...

16 June 2016

Peru cement demand up 1.4% in May

Peru’s cement consumption increased by 1.4 per cent YoY in May, according to the Asociación de Productores de Cemento. Total deliveries, which include exports, increased 1.9 per cent. Production slipped 0.2 per ce...

17 June 2016

Philippines: CeMAP claims cement smuggling on rise

The Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (CeMAP) has estimated that 75 per cent of the 161,000t of cement imported into the country in the first quarter of this year was technically smuggled, the Stand...

17 June 2016

Cembureau: European cement output up 0.9% in 2015

According to the latest figures available, European cement production recorded a moderate growth of 0.9 per cent in 2015, compared to the previous year. This translates into 248Mt of cement in the Cembureau member co...