International

16 April 2014

Welcome to Washington DC

The 56th IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference has officially welcomed over 980 registered delegates to Washington DC for five days of discussions under the theme of “Sustainable strength through innovation.” The IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference u...

16 April 2014

Peru: market expands 1.35% in 1Q14

In March, the Peruvian cement market remained broadly stable from 815,317t in February to 814,495t, according to the country’s cement association, Asocem.   Output from local producers increased 1.4 per cent from 8...

16 April 2014

US February shipments – preliminary data

Total shipments of blended cement in the US and Puerto Rico in February 2014 including imports reached 4.73Mt, preliminary data from the USGS show. Domestic shipments totalled 4.37Mt for the month while imports amou...

16 April 2014

LEOCEM to begin slag cement production

Sierra Leone Cement Corporation (LEOCEM), a subsidiary of the HeidelbergCement Group, has announced that it would begin producing slag cement from June this year. Head of Laboratory at LEOCEM, Victor John Cole, made...

16 April 2014

Huaxin Cement positive 1Q profit alert, China

Huaxin Cement Co Ltd anticipates net profit for 1Q14 to increase by 350-400 per cent YoY, compared with a profit of CNY25.74m in the corresponding period of 2013, the company said. The Hubei Province-based company, ...

16 April 2014

Ambuja to invest internal funds to expand capacity, India

Ambuja Cements, part of the Holcim group, plans to spend around INR8bn (US4133m) in 2014 from internal funds to partially finance its ongoing capacity expansion projects. "The year 2014 will see capital expenditure...

15 April 2014

Paraguay: INC to expand mill capacity

Paraguay’s Industria Nacional de Cemento (INC) plans to launch a bid to expand the production capacity of its mill and therefore, increase the plant’s capacity by more than 8000 bags per day. Although the project ...

16 April 2014

Saudi Cement: first-quarter net profit declines

Saudi Cement Co posted a 16 per cent decline in net profit for the first three months of this year due to lower domestic demand and losses from an associate company. The Saudi-based cement producer reported a profi...

16 April 2014

Indonesia 1Q14 sales growth slows

Indonesian cement consumption slowed during the first quarter of this year despite a strong rebound in March sales, latest data by the Indonesia Cement Association (ASI) shows. For the first three months of the ye...

16 April 2014

Attock signs Iraq joint venture grinding agreement

Pakistan producer Attock Cement on Friday signed an agreement with Al-Keetan Trading and Commercial Agencies Ltd for a new 3000tpd grinding plant in Basra, Iraq. Babar Bashir Nawaz, chief executive of Attock Cement...

16 April 2014

Spain: cautious outlook maintained

Cement demand in Spain registered its first monthly growth since the recession started as it reached 875,000t in March, up 16 per cent, according to Oficemen data. However, the cement association remains cautious a...

14 April 2014

Titan America's waste-to-fuel initiative, USA

Titan America has begun turning selected wastes into alternative fuel for use at its Pennsuco plant in Medley, Florida. The company works with a unit of Republic Services in Fort Lauderdale that collects refuse from...

14 April 2014

India: Reliance Cement extends its sales reach

Reliance Cement Company has expanded its footprint in the domestic Indian market by launching sales of its product in the eastern Indian state of Jharkhand. Commenting on the developments, Arvind Pathak, CEO Rel...

14 April 2014

Cemex completes financing for wind farm project

Cemex has successfully completed the financing of Ventika, a project comprising the construction of two 126MW wind farms each, for a total nominal capacity of 252MW, to be located in General Bravo, Nuevo Leon, Mexico...

11 April 2014

Gebr Pfeiffer grinding mill partnering in Holcim (US) Hagerstown modernisation

The Holcim (US) Hagerstown plant is the most recent USA cement plant to order a new raw material mill from Gebr Pfeiffer, Inc.  The order was placed through KHD Humboldt Wedag, as the engineering and equipment supp...

11 April 2014

Puerto Rico: cement sales up 7% in March

March signalled a change in the Puerto Rican cement market as 1358.7 94lb bags were sold, up 85.5 bags from February, ending several months of decline. Sales were the highest since October 2013 when 1406.7 bags were ...