International

26 July 2016

Saudi Arabia: Northern Cement profits fall 24%

Northern Region Cement Company reported a net profit of SAR48.66m (US$13m) in 2Q16, down 24 per cent from SAR64m (US$17m) compared to the same period last year. However, profits were up 13.4 per cent compared to 1Q16. This QoQ rise is due to increased clinker sales and the YoY decre...

26 July 2016

Pakistan: producers warn that tax increase will encourage smuggling

The All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA) has warned that the decision to impose an additional excise duty imposed in this year’s federal budget 2016-17 could lead to a rise in smuggling of cement fro...

25 July 2016

Saudi Arabia: sales volumes fall 27%

Total cement sales in Saudi Arabia declined 27 per cent YoY and 39.6 per cent MoM in June, to 4.1Mt. Cement production in June was 3.66Mt, down 25 per cent YoY and 34.6 per cent MoM. June’s fall in sales volume can b...

25 July 2016

India: fresh calls for Kerala to control rising cement prices

The price of cement in Kerala – which has reached up to INR430/bag (US$6.40) – has again provoked calls for the state government to intervene, reports the Hindu. The newspaper quotes a cement dealer in Kochi who c...

22 July 2016

Pakistan: cement demand to grow 8% in run-up 2018

The Pakistani demand for cement during the ongoing FY16-17 and next financial year FY17-18 is expected to grow at a rate of eight per cent annually. This follows the government showing a strong commitment towards the...

22 July 2016

Morocco: 5M16 sales up 4%

Cement sales in Morocco advanced four per cent in the first five months of 2016, according to the Department of Financial Forecast and Research of the country’s Ministry of Economy and Finance. During the same peri...

21 July 2016

DR Congo: Cimentkat to be relaunched

There are plans to relaunch Cimenterie du Katanga (Cimentkat), according to the governor of Lualaba province, Muyej Mangez. The cement works, which is located in Lubudi, 300km from Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic ...

21 July 2016

USA: cement demand stable in April

Total Portland and blended cement shipments in the USA and Puerto Rico remained stable at 7.692Mt in April 2016 when compared with the previous year when 7.678Mt were delivered, according to the US Geological Survey’...

19 July 2016

Dem Rep Congo: cement price jumps 50%

Despite assurances to the contrary by the country’s economics minister, Modest Bahai, following the suspension of cement imports in the Democratic Republic of Congo less than a week ago, the price of cement has rocke...

19 July 2016

Israel: Ashdod Port workers refuse to unload cement

A petition has been filed by the management at Ashdod Port, Israel, against its workers, who refused to unload shipments of cement due to claims that they are understaffed. Port management is trying to enforce condit...

22 July 2016

Peru cement market contracts 3.5% YoY in June

In June, Peruvian cement demand fell by 3.5 per cent YoY to 0.756Mt from 0.781Mt, according to Asocem, the country's cement association. Domestic sales were supplemented with 23,000t of export sales, which slipped...

18 July 2016

Panama cement production falls 6.1% 12M ending May 2016

Cement production in Panama fell 6.1 per cent in the last 12 months ending May 2016, when the country’s cement plants produced 812,616t, according to the General Controller of the Republic of Panama. In the correspon...

21 July 2016

Indonesia: Consumption rises 3.1% in year to June 2016

Cement consumption in Indonesia reached 29.48Mt for the first six months of 2016, according to Indonesia Investments, but sales in Java – the largest market – recorded a decline in June. Overall, cement consumptio...

18 July 2016

Nigeria: Lafarge Africa launches logistics academy for truck drivers

Lafarge Africa Plc has established a logistics academy for truck drivers in an attempt to lower the level of reckless driving in Nigeria. According to the company the academy will educate drivers on the fundamentals ...

15 July 2016

Algeria: new cement plant in Sigus

Algerian Prime Minister, Abdelmalek Sellal, laid the first stone of a cement plant operated by the Industrial Group of Cements of Algeria (GICA) on Thursday in Sigus (Oum El Bouaghi). The Prime Minister said that ...

15 July 2016

Ghana: government blamed for Diamond Cement downsizing

The Afloa Youth Association in the Volta region have accused the Ghanaian government of being insensitive towards the downsizing of local cement manufacturer Diamond Cement as a result of competition with Dangote Cem...