International

09 July 2014

Bolivia: COBOCE reaches agreement with transport organisations

Bolivian cement co-operative Cooperativa Boliviana de Cemento, Industrias y Servicios (COBOCE) has come to an agreement with cement transport organisations on how its deliveries will be divided among local transport firms in Cochabamba. These firms had been on strike for a week, bloc...

09 July 2014

Tajikistan to double production in 2014

In the first six months of the year, Tajikistan produced 496,600t of cement according to the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies, and is on course to double annual production in 2014. The Yovon cement plant (H...

09 July 2014

Chinese producers counting profits

Cement makers in China saw a resumption in profit growth last year thanks to a combination of improved construction activity, low production costs due to weak coal prices and the government's push to close some ineff...

08 July 2014

Construction boosts Kenyan cement demand

In May, cement consumption in the Kenya rose to 450,379t in May, up from 426,523t in April and continuing the upward trend noted since March when demand stood at 387,266t, according to the Kenya National Bureau of St...

10 July 2014

Nigeria: Lafarge to invest US$307m into Ashaka Cement expansion

Ashaka Cement (Lafarge Group) has secured a NGN50bn (US$307m) credit facility, in addition to internally-generated cash flows to expand its cement production base. Umaru Kwairanga, chairman of the Board of AshakaC...

10 July 2014

Bangladesh: supply glut or next Asian cement hub?

The high demand for quality cement in Asian markets has lured Bangladesh companies into expanding production capacity at their local factories or installing new plants. As a result the installed capacity of the local...

10 July 2014

The Philippines has to rebuild but must check cement price rises

The Phillipine opposition has urged the government to guard against profiteering in the supply of cement as prices of the commodity continue to escalate. House Deputy Minority Leader and Isabela Rep, Rodolfo Albano I...

10 July 2014

Eurocement Group to build US$128m plant in Uzbekistan

Eurocement Group Holding of Russia is constructing a cement plant worth US$128m in Uzbekistan for its daughter enterprise Ahangarancement in the Tashkent region. Uzstroymateriali JSC, which unites contruction materi...

08 July 2014

Ghana: Dangote Takoradi and Tema plants to halt shortages

Following news of Ghana's difficulties to keep up with cement demand, Tajudeen Sijuede, vice chairman of Dangote Cement Ghana, has acquired the land rights for a new 1.5Mta grinding and bagging plant in Takoradi, wes...

08 July 2014

Paraguay: Yguazú risks production halt due to flooding

The flooding of the Paraguay river and the Confuso river, which broke its banks, is presenting a risk to the continued production at the Yguazú cement plant in Paraguay, according to the Ultima Hora news service. ...

08 July 2014

Cemex Philippines wins Sopi safety award

The Safety Organisation of the Philippines Inc (SOPI) recently cited Cemex with an Outstanding Road Safety Programme award for the cement company's consistent efforts in promoting a culture of safety in its operation...

10 July 2014

Stable Swiss cement shipments in 2Q14

In the second quarter of 2014, domestic deliveries by the Swiss cement industry reached 98.1 per cent in the same period last year. Despite the Easter break, which sometimes causes a 2-3 per cent decline in demand...

07 July 2014

Egypt: Gas prices increase for cement firms

The government has raised gas prices for Egyptian cement factories to US$8/m British Thermal Units (BTUs) compared to US$6 previously, while fuel oil increased from EGP1500/t (US$209.8/t) to EGP2250/t (US$314.7/t). ...

07 July 2014

Pakistan: good FY14 with positive outlook for FY15

Domestic cement sales in the last month of FY14 jumped 14.32 per cent to 2.53Mt compared to 2.21Mt during June 2013. Exports were also up, although at a more modest rate of 2.9 per cent, reaching 685,000t, according ...

07 July 2014

New cement plant for Venezuela to be inaugurated

The Iranian Mines and Mining Development and Renovation Organisation (IMIDRO) is to inaugurate a cement plant in Venezuela within the next few months, says Mehdi Karbasian, IMIDRO's managing director. The Iranian org...

07 July 2014

Ghacem denies any responsibility for cement shortage

Responding to the local reports on Ghana's possibility of facing a cement shortage, Ghacem has refused suggestions that it has reduced production. The company has denied speculation that it had contributed to any sho...