International

22 July 2014

Qatar demand slows during Ramadan

Cement demand in Qatar has dropped by 40 per cent during Ramadan, prompting the country’s largest cement producer to undertake maintenance work during the slowdown. Speaking to The Peninsula, Mohamed Al Sulaiti, general manager of Qatar National Cement Company (QNCC), said the compa...

22 July 2014

Rep Congo: Sonocc threatens to cease Brazzaville supply

Société Nouvelle des Ciments du Congo (Sonocc) has threatened to stop the flow of product to Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, after the government proposed a decrease in the cement price following the increase of VAT ...

22 July 2014

Venezuela signs cement plant agreement with China

Venezuela and China signed a framework agreement for the installation of a new cement plant in the state of Lara, Venezuela, which is expected the basis for the installation of a further works. This will increase cem...

18 July 2014

Lafarge acquires Kercim grinding plant, France

Lafarge has acquired Ciments Kercim's grinding plant, located in the bulk terminal port of Nantes-Saint-Nazaire, western France. The 0.6Mta Kercim facility, launched in spring 2013, had been led by Jean-Marc Doman...

18 July 2014

Tanga Cement and TANESCO sign power supply agreement

Tanga Cement Company and Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO) have signed a power supply agreement that ensures the cement producer receives 40MVA through a substation in Pongwe, Tanga. Deklan Mhaiki, TANESCO...

18 July 2014

Ashaka to fast-track Gombe plant expansion, Nigeria

The board of directors of Nigerian producer Ashaka Cement plc, with the support of parent company Lafarge, has agreed to fast-track the expansion of its US$617m cement plant in Gombe state. Guillaume Roux, CEO of L...

18 July 2014

Semen Indonesia increases Vietnam spend

Semen Indonesia has increased the amount it plans to spend on its next Vietnamese acquisition as it sets its sights on a higher-capacity purchase. Speaking to the Jakarta Globe, president director Dwi Soetjipto sai...

17 July 2014

Cemex heading towards strong earnings rebound

Cemex is expected to post a significant rebound in pretax earnings for the full year, driven primarily by the US recovery and an anticipated pick-up in Mexican volumes and pricing, according to JP Morgan forecasts. ...

17 July 2014

Change of Country CEO at Lafarge South Africa

Lafarge South Africa has announced that Kenneth MacLean has been appointed Country CEO, replacing Thierry Legrand who has taken up a new position at the Lafarge’s headquarters in Paris. After being with Lafarge Sout...

17 July 2014

Indonesia ranks Vietnam’s top importer over Jan-May 2014

Indonesia accounted for the largest share of Vietnam’s exports over the first five months of this year, according to data from the Vietnamese Ministry of Industry and Trade. Indonesia imported 1.27Mt of cement and...

17 July 2014

Argentina cement sales slip 1.8% YoY

Argentina's cement deliveries fell 2.5 per cent MoM from 919,866t in May and 1.8 per cent YoY from 913,101t in June 2013 to 896,860t, according to the latest data from the country's cement association AFCP.  Exports...

17 July 2014

Lucky Cement plans Karachi coal-based power plant

Lucky Cement plans to invest in a coal-based power plant in  Karachi, Pakistan, through its subsidiary Lucky Holdings Limited (LHL). The board is recommending to shareholders the approval of the US$200m investment ...

17 July 2014

Peru: June cement sales advance 0.84%

Cement shipments in Peru in June advanced 1.5 per cent to 807,953t in June 2014 from 795,896t in the same month last year, according to the country's cement producers' association, Asocem. For the January-July 201...

17 July 2014

SCG prepares to launch flagship products to Indonesian market

Siam Cement Group (SCG) is preparing to introduce its three flagship products to the Indonesian market, a country high on the Thai building materials major's agenda as it looks to extend its southeast Asian presence....

17 July 2014

Spanish consumption woes continue

Spain's cement consumption fell two per cent YoY to 967,790t in June, according to the latest data from Oficemen, the country's cement association. The latest set of figures brings the total for the 1H14 to 5.2Mt,...

18 July 2014

OCL India inaugurates Bengal Cement Works

OCL India Ltd, the flagship associate company of Dalmia Cement Bharat Ltd, announced the commissioning of its cement manufacturing unit at West Midnapore, West Bengal. Mamata Banerjee, Chief Minister of West B...