International

20 May 2016

Peru: cement market expands 1.8% YoY in April

Peru’s cement demand increased 1.8 per cent YoY in April to 781,000t, according to the country’s cement association, Asocem. This reversed the previous month’s fall of 1.4 per cent. Cement output in April expanded by 7.5 per cent YoY to 831,000t. Some 29,000t of this volume was expo...

17 May 2016

Armenia: Hrazdan exempt from fines

The Armenian government has been successful in pushing through a bill exempting Hrazdan cement plant from fines, accumulated by its failure to pay taxes and other mandatory payments. Artsvik Minasyan, economy minis...

20 May 2016

Angola: sales in decline

Sales figures for the Angolan cement market are in decline. The market is down 35 per cent YoY in 2016. With sales figures for 2014 and 2015 being 5.9Mt and 5.2Mt, respectively, the Angolan Cement Association has for...

16 May 2016

Russia: new cement plant for Dagestan

Azerbaijani investors will build a 1.8Mta cement works, Dagestan Cement Plant, and a 30ha Trade and Logistics Centre between Makhachkala and Kaspiysk, according to Ramadan Abdulatipov, head of the Republic of Dagesta...

16 May 2016

Israel complaint over Egyptian circumvention of Gaza cement ban

The Israeli government has filed an official complaint with its counterpart in Cairo after Egypt permitted the import of cement into Gaza, reports the Middle East Monitor. News services report that this has provok...

13 May 2016

Zimbabwe: firms face closure

Due to an influx of cheap imported products in Zimbabwe, local cement producers have warned of a possible scaling down of operations and closures, saying protectionist measures are needed to save the industry. In...

13 May 2016

India: Adilabad cement plant could reopen

A closed cement factory at Adilabad will be the discussion of a possible reopening as Union Heavy Industry Minister Anant Geete is set to hold a meeting with officials of the Telangana government and the Cement Corpo...

13 May 2016

Tunisia: petcoke shortage risks near-doubling cement price

Tunisia’s Industry Ministry is looking into to alternatives to alleviate the petcoke shortage in the country. Importing petcoke is proving to be difficult as El Fouledh port, temporarily tasked with importing the fue...

13 May 2016

New standard for alkali-activated cements

With the European market proving a barrier to Lucideon Ltd seeing its technology for alkali-activated cements entering the construction sector it has devised a new standard that will reduce raw material costs. For s...

12 May 2016

Austrian cement demand up 4% in 2015

The Austrian cement market expanded by four per cent to 4.6Mt in 2015 and generated a turnover of EUR388m. Exports rose 15 per cent to 446,000t while imports fell 11 per cent to 832,600t. The gains in the domestic ...

12 May 2016

FLSmidth and GE to make cloud data platform

FLSmidth and GE will create digital solutions together to increase productivity in the cement and minerals industries. The new solutions developed on GE's cloud-based Predix platform will use FLSmidth's expertise in ...

13 May 2016

Belgium: cement consumption up 4.6% in 2015

Belgian cement demand increased 4.6 per cent YoY to 6,403,460t, according to Febelcem, the country's cement association. The rise was supported by good weather and a positive new housing market. The construction ma...

11 May 2016

Pakistan: 13% YoY surge in cement sales boosts producers' profits

Pakistan's cement industry's profit rose 30 per cent to PKR45.169bn (US$431.6m) in the first nine months of the current fiscal year as there was a surge in sales, supported by soft oil and 11-year low coal prices, ac...

11 May 2016

Industry guidelines launched for dust-free paper sacks

The European Sack Group, a collaboration between CEPI Eurokraft and EUROSAC, have published the first Industry Guidelines for dust-free paper sacks online. The document provides guidance and best practices for manufa...

11 May 2016

Argentina: cement sales fall by over a quarter

Argentina’s cement market contracted 27.6 per cent YoY in April 2016, according to the latest data from Asociación de Fábricas de Cemento Portland (AFCP). Total cement sales, including exports, fell 31 per cent durin...

11 May 2016

Indonesia: cement sales up 5% in 1Q16

Indonesia's domestic cement sales rose to 14.43Mt in 1Q16, up five per cent from the same period last year of 13.84Mt. The rise appears to be driven partly by the development of government infrastructure projects, p...