International

10 April 2015

French cement demand hits 50-year low

Cement consumption in France fell a further 5.5 per cent to 18.2Mt in 2014, a level not seen since 1964, according to SFIC, the French cement association. In addition, the latest figures indicate that the downward trend is continuing. In 1Q15, demand decreased 10 per cent when compa...

10 April 2015

GCC expects declining growth on low oil prices

Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua (GCC) expects sales growth to decline this year after record revenue last year as low oil prices constrict demand in the United States, the company's top market. GCC Treasurer Luis Carlos...

09 April 2015

Saudi cement sales see annual gains

Saudi cement sales for the month of February 2015 were 6.5 per cent higher than in February 2013 and 9.7 per cent higher than February 2014 when the market was impacted by a labour shortage caused by a government imm...

09 April 2015

Pakistan nine-month shipments up 4%

Pakistan cement dispatches increased by four per cent to 25.65Mt in the first nine months of the current fiscal compared to 24.78Mt in the same period of the previous year, according to data released by the All Pakis...

09 April 2015

1Q15 Swiss dispatches down 16%

Domestic deliveries by the Swiss cement industry fell 16 per cent in 1Q15 as the construction industry experiences a cooldown, according to cement association Cemsuisse. Dispatches fell from 980,721t in 1Q14 to 823,3...

09 April 2015

Russia: Gornozavodsktsement to raise output

Gornozavodsktsement, based in the Volga region of Russia, plans to produce 1.55Mt of cement worth RUB4.49bn (EUR74.01m) in 2015). The company, which has a capacity of 2.2Mta, produced 1.578Mt in 2014 (+3 per cent aga...

09 April 2015

SCG hosts groundbreaking ceremony for Laos cement plant project

SCG has hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the construction of Khammouane cement plant, its first cement plant in Laos. Present at the ceremony were Pichit Maipoom, President and Vice President - Operations, SCG C...

09 April 2015

US January shipments - preliminary data

Portland and blended cement shipments in the US and Puerto Rico in January 2015 were 5.355Mt, preliminary data* from the US Geological Survey shows. Of the total shipments, domestic dispatches comprised 4.859Mt and ...

09 April 2015

Lafarge Zambia to kickstart expansion project in 2H15

Lafarge Zambia will begin work on a EUR200m expansion project in the second half of this year, Emmanuel Rigaux, chief executive of the Lafarge unit, said last week. The work will double Lafarge Zambia’s existing capa...

08 April 2015

APCMA appeals to government to save local industry from smuggling

Pakistan's cement industry has made an appeal to government to put an end ot the alleged smuggling of Iranian cement into the country. The All Pakistan Cement Manufactures Association (APCMA) has requested Prime Mi...

09 April 2015

FCB TSV™ Classifier for Lafarge Ain Sokhna plant

Fives will supply a new high-efficiency separator for the Lafarge Cement Egypt petcoke grinding unit in the frame of its conversion from open to close circuit by Imsat (Romania). Thanks to the installation of the ...

07 April 2015

Cemex to bring forward Caracolito expansion, Colombia

Cemex is bringing forward the expansion of Caracolito plant in Colombia, the corporate affairs vice-president of the company’s Mexican division has said. Daniel Suarez told local news that the project consists of t...

07 April 2015

Expected second-quarter pick-up in Indian demand

Indian cement demand is expected to see a revival over the July-September quarter on the back of an increase in infrastructure spending. Consumption continued to remain tepid during March, leading cement producers ...

07 April 2015

ACCIONA Energía wins IADB award for Cemex Eurus wind farm project

ACCIONA Energía has won the Infraestructura 360º prize awarded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IADB) for the sustainability of its infrastructure projects implemented in the Latin America/Caribbean area. The ...

07 April 2015

Asia Cement in renewable energy schools project, Thailand

Asia Cement, part of the Italcementi Group, has initiated the "25 Renewable Energy Schools Project" as part of the Thai cement producers corporate social responsibility, environmental and energy efforts. The project...

09 April 2015

Hrazdan cement plant faces closure

Hrazdan cement plant, Armenia, has an outstanding debt of AMD509m (USD1.08m) owed to the tax authorities and faces closure, according to plant manager Naira Martirosyan. Over 2008-14, the plant paid AMB2.9bn in vari...