International

05 February 2016

CPA: construction fundamentals remain positive

UK construction output was marginally weaker in the final three months of 2015, but the Construction Products Association (CPA) believes the key fundamentals remain positive. On 28 January the UK's Office of National Statistics reported that GDP rose by 0.5 per cent. Within this, co...

29 January 2016

Lafarge Zambia boosts Ndola plant by 100,000tpa

Lafarge Zambia has successfully commissioned a plug-and-grind cement plant in Ndola which will produce 0.1Mta of cement, bringing the plant’s total capacity to 500,000tpa. Speaking at the event Lafarge Zambia CEO, ...

29 January 2016

Angolan government maintains import ban

The government of Angola has decided to maintain the cement import ban in 2016 in 15 provinces, claiming that the installed capacity in the country far exceeds domestic needs, according to Angolan state news agency A...

29 January 2016

Spain: demand up 5.3% in 2015

Cement consumption in Spain has increased by 5.3 per cent to 11,408,287t in 2015, according to Oficemen, the country's cement association. Variability in the second half of the year depressed annual growth. Export...

28 January 2016

Egypt issues licences for new cement factories in Upper Egypt

Egypt's Ministry of Trade and Industry has issued new 14 licences for cement factories in Upper Egypt governorates, Minister Tarek Qabil announced Wednesday. According to the minister, the factories are set to opera...

28 January 2016

Algeria: PM lays foundation stone for new plant

Prime Minister of Algeria, Abdelmalek Sellal, on Wednesday laid the foundation stone of the project of a cement plant in the commune of El-Beidha, 170km north of Laghouat. The cement plant will have a capacity of ...

28 January 2016

JK Cement halts production from Bagalkot unit, India

JK Cement Works, in Bagalkot in Karnataka, has stopped production due to the damage caused by the roof of the clinker silo suddenly caving in, the company told the exchanges yesterday. To ensure safety and avoid col...

28 January 2016

Cemex announces retirement of Vice President of Energy

Cemex has announced that its current Vice President of Energy, Luis R Faris Martinez will retire from office. He will leave the company with effect from 1 February 2016, said the cement company in a filing to the Mex...

28 January 2016

UK: new figures on coal ash show uptake continues to climb

UKQAA (UK Quality Ash Association) – the representative organisation for the producers and users of coal ash in the UK – has released statistics on the production and uses of coal ash from 1999 to 2014. These figures...

28 January 2016

Jordan cement demand at 4Mta in 2015

Jordan’s consumption of cement declined to 4Mt in 2015, down by 300,000t from a year earlier due to weaker construction activities and government projects, the head of the Future Society for Cement Traders, Mohammed ...

29 January 2016

SFIC: French cement sector to stabilise in 2016

France's cement sector in 2016 is showing "some signs of optimism" and pointing therefore to a stabilisation of the markets after eight years of decline thanks to a pick-up in the housing segment, said Raoul de Paris...

27 January 2016

Efforts to revive CCI unit underway, India

The state government of Hyderabad on Monday appointed a consultancy firm to prepare a draft DPR (Detailed Project Report) in an effort to revive the Cement Corporation of India's (CCI) factory in Adilabad district. ...

27 January 2016

South Africa: domestic cementitious volumes up 7.8% YoY

Domestic cementitious volumes in South Africa increased by 7.8 per cent YoY to 3.6523Mt in the third quarter of 2015, according to an update posted on PPC’s website. Total year-to-date volumes were recorded at 9.602M...

29 January 2016

PCA Regional Forecast: coasts to see strongest cement consumption growth

PCA's recently released Winter 2015-16 State Forecast maintains expectations for the strongest rates of cement consumption growth to occur in the West with YoY growth of six per cent. The South (4.3 per cent) and Nor...

28 January 2016

Sumitomo Osaka 9M operating profit seen rising 11%

Japanese cement producer Sumitomo Osaka Cement likely will report an 11 per cent rise in operating profit of around JPY17bn (US$142m) for the nine months ended in December, as lower coal prices lift profitability. ...

28 January 2016

CMA publishes final cement price announcement order

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has published its final order prohibiting cement suppliers in Great Britain from sending generic price announcement letters to their customers. The CMA first consulted on ...