International

28 August 2014

Shree Cement to acquire Jaiprakash grinding unit

Shree Cement has entered into an agreement to buy Jaiprakash Associates 1.5Mta cement grinding unit in the Panipat district of Haryana state in north India. The proposed sale is subject to approval of the lenders of Jaypee Associates and other concerned authorities. HM Bangur, ma...

29 August 2014

Bhutan: feasibility study completed for new plant

The feasibility study for a new cement plant in Bhutan has been completed, marking the first such proposal to receive the go-ahead in the Zhemgang district. The proposed cement works must now obtain clearances from...

28 August 2014

Vietnam: double-digit uptake in domestic sales

Vietnam producers sold 4.42Mt of cement to the domestic market in July, up 12 per cent from the previous month and 14 per cent from the same period a year ago, the Vietnam Cement Association said. Exports totalled...

28 August 2014

Sephaku Aganang works launches clinker production

Dangote subsidiary, Sephaku Cement (SepCem), launched clinker production at its integrated Aganang plant on 20 August 2014, the company confirmed in an operational update. This follows the announcement on 13 August 2...

22 August 2014 Thomas Armstrong

Venezuela government to centralise cement plant administration

The Venezuelan government is currently looking at plans to unify the administration of the cement works owned by Corporación Socialista del Cemento (CSC). At present, while the cement works are subsidiaries of the CS...

21 August 2014

Venezuela: state companies to restrict cement sales

Venezuela's state cement companies have started to regulate the sales of cement. Building companies can only buy cement from plants near their building sites. Due to the declining output, builders were buying the pr...

21 August 2014

Saudi imports 3.1Mt in past nine months

Saudi Arabia imported some 3.1Mt of cement in the past nine months valued at SAR750m, according to a financial report quoting data released by Customs Department. The rise is attributed to the increased pace of proj...

20 August 2014

FLSmidth selected as supplier for Holcim (US) Ada modernisation

FLSmidth has been selected to supply the major equipment pieces needed as Holcim (US) looks to modernise its Ada, Oklahoma, plant. The modernisation of the pyroprocess is expected to deliver lower emissions of near...

21 August 2014

Vicem cement output rises 4.7% YoY

State-owned Vietnam Cement Industry Corporation (Vicem), the country’s leading cement producer, produced 10.24Mt of cement in the first seven months of this year, rising 4.7 per cent from the same period a year earli...

20 August 2014

Lafarge Zambia considers review of headcount

Lafarge Zambia is considering reducing its workforce of 670 employees by around 30 per cent, according to a memorandum circulated by a group of unionised workers. A sales report from Lafarge dated 12 August 2014, E...

20 August 2014

Birla HomeTech mulls Kurnool plant project, India

Birla HomeTech are considering setting up a cement factory in the Kurnool district of Andhra Pradesh (AP). N Chandrababu Naidu, chief minister of AP, assured Birla HomeTech officials during a recent visit to discuss...

21 August 2014

CRH returns to first-half pretax profit

CRH's first half turnover advanced by four per cent to EUR8,324m and the EBITDA improved by 27.2 per cent to EUR505m. The trading profit jumped from EUR41m to EUR171m and after a net interest charge 2.7 per cent hig...

21 August 2014

Peru cement sales fall 3.9% in July

Cement dispatches in Peru reached 845,907t in July, representing a 3.9 per cent decline YoY, according to Asocem, the country's cement producers' association. In the year to date, the latest figures reflect a 0.11...

21 August 2014

Essroc's Nazareth plant earns Energy Star® certification

Essroc’s cement plant in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, has earned the US Environmental Protection Agency’s ENERGY STAR® certification which signifies that the facility performs in the top 25 per cent of similar facilities ...

21 August 2014

Iran exports surpass 6.6Mt in first four months

Iran exported approximately 6.62Mt of cement and clinker in the first four months of the current Iranian year (21 March - 22 July 2014), a cement industry official has said. "We have exported a sum of 6,620,958t of ...

18 August 2014

Eurocement first-half shipments rise, Russia

In the first half of 2014, Eurocement Group shipped over 450,000t of  PC 500-D0-N grade cement, 24 per cent higher than the previous year. PC 500-D0-N cement is actively being used in the construction of road projec...