International

22 January 2015

Spain’s cement demand holds at just below 11Mt in 2014

Cement consumption in Spain reached 10.79Mt in 2014, largely stable when compared to the 10.74Mt recorded in 2013, latest figures released by domestic cement association Oficemen show. The bottoming out from a steady decline experienced in recent years was helped by the 12.5 per cent e...

21 January 2015

PCA: positive gains in US residential housing expected

Residential housing starts will be on the increase in 2015 according to the Portland Cement Association (PCA) with positive gains expected to continue next year. In his annual residential housing forecast during the...

22 January 2015

BaselCement's full-year output rises 37% YoY

BaselCement produced 2Mt of cement and clinker in 2014, an increase of 37 per cent YoY, the Russia-based company said in a statement. Volumes at the Serebryansky Cement plant in Ryazan Oblast increased by 95 per ce...

21 January 2015

Sanghi Industries invests in energy, port development

Sanghi Industries is to invest in a 15MW waste heat recovery (WHR) system at its cement plant in Kutch, Gujarat, as part of the company’s drive to enhance efficiency and reduce its carbon footprint. Explaining the ...

21 January 2015

Holcim Indonesia launches new mortar product line

Holcim Indonesia has launched a new line of mortar products as it responds to changing construction requirements in urban markets. The three new products – Holcim Pasangan, Holcim Plesteran and Holcim Acian – will be...

21 January 2015

Indian interest in Congo plant investment

The Republic of Congo is expected to add a further cement plant to its production base, according to local news service, Star du Congo. The president of India-based Seftech, Mahesh Chaturved, will be meeting the c...

22 January 2015

Morocco’s cement demand falls 5.4% in 2014

The fall in Morocco’s cement consumption declined by 5.4 per cent, following a 6.3 per cent reduction in 2013, according to the Moroccan Economics and Finance Ministry (DEPF). The positive trend is attributed to go...

20 January 2015

Iran halts clinker production for 30 days

Iran has halted the production of clinker for 30 days, effective 14 January 2015. Abdolreza Sheykhan, an official with Iran's Cement Producers Association, said that the country currently has 17Mt of clinker in store...

19 January 2015

US Jan-Nov shipments - preliminary data

Portland and blended cement shipments in the US and Puerto Rico over the Jan-November 2014 period reached 82.39Mt, preliminary data from the US Geological Survey (USGS) shows. Of the total shipments, domestic dispatc...

23 January 2015

Indonesia lowers SOE-produced cement prices

Indonesia’s President Joko Widodo has decided to lower the selling price of cement produced by State-Owned Enterprises (SOE) by IDR3000/bag. On Friday last week, the president announced the price cuts of the SOE-pro...

19 January 2015

India: JSW Group eyes capacity expansion

The JSW Group plans to expand its cement production capacity to 30Mta over the next decade from the current 5Mta as it seeks to become a bigger player on the Indian cement market scene. Speaking to BusinessLine rep...

22 January 2015

Iran output exceeds 50Mt in first nine months

Iran produced 51.645Mt of cement in the first nine months of the current Iranian calendar year (March 21 December 2014), the IRNA news agency reported on Sunday. Moreover, 56.85Mt of clinker were produced over the pe...

16 January 2015

Semen Indonesia's Myanmar investment discussions still ongoing

Semen Indonesia may withdraw from plans to invest in Myanmar if the company and its local partner fail to reach an amicable agreement over the partnership deal, a company executive has told the Jakarta Post. Last ye...

16 January 2015

Holcim remains committed to Lafarge merger despite SNB move

Holcim said it remained committed to a planned merger with Lafarge despite a move by the Swiss National Bank (SNB) that knocked almost CHF3bn (US$3.45bn) off the Swiss company's market value. In a surprise move, the...

16 January 2015

India: UltraTech outlines upcoming greenfield expansion

Following its planned takeover of two cement plants owned by the Jaypee group, UltraTech has outlined its next phase of greenfield expansion. India’s largest cement producer is planning to set up two  greenfield gri...

16 January 2015

Honduran cement price to hold

Following a suggestion by Silvio Larios, general manager of the Honduran Chamber of the Construction Industry (Chico), to revise the price of cement, representatives of the cement industry announced that the price ...