International

25 September 2014

Spanish watchdog initiates preliminary inspection

The Spanish competition watchdog Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y de la Competencia (CNMC) has carried out inspections at the headquarters of companies that produce cement, concrete and their derivatives. The preliminary inspections were carried out over 16-18 September 2014 for al...

25 September 2014

Maple Leaf wins 'Best Corporate Report' award

Maple Leaf Cement Factory Limited was declared the overall winner at the 13th Best Corporate and Sustainability Report (BCSR) Awards hosted by The Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) and the Institu...

25 September 2014

PCA: ASTM International releases new product category rules for several cements

ASTM International has released the final product category rules (PCR) for Portland, blended hydraulic, masonry, mortar and plastic stucco cements. The PCA notes that the development of PCR for the cement industry e...

25 September 2014

Leocem makes donation to help fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone

Cement producer Leocem has donated EUR50,000 (US$64,500) to UNICEF as part of their contribution in the fight against the Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone. Arne Johansen, managing director of Leocem handed over the che...

25 September 2014

Cameroon to suspend cement imports

Cameroon has decided to suspend imports of cement, local press report quoting a presidential directive to the Prime Minister to that effect. The 21 August directive made public by the Ministry of Commerce underline...

25 September 2014

Indonesian firms expect better second-half

Two of Indonesia's top three cement producers are expecting a better financial performance in the second half of this year, on the back of growing demand despite a projected slowdown in the country's economy. Chri...

25 September 2014

PCA: new capacity projections unchanged

Previously announced plans of more than 6Mta of new capacity during 2016-18 remain unchanged, according to the Portland Cement Association’s (PCA’s) latest capacity report. There have been no plant shutdowns since A...

23 September 2014

Elementia plans IPO, Mexico

Mexico's Elementia is exploring the possibility of soon launching an initial public offering (IPO) to expand its cement business and fuel further acquisitions, the company's chief executive officer said on Monday. S...

25 September 2014

JSW seeks to expand southern Indian presence

JSW Cement, a subsidiary of the JSW Group, is mulling the  construction of a 4.3Mta cement plant in the Gulbarga district of Karnataka, reports Business Line (India). The project is being considered with a view to s...

23 September 2014

Ethiopian producer looks to secure electricity supplies

Ethiopia-based producer East Cement SC is seeking to increase its electricity supply as shortages have led it to operate at half of its production capacity. The company, which is headquartered in the Eastern Indus...

22 September 2014

Saudi Arabia: Southern Cement's third line is 70% completed

Southern Province Cement Co has completed 70 per cent of the third line of its Tihama plant, according to the Tadawul website. Project delays have been caused by the difficulties the contractor to obtain the neces...

22 September 2014

India: new Karnataka plant for JSW Cement

JSW Cement Ltd is considering setting up a 4.3Mta cement plant in Gulbarga, Karnataka. The company's ownership of land in the limestone-rich region is quoted as one of the key advantages in building a new plant in Ka...

22 September 2014

Strike threat at Holcim Bulacan cement plant eased

Potential disruption at Holcim Philippines’ Bulacan plant has eased following fruitful conciliation talks facilitated by a team of conciliators from the National Conciliation and Mediation Board (NCMB) and the Office...

25 September 2014

Venezuela: IMIDRO starts tests at its Caracas plant

Iranian Mines & Mining Industries Development & Renovation Organization (IMIDRO) has started test production at its Iran-built plant in Venezuela, a project that saw the start of its implementation eight months ago. ...

19 September 2014

New FLSmidth Service Centre in Zacatecas, Mexico

FLSmidth recently opened its newest service centre in Zacatecas, Mexico. The official opening was attended by Zacatecas state governor, Miguel Alonso Reyes; Patricia Salinas, secretary of economy and social developme...

19 September 2014

GCC appoints new American division CEO

The Board of Directors of Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua (GCC) announced that Enrique Escalante will become the chief executive officer effective 1 January 2015.  Current CEO, Manual Milan, announced he will retire at t...