International

13 August 2014

Indonesian demand poised for recovery

Indonesian cement demand is poised to pick up following a 25 per cent YoY decline last month, analysts at CIMB have said. The bank says July's unusually weak figures were due to a combination of the presidential election and Eid celebrations. Despite the weak figures, CIMB says July...

14 August 2014

Iran’s output climbs to 23.8Mt

Iran produced 23.8Mt of cement during the first four months of the current Iranian fiscal year, which started on March 21. The figure is 31 per cent higher (5.7Mt) than the comparative period of last year, Iran's IR...

14 August 2014

Pakistan sales decline in first month of new fiscal

Pakistan cement dispatches during the first month of the new fiscal (FY14-15) proved disappointing with both domestic and export sales registering YoY declines. Total sales during July 2014 fell 14.12 per cent to 2...

14 August 2014

New Fijian cement plant officially launched

Tengy Cement (Fiji) Company Ltd (TCFL), a Chinese investment company, has officially launched operations on the island of Fiji. Construction of the 20,000tpa factory, situated in Lami, Suva, started in 2012 and was...

14 August 2014

Vietnam sales up 8% in first seven months

Vietnam sold 37Mt of cement in the first seven months of this year, up eight per cent from a year ago and fulfilling 59.75 per cent of the whole-year target, the country's Ministry of Construction said. Of the total...

14 August 2014

Grinding unit planned for Karnataka, India

JR Super Cement is planning a 200tpd cement grinding unit and a coal-based captive power plant in the district of Bagalkot, Karnataka state, India. The project is waiting for environmental clearance. Work on the ce...

14 August 2014

Indonesian July 2014 cement delivery fall 25%

Indonesian cement dispatches dropped by a quarter YoY to 3.7Mt in July 2014. The slowdown is attributed to falling economic growth, the presidential election and the Idul Fitri/Lebaran holiday. Apart from business cl...

11 August 2014

Kenya National Cement Co to expand with IFC finance

The IFC is providing up to US$70m to Kenya's National Cement Company Ltd (KNCC) to expand the cement producer's operations, increase the local cement supply and promote infrastructure development in Africa. IFC wi...

11 August 2014

Changes needed to Pakistan cement tariffs and tax

With domestic cement dispatches dipping in July to 1.73Mt compared with 1.85Mt during same month last year, Pakistan producers witnessed a decline of 6.52 per cent. Furthermore, exports last month were 503,000t again...

08 August 2014

China: MIIT issues warning on new capacity

China’s Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has issued an emergency decree ordering regulatory departments across the country to stop the cement sector from adding new capacity. The move is in resp...

08 August 2014

New alternative fuel for Lafarge Canada BC cement plant

Lafarge Canada Inc and Van Houtte Coffee Services Inc are teaming up to replace a portion of Lafarge's fossil fuels energy at the Kamloops, British Columbia (BC) cement plant with used K-Cup® packs. Some 70,000lbs p...

08 August 2014

Tajikistan output surpasses 0.6Mta in first seven months

Over the first seven months of the year, Tajikistan produced more than 0.6Mta of cement, some 0.58Mt more than the same period of last year, according to data from the country's Ministry of Industry and New Technolog...

07 August 2014

Pokot factory nearing construction phase, Kenya

Construction is expected to start on the Pokot Cement Factory as the establishment of preliminary facilities gets underway. Governor of West Pokot, Simon Kachapin, said that the Indian investors behind the factory ...

07 August 2014

Limak Cimento in Côte d'Ivoire joint venture

Limak Cimento, part of the Turkish conglomerate Limak Holding, is to enter the Côte d'Ivoire market through a new grinding and packaging plant venture with local partner Afrikbat. The two parties held a signing cer...

06 August 2014

Algeria to become net exporter?

Algeria's cement imports have increased by 30 per cent to US$283.9m in 1H14, according to the country's Customs Office. In terms of volumes, imports reached 3.086Mt in the six first months of 2014, up 26.6 per cen...

06 August 2014

Mauritius opens LafargeHolcim merger inquiry

The Competition Commission of Mauritius (CCM) has opened an inquiry to determine whether the merger of Holcim and Lafarge will have a negative impact on the competition in the island's cement market. If the merger i...