International

21 July 2016

Indonesia: Consumption rises 3.1% in year to June 2016

Cement consumption in Indonesia reached 29.48Mt for the first six months of 2016, according to Indonesia Investments, but sales in Java – the largest market – recorded a decline in June. Overall, cement consumption for 1H2016 was up 3.1 per cent YoY. In June, Indonesia consumed 5.1M...

18 July 2016

Nigeria: Lafarge Africa launches logistics academy for truck drivers

Lafarge Africa Plc has established a logistics academy for truck drivers in an attempt to lower the level of reckless driving in Nigeria. According to the company the academy will educate drivers on the fundamentals ...

15 July 2016

Algeria: new cement plant in Sigus

Algerian Prime Minister, Abdelmalek Sellal, laid the first stone of a cement plant operated by the Industrial Group of Cements of Algeria (GICA) on Thursday in Sigus (Oum El Bouaghi). The Prime Minister said that ...

15 July 2016

Ghana: government blamed for Diamond Cement downsizing

The Afloa Youth Association in the Volta region have accused the Ghanaian government of being insensitive towards the downsizing of local cement manufacturer Diamond Cement as a result of competition with Dangote Cem...

15 July 2016

Sri Lanka: Tokyo Cement Company calls for end to price controls

Tokyo Cement, the largest cement producer in Sri Lanka, has called on the government to end controls and allow the market to set prices, Colombo’s Daily Mirror reports. In 2015 the government introduced a price ce...

15 July 2016

India: Kerala businesses protest high cement prices

The Government Contractors Association (GCA) in Kerala has hit out at the state government’s failure to control cement prices, which have reached INR430 (US$6.40) for a 50kg bag, the Deccan Chronicle reports. The ...

20 July 2016

Gabon moves towards self-sufficiency

In line with the aim of many west African countries, Gabon is quickly establishing itself as a self-sufficient producer rather than a prominent importer. This week, Moroccan company Ciments de l'Afrique (CIMAF) form...

15 July 2016

Conch offer shows price just one factor in Lafarge deal

China’s Anhui Conch lost out in the race to acquire Lafarge India despite the fact that its offer of INR95bn (US$1.4bn) was higher than the INR94bn bid submitted by Nirma Group, the eventual winners. In an article...

15 July 2016

Mozambique is on course to more than double its cement capacity

Three new factories are due to open before the end of the year in Mozambique as the country's cement capacity is expanded from just over 2Mta to around 5.3Mta. Greenfield plants are being built by CIF-Moz, owned ...

15 July 2016

Vietnam: cement and clinker sales reach 38.7Mt in 1H16

Vietnam's Building Material Department, under the Ministry of Construction, reports that cement producers in the country sold 38.7Mt of cement and clinker in the first half of this year, rising 12.4 per cent from a ...

13 July 2016

Safety award for Hanson Cement

Hanson UK, part of the HeidelbergCement Group, has been awarded a Tanker Safety Award at the 2016 Tip-ex and Tank-ex awards, recognising the company’s dedicated approach to vehicle safety. The award is given for i...

15 July 2016

Spain: consumption decreases 2.3% in 1H16

Cement sales in Spain slipped by 0.9 per cent to 1,048,116t while for 1H16 they fell 2.3 per cent to 5,525,720t. The continued fall in demand is attributed to the lack of construction in the infrastructure sector wit...

15 July 2016

Argentina: domestic demand down 19% in June 2016

Argentina’s cement demand contracted 18.8 per cent YoY in June 2016 to 857,525t from 1,055,434t in June 2015 and by 2.7 per cent MoM from 881,663t in May 2016, according to data from domestic cement association, AFCP...

12 July 2016

Nigeria: cement prices increase

According to The Guardian Nigeria market research, there has been a fluctuating increase in cement prices since May 2016. Previously prices had been reduced by Dangote Cement Plc, the leading producer of cement in th...

12 July 2016

Vietnam offers support for state-owned cement firms

According to figures released by the Ministry of Finance, the Vietnamese government is providing restructuring loans to unprofitable state-owned cement firms, VietNamNet Bridge reports. Firms, including Song Thao,...

15 July 2016

Saudi Arabia: export ban lifted

The Saudi Arabian government has decided to lift the export ban on cement, which was imposed in 2008 to push down prices and accommodate the demand generated by government-funded infrastructure projects. Once the ban...