Cement News: International

21 February 2017

USA: slag cement shipments up 12%

The Slag Cement Association (SCA) announced that in 2016 slag cement shipments showed a YoY increase of 12 per cent. President of the SCA, Ed Griffith: “I am pleased that this 12 per cent increase in shipments represents the strength of our economy and the increased understanding of...

24 February 2017

Cemtech MEA 2017 provides GCC focus for an international audience

Delegates from over 30 countries, including all of the Gulf Cooperation Council's member states, gathered at the Grand Hyatt Dubai, in UAE, for this year's Cemtech Middle East and Africa conference and exhibition. ...

20 February 2017

US December deliveries down, but full-year 2016 shipments up

Portland and blended cement shipments in the USA fell 8.4 per cent to 6.039Mt in December 2016 from 6.59Mt in December 2015, according to preliminary data from the US Geological Survey (USGS). US producers deliver...

20 February 2017

Iranians advised to view Iraqi cement as an investment opportunity

The head of Iran-Iraq Chamber of Commerce, Yahya Al-e Es'haq, has advocated that Iranians should invest in the neighbouring cement market of Iran. "During a meeting with Iraq's minister of industry and minerals, th...

Philippines: cement ship workers held hostage 20 February 2017

Philippines: cement ship workers held hostage

Seven Vietnamese sailors are being held hostage after their ship was attacked near the south of the Philippines. The ship was transporting cement from Indonesia to the Philippines and was attacked Sunday evening near...

20 February 2017

Poland: LafargeHolcim awards A TEC upgrade contract

To reduce the chlorine contents without causing substantial thermal losses in the kiln line, LafargeHolcim awarded A TEC a contract for upgrading its existing REDUCHLOR ® Bypass in Kujawy, Poland. Based on detail...

Uruguay: government-owned plants losing money 23 February 2017

Uruguay: government-owned plants losing money

Uruguay's budget deficit reached four per cent of GDP during 2016, equivalent to US$2.043bn, the worst performance since 1989, according to the latest figures released by the government's statistics office, INE. 2015...

17 February 2017

AfriSam CEO: AfriSam's new Lesotho plant to help country's growth

AfriSam cement manufacturing plant in Lesotho will add to the growth prospects of the country, AfriSam CEO, Stephan Olivier, says of the newly-commissioned 0.2Mta cement plant. Mr Olivier made the remarks during t...

16 February 2017

Nigeria: fuel shortages hit cement output

Shortages of oil and natural gas have caused cement producers in Nigeria to cut output, with some plants having to close temporarily, reports the Vanguard newspaper. The declining availability of natural gas, low-...

16 February 2017

United States: Maine representatives call for vigilance over McInnis plant

Congressional representatives for the state of Maine have written to US Trade Representative, Maria Pagan, calling on her to ensure that cement imports from McInnis’s new Port-Daniel-Gascons plant do not unfairly com...

16 February 2017

Saudi Arabian cement sales down 16% in January

Domestic cement deliveries in Saudi Arabia in January 2017 were 15.9 per cent lower than in the same month the previous year, according to statistics released by Yamama Cement. At 4.78Mt, cement sales in the count...

15 February 2017

Ukraine: Ukrzaliznytsia proposal to Ukrcement in light of corruption claims

According to Ukrzaliznytsia board member, Marek Zalesny, Ukrzaliznytsia has applied the automated wagon distribution system to cement carriers and invites the Ukrcement association to jointly participate in the syste...

02 March 2017

Palestine: new plant to affect prices?

Palestinian Investment Fund (PIF) subsidiary, Sanad Construction Resources Co, began work on Phase I of its Palestine Cement Factory (PCF) in October 2016. The first phase of construction at PCF includes the const...

14 February 2017

China: cement output up 2.5% in 2016

China's cement output rose 2.5 per cent YoY to 2.4bnt in 2016, compared with the 4.9 per cent drop in 2015, according to the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). The data came as the property sector ...

13 February 2017

Indonesia: January sales drop 2.3% YoY

Indonesia's cement sales struggled last month as bad weather disrupted construction projects across the country. Sales fell to 5.3Mt last month, down 2.3 per cent YoY. "Rain and storms are present in many regions ...

10 February 2017

Afghan government cancels licence on country’s only cement plant

The Afghan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum has cancelled the licence to operate the Ghori cement plant, Reuters reports. The 0.4Mta plant, located in Baghlan province just north of Kabul, was originally state-run,...