Cement News: International

23 December 2016

Oficemen: full-year cement demand in Spain expected 3% down

Cement demand in Spain edged up 0.6 per cent YoY in November to 1,008,191t, according to the country's cement association, Oficemen. In the January-November period, consumption fell three per cent YoY to 10.336Mt. The association expects full-year domestic cement sales to be down three...

22 December 2016

Sri Lanka: Tokyo Cement expansion project

Tokyo Cement Co (Lanka) Plc has commenced initial testing at its cement plant in Trincomalee, Sri Lanka. The fully-automated plant is expected to nearly double the company’s production capacity when it begins commerc...

20 December 2016

Nepal: clinker imports in high demand

Nepal's import of clinker rocketed by 674 per cent in the first four months of this fiscal as domestic grinding and cement plants tried to meet demand, reports the Himalayan Times. The country imported clinker wort...

19 December 2016

Nigeria: BUA cement 8Mta planned expansion

The BUA Cement 8Mta expansion project initiated last year is expected to be completed by 2018, according to BUA Group CEO, Abdulsamad Rabiu. Mr Rabiu said the expansion will see the firm double its production capacit...

USA: MSHA points to management failings in Midlothian fatality 22 December 2016

USA: MSHA points to management failings in Midlothian fatality

The Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) report on the fatal accident in May at Ash Grove Midlothian plant in Texas cites a failure in management policies, procedures, and controls to adequately ensure that ...

16 December 2016

Moroccan cement demand stable in November

Cement sales in Morocco experienced a 3.5 per cent drop YoY to 1.2Mt in November 2016, according to the country’s Ministry of Housing and Urban Policy. In regional terms, the Tanger-Tétouan-Al Hoceïma region saw de...

Peru’s cement market contracts more than 6% in November 16 December 2016

Peru’s cement market contracts more than 6% in November

Cement consumption in Peru continues to fall with domestic sales noting a 6.6 per cent YoY decline from 914,000t in November 2016 to 854,000t in November 2016, according to Asocem, the country’s cement association. ...

16 December 2016

Myanmar: BASF to open new construction chemicals plant

German industrial chemical firm BASF has announced that it will open its first manufacturing plant in Myanmar in 2017, Newswire Today reports. The plant will produce chemicals for the construction industry, BASF’s...

16 December 2016

Zimbabwe: Mortal Investments plant complete

The construction of Mortal Investments Manufacturing Co’s US$10m plant in Redcliff, Zimbabwe, has been completed. The Chinese investor begun construction of the new plant in August after purchasing a 100,000m 2 plot...

15 December 2016

Mexico: Cemex increases cement price 11%

Cemex notified its distributors that from January 2017 it will increase the price of grey cement by around 11 per cent nationwide. Other producers such as Holcim and Cruz Azul are following suit with similar price ri...

15 December 2016

Kenya: Savannah Cement 2500tpm supply deal

Savannah Cement claims to be supplying 2500t of cement each month to the Outer Ring Road expansion project. The KES16bn (US$157m) road project is being financed by the African Development Bank and the Kenyan governme...

15 December 2016

Indonesian cement sales fall 9% in November

The Indonesian cement market is seeing a steep fall in cement sales as the year draw to a close. Cement sales volume during January-November 2016 was almost stagnant with November sales down nine per cent when compar...

14 December 2016

Kenya: locals request priority in EAPCC land sale

East Africa Portland Cement Co (EAPCC) has proposed the disposal of parcels of land and residents in some of the areas have requested priority in the sale. On 17 November 2016, Athi River-based company EAPCC annou...

13 December 2016

Fitch: Latin America 2017 outlook stable

According to a new Fitch Ratings report, the 2017 Latin American cement outlook for both ratings and the sector is stable. Associate Director at Fitch Ratings, Gilberto Gonzalez: “Issuers have built significant op...

16 December 2016

Saudi Arabia: domestic firms' sales down 22% in November

Saudi Arabian cement companies saw their sales fall 21.92 per cent YoY to 4.2Mt in November from 5.4Mt in the same month last year, according to a Yamama Cement report. Total production declined 20.2 per cent 4.23...

13 December 2016

Average oil price in 2017 to hover around US$61/bbl, gas at US$3.50/mBtu

Brent oil is expected to average US$61/bbl in 2017, peaking at US$70/bbl during the US driving season while WTI’s average is forecast at around US$59/bbl, according to the latest report by Bank of America Merrill Lyn...