Cement News: International

09 February 2017

Uganda: Karuma project to buy cement locally

President Yoweri Museveni recently directed companies working on projects in Uganda to buy materials locally. Deng Changyi, the acting project manager of Sinohydro Corporation, the company constructing the 600MW Karuma Hydro Power Project, disclosed that efforts have been made to incre...

10 February 2017

Ireland: Quinn Cement open Warrenpoint export hub

Quinn Cement has establised a new cement export hub in Warrenpoint Harbour in Co Down, Ireland, in a GBP2.5m (EUR2.9m) investment. With a capacity to move 7500t, the export facility will service Quinn Cement's base i...

09 February 2017

Pakistan: US$400m British investment in new plant

British company Asian Precious Minerals (APML) announced plans to invest US$400m in a new cement plant in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. The announcement was made during a meeting between APML and the Chief Minister o...

03 February 2017

Egypt: Premiere aims to attract new investment for cement sector

Ahmed Abdelmoghny, managing director of Premiere, said his company sought to raise EGP3.5bn (US$186.9m) for an Egyptian cement company to establish a 1.5Mta cement works on the Ain Sokhna Desert road. He stressed ...

USA: cement shipments in November rose by 8.2% 08 February 2017

USA: cement shipments in November rose by 8.2%

Total shipments of Portland and blended cement in the USA and Puerto Rico in November 2016 were about 7.9Mta, up by 8.2 per cent from sales in November 2015. The leading producing states for Portland and blended c...

03 February 2017

LafargeHolcim to take part in Global Framework Agreement

Global trade unions represented by IndustriALL Global Union and Building and Wood Worker's International (BWI) met with representatives of LafargeHolcim on 23 January 2017 to launch the process for developing a Globa...

UK: Hope Cement reward loyal customers 03 February 2017

UK: Hope Cement reward loyal customers

Hope Cement has introduced a new incentive scheme through its smartphone app. The loyalty scheme is a new approach to drive traffic into merchants’ stores and help to grow their business. Customers collect points ...

07 February 2017

Emerging markets to remain unpredictable in 2017

The year 2017 is expected to be a difficult one to negotiate for large cement corporations that have high exposure to emerging markets as major price and volume issues are now surfacing.   In recent years several of...

02 February 2017

Pakistan: capacity utilisation tops 90% in December 2016

According to figures released by the All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA), cement sales in December 2016 reached 3.56Mt, with capacity utilisation running at 90.9 per cent, the Nation newspaper repor...

02 February 2017

Cambodia: SCG's Kampot Cement to open third plant

Siam Cement Group (SCG), Thailand’s largest cement conglomerate, is to take advantage of Cambodia’s booming construction sector by opening its third cement plant in Battambang province next year through its subsidiar...

02 February 2017

Venezuela expects to export 0.3Mt of cement in 2017

In 2017 Venezuela’s cement industry forecasts cement exports of 0.3Mt, around five per cent of the country’s total planned production of 6Mt, according to the President of the Federación Bolivariana de Construcción, ...

02 February 2017

Saudi Arabia: lacklustre domestic demand creates price war

A drop in domestic demand caused by a downturn in government construction projects has triggered a price war among cement producers in Saudi Arabia, according to local newspaper Al-Youm. The National Cement Commit...

02 February 2017

Sri Lanka: production and imports spike in 9M16

Sri Lanka's combined cement production and imports were up 28.4 per cent YoY to 6.5Mt by October 2016, indicating a strong recovery in the construction sector. Domestic production was up 17.5 per cent (334,000t) t...

01 February 2017

France: cement demand up 1.7%, positive outlook for 2017

Cement demand in France has increased 1.7 per cent to 17.4Mt in 2016, according to the French cement association, SFIC. The association expects this trend to continue in 2017 thanks to strong growth in housing cons...

01 February 2017

India: Birla rebrands Reliance Perfect Cement

Since acquiring Reliance Cement Co, Birla Corporation Ltd has rebranded the Reliance Perfect Cement brand as MP Birla Perfect Cement and launched it in the central Indian market. Kolkata-based MP Birla Group has a...

08 February 2017

Spain: domestic cement consumption falls 3.1% in 2016

Spain's total cement consumption for 2016 reached 11,140,639t, down more than 350,000t compared to 2015 and representing a 3.1 per cent YoY fall. December's monthly figure was equally as poor, down 3.8 per cent ...