Cement News: International

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 Committee of the Council of Saudi Chambers acknowledged the price war but sa...

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...

Spain: domestic cement consumption falls 3.1% in 2016 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 ...

27 January 2017

Tajikistan exports 0.3Mt of cement in 2016

In 2016 Tajikistan exported 300,000t of cement, mainly to Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan, according to Tajik Minister of Industry and New Technologies, Shavkat Bobozoda. Over the first nine months of last ...

Oficemen: plant closure possibility if power price continues to rise 27 January 2017

Oficemen: plant closure possibility if power price continues to rise

Oficemen warned of a potential closure of cement plants and stoppages if the price of electricity in Spain continues to rise and cement production becomes more expensive, endangering the competitiveness of Spanish ce...

27 January 2017

Spanish cement market contracts 3.1% in 2016

Cement demand in Spain closed at 11,140,639t in 2016, representing a 3.1 per cent YoY fall, according to Oficemen, the country's cement association. In December, domestic cement consumption dropped 3.8 per cent to 80...

26 January 2017

Egypt: Misr Beni Suef Cement postpones coal mill

Misr Beni Suef Cement Company has postponed the installation of a coal mill at its Beni Suef plant to the 3Q17. The coal mill is expected to cost EGP18m (US$0.96m). Managing Director, Farouk Mostafa, said the comp...

26 January 2017

Pakistan: construction of US$245m Haripur cement plant gets go-ahead

The chief minister of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pervez Khattak, has approved plans to invest US$245m in the construction of a cement plant in Haripur, The Dawn reports. The moves comes as part of a wider package of meas...

24 January 2017

Rising cement prices signal economic growth in China

Rising cement prices were providing a clear signal that China's economic growth will remain stable for the year ahead, said Mo Ji, chief economist for Asia ex-Japan at Amundi in an interview with CNBC. Cement offe...

24 January 2017

Jordan: AUCBM opens regional office in Amman

The Arab Union for Cement and Building Materials (AUCBM) is opening a regional office in Amman. The office is headed by Eng Khaled Tarawneh, gneral manager of Arab Company for White Cement Industry and AUCBM board me...

25 January 2017

Asocem: “Cement consumption will recover in 2017”

Peruvian cement association Asocem expects cement consumption in Peru to grow between 3-5 per cent in 2017 as private investment recovers and public works are carried out. “For 2017 the scenario is positive, due to...

23 January 2017

Bolivia’s government expects to sign Potosi contract in March

The Bolivian government anticipates to sign the contract for the construction of a new cement plant in Potosi in March. "I want to tell the department of Potosí, its factory is guaranteed with an investment of US$...

23 January 2017

Sri Lanka: INSEE Cement links with universities

Cement manufacturer INSEE Cement (formerly known as Holcim (Lanka) Ltd) has signed a partnership with three of Sri Lanka’s universities – Peradeniya, Moratuwa and Ruhuna – to boost the local construction industry wit...

23 January 2017

Caribbean: Trinidad Cement competes with Rock Hard Cement

Rock Hard Cement of Barbados has begun to penetrate the local market in Trinidad and Tobago, offering its product at TTD46/bag (US$6.81/bag). State-owned Trinidad Cement Ltd (TCL) has spoken out, warning customers of...