Cement News: International

22 December 2016

India: new MHI plant operational by January

My Home Industries Ltd (MHI) has announced the launch of its new cement plant in Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu. The plant is expected to start functioning from January 2017. Executive Director of MHI, Samba Siva Rao, said that the grinding unit at Tuticorin would expand the company’s market...

21 December 2016

India: fuel cost rise puts squeeze on margins

The rising cost of coal and petcoke have put pressure on cement producers even as the impact of demonetisation is depressing demand and bringing down prices, the Business Standard reports. Cement prices in souther...

22 December 2016

Saudi cement and clinker inventories rise in 2016

The inventories of cement and clinker in Saudi Arabia increased since the start of 2016. Clinker stocks were up 2.4 per cent from 27Mt from 27Mt in October to 27.66Mt in November. Cement inventories slipped one per c...

21 December 2016

USA: ASTM honours Bruce Blair

The Bryant Mather Award from ASTM International Committee on Cement has been awarded to Bruce Blair, president and CEO of Consumers Concrete Corporation, in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA.   A member of ASTM since 1996, Br...

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

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...

Nepal: clinker imports in high demand 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...

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...

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...