Cement News: International

13 January 2017

Indonesian cement consumption hits 62Mt in 2016

Indonesia consumed 62Mt of cement in 2016, up three per cent on the previous year, but below the Indonesian Cement Association’s (ASI) target of 65Mt, the Jakarta Globe reports. In a statement, ASI Chairman, Widodo Santoso,blamed delays in government infrastructure projects for the ...

13 January 2017

Spain: LafargeHolcim Valencia plant cuts production

LafargeHolcim's cement plant in Sagunto, Valencia, Spain, cut production by almost 10 per cent in 2016 in response to the import restrictions imposed by Algeria, its biggest market. The group is exploring its opti...

13 January 2017

Caribbean: Rock Hard Cement starts exporting

Rock Hard cement company has is about to enter markets outside of its homebase of Barbados. Eight months ago it was experiencing a difficult time exporting, but it can now compete in other Carribean markets. Chief ...

24 January 2017

Moroccan cement demand slips 0.7% in 2016

Moroccan cement demand fell 12.5 per cent MoM in December 2016 and slipped 0.7 per cent YoY to just over 14.5Mt in 2016, according to Morocco’s Ministry of Housing and Urbanisation. In December 2016 the domestic m...

Qatar: QPMC to inaugurate cement storage silos in 1Q 12 January 2017

Qatar: QPMC to inaugurate cement storage silos in 1Q

Qatar Primary Materials Company (QPMC) will inaugurate its cement storage silos project in the 1Q17 as part of its “efforts to ensure sustainable supply” of cement in the country. QPMC CEO, Eisa al-Hammadi, said t...

11 January 2017

India: Dalmia and Nagaur limestone blocks awarded

The government auction of the 3B1A Limestone Block in Zayal, Nagaur, India, has awarded the block to Emami Cement, which paid INR51bn (US$746m) for the 125t concession. Meanwhile, Dalmia Cement obtained the Chitto...

Egypt: floating pound sends cement prices skywards 12 January 2017

Egypt: floating pound sends cement prices skywards

Building materials prices have increased sharply in Egypt since the country floated the pound, according to industry sources. They said the price rise could threaten projects, force contractors out of the market and ...

13 January 2017

Indonesia - new investment must be outside Java

Estimates released by the Indonesian Ministry of Industry indicate that total national cement capacity in 2017 will reach 102Mta versus a total requirement of 70Mta. In response, the Indonesian government is formulat...

10 January 2017

Bestway signs coal transport MoU with Pakistan Railways

Bestway Cement Co and Pakistan Railways have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for transporting from Sindh to Punjab. Under the MoU coal would be transported from Port Qasim and Bin Qasim Railway Station ...

09 January 2017

Preliminary data show US cement demand over 9Mt in October

Portland and blended cement shipments by US producers to the domestic market in October 2016 reached 8,012,653t, according to preliminary figures of the US Geological Survey (USGS). In addition, some 1,028,338t were ...

13 January 2017

Swiss cement demand advances 4.2% in 2016

Swiss cement producers dispatched 1,076,007t of cement in 4Q16, up 1.6 per cent from 1,058,619t delivered in 4Q15, according to the latest data of the country's cement association, Cemsuisse. The figures include disp...

12 January 2017

Cement mill delivered to Angolan plant

Last week, project cargo handler Yuexin Logistics completed delivery of major cement plant components from Shanghai to Luanda in Angola. The delivery is believed to relate to the Nova Cimangola 2 project, which is b...

12 January 2017

Nepal: cement grading process delayed

Although the Nepal Bureau of Standards and Metrology (NBSM) says it has penned a quality certification draft, the government is yet to begin the grading process for domestic cement brands. The NBSM has failed to a...

10 January 2017

Indonesia: domestic cement sales weaken in November

The first 11 months of 2016 Indonesian cement sales reached a total of 56.5Mt, up 2.8 per cent YoY from domestic cement sales in the same period one year earlier. However, domestic cement sales weakened 5.4 per cen...

06 January 2017

Algeria: second production unit at Ain El Kebira commissioned

Minister of Industry and Mining, Abdesslam Bouchouareb, has inaugurated the second production unit at GICA’s cement plant at Ain El Kebira, Setif. The 2Mta unit will help Algeria to reach the stage of self-sufficienc...

06 January 2017

CAR government signs limestone agreement

The government of the Central African Republic (CAR) is one step closer to the exploitation of the limestone deposit in Bombassa and Ndimba villages, on the banks of the Oubangui river. CAR Trade Minister, Hassan ...