International

23 September 2005

US, Mexico officials to meet on Mexican cement tariff

Trade negotiators from Mexico and the U.S. will meet Friday in Mexico City to discuss lifting tariffs on Mexican cement in the U.S. as hurricane damage threatens to make tight supplies of building mat

22 September 2005

East African Portland to buy major stake in Kigali Cement

East African Portland Cement will invest close to Sh150m in a deal that will that will lead to Kenya’s second biggest cement maker buying 49 per cent shares in Kigali Cement Company.

22 September 2005

Old cement plant sold

International cement giant Holcim Ltd.’s sale of its old cement plant in LaPorte, northwest of Fort Collins, and several hundred shares of water rights on Saturday brought the company more than

22 September 2005

CSN plans US$100m Rio de Janeiro cement plant

Brazilian integrated steelmaker CSN is planning to build a cement plant in southeastern Rio de Janeiro state, local news agency Agência Estado reported.

22 September 2005

Lafarge CEO sees further cement recovery, improved margins vs energy costs

Lafarge CEO sees further cement recovery, improved margins vs energy costs Lafarge CEO Bernard Kasriel predicted the modest recovery in cement and granulate volumes seen in the second quarter will p

22 September 2005

Government repeats calls for abolition of US cement tariffs

The Mexican government will continue its calls for the US to abolish import tariffs on cement in spite of the US government announcement that sanctions will be reduced on cement maker Cemex.

21 September 2005

Cement production up 9.9%, Ukraine

In August, cement production fell by 3.7% to 1,328,000t compared with July.

21 September 2005

Ciments Francais plans acquisitions in India, Turkey

French cement producer Ciments Francais SA, a subsidiary of Italian cement group Italcementi, is not excluding the possibility to expand its foreign activities through acquisitions in southern India

21 September 2005

Cementos de Chihuahua to invest US$4.0m per year in R&D Centre

The president of Cementos de Chihuahua, Federico Terrazas, said that the new R&D centre would double the innovation and R&D investments of the cement maker.

21 September 2005

Madras cements to set up wind mills, thermal power plant

Madras Cements Ltd (MCL) has commissioned a 38MW (MW) capacity captive thermal power plant at its Alathiyur unit in Tamil Nadu. It is investing Rs110 crore in expanding captive power generation capaci

21 September 2005

Indonesia Semen Gresik eight month cement sales up 5% on Year

PT Semen Gresik said its cement sales in the first eight months of this year rose 5% on year to 10.66Mt, driven by an increase in domestic sales.

21 September 2005

UAE Dubai Holding, Egypt Orascom Construction Industries set up Emirates Cement Co

UAE Dubai’s state-owned company Dubai Holding and Egypt’s Orascom Construction Industries have announced the establishment of a joint project, the Emirates Cement Company.

21 September 2005

HeidelbergCement to cut workforce by 1100

HeidelbergCement AG said it will cut about 1,100 administrative jobs across Europe in a bid to reduce costs by about EUR50m ($71m) annually and streamline its organisation.

21 September 2005

FLSmidth sells Sinai Cement stake to France’s Vicat

FLSmidth has sold its 7.5 percent stake in Egypt’s Sinai Cement Company for around 100 million Danish crowns (US$16.4m), the Danish company said.

16 September 2005

Offer for Javedan Cement same as PC reference price

It is a coincidence that the Privatisation Commission (PC) has received the same offer for Javedan Cement Limited (JCL) as was approved by the Cabinet Committee on Privatisation (CCoP), headed by the

16 September 2005

UK Blue Circle Sets Up Subsidiary in Argentina

British cement group Blue Circle, a subsidiary of Lafarge, has set up a subsidiary in Argentina.