International

20 December 2005

Akmenes lifts Jan-Nov sales to EUR33m

Lithuania’s only cement manufacturer, posted sales of LTL113.93m EUR 33m) for the first 11 months of this year, a rise of 16 per cent from sales of LTL98.25m a year earlier.

20 December 2005

Consumption up 5.1%, Spain

Cement consumption in Spain rose by 5.1 per cent YoY to over 46.8Mt in the 11 months to November 2005, the Spanish cement makers association Oficemen said. Cement output in

20 December 2005

Cement tightness will continue, US

US cement makers have reportedly announced 10-15 per cent price increases for January atop a 13 per cent increase in the past 12 months. ‘They probably will stick,’ says Ken Simonson, chief economist

19 December 2005

Padang continues to improve

Cement maker PT Semen Padang in West Sumatra targets a 56.15 per cent increase in net profit to Rp212.23 billion (US$21.2m) from this year’s target of Rp135.91 billion. The subsidiary of state-o

19 December 2005

Saudi Cement Company to invest in two new lines

Embarking on one of the largest regional cement projects, Saudi Cement Company (SCC) is investing around SR2.2 billion (US$578m) to step up production and meet steadily rising local and regional deman

16 December 2005

Cement production up by 34 per cent, Ukraine

In November, cement production rose by 34% compared with November 2004, to 941,000t, the State Statistics Committee disclosed. In November, cement production fell by 23.4% to

16 December 2005

Peru’s November sales rise 13.3 per cent

Peru’s overall cement sales in November rose a sharp 13.3% to 432,110t from the 381,250t sold in the same month a year before, the National Association of Cement Producers, or Asocem, said Thurs

16 December 2005

Infrastructure projects to boost cement demand

Despite a predicted fall in consumer purchasing power as a result of higher interest rates, cement demand is expected to remain high in 2006 with a boost from government and private sector spending on

16 December 2005

US considers implementing 3Mt cement import quota, abolishing tariff

The US Department of Commerce (DOC) intends to set up a 3Mt import quota for Mexican cement in place of the 55% anti-dumping tariff currently charged, Mexico City daily Reforma reported.

16 December 2005

Buzzi Unicem to add 1Mt of capacity in the US

Buzzi Unicem is investing US$262m to increase capacity at the Buzzi Unicem USA works at Selma, Mo. A new five stage preheater / precalciner kiln is to replace two existing long dry kilns. The works,

15 December 2005

Cement scheduled to arrive Wednesday

The first shipment of cement to the island of Jamaica which is expected to ease the current shortage of supplies is scheduled to arrive Wednesday. However, the supplies will not be distributed to the

15 December 2005

UAE Cement Sector Outlook

Projects currently under execution in the GCC, Iran and Iraq are in excess of US$697bn. Out of these, UAE is believed to account for about 32%, or US$224bn worth of projects. Out of an amount of US$29

15 December 2005

Holcim Inaugurates first concrete plant at Cat Lai

Holcim Vietnam on December 9 inaugurated its new concrete plant in Cat Lai in southern Ho Chi Minh City’s District 2. The factory, capitalized at $3 million, covering 15,000m2, has the capacity

15 December 2005

Taiwan Regulator fines cement cartel

Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission said Thursday it fined 21 local cement companies a total of NT$210m (US$6.3m) for price fixing between 2000 and 2003. Almost all of Taiwan’s major cement ma

15 December 2005

Lafarge announces further increases in cement capacity

The Paris-based global leader in cement is spending €125m in a new kiln and associated production facilities at its Russian subsidiary Voskresenskcement’s existing works, raising the cement capa

14 December 2005

Motivation vital for high performance

A South African based business analyst Justin Cohen says companies need to motivate their individuals if productivity is to improve. Cohen said yesterday during a training workshop for Lafarge Portlan