International

26 September 2005

Garadagh Cement increases investment programme

The azerbaijani Garadagh Cement company, the country’s sole cement producer, has increased its investment program from $75m to $87m but postponed its start, Garadagh Cement board chairman Uve Ko

26 September 2005

Pikalevsky Cement production up

In the first eight months of 2005, Pikalevsky Cement (the Leningrad Region) produced more than one million tonnes of cement. The company’s annual capacity is projected at 2.7Mt. In

26 September 2005

Holcim says plant closure will not affect output

PT Semen Cibinong, a unit of Holcim, said the planned closure of one of its plants for seven months will not affect the company’s total cement output as it will raise production at its

26 September 2005

Energy costs trim Asia Cement growth

Asia Cement Plc, Thailand’s fourth largest cement maker, estimates a slight decline in sales growth to seven per cent this year from 10 per cent last year, due mainly to the effect of higher energy pr

23 September 2005

Prizes awarded to sustainable construction projects in Asia Pacific

Zurich/Beijing, September 23, 2005. USD 220,000 in prize money was presented to the best submissions from Asia Pacific in the Holcim Awards competition for sustainable construction projects. The compe

23 September 2005

Cement demand dampens

Demand for cement has dampened slightly due to the lack of new infrastructure projects as well as the slight downturn in the construction industry, the Cement Manufacturers

23 September 2005

Italian and Thai prices depress Italcementi profits

Italcementi increased first half cement deliveries by 9.6 per cent to 26.2Mt, helped by the full consolidation of Suez Cement for three months, with the underlying volume increase being 2.3 per cent.

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.