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

14 December 2005

Mykolaivtsement increases output

In November, the Mykolaivtsement company (Mykolaiv, Lviv region), increased cement production by 25.8 per cent or 12,500t compared with November 2004, to 61,000t.

14 December 2005

Grenada looks to Cuban connections

Grenada is looking at the possibility of getting a shipment of cement from Cuba, to help deal with the shortage now being experienced in the country.

14 December 2005

Garadagh Cement to Invest US$7m

In 2006, Garadagh Cement joint-stock company plans to invest US$7m in Azerbaijan, Uwe Koehler, the chairman of Management Board of Garadagh Cement, told local reporters. Koehler said that the funds wi

13 December 2005

Ash Resources to boost capacity

Ash Resources, SA’s largest supplier of fly ash, which is added to concrete building products, will spend R15m to expand production capacity on the back of the growing construction market. The s

13 December 2005

Case for Indian Competition Commission

The government’s belated concern over cartelisation in cement is welcome. It should fast-track the Competition Commission, currently awaiting fresh legislation. Cartelisation among cement majors

13 December 2005

Dyckerhoff aims to downgrade Germany

German cement company Dyckerhoff AG wants to reduce its dependence on its home market, according to Chief Executive Wolfgang Bauer, as quoted in Boesen-Zeitung. Bauer

13 December 2005

Cemex and Cementir trade concrete interests

Cemex is pulling out of Denmark by having signed an agreement to sell its wholly-owned subsidiary 4K-Beton to Cementir, already the market leader in Denmark. 4K-Beton operates 18 batching plants and,

13 December 2005

Taiwan Cement plans for southern China

With one new plant already scheduled to open next February in Yingde, Guangdong Province, mainland China, Taiwan Cement Corporation, Taiwan’s largest producer of cement, recently announced it wo

12 December 2005

JK Cement plans expansion

JK Cement, India is embarking on an expansion plan for which it is planning an initial public offering (IPO) to raise Rs 300 crore in January 2006.