International

02 March 2006

Aditya Birla shipments up

Aditya Birla group, India’s top cement producer, said on Thursday its February cement shipments rose 16.1 per cent from a year ago to 2.54Mt. The group, including flagship Grasim Industries Ltd.

02 March 2006

Anti-dumping – winners and losers

Mexico and the US plan to ratify on March 6 an agreement to end a long-standing trade dispute over cement, a spokesman for Mexico’s Economy Ministry said Wednesday. Economy Minister Sergio Garc

01 March 2006

Cement cos to build on core play, India

The cement sector found no mention in the Budget, but there was much cheer in the industry due to the increased emphasis on infrastructure, which is expected to boost cement demand.

01 March 2006

Antitrust chief says may increase fine on Eurocement, Russia

Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) may increase Russian cement producer Eurocement Group’s fine to 8 billion rubles from the current 2 billion rubles, if the company continues violating

01 March 2006

Indocement warns higher costs in 2006, Indonesia

Indonesia’s second largest cement maker, PT Indocement Tunggal Prakarsa Tbk, expects production costs will rise this year due to high energy costs, inflation and interest rates, but it projected

01 March 2006

China to further reform cement industry

China will continue to adjust its cement industry’s structure to ease overcapacity and achieve industry centralization, said the National Development and Reform Commission (N

01 March 2006

CIMA mulls cement assets sale to Vicat of France

State-owned Cement Industries of Malaysia, or CIMA, the country’s third largest cement producer, is reportedly considering the sale of 51 per cent of its cement assets to France’s Vicat gr

28 February 2006

Loss-making cement firms rise in spite of growth

China’s cement industry experienced healthy growth in 2005 despite rising energy costs and lower prices due to more efficient labor. The number of loss-making companies, however, increased.

28 February 2006

Cement monopoly damaging Jamaica

The opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) stated yesterday that a monopoly in the cement market is not in the interest of the Jamaican people.

28 February 2006

Cement prices in Andhra at a new high

Cement prices in Andhra Pradesh are at a new high with the onset of summer, which usually sees hectic construction activity in the state.

28 February 2006

Holcim plans merger with Stredoslovenska Cementaren

The largest cement producer in Slovakia, Holcim Slovensko, a.s, Rohoznik wants to merge with Stredoslovenska Cementaren, s.r.o. Banska Bystrica. Both companies deposited a draft agreement on merger in

28 February 2006

Gresik posts US$100m net profit, Indonesia

State-run cement maker PT Semen Gresik posted a net profit of Rp936.314bn (US$100.8m) last year, up by 83.37 per cent from a year earlier.

28 February 2006

GCC reports record fourth quarter results, Mexico

Mexico’s Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua (GCC) consolidated results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2005.

27 February 2006

Firms to return growth, Malaysia

After a tough year battling problems like limited supply and going through a price war in 2005, cement companies in Malaysia look set for a more stable year ahead

27 February 2006

Iran’s VP visits Syrian cement factory

Iran’s First Vice-President Parviz Dawoodi, who is in Syria to attend Iran-Syria High Committee, visited a cement plant near the city of Hama.

27 February 2006

Cement lured to go off road, India

The Railway budget has brought some cheer for cement makers reeling under ever increasing road freight. Though the railway minister hasn’t tinkered with the rate classification for cement and cl