International Cement Review articles tagged under : Corporate Analysis

22 September 2020

C’est la Vicat

Since Louis Vicat discovered artificial cement in 1817, the France-based Vicat group has expanded to be a major cement producer in 12 countries. The family-owned business was founded in 1853 when it launched its first dry-process plant. More recent investments have focussed on Vicat structuring its business around the circular economy, the regeneration of the Ragland plant in USA, the acquisit...

26 May 2020

Buzzi Unicem: Italy and beyond

The growth of Buzzi Unicem into a major multinational has taken more than a century. While its operations span the Atlantic and stretch to the Russian Urals in the east and the Mediterranean Sea and Middle East to th...

15 April 2020

Eagle Materials spreads its wings

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Eagle Materials Inc has grown from its early beginnings as part of Centex Corp into a multi-product building materials company. It is the largest US-owned cement firm, trades on the Ne...

06 April 2020

Identifying and managing risk

When developing cement plant projects, it is not possible to address every aspect of risk theory, nor every possible specific risk to be encountered. This article, however, offers considerations from the perspective ...

Rock solid contribution 12 November 2019

Rock solid contribution

With limestone, dolomite and gabbro deposits totalling a combined production of over 80Mta and reserves of over 4.5bnt, Stevin Rock is a key global producer of crushed rock. Its quarries in the United Arab Emirates (...

15 July 2019

HeidelbergCement: strong builder of carbon neutrality

HeidelbergCement recently announced its intent to become a carbon-neutral cement producer by 2050. To achieve this ambitious objective, the company has not only developed its Vision 2050 programme but has also formul...

Algorithmic demand forecasting 09 July 2019

Algorithmic demand forecasting

The use of advanced analytics is now common practice in many industries. It is not only the tech giants such as Google, Amazon and Facebook that apply algorithms to make smarter, faster and unbiased decisions. Player...

13 February 2019

The power of networks

Newcomer Cem’In’Eu is rapidly building a network of cement grinding plants across Europe to meet local market demand. Its first plant, operating as Aliénor Ciments, was recently inaugurated at Tonneins, strategically...

04 February 2019

AI boost to core assets

Artificial intelligence (AI) can boost the performance of cement companies’ heavy assets, such as cement mills and kilns, and increase the profit per hour. McKinsey highlights how these improvements can be made. By R...

18 October 2018

Turkey’s overseas view

The Turkish cement industry has seen its export volumes rise from year on year, making it Europe’s largest cement exporter and the third-largest in the global rankings. Key exporters include Batiçim, Nuh Cement and M...

20 March 2018

A path towards value creation - part 2

Following on from the first part of this article (ICR February 2018/ CemNet 28 February 2018 ), McKinsey & Co establishes the four strategic levers for value creation and explains why now is an ideal time to be plann...

19 March 2018

A path towards value creation

In the first instalment of this two part article, McKinsey & Co reveals how the large, multinational players have failed to create value for their investors and have been outperformed by their regional counterparts. ...

25 September 2017

Consolidation is the key

Recent acquisition activity in the Italian cement industry is being seen as a welcome step towards improved utilisation rates, higher pricing and better company earnings. But with the industry still highly fragmented...

09 August 2017

Cementos Lemona’s centennial

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Cementos Lemona, a company that has evolved from its humble beginnings as an independent producer in a small town in the Basque Country, northern Spain, to developing a sizeab...

26 July 2017

Winning commercial strategy

Challenges in creating and implementing a coherent commercial strategy is one of the key factors why cement companies do not always see satisfactory returns on invested capital. McKinsey highlights the five essential...

26 June 2017

New thinking as trademark

The world’s fifth-most populous nation with strong medium- and long-term economic prospects, Indonesia’s demand for building materials is huge. Delivering cement, aggregates or ready-mix concrete to the customer in a...