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Brazil's cement sales rise 6% in 5M19
International - 12 June 2019

Brazil's cement sales rise 6% in 5M19

In May apparent cement consumption (domestic sales plus imports) in Brazil increased 27.7 per cent YoY to 4.6Mt, according to the country's cement association, SNIC. The sharp rise reflects the 10-day nationwide truckers' strike in May 2018 that damaged economic activity and saw domestic cement sales down by 0.9Mt. Sales were up 30.5 per cent in the key southeast market to 2.262Mt, while the n...

International - 19 June 2019

USA and Puerto Rico see 1% slip in demand

Portland and blended cement consumption in the USA and Puerto Rico edged down by one per cent to 7.34Mt in March 2019 when compared with March 2018 when the market off-take was 7.417Mt, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The leading consuming states were Texas, California, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina while the country’s biggest producing states were Texas, California, Missou...

Trading - 18 June 2019

Call to relax cement import rules in Malaysia

Conditions on cement imports should be eased, according to SME Association President, Michael Kang, and Universiti Tun Abdul Razak economist, Barjoyai Bardai. At present cement importers must obtain a letter from the ministry and a certificate from the Construction Industry Development Board. Mr Kang, whose association represents some 10,000 members, said: “Many of our members are in constru...

Freight Markets - 19 June 2019

UBC and Baltrader form joint cement shipping alliance

Baltrader, based in Hamburg, Germany, and United Bulk Carriers (UBC), headquartered in Philadelphia, USA, have signed an agreement to jointly market their respective fleets of pneumatic cement carriers under the name Cement Carrier Alliance (CCA). The new set-up will be able to offer a wider range of vessel sizes, ranging from 3000t to 14,000dwt.  “As two independent partners motivated by ...

Corporate - 19 June 2019

Vicem Hoang Mai to build 3Mta plant in Nghe An

Vicem Hoang Mai Cement JSC plans to build a 3Mta cement plant in Vietnam’s central province of Nghe An. Covering 60ha in the Hoang Mai 2 Industrial Zone, the project represents an investment of VND6.67trn (US$286m) and is expected to create 500 local jobs. During a meeting in May, the chairman of the provincial People's Committee, Thai Thanh Quy, granted approval in principle for the inves...

Environmental - 17 June 2019

Environmental groups oppose Calero Risso plant

The building of a cement plant at Calero Risso in Paraguay, proposed by Jiménez Gaona y Lima under the name of Cementos Concepcion, has met with further disapproval from environmental groups. The area includes the Risso Cave, where important fossils were discovered, including microfossils that are 550m years old and said to be the first organisms on the planet with a skeleton. The Paraguaya...

Recent Orders - 19 June 2019

Cem’In’Eu awards Portes les Valence grinding contract to FCB

Cem’In’Eu has awarded the contract for a 0.25Mta grinding plant at Portes les Valence, Drôme, France, to Fives FCB. The order includes an FCB-B ball mill with a capacity of 34tph, which will operate in closed circuit with an FCB TSV high-efficiency dynamic separator. In addition, Fives FCB will supply clinker, limestone and gypsum hoppers and loading systems. "This contract is the basis of ...