Cement News tagged: International

Vietnam cement sales advance 11% in March

25 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Domestic sales in Vietnam increased 19 per cent YoY and 147 per cent MoM to 6.797Mt in March 2019, according to the latest data from the Vietnam National Cement Association (VNCA). VICEM sales were up 120 per cent YoY to 2.338Mt and sales by its affiliated companies saw a 17 per cent rise to 1.949Mt. Other companies added a further volume of 2.51Mt (+20 per cent YoY) to total domestic sales. ...

Plans for new mill in Vallejo to face public hearing

25 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Orcem Americas’ plan for a new EUR45m cement mill in Vallejo, California, USA, is likely to face a public hearing from local councillors on 30 May. The Ecocem subsidiary and its project partner, Vallejo Marine Terminal (VMT), are looking to appeal a decision by the city’s planning commission that rejected the proposal in May 2017, according to the Irish Times. The council will also consider a...

Egyptian cement exports decline in the 2M19

24 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Egyptian cement exports declined in value to US$19m in the first two months of 2019 compared with US$23m of the year-ago period, according to the Export Council for Building Materials (ECBM). In February alone, exports fell 11.1 per cent YoY to US$8m from US$9m. The same month saw the country export to 26 countries, including five new markets, Japan, Cyprus, Slovenia, Spain, France and China...

Mixed outlook for Pakistan's cement sector

24 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Positive programmes for Pakistan's housing developments and cement demand in April have been dampened by changes to bank and interest rate rises, as well as expected lower fiscal expenditure by the government. Pakistan's Prime Minister, Imran Khan, has performed the ground-breaking of the first project of the Naya Pakistan Housing Programme. The cement industry has been waiting ambitiously...

Cement shortage in Senegal intensifies

Cement shortage in Senegal intensifies

24 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Technical issues at Sococim’s cement factory are affecting the company’s clinker supply and are impacting on Senegal’s cement output, according to Senegal Direct. The country has already suffered a shortage of the product and has seen prices increase from XOF3000 (US$5.13)/bag to XOF3300/bag.

Vietnamese cement sales expected to rise 8% in Jan-Apr 2019

23 April 2019, Published under Cement News

In the first four months of 2019, Vietnamese cement sales have been estimated to rise eight per cent YoY to 35.45Mt, according to the Vietnam Building Materials Association. This includes 21.65Mt sold domestically and a 23 per cent YoY rise in exports to 13.8Mt. Cement sales are expected to reach 9.18Mt in April, which is consistent with the previous year. Domestic sales and exports are fore...

BCMA requests reduction in clinker import duty

BCMA requests reduction in clinker import duty

23 April 2019, Published under Cement News

The Bangladesh Cement Manufacturers Association (BCMA) has requested a reduction in the specific rate duty on clinker imports to either BDT200/t (US$2.37/t) or a fixed duty of five per cent. Cement manufacturers currently pay BDT500/t, according to the Dhaka Tribune. "Usually, the government imposes five per cent import duties on any basic raw material for industries, but the cement industry...

Pakistan's cement and construction FDI continue to slide 

23 April 2019, Published under Cement News

The State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) has reported a contraction of investment for local industries including cement during 9MFY19. According to central bank, total foreign direct investment (FDI) into country during first nine months of ongoing financial year, July 2018-March 2019, fell by 51.4 per cent. The SBP data shows that the country received investment worth US$1.27m during the first ni...

Indonesian cement sales edge up 3% in 2M19

24 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Total cement deliveries by Indonesian cement producers advanced 2.6 per cent in the first two months of 2019 to 11.216Mt when compared with 10.93Mt in the 2M18, according to the latest data from the Indonesian Cement Association, ASI. While domestic sales were only 0.3 per cent higher YoY at 10.547Mt in January-February 2019, export sales during the period. surged by 62 per cent YoY to 668,8...

Ebonyi plant receives government approval

19 April 2019, Published under Cement News

The establishment of Ebonyi Cement factory (EBOCEM) at Okpoto, Ishielu, Nigeria, has been approved by Ebonyi State Governor, David Umahi. Meanwhile, a committee that will be led by the Commissioner for Solid Materials, Eng Francis Orji, has been set up to implement the plan. The government will hold a 10 per cent stake in the venture.

US Portland and blended cement market expands 11% in January

18 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Total shipments of Portland and blended cement in the USA and Puerto Rico advanced 11 per cent YoY to 6.4Mt, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). A combined 49 per cent of these were accounted for by the five leading cement-consuming states – Texas, California, Florida, Georgia and Arizona. The leading producing states were Texas, California, Florida, Missouri and Alabama. Masonry c...

CCJ rules in favour of reducing tax on imported hydraulic cement

18 April 2019, Published under Cement News

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has ruled that the regional tax, known as the Common External Tariff (CET), payable on cement categorised as ‘other hydraulic cement’ should be set at five per cent. The ruling endorses a rate that is a fraction of the 60 per cent tariff that Barbados-based Rock Hard Cement had once paid on imports from Portugal and Turkey, according to the Jamaica Gleaner....

Peruvian cement market expands 5% in March

17 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Peru’s cement consumption advanced 4.8 per cent to 0.931Mt in March 2019 when compared with March 2018, according to the country’s cement association, Asocem. The figure includes 105,500t of cement imports, up 116 per cent from 48,900t in March 2018. Peru also imported 32,500t of clinker, representing a 63 per cent fall YoY when compared 87,400t in the equivalent period of the previous year....

Brazilian cement demand edges up 1% in 1Q19

17 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Brazil’s cement sales increased 1.3 per cent YoY to 12.7Mt in the 1Q19, according to preliminary data from the country’s cement association, SNIC. The modest rise in demand has been driven by the real estate sector as federal and state governments have seen a low level of investments. "The indicators of real estate financing continue to advance, which leaves us optimistic to project growth ...

Tajikistan increases output by 9% in 1Q19

17 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Tajikistan has produced around 843,000t of cement in the first three months of 2019, an increase of nine per cent from 747,000t last year, according to Asia-Plus. Almost 85 per cent of local production was split between Chzhungtsai Mohir Cement, Huaxin Gayur Cement and Huaxin Gayur Sughd Cement in the 1Q19, while Tojik Cement accounted for just 6.4 per cent.  Nearly 36 per cent of domestica...

Infrastructure projects lead to shift in Indian cement demand

15 April 2019, Published under Cement News

The Indian government’s infrastructure drive is leading to a shift in demand for cement. The last few years have seen cement demand for the infrastructure sector advance by five per cent with the share of the housing sector in total cement consumption falling, according to the Business Standard. Infrastructure now accounts for 20 per cent of cement demand, according to HM Bangur, managing di...