Cement News tagged: International

Morocco’s cement demand declines 3% in 2017

19 January 2018, Published under Cement News

The Moroccan cement market contracted 2.5 per cent to 13,791,222t in 2017 when compared 14,151,095t in 2016, according to the country’s cement association, APC. The fall takes consumption to the lowest level in a decade. Major demand areas such as Casablanca-Settat and Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima saw significant declines in consumption. Casablanca-Settat noted a 4.2 per cent YoY fall to 3,03...

French cement market expands 3% in 2017

19 January 2018, Published under Cement News

The French cement market grew by 3-4 per cent in 2017, according to estimates by the French cement association SFIC. "2017 was the year of the recovery, with renewed dynamism in the construction sector," said SFIC President, Bénédicte de Bonnechose, at the Cement Industry Meetings. "We expect to grow our markets for 2017 by around 3-4%," she added. In 2016 cement demand in France reached...

Puerto Rican cement sales fell 11% in 2017

19 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Cement sales  in Puerto Rica decreased by 11.2 per cent in 2017, seeing declines in September, October, November and December, reports Sin Comillas. The fall in sales has been attributed to a weak economy following the passing of hurricanes Irma and Maria, but sales have declined since 2013. In 2016 they decreased by 12.3 per cent, following reductions of 8.5 and 9.8 per cent in 2015 and 20...

Peru's cement market ends year on positive note

18 January 2018, Published under Cement News

December 2017 was a positive month for Peru's cement production and dispatches, although volumes remained insufficient to reverse the accumulated fall in 2017, according to the country’s cement association, Asocem. In December 2017 the Peruvian cement market expanded 6.3 per cent YoY and 3.8 per cent MoM to 936,000t when compared with 881,000t in December 2016 and 902,000t in November 2017....

Lack of uptake of Egyptian cement licences

Lack of uptake of Egyptian cement licences

18 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Egypt’s Industrial Development Authority (IDA) has not received any requests to obtain 11 cement plant licences, which were re-offered by the authority a year ago despite eight local and foreign companies purchased the statements of work before the end of December 2017, according to sources quoted in Arab Finance. The IDA offered 14 licences in 2016 to build new cement plants or expand oper...

Gas supply deal with LafargeHolcim reported to impact Bangladeshi industry

18 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Specialists have raised the red flag over the Bangladeshi government's gas supply deal with LafargeHolcim Ltd as the 20-year agreement has been threatening the competitive advantage of local cement manufacturers, reports the Daily Sun. Jalalabad Gas Transmission and Distribution System Ltd (JGTDSL) signed the gas supply agreement with the cement major in 2003, but in view of current gas shor...

The WCA welcomes Anhui Conch Cement as a member

The WCA welcomes Anhui Conch Cement as a member

18 January 2018, Published under Cement News

The World Cement Association (WCA) announced today that Anhui Conch Cement Company, also known as Conch Cement, has joined the global organisation as a founding member. The WCA now represents more than 1bnt of cement production capacity with its members from 35 countries. "Conch Cement's efficient operation and pioneering management and its efforts to work towards the sustainable developmen...

Haiti bans cement imports by road from the Dominican Republic

17 January 2018, Published under Cement News

This week there was a chaotic scene on the Dominican Republic-Haiti border as over 20 Dominican products, including cement, were barred from entering the French-speaking Caribbean nation. According to Haitian officials, the ban on 23 products from the Dominican Republic is nothing new and they are only banned from entering by road. Haiti's Finance Ministry says the measures are adopted to...

Cement prices rise in Nepal

12 January 2018, Published under Cement News

The price of cement in Hetauda, Bhairahawa and Biratnagar has risen by up to NPR160 (US$1.56)/bag, according to The Kathmandu Post. Cement producers claim this to be the result of the higher cost of raw materials such as clinker, gypsum and fly ash. However, some consumers have alleged that the price hike is artificial and cartelisation is to blame. "Manufacturers collude with each other to...

Sri Lanka consumption down by 29% in October

11 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in Sri Lanka fell 29.2 per cent YoY to 566,000t in October, according to the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. The drop follows a gain of 30.6 per cent YoY to 763,460t in September after falling for three consecutive months until August. In 8M17 sales reached 1.942Mt, down 9.1 per cent when compared with the equivalent period of the previous year. However, the bank’s governor, Dr ...

Brazil cement market faces subdued recovery

11 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Following three years of strong market contraction, Brazil’s cement producers may still face some months of weak demand before a pick-up in sales emerges. Brazil’s cement association, SNIC, estimates total sales growth for 2018 between 1-2 per cent, barely making up for the 24.2 per cent contraction since its 71Mta peak in 2014. In 2017 cement sales fell 6.4 per cent to 53.8Mt. An effec...

Vietnam cement consumption reaches 62Mt in 2017

11 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Vietnam’s demand for cement increased seven per cent YoY to 62Mt in 2017, according to the Department of Price Management, Ministry of Finance. The rise in cement sales has been attributed to a rise in construction projects, particularly in the real estate and transport sector. However, when compared with 2016, the increase was marginal as prolonged rains and storms impacted sales. Ceme...

Mexican cement producers raise prices

11 January 2018, Published under Cement News

At the start of the new year, Mexican cement producers have raised the price of grey cement between 6-10 per cent, according to Ramiro Páez Cruz, president of the Mexican Association of Independent Concrete Co (AMCI). Cruz Azul and Fortaleza raised the prices of their products by five per cent while the increase by Cemex, Moctezuma and Holcim was 6.25, seven and 10 per cent, respectively. ...

Azerbaijani cement producers raise prices

09 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Norm and Holcim Azerbaijan have raised the price of their cement by 5-6 per cent from 25 December, according to AF Euro Home. The cost of grade 300 cement increased from AZN5 (US$2.96) to AZN5.30. Grade 400 cement is now priced at AZN6.30, up from AZN6. No reasons for the price hike were disclosed.

Cheetah Cement to commence operations in Namibia

09 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Cheetah Cement's new facility in Otjiwarongo is starting the rock blasting process as it prepares to begin operations this month. The new plant represents a total investment of US$350m and was constructed by Whale Rock Cement, according to the Namibia Economist. Plans for the project were first announced in 2015 when a memorandum of understanding was signed with between Cheetah Cement and...

Swiss cement sales slip 3% in 2017

08 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Cement deliveries in Switzerland saw a 2.8 per cent fall to in 2017 as Cemsuisse reports a domestic sales volume of 4.3Mta. The drop follows a 4.2 per cent rise in 2016. The initial drop in the 1H17 was partly absorbed in the 2H17, but the 4Q17 saw a 0.8 per cent decline. Cemsuisse said the share of rail transport increased YoY to account for 53.3 per cent of all deliveries.