Cement News tagged: International

Cambodia plant set to begin operations at year-end

28 July 2017, Published under Cement News

Battambang Conch Cement, a joint venture between Cambodia’s Battambang KT Cement and Conch International Holdings, is set to begin operations of its 1.8Mta cement plant in Battambang province at the end of the year. “The official commission of the plant will be in December,”  the Khmer Times (Cambodia) quoted Sie Mengnang, an administrative officer in Battambang Conch Cement, as saying. “Cur...

Potential impacts of Pakistan capacity build

27 July 2017, Published under Cement News

Pakistan cement producers have embarked on an ambitious expansion phase but could this fast-paced capacity build up be leading to a potential supply glut and a reduction in company margins? All the industry's major players are undertaking new investment projects and some 32Mta of capacity is due to come online in the next 5-6 years. This has led one local research house to warn that followi...

Peru's cement demand edges up in June

28 July 2017, Published under Cement News

Peru’s cement producers dispatched 777,000t of cement in June 2017, representing a 2.2 per cent increase YoY, according to the latest data from Asocem, the country’s cement association. In June 2016, the domestic market required 756,000t. Total dispatches, which include exports, advanced 2.7 per cent YoY from 781,000t to 802,000t in June 2017. Output rose 2.2 per cent from 792,000t in June ...

Production in construction down by 0.7% in euro area

26 July 2017, Published under Cement News

In May 2017 compared with April 2017, seasonally-adjusted production in the construction sector decreased by 0.7 per cent in the euro area (EA19) and by 1.1 per cent in the EU28, according to the first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the  European Union. In April 2017 production in construction grew by 0.3 per cent in the euro area and by 0.2 per cent in the EU28. In May 2...

Oman Cement and Sultan Qaboos University sign research pact

Oman Cement and Sultan Qaboos University sign research pact

26 July 2017, Published under Cement News

Oman Cement Company and Sultan Qaboos University signed a Research Cooperation Programme agreement on 19 July to pursure a mutual interest in the fields of research and training. The agreement was signed by Dr Rahma Ibrahim Al-Mahrooqi, Deputy Vice Chancellor for Postgraduate Studies & Research, Sultan Qaboos University, and Salem Abdullah Al-Hajry, Acting CEO, Oman Cement Co. Under the...

Bundeskartellamt: low number of suppliers in Germany’s cement sector

25 July 2017, Published under Cement News

The German competition authority, Bundeskartellamt, has complained about the low number of suppliers in the German cement industry. “Therefore, we will continue to deal intensively with this industry and, for example, examine suspicious corporate interdependencies and, if necessary, dissolve them,” said Andreas Mundt, chairman of the Board. According to the agency, the industry is spending ...

Cemex: environmental savings for construction by barging

Cemex: environmental savings for construction by barging

25 July 2017, Published under Cement News

Aggregates being barged up the River Thames Last month was a record month for transporting aggregates by barge down the River Thames, UK, saving approximately 320 road journeys. June saw record tonnages by barge of 10,300t sand and gravel loaded at Dagenham Wharf and transported along the River Thames to Fulham, to meet the increasing demand for concrete by the London construction ...

Aggregate Industries introduces Postmix to its Lafarge Cement range

25 July 2017, Published under Cement News

Aggregate Industries has introduced Postmix to its Lafarge Cement range of packed products, a quality-assured premixed ready-to-use formulation for fixing all types of fence posts.   Lafarge Postmix is composed of a selected blend of cements and aggregates intended for domestic use. Easy to use, the product requires no mixing – just add water. It sets in five to 10 minutes and then rapidly ha...

INSEE Cement opens its first executive leadership programme

21 July 2017, Published under Cement News

Insee Cement in Sri Lanka recently joined up with the country's Postgraduate Institute of Management (PIM), to launch its first Executive Leadership Development Programme (ELDP). The inauguration was held at the PIM education buildings, attended by the CEO and Directors of Insee Cement and PIM, faculty members of PIM and the selected participants of Insee Academy’s ELDP. The objective of t...

Indian market to expand 5% in FY17-18

21 July 2017, Published under Cement News

Infrastructure and housing are expected to drive India’s cement demand in FY17-18. Consumption is forecast to increase five per cent YoY as growth accelerates from 1.2 per cent in FY16-17, according to Business Line. In FY16-17 output fell to 279.8Mt as demonetisation affected the market and saw sales volumes decrease by nine per cent between November 2016 and March 2017. However, the marke...

UltraTech to build Madhya Pradesh plant

20 July 2017, Published under Cement News

Indian cement major UltraTech plans to establish an integrated cement plant in Madhya Pradesh with a capacity of 3.5Mta. "The board has approved a greenfield integrated cement plant at Dhar in Madhya Pradesh with a capacity of 3.5Mta. The plant will involve an investment of INR2600 crore [US$403m] and is likely to being commercial production by the fourth quarter of FY19," UltraTech chairman...

EAPCC announces 10% price cut

20 July 2017, Published under Cement News

East African Portland Cement Co (EAPCC) has announced a 10 per cent reduction on the ex-factory price of its Blue Triangle Cement. The Kenyan cement producer attributed the price cut to improved processes following the implementation of a strategic turnaround plan it embarked on last year, according to a report in The Star national newspaper. “Over the last 10 months, we have been re-engi...

Cuban cement price sees 47% hike

20 July 2017, Published under Cement News

Cement prices in Cuba rose substantially at the end of last week with a bag of P350 cement now priced at CUP165, up from CUP112, at retail level. Lower-grade cement has increased in price from CUP89 to CUP109.20/bag. The price rise has affected many Cubans who are repairing or building homes.

Steppe Cement price focus helps lift 1H turnover

19 July 2017, Published under Cement News

Steppe Cement reported a 15 per cent decline in volumes for the first half of 2017 while turnover was up by four per cent over the same period as the Kazakhstan-based producer focussed on pricing. In a market update for the first half of the year published on Monday, the company said sales volumes fell to 650,333t from 761,777t a year earlier. Meanwhile, turnover reached KZT8553m (US$26.2m) ...

Pakistan producers see mixed dispatch performance

19 July 2017, Published under Cement News

Pakistan cement producers recorded a mixed performance in total dispatches for FY17 as a double-digit decline in exports was witnessed. During FY17, which drew to a close at the end of last month, the industry recorded growth a four per cent rise in dispatches YoY to 40.267Mt. Of this total, local sales climbed eight per cent YoY to 35.604Mt, while exports fell by 21 per cent YoY. Dispat...

DG Khan Hub plant to start production by year-end

19 July 2017, Published under Cement News

DG Khan’s new US$300m Hub cement plant in Balochistan province, Pakistan, will begin production by December 2017, according to a local brokerage house. The Express Tribune reported yesterday that Shajar Capital said it along with its clients paid a visit to the construction site to assess the process which “as per the project management is expected to come online by the end of calendar year ...