Cement News tagged: International

The Peruvian cement market expanded 2% in March

20 April 2018, Published under Cement News

Peru’s cement consumption rose 1.9 per cent YoY to 816,000t and one per cent MoM from 824,000t in February 2018, according to the national cement association, Asocem. Cement producers delivered a total of 791,000t of cement to the domestic and export markets, up two per cent YoY and 4.7 per cent MoM. In February total dispatches reached 756,000t. Domestic deliveries rose 2.6 per cent YoY to...

Manufacturers fined for selling underweight cement bags

20 April 2018, Published under Cement News

Two manufacturers have been fined INR24,000 (US$363.30) for selling underweight cement bags in Pulwama, south Kashmir, according to the United News of India. The bags were found when the Field Executive of the Legal Metrology Department (LMD) and the Assistant Controller of Pulwama carried out an inspection on two vehicles leaving the district. "During a surprise inspection, two lorries car...

Vietnam exports rise 68 per cent in the 1Q18

19 April 2018, Published under Cement News

Vietnam has seen a 68 per cent increase in cement exports for the 1Q18, following the shutdown of several Chinese plants, according to Viet Nam News. Nguyễn Quang Cung, vice chairman of the Vietnam Building Material Association, announced that production in the country surged 18 per cent YoY in the quarter, marking the first time it had recorded high growth against an annual increase of appr...

Spain sees 12% YoY rise in demand in February

19 April 2018, Published under Cement News

Cement demand in Spain increased 11.7 per cent YoY in February, according to the Spanish cement association, Oficemen. In the 12 months ending February 2018, domestic cement consumption reached 12.6Mt, up 1.3Mt or 11.5 per cent YoY. Cement and clinker exports from Spain continue to fall with the 12 months ending January 2018 noting a 10 per cent YoY decrease in exports. In the 4Q17 ...

Hazardous powder may be used in cement production

Hazardous powder may be used in cement production

18 April 2018, Published under Cement News

The Uttar Pradesh Pollution Control Board (UPPCB) has sent samples of a hazardous black powder to a Gujarat-based manufacturer to ascertain whether it can be used in the production of cement, according to The Times of India. This is the latest development in the UPPCB’s mission to safely dispose of 25,586m 3 of powder which is currently along the banks of the Ramganga River, Moradabad. "W...

Hima Cement to open new plant in Uganda next month

19 April 2018, Published under Cement News

Hima Cement has announced that its UGX144bn (US$40m) new plant in Tororo, Uganda, will begin operations next month. The country is currently experiencing a severe price hike and George Nicola, CEO of Hima Cement Uganda, has stated that increased production can solve the issue. “It is not the producers increasing the price but it’s the full distribution channel that has been impacted,” said ...

Capacity on the increase in Pakistan

Capacity on the increase in Pakistan

17 April 2018, Published under Cement News

Cement production capacity in Pakistan increased by 52 per cent in last decade. According to the All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA), capacity has risen from 30.50Mt in 2006-07 to 46.39Mt in 2016-17. The trend continues in current fiscal year as well and further advanced to 49.44Mt in first nine months of 2017-18.   According to a local research house, Attock Cement Pakistan...

Indonesian cement market grows to 5.2Mt in March

16 April 2018, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in Indonesia increased by 3.5 per cent YoY to 5,204,852t in March 2018 when compared with 5,027,799t recorded in the year-ago period, according to figures by the Indonesian Cement Association (ASI). In February off-take in the domestic market advanced by 5.9 per cent YoY from 4,554,653t to 4,821,262t. In terms of exports, cement exports in March fell by 36.6 per cent YoY to 70,...

KFTC fines 26 manufacturers for cartelisation

19 April 2018, Published under Cement News

The Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) has announced that it levied KRW15.37bn (US$14.64m) of fines on 26 cement manufacturers for cartelisation activities, according to Korea JoongAng Daily. The KFTC stated that the manufacturers had colluded to set the prices of ready-mix concrete provided to smaller construction firms between 2009-16. As a result, the prices of the construction material h...

Cement prices rise in northern Pakistan

16 April 2018, Published under Cement News

Cement prices in Pakistan, after registering a drop of almost 10 per cent over the last nine months, have started to increase in the northern region. Prices rose by PKR20 (US$0.17) on average, while prices have remained stable in the south. In Lahore the multiple brands of cement bags available have increased from an average of PKR505/50kg bag to PKR525.

CANACEM to ask presidential candidates for continuity

16 April 2018, Published under Cement News

Mexico’s National Chamber of Cement (CANACEM) will ask presidential candidates for continuity in the economic model and investments projects, reports Noticias Financieras. Mauricio Doehner, president of the organisation, has said that its members will seek dialogue with the candidates to present its needs. "[…] [W]e believe that we should continue with an economic model such as the one of ex...

Saudi Arabia cement sales fall 11% in 1Q18

13 April 2018, Published under Cement News

Saudi Arabia's total cement sales for 1Q18 stood at 11.8Mt, down 11 per cent YoY and one per cent QoQ. The combination of weak demand and high inventory levels forced the companies to seek other solutions such as entering other regions within the kingdom as well as exporting with low selling prices. Yanbu Cement’s low cash cost per tonne gives the company the ability to export at lower price...

Mexican cement output growth to slow to below 3%

13 April 2018, Published under Cement News

The cement sector is expected to grow by 2.5 per cent YoY in 2018 as public and private infrastructure investments are postponed for the electoral year, according to the President of the National Chamber of Cement (CANACEM), Mauricio Doehner. "It's a year in which there is some uncertainty and people, as they say colloquially, it pays to wait. There are investments that are being put on hold...

Decision to fine six Polish cement companies upheld

13 April 2018, Published under Cement News

After nine years, the decision of the Polish Office for Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) to fine six manufacturers for alleged collusion has been supported by a court of appeal. The total fine, PLN411m (US$121.33m), has been reduced to PLN280m following the appeal, according to PNB. Amongst the fined companies are Grupo Ozarow (PLN92.5m), Cemex Polska (PLN69.4m), Gorazdze Cement (...

Polish cement market to grow 6-7% in 2018

12 April 2018, Published under Cement News

Cement demand in Poland is expected to grow by 6-7 per cent in 2018. This would bring domestic demand to 18Mt, according to the Association of Cement Producers (SPC). SPC estimates show that in 2017 domestic consumption reached 17Mt, up seven per cent YoY. After a poor first quarter, construction picked up in April and the housing market showed positive growth. Road and rail construction sa...

Sinoma Engineering joins the WCA

12 April 2018, Published under Cement News

Sinoma Engineering has joined the World Cement Association. "We are delighted that Sinoma Engineering is joining the WCA as we are eager to work with all stakeholders in the industry, not just cement producers alone," said Norman Greig, Secretary General of the World Cement Association. "The insights Sinoma Engineering will be able to share with our diverse membership will offer a different ...