Cement News tagged: International

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...

A rejuvenated Kazakhstan cement market?

12 April 2019, Published under Cement News

This week Steppe Cement reported its 1Q19 business results with an exceptionally-strong performance when compared with the 1Q18. The market leader increased its market share to 17.4 per cent on the back of strong cement demand and price rises. Steppe Cement reported ex-works prices rising to KZT13,614/t (US$35.93/t) of cement. Ambitious construction projects drive cement demand Underlyi...

Zimbabwe's construction contracts in 4Q18

Zimbabwe's construction contracts in 4Q18

12 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Zimbabwe's construction industry contracted by 6.3 percentage points last year. A Treasury report cited cement shortages and high prices of construction materials for the slowdown. The construction sector registered 7.7 per cent growth in 4Q18 having been revised down from a Treasury forecast of 14 per cent growth. "The construction industry boom that was being experienced in the economy d...

GCCA teams up with Concrete Sustainability Council

12 April 2019, Published under Cement News

The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) has announced that it is formally joining the Concrete Sustainability Council (CSC) – adding its support to the certification system for the sustainability performance of concrete plants and their supply chain across the globe. The CSC is the industry-recognised authentication system, with more than 160 plants certified to its standards acros...

Cameroon cement industry reaches sales of XAF191.9bn in 2018

Cameroon cement industry reaches sales of XAF191.9bn in 2018

12 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Cameroon’s four cement producers achieved a total turnover of XAF191.9bn (US$330.4m) in 2018, according to sources in the country’s tax administration. Market leader Dangote Cement Cameroon sold 1.2Mta of cement, resulting in a sales figure of XAF86.4bn. LafargeHolcim-owned Cimencam increased its revenues to XAF70.7bn following the inauguration of its new 0.5Mta Nomayos plant in Yaoundé su...

Spain’s cement demand up 6% in February

16 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Cement demand in Spain, as measured by Oficemen’s Cement Demand Index, has increased 6.1 per cent YoY in February. In the March 2018-February 2019 period total cement consumption in Spain reached 13.4Mt. Cement and clinker exports fell 12.7 per cent to 7.9 per cent YoY in the February 2018-January 2019 period.The rise in CO 2 emission rights prices and the increasing power costs continue ...

Philippine cement shortage expected to delay construction

11 April 2019, Published under Cement News

The current shortage of cement in the Philippines is likely to delay construction projects, according to Pronove Tai International Consultants. The property consultants estimated that the lack of cement could be expected to result in a 30 per cent delay in building completions in Metro Manila. "Our thinking is that the cement shortage will cause impact for the entire year unless government...

Powtech 2019 draws in the crowds

10 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Powtech 2019, the leading exhibition for experts in the powder and bulk solids technology, began at the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre, Germany, on Tuesday. The conference features booths from the leading suppliers of bagging and packaging, bulk materials handling, dust control, grinding and laboratory equipment to the cement industry. Delegates make their way to Powtech 2019, the leading ...

HeidelbergCement makes further progress with portfolio optimisation

17 April 2019, Published under Cement News

HeidelbergCement’s subsidiary Italcementi has signed contracts with Buzzi Unicem and Colacem regarding the disposals of cement plants in the northern and central region of Italy. The involved parties agreed not to disclose details of the transactions for the time being.  “These divestments are part of our action plan to accelerate our portfolio optimisation,” said Dr Scheifele, chairman of ...

GCCA welcomes new member companies

09 April 2019, Published under Cement News

The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) has added cement companies from India, China, Peru and Mexico to its growing global membership base which now totals 36 member companies and 15 affiliates. The new members are Corporacion Moctezuma (Mexico), Unión Andina de Cementos SAA (Peru), JSW Cement (India) and West China Cement (China). Benjamin Sporton, chief executive officer of GCCA...

Indocement anticipates conservative sales growth

09 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Indocement Tunggal Prakarsa is targeting a conservative sales growth of four per cent this year to IDR15.8trn (US$1.1bn) on the back of a slowdown in domestic cement consumption, president director Christian Kartawijaya has said. Mr Kartawijaya predicts demand for cement to pick up in the second half of 2019, after the country's presidential election to be held this month, he told the Jakarta...

Lafarge Malaysia expects subdued demand, higher prices

09 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Malaysia expects subdued domestic cement demand to continue in 2019 but prices are anticipated to increase due to higher production costs. A report in the Edge Financial Daily states that the recovery in the property market will take longer as the oversupply overhang and affordability issue continues to plague the industry. The potential revival of the East Coast Rail Link (ECRL) pr...

Switzerland sees 5% increase in cement deliveries

12 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Cement deliveries by the Swiss cement industry increased 4.8 per cent YoY to 874,275.2t in the 1Q19, according to the country’s cement association, Cemsuisse. It follows a 2.2 per cent YoY to 834,251.6t in the 1Q18. The market expansion was driven by a 6.8 per cent rise in the sales of lower-carbon CEM II cements. The share of CEM I cements in total deliveries continued to decline to 7.9 per...

Russia looks at Al Arabiya upgrade

08 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Representatives of several Russian companies have held negotiations to restore and upgrade the Al Arabiya cement plant in Syria as well as build a cement works in Muslimiya in Aleppa governorate. “Representatives of several large Russian companies have had a working visit to Syria, during which they held meetings with representatives of the Industry Ministry of the Syrian Arab Republic direc...