Cement News tagged: International

Tajikistan reports 4% rise in cement production

09 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Tajikistan has produced more than 2.8Mt in the first eight months of 2020, representing a rise of 3.5 per cent YoY over the 8M19. There are 13 companies currently producing cement in the country, with an estimated annual capacity of 4.7Mta.

Indonesian cement demand drops 9% in August

08 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Indonesian cement consumption in August declined 8.9 per cent to 5.86Mt in August 2020 when compared to August 2019, according to the Indonesian cement association, ASI. MoM a 7.5 per cent rise was reported. In the first eight months of 2020 total demand reached 38.47Mt with a capacity utilisation rate of 54 per cent. "Seeing the condition that up to August 2020 demand is still a deficit of ...

CemProspects reports major developments in petcoke and freight

08 October 2020, Published under Cement News

The CemProspects online conference continued yesterday by considering the major developments for the freight and petcoke markets going forwards. Starting with freight, Guy Hindley of Howe Robinson noted that the orderbook for the dry bulk fleet has fallen to 61mdwt – a low which has not been seen since 2005. Dry bulk trade is expected to reach 6.2bnt in 2020, with petcoke and cement represen...

Morocco's cement market expands 8% in September

09 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Moroccan cement deliveries increased 7.9 per cent YoY to 1,244,689t in September 2020 from 1,154,101 in the year-ago period, according to data by the Ministry of Urbanisation and Housing. The infrastructure sector saw its deliveries rise by 36 per cent to 58,170t while building increased its offtake by 6.7 per cent to 58,187t. Sales to the prefabricated segment advanced by 14.4 per cent to 1...

CemProspects considers important energy markets

CemProspects considers important energy markets

09 October 2020, Published under Cement News

After moving online this year, CemProspects 2020 began yesterday by looking at energy markets of importance to the cement sector. The first day of the session provided a considerable overview of the coal market. Carlos Alvarez Fernandez, International Energy Agency (IEA), considered the fundamentals and delivered an outlook that noted the considerable effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Global...

Minerals Department issues 8 cement plant licences in Punjab

07 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Pakistan’s Minerals Department has issued licences to eight companies willing to invest in Punjab to establish cement factories. These licences were issued on the direction of Provincial Minerals Minister, Hafiz Ammar Yasir, who noted that the province was making headway towards progress and development, according to The News International. Under the previous government, there was a ban ...

Argentine cement consumption advances 11% in September

Argentine cement consumption advances 11% in September

08 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement demand in Argentina increased 10.5 per cent to 1,037,499t in September 2020, as shown by the monthly report of the country’s cement association, AFCP. This demand was entirely served by domestic producers with no imports recorded. In addition, the country’s cement producers exported 6133t of cement, down 33.6 per cent from 9234t. Total production in Argentina increased 10.1 per cent YoY...

Colombian cement market contracts 4% in August

06 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement dispatches in Colombia slipped 4.3 per cent to 1.052Mt in August 2020 from 1.099Mt in August 2019, according to the country’s statistics office, DANE. The fall in consumption was mainly driven by an 18 per cent drop in the offtake by ready-mix concrete companies, also reflected by a 11.8 per cent decrease in bulk dispatches. Bagged sales slipped by 0.7 per cent, driven by a 13.1 per c...

Nepal reports rise in imports due to lockdown

06 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement and clinker worth NPR957.2m (US$8.15m) have been imported in Nepal after limestone excavation and cement production was stopped due to the COVID-19 lockdown imposed by the government. After the production and excavation stopped, cement and clinker were imported from India. According to the Department of Customs, cement and clinker worth NPR513.4m was imported in August. In September,...

Sri Lanka sees production rise 26% in July

06 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Sri Lanka’s cement production in July rose 26.3 per cent YoY to 413,000t from 327,000t last year, according to the Daily Mirror. Total domestic cement production increased 4.1 per cent to 2.056Mt during the 7M20, against 1.976Mt in the comparable period of 2019. Cement imports in July stepped down to 422,000t from 430,000t in the year-ago period.Total cement imports for the January-July per...

General Court dismisses challenge of antitrust ruling in Croatia

06 October 2020, Published under Cement News

HeidelbergCement and Schwenk have reportedly lost their challenge of the European Commission’s antitrust veto of their joint bid for Cemex’s Croatian operations, after Europe's second-highest court backed the decision. The European Commission said in its 2017 ruling that the companies' offer to grant competitors access to a cement terminal in southern Croatia was not sufficient to address c...

Spanish cement demand falls 5% in August

05 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement consumption in Spain declined 5.1 per cent YoY in August 2020, following a 3.4 per cent drop in July, according to the country’s cement association, Oficemen. Exports have expanded, with a growth of 11-14 per cent in July and August. “The moderation of the falls in July and August makes sense if we remember that these are data that are compared with those of the second half of 2019, w...

Pakistan cement records rising September dispatches

05 October 2020, Published under Cement News

All Pakistan Cement Manufacturer Association (APCMA) released the highest local and overseas dispatch figures for September 2020. Total dispatches by Pakistani cement producers during September 2020 reached 5.213Mt against dispatches of 4.273Mt in September 2019.   Experts attribute September’s pick-up in cement dispatches to post-Eid break and monsoon rains last month. The export to Bang...

Suppliers report cement shortage in Jamaica

06 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement retailers in Manchester and St Elizabeth, Jamaica, are reportedly struggling to meet demand after a sharp dip in supply, according to the Jamaica Observer. As a result, some hardware stores have no cement in stock and others are limiting each customer to 10 bags. The shortage allegedly began last month but has gotten worse recently. However, Norman Horne, executive chairman of ceme...

Cemtech sets out to digitally optimise the cement sector

25 September 2020, Published under Cement News

The fourth and final day of Cemtech’s decarbonisation conference featured two sessions on the digital plant and energy process optimisation. The morning began with Javier García Sedano, Optimitive CEO, speaking on real-time optimisation 4.0 of cement factories throughput, energy and quality. He argued the way forward for the cement industry with "RTO-based AI systems using non-linear models...

Egypt's cement sector sees a 60% fall in cement demand

25 September 2020, Published under Cement News

The cement industry in Egypt is expected to come under heightened strain following a 60 per cent decline in cement demand for the first time in the sector's history, says Professor  Mohamed Saleh of the  Toulouse School of Economics .  During the 1H20 Arabian Cement Co reported losses of about EGP5.6m (US$0.3m), the Sinai Cement company recorded losses of EGP245.6m (US$15.6m), while Toura...