Cement News tagged: International

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

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

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

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

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...

9MFY18-19 APCMA data depicts gloomy results in northern Pakistan

05 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Pakistan's cement industry showed poor performance during the first nine months of current financial year July 2018-March 2019. All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA) pictured a gloomy situation in its monthly report, stating that cement sector with its huge underused capacities continued to face a lack of domestic demand due to slowing growth, lower development spending and del...

Argentina’s cement demand declines 14% in March

04 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Cement demand in Argentina has fallen 13.8 per cent YoY to 940,112t in March 2019 when compared  with 1,091,122t in March 2018, according to the country’s cement association, AFCP. However, MoM consumption edged up 2.1 per cent. Market needs were entirely supplied by domestic producers as imports fell from 17,290t in March 2018 to zero, continuing the trend of the first two months of 2019. ...

Simba Cement plans construction of new plant

04 April 2019, Published under Cement News

After receiving approval to acquire Cemtech Ltd , Tanzania’s Simba Cement has announced plans to construct the Ortum Cement project that Cemtech had struggled to get off the ground. The project in West Pokot County, Kenya, was due to start in 2010. However, due to the recent developments, work is now expected to begin within a year. Construction is scheduled to take 18 months to complete. ...