Cement News tagged: International

Uruguayan 3Q domestic cement sales up 14%

29 November 2018, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in Uruguay increased 14 per cent YoY to 181,000t in the July-September quarter, according to a report by the country’s Chamber of Industries. However, exports fell by 74 per cent to 12,000t during the same period. Around 60 per cent of exports are delivered to Paraguay, followed by Argentina (27 per cent) and Brazil (13 per cent). Imports were negligible in the third quarter...

Kenya sees 2% MoM drop in demand

26 November 2018, Published under Cement News

Consumption of cement in Kenya fell 2.2 per cent from 466,909t in August to 456,473t in September 2018, according to a recent report by Kenya National Statistics Bureau. Output followed a similar trend, decreasing by 2.8 per cent from 473,861t to 460,546t over the same period. In the first quarter of FY2018-19, ended 30 September 2018, demand fell 3.7 per cent YoY to 1.3Mt, down from 1.4Mt ...

Panama cement market forecast to contract by 13%

26 November 2018, Published under Cement News

Cement consumption in Panama is expected to fall by 13 per cent this year due to the economic slowdown, the strike by the trade union of construction workers, Suntracs, and a decline in construction permits. "We are seeing a 13 per cent drop this year and we perceive that next year will not be a good year either," explained José Luis González Habas, Cemex's planning director. In previous ye...

Tabuk Cement to export to Yemen

26 November 2018, Published under Cement News

Saudi Arabia’s Tabuk Cement has signed a memorandum of understanding with Yemen to export cement. The company will export 6000t of cement in a three-month deal with the country. Tabuk Cement recently reported that its losses widened 57 per cent YoY in the 3Q17, reaching SAR19.19m (US$5.11m) from SAR12.2m in the year-ago period. In the first nine months of 2018, the company’s net loss grew to ...

GCCA focusses on sustainability and concrete positioning

GCCA focusses on sustainability and concrete positioning

23 November 2018, Published under Cement News

At its inaugural Annual General Meeting and Symposium, the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA), which represents cement and concrete producers from around the world, gathered in London today and set out its priorities and work programme with the specific aim of strengthening the sector’s contribution to sustainable construction. The Global Cement and Concrete Association held ...

Government and business agree HNL30 price drop in public works cement

29 November 2018, Published under Cement News

Honduran president, Juan Orlando Hernández, has announced a reduction of HNL30 (US$1.22)/bag of cement for public works and housing, following talks with the cement industry. The agreement is directly linked to national development, with an impact on housing projects, the road network and other initiatives, said the president. Not only social projects will benefit, but generation of employme...

Spain sees 9% rise in demand in September

Spain sees 9% rise in demand in September

23 November 2018, Published under Cement News

The Cement Demand Index has seen an 8.5 per cent increase YoY in September, but slipped 0.2 per cent MoM, according to data published by Oficemen. In the October 2017-September 2018 period, it is estimated that Spain has consumed 13Mt of cement with growth attributed to the residential sector. Clinker and cement exports continue to fall for the 16th month running. In August they fell by 8....

Saudi Arabia's cement sales in October fall 1.8% YoY

22 November 2018, Published under Cement News

Saudi Arabia's cement sales in October, including exports, dropped to 4.03Mt, compared to 4.1Mt in October 2017, a fall of 1.8 per cent YoY. For the first 10 months of the year, cement dispatches slipped to 37.25Mt including exports, compared to 39.96Mt in 10M17, down 5.4per cent, said Al Jazira Capital. Meanwhile, inventories of clinker in the kingdom rose by 19.8 per cent during October 2...

New shiploading system at Salalah Port

22 November 2018, Published under Cement News

The Port of Salalah, Oman, has taken delivery of a new mobile shiploading system, which it expects to commission later this year for use at its General Cargo Terminal (GCT). The equipment, supplied by Northern Ireland material handling systems producer Telestack, will provide a boost to the Dhofar Governorate’s plans to increase exports of limestone, gypsum and clinker via Salalah Port. We...

Higher fuel and power costs affect Mexican cement producers

22 November 2018, Published under Cement News

EBITDA margins of Cemex, Moctezuma, Cementos Chihuahua and Elementia have contracted by 0.5-2 percentage points in the 3Q18  as fuel and power costs in Mexico have risen. "At least half of the increase in costs was due to increases in energy, both electricity and energy, whose prices are dollarised," said Carlos García, infrastructure analyst at Signum Research. In the case of Cemex, the com...

Kazakh-Singaporean MoU on new plant in Almaty region

22 November 2018, Published under Cement News

A Kazakh-Singaporean business forum held on 21 November provided the venue for a bilateral investment treaty between the two countries as well as some 12 MoUs to establish partnerships.   The agreements included an MoU on the construction of a cement plant in the Almaty Region between Kazakh Invest JSC and International Cement Ltd, Alacem LLP, according to Central Asia News.

Spain’s cement producers to be included in power support plan

21 November 2018, Published under Cement News

Spanish cement producers will be included in plans to support the power-intensive industry, which is facing rising electricity bills, according to the country’s Minister of Industry, Reyes Maroto.  With this measure, the government plans to avoid new cases such as that of Cemex, which announced the closure of two of its seven cement works in the country. Cemex attributed the closure to the “...

Baticim Cement joins WCA

21 November 2018, Published under Cement News

Turkey-based Baticim Cement has joined the World Cement Association as a corporate member. Baticim Cement is part of the Bati Anadolu Group. "With Baticim Cement, we welcome an important player in the Turkish cement industry to our membership. We look forward to working with them and our other members to promote the cement industry across the globe and tackle future challenges together," sa...

Peru cement market expands 3% in October

21 November 2018, Published under Cement News

Peru’s cement consumption advanced 2.9 per cent YoY to 1.02Mt, according to the country’s cement association, Asocem. Cement production by domestic producers fell by two per cent YoY and by 2.9 per cent MoM to 0.903Mt while clinker output decreased by 23.5 per cent YoY and 2.1 per cent MoM to 0.678Mt in October. Domestic production was supplemented by 90,000t of cement imports, down 71.4 p...

New plant project for Uzbekistan

20 November 2018, Published under Cement News

The foundation of a new cement plant has been laid in Kattakurgan district of Samarkand region, Uzbekistan. The two-stage project is expected to create 2.4Mta of capacity at an investment of US$420m. It has been planned in cooperation with Chinese investors, according to Uzbekistan National News. The first stage, taking place over the 2018-20 period, will realise 1.2Mta of capacity at a cost...

Mozambican producers must now include expiry on packaging

20 November 2018, Published under Cement News

Cement producers, both domestic and foreign, must now put an expiry date on products sold in Mozambique. Virginia Muianga, spokesperson for the National Inspectorate of Economic Activities (INAE), announced that the decision was the result of work undertaken on the production, labelling, sale and transport of cement. "From the work done on the ground, we found that essential elements were n...