Cement News tagged: International

Qassim Cement to export 120,000t of cement to Kuwait

21 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Saudi Arabia’s Qassim Cement Co has signed an agreement with Kuwait-based Al-Arada Building Materials Co to export 120,000t of cement. While no value for the deal has been released, the related financial impact is expected to show later in the year. The deal came into effect on 1 March and will be valid until the end of 2019, according to a bourse statement.

Niger's president inaugurates Malbaza Cement plant

22 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Niger's President, Issoufou Mahamadou, inaugurated the new Malbaza Cement Co plant in the Tahoua region of Niger, on 20 March 2019. Owned by private capital from Niger, the plant currently has a cement capacity of 0.54Mta, but this has the option to be expanded to 0.65Mta at a later date. The construction was financed by a consortium of local banks, the West African Development Bank and prom...

PPC Zimbabwe calls on government to protect local cement production

21 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Zimbabwe’s largest cement producer, PPC Zimbabwe, has called on the government to pass legislation to protect domestically-produced cement from imports. Last year, the government lifted a two-year import bank on some basic commodities, including cement, to reduce the shortages that drove the public into panic buying. This has had a negative impact on local cement producer competitiveness, ac...

New cement facility inaugurated in Iran

21 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Monde Dashti Cement’s new 1.2Mta cement production unit has been inaugurated by Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, through a video conference, according to the Tehran Times.  The plant based in Bushehr province represents an investment of around IRR3.8trn (US$90.48m) and has created over 170 job opportunities.

LafargeHolcim to help build Africa's highest tower

LafargeHolcim to help build Africa's highest tower

20 March 2019, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim will play a key role in building Egypt's new capital, currently under construction 45km outside of Cairo. The city will become the country’s new administrative and financial capital, with around five million inhabitants. Among the buildings using LafargeHolcim's innovative, high-performance materials is the so-called Iconic Tower, which is set to become the highest tower in Afri...

World's largest 3D printer to build two-storey concrete house

20 March 2019, Published under Cement News

The largest 3D printer in the world is being prepared to start printing a two-storey house on the site of Kamp C, the Provincial Centre for Sustainability and Innovation in Westerlo, Belgium. Kamp C is looking to persuade the Flemish construction industry of the merits of this innovative technique with practical examples. "This technique is gradually gaining momentum," says Kai van Bulck, w...

Moroccan demand increases 4% in February

Moroccan demand increases 4% in February

19 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Morocco’s cement market expanded by 4.3 per cent in February to 1,115,641t from 1,069,926t in February 2018, according to the country’s Ministry of Housing and Urbanisation. The latest data indicates a modest deceleration of market growth when compared with January, when demand increased by 5.3 per cent YoY. In the first two months of 2019, domestic consumption advanced by 4.8 per cent to 2,...

US cement demand up 3% in 2018

21 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Apparent domestic consumption advanced 2.9 per cent from 97.4Mt in 2017 to 100.2Mt in 2018, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The higher sales volumes were supported by an increase in the average cement price from US$121/t in 2017 to US$126.50/t the following year. The rise in cement sales was attributed to a modest increase in construction spending as housing and public constru...

Cement sales rise by 16% in Saudi Arabia in February

18 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Cement and clinker sales in Saudi Arabia rose 15.7 per cent YoY to 4.24Mt (including exports) in February 2019 compared to 3.67Mt in the previous year.   Clinker inventory increased 17.6 per cent YoY, but fell one per cent MoM to 41.88Mt in February 2019. Cement dispatches, however, jumped 9.3 per cent YoY, says Aljazira Capital.   Meanwhile, the total utilisation rate of Saudi cement sec...

Pakistan's cement and construction FDI falls

18 March 2019, Published under Cement News

According to State Bank of Pakistan (SBP), total foreign direct investment (FDI) into country during July 2018-February 2019 fell by 22.6 per cent compared to same period last year. The SBP data shows that the country received investments worth US$1.61bn during the first eight months of current fiscal year, down 23 per cent from US$2.09bn in the same period last year.   FDI in cement and con...

No change for Senegal maximum cement prices

18 March 2019, Published under Cement News

The maximum cement price in Senegal will remain at previous year’s level, according to the country’s Ministry of Commerce. "Pursuant to the provisions of Article 43 of Law No. 94-63 of 22 August 1994 on price, competition and economic litigation, ceiling prices for ex-factory cement are set at prices previously applied as of 1 January 2018", indicated a decree sent to the Agence de Press Sé...

Peru cement market contracts 5% in February

15 March 2019, Published under Cement News

National cement consumption in Peru slipped by 4.9 per cent in February 2019 to 0.893Mt, down from 0.9Mt reported in February 2018, according to the country’s cement association, Asocem. Total cement dispatches by Asocem-related producers were up 5.3 per cent YoY, but decreased by 2.8 per cent MoM to 0.796Mt in February 2019. Of this total, 0.783Mt were delivered to domestic customers, repre...

Pakistan cement production falls in 7MFY19

15 March 2019, Published under Cement News

The overall output of Pakstan's Large Scale Manufacturing Industries (LSMI) decreased by 2.3 per cent for July 2018-January 2019, compared to July 2017-January 2018, says data released by Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). The LSMI output decreased by 4.6 per cent for January 2019 compared to January 2018 and increased by 20.8 per cent, if compared to December 2018.   The production in ...

Iran set to export over 14,000t of cement to Somalia

14 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Over 14,000t of cement is set to be exported from Iran’s southern island of Qeshm to Somalia, according to Iran Daily. "A 14,500t cargo of bagged cement produced in Qeshm will be exported to Somalia on a Tanzanian ship named AMINA-H," said Pejman Bahrami, deputy head for maritime transport and port affairs, Qeshm Free Zone Organization. The loading of the bagged cement began on Tuesday and ...

SNIC reports rise in February sales but warns of uncertainty

11 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in Brazil increased by 6.4 per cent YoY to 4.1Mt  in February 2019, according to the country's cement association, SNIC. According to SNIC President, Paulo Camillo Penna, last month's results were directly influenced by the comparison of working days. "February's performance was increased by just two working days more than in February 2018 due to the carnival holiday. If we anal...

Kenya's cement consumption drops to 5.49Mt in 2018

13 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Kenya's cement consumption dropped for the second year in a row to 5.49Mt n 2018, according to Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS). The decline in cement consumption comes despite ongoing public infrastructure projects such as roads and phase two of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) as well as continued development of buildings in the country. Last year's reduced consumption forced c...