Cement News tagged: International

Canadian Cement Association and producers call on President to up infrastructure spending

04 June 2020, Published under Cement News

Canada's cement companies and the Cement Association of Canada (CAC) have written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as well as federal ministers to plead for federal government to prioritise construction and strategic infrastructure spending. The letter signed by executives from St Marys Cement, Lafarge Canada, CRH Canada Group, Lehigh Hanson Materials Canada, McInnis Cement and CAC contains a...

Quarry accident at Thai Boon Roong Cement

02 June 2020, Published under Cement News

Two men have been crushed by falling rocks after an explosion at the quarry of Thai Boon Roong Cement in Kampot province, Cambodia. The accident happened at La’ang commune’s La'ang village in Dang Tong district. District deputy police chief Men Ly said the victims, 29-year-old Kun Ral and 33-year-old Nheb Sarun, were cousins from Kandorl commune’s Damnak Trach village in Teuk Chhou district...

Azerbaijan sees 9% fall in cement production

01 June 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement production in Azerbaijan fell 8.7 per cent YoY to 911,400t in the first quarter of 2020, according to the State Statistical Committee. Ready-mix concrete production rose 9.9 per cent to 461,400t, while prefabricated structures were down 4.3 per cent to 13,500m 3 . In total, construction materials worth AZN203.9m (US$119.9m) were produced in in the country between January-April 2020, ...

Kyrgyzstan produced 230,600t of cement in 1Q20

01 June 2020, Published under Cement News

Kyrgyzstan produced 230,600 of cement in the first quarter of 2020, according to the country’s National Statistics Committee. In January output reached 28,500t, followed by 58,600t in February and 143,500t in March. When compared with the 1Q20, when 352,400t was produced, output declined by 34.6 per cent YoY.

US cement market expands 5% in March

US cement market expands 5% in March

29 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Total shipments of Portland and blended cement, including imports, in the USA and Puerto Rico advanced 5.1 per cent YoY to 7.7Mt in March 2020, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The leading consuming states in the US were Texas, California, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, with a combined share of 45 per cent of March shipments. In terms of output, Texas, California, Missour...

Dominican cement demand up 7% in 2019

28 May 2020, Published under Cement News

The Dominican cement market expanded 7.2 per cent YoY to 4.7Mt in 2019. Consumption in 2018 reached 4.3Mta, according to the country’s cement association, Adocem. Output by Dominican cement producers advanced four per cent YoY to 5,644.176t, representing a capacity utilisation rate of 81.5 per cent. “In the current coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) one of the main challenges to face lies in ...

APMC's Rawang plant to close for upgrade programme

APMC's Rawang plant to close for upgrade programme

28 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Associated Pan Malaysia Cement (APMC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Malayan Cement, reportedly released the majority of its employees a few weeks ago, according to The Edge. Furthermore, company operations reportedly stopped last year, after YTL Cement acquired 51 per cent of Malayan Cement. In a response to a request for clarification from The Edge Malaysia, YTL Cement stated: "APMC’s Rawa...

Vietnamese producers faced falling sales in April

28 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Vietnam’s cement market contracted 11 per cent YoY and 13 per cent MoM as domestic cement sales reached 5,664,973t in April 2020, according to the latest data from the Vietnam National Cement Association (VNCA). VICEM sales reached 1,935,056t in April, down 11 per cent YoY and 13 per cent MoM while its affiliates sold 1,569,917t, down 13 and 11 per cent when compared with the volumes in the s...

Bangladesh opens new ports of call with India to increase trade

26 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Bangladesh and India have added five more ports of call to its existing six and two Indo-Bangladesh Protocol (IBP) water routes. The move would help reduce transport cost in exporting bulk amount of cement to Tripura and the other northeastern states, said Mr Shahidullah, managing director of Metrocem Cement and first vice-president of Bangladesh Cement Manufacturers Association. The five ne...

Petcoke market sees prices slump

22 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Hit by the coronavirus, petcoke prices fell as the Mediterranean market contracted. Demand declined as the cement and construction sectors reduced their output amid lockdown restrictions. A Spain-based trader said he had heard “some inquiries over the place (Japan, Pakistan, India, China, Denmark, Guatemala, etc to name some) but not real closures yet. Not much really at Med. Only running co...

Cement consumption in Spain hits record low in April

21 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Spain saw cement consumption down 50 per cent YoY in April 2020 to less than 0.6Mt, according to the country’s cement association, Oficemen. The decline in demand has been attributed to the suspension of non-essential works between 30 March and 9 April. "If the economy is not reactivated immediately, we can find ourselves facing a situation in the consumption of cement in our country worse t...

WCA shares Sinoma Research Institute innovations in energy efficiency webinar

27 May 2020, Published under Cement News

The World Cement Association (WCA) held its 'Energy efficiency and New Technologies' webinar yesterday with guest speakers from Sinoma Research Institute (SRI), CNBM group.

 Nie Wenhai, assistant general director of SRI, presented a paper on milling technology that evaluated the power efficiency of grinding for raw and finish milling, replacing ball mills with roller press systems or vertica...

Lafarge Africa sees net profit rise 157% in 1Q20

21 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Africa has reported a 9.8 per cent increase in net sales to NGN63.97bn (US$178.93m) in its unaudited results for the first quarter of 2020, compared to NGN58.02bn in the year-ago period. Net profit surged 156.5 per cent YoY to NGN8.07bn from NGN3.15bn in the 1Q19. "I am proud of the plan Lafarge Africa has implemented to protect the health of our people while supporting our partners...

Swiss cement deliveries stable in 1Q20

21 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement deliveries in Switzerland including Liechtenstein remained largely stable in the 1Q20 at 872,104t, just slightly down from 874,275t reported in 1Q19, according to Cemsuisse, the Swiss cement association. In the 1Q20, 40.1 per cent of deliveries were made by rail, while the rest was transport by road. Ready-mix concrete plants accounted for 73.5 per cent of take-off while 17.8 per cent...

Indian prices expected to rise as demand falls

20 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Indian cement prices are expected to rise by INR15-20/bag (US$0.19-0.26) due to supply constraints, despite dealers across the country expecting demand to fall by 30 per cent on the back of stalled construction projects, reports analytics agency Crisil. However, over the medium term, the price hike is expected to be rolled back due to the low demand and rising competition. The delay in cons...

Peruvian cement consumption plummets in April

21 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Peru’s cement market sharply contracted to 5700t in April 2020, down from 883,000t in April 2019 and from 488,000t in March 2020, according to Asocem, the country’s cement association. Cement production fell 98.7 per cent YoY to 10,000t in April 2020 from 811,000t in April 2019 and 97.5 per cent MoM from 419,000t in March 2020. There was no clinker output from Peru’s cement producer in Apr...