Cement News tagged: International

Chief Minister urges quicker clearance of NOCs for Punjab cement factories

09 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Chief Minister of Punjab, Sardar Usman Buzdar, chaired a meeting yesterday at the Punjab Assembly about easing the process of setting up new cement factories in the Pakistani province. The complicated and lengthy process of establishing cement factories has slowed the pace of adding new capacity in the region. The local government wants to boost investment and new job opportunities. Sardar Us...

Argentine cement demand declines 13% in August

10 September 2020, Published under Cement News

The Argentine cement market contracted 12.5 per cent YoY to 917,297t in August 2020, according to the latest data published by AFCP, the country’s cement association. However, when compared with the previous month, an expansion in sales of 6.3 per cent was reported. Domestic cement producers supplied 922,807t of cement, down 12.3 per cent YoY, including 5510t of exports. Exports increased 30...

Saudi cement sales rise 38% to 4.3Mt in August 2020

10 September 2020, Published under Cement News

The aggregate sales of 17 Saudi cement producers climbed 38 per cent to 4.3Mt in August 2020, compared to 3.1Mt in the same month last year, reported Yamama Cement Co. As many as 16 cement producers reported higher sales, headed by Al-Jouf Cement Co with a YoY rise of 131 per cent in August. Al-Safwa Cement Co was close behind with an increase of 116 per cent YoY. Northern Region Cement Co'...

Portland and blended cement market in US and Puerto Rico expands 11% in June

10 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Total shipments of Portland and blended cement in the USA and Puerto Rico advanced 11 per cent to 10.1Mt in June 2020 when compared with June 2019, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). Texas, California, Florida, Ohio and Georgia were the leading cement-consuming states, accounting for 37 per cent of June shipments. Leading cement-producing states were Missouri, California, Texas, F...

Cement dispatches in Pakistan improve in August but fall MoM

Cement dispatches in Pakistan improve in August but fall MoM

07 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Pakistan’s cement industry recorded a growth of five per cent YoY in total dispatches from 3.351Mt to 3.52Mt in August 2019.  However, a reverse trend of 27.2 per cent was noted, when compared with the figure 4.838Mt in July 2020. According to the breakdown released by All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA), the local dispatches of cement in August 2020 increased by 4.8 per cen...

Moroccan market expands 19% in August

04 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement consumption in Morocco increased 19.4 per cent YoY to 865,681t in August 2020 from 725,359t in August 2019, according to data published by the country’s Ministry of Urbanisation and Habitat. However, in the first eight months of 2020 demand fell by 15.8 per cent YoY from 8,883,681t in the 7M19 to 7,482,031t in January-August 2020.

Odisha clears two cement capacity expansion projects

Odisha clears two cement capacity expansion projects

03 September 2020, Published under Cement News

India’s Odisha state government has cleared two proposals for the expansion of cement grinding capacities. It gave the go-ahead for JSW Cement’s 1.2Mta expansion and Jajpur Cement’s Pvt Ltd 1Mta expansion project – both are located in Kalinganagar in Jajpur. JSW will invest INR4.899bn (US$66.7m) while Jajpur Cements has allocated INR4bn for the project.

Manaus cement plants face watchdog warning

03 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Two cement plants in Manaus, Brazil, have received warnings from Procon, the consumer watchdog in the state of Amazonas. The organisation has requested clarification regarding prices charged since March 2020. Both plants have been given five days to present a defence and receipts to Procon, according to Esmerk Latin American News. The warnings follow the publication of studies that the price...

Ethiopia invites private sector to address cement shortage

03 September 2020, Published under Cement News

To end the chronic shortage of cement in the market, Ethiopia’s Ministry of Trade and Industry has prepared a new guideline to introduce the private sector to the supply chain. The measure went into effect from 31 August 2020. State Minister of Trade and Industry, Eshete Asfaw, said the guidelines are mainly prepared to sustain the supply chain and allow the private sector to take part in ce...

Germany's VDZ extends cautious outlook

08 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Speaking about the development of the German cement market, Christian Knell, president of Germany's cement association VDZ, says "It has rarely been so difficult to make a forecast as it is this year.” Since March 2020 the coronavirus pandemic has created a great deal of uncertainty amongst most people and companies in this country. So far the cement manufacturers have had no grounds for com...

Cement demand in Colombia slips 2% in July

03 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement dispatches in Colombia fell 1.8 per cent YoY to 1.093Mt in July 2020 from 1.113Mt in July 2019, according to the country’s statistics office, DANE. Offtake by ready-mix concrete companies declined 17.5 per cent, but retail sales were up 6.5 per cent when compared with July 2019. Sales to building companies and contractors were down 7.8 per cent YoY. The largest reduction in sales took...

Czech cement production reaches 4.57Mt in 2019

03 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement output in the Czech cement industry increased 3.2 per cent YoY to 4.57Mt, a level not seen since 2008, reports the Czech news agency, CTK. In the last six years, cement production has increased by more than 40 per cent. Sales expanded by 1.5 per cent YoY to 3.84Mt, according to preliminary data of the Czech cement producers association. Exports rose by 1.9 per cent YoY to 760,613t, ...

Zimbabwe sees demand up in July

03 September 2020, Published under Cement News

PPC says demand for cement in Zimbabwe is very strong, despite effects of the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown. In its latest operational update, the regional cement producer reported that its operations ramped up in May in all regional operations, including Zimbabwe. “The total cement volumes sold by the international subsidiaries also showed double-digit growth comparing July 2020 with July 20...

Belarus produces 2.3Mt of cement in 1H20

28 August 2020, Published under Cement News

In January-June 2020 Belarus manufactured nearly 2.3Mt of cement, 102.3 per cent up on 1H19. In the same period, the cement industry enterprises made nearly BYN400m (US$150m) worth of industrial products, 12.4 per cent up from 1H19.
 The Belarusian Cement Co made 851,900t of cement in 1H20, a rise of 104.1 per cent compared to 1H19. The company increased sales by 10.3 per cent to BYN453.3m (...

Eswatini faces cement shortage

28 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Significant players in Eswatini’s construction industry have seen projects stall due to a cement shortage, according to The Swazi Observer. Nhlanhla Dlamini, CEO of the Construction Industry Council, has announced that a meeting was convened with the association of builders, manufacturers and suppliers to deliberate on the issue. "We are aware of the cement shortage which has been caused by...

Indonesian cement market contracts 16% in July

27 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement demand in Indonesia declined 16.3 per cent YoY to 5.3Mt in July 2020, according to the Indonesian Cement Association (ASI). The market of Sulawesi saw the largest contraction at 26.1 per cent to 413,000t. However, the drop in consumption in the key markets of Sumatra and Java had a greater impact. In Java cement demand fell by 19.7 per cent to 2.96Mt while in Sumatra, consumption decl...