Cement News tagged: International

Cement prices rise in Malawi

27 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement prices in Malawi have reportedly increased by 33 per cent in the past two weeks to MWK8000 (US$10.79) per 50kg bag, with the hike attributed to a shortage, according to The Business Times (Malawi). Cement Products Ltd (CPL) has condemned traders for raising the prices saying the wholesale price has not changed. Meanwhile, the country’s Ministry of Trade has reported that the increase...

Puerto Rican cement market expands 24% in July

27 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement demand in Puerto Rico advanced 23.8 per cent YoY to 60,546t (1.42m bags of 42.6kg) when compared with 49,033t (1.15m bags) in July 2019, according to data by the country’s statistics institute. Cement sales fell in 2019 and the first few months of 2020 before plummeting in March and April due to the COVID-19 pandemic, which stalled economic activity. In May demand started to recover wi...

Chilean cement market contracts 14% in 6M20

26 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement dispatches in Chile fell 15.4 per cent YoY in May 2020 to 291,781t from 345,001t in May 2019, according to the Chilean Chamber of Construction (CChC). In June the market continued to contract, with sales down 26.9 per cent YoY to 213,502t from 291,979t in June 2019. In the first six months of 2020 demand in the South American country declined 13.7 per cent YoY to 1,781,388t from 2,065...

Vietnam reports surge in exports in July

25 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in Vietnam fell eight per cent YoY but edged up by two per cent to 5.335Mt in July 2020, according to the Vietnam National Cement Association (VNCA). Of this total, VICEM dispatched 1.765Mt, down six per cent YoY but up four per cent MoM, while its joint ventures saw sales decrease by 13 per cent YoY although MoM they advanced one per cent. VNCA reported sales of other Vietnamese ...

Government plans new cement units near power stations

Government plans new cement units near power stations

24 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Nitin Raut, a cabinet minister for the government of Maharashtra, India, has stated that the Maha-Vikas Aghadi (MVA) government has plans to set up new cement units near power plants in the state. The pilot project would reportedly be at the Khaparkheda Thermal Power Station (KTPS). "We’ve completed formalities like studying feasibility of such units in our plants’ vicinity. It would be a joi...

Uzbekistan reports lower construction material imports

24 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Uzbekistan saw construction material imports decline 20.9 per cent YoY to US$592.2m in the first half of 2020, according to the State Statistics Committee. The most noticeable decrease was seen in cement imports, which declined by more than 2.2 times to US$48.4m. However, the volume of construction work carried out in the country increased by 5.7 per cent compared to the 1H19. There are a...

Bangladesh cement prices remain stable

Bangladesh cement prices remain stable

24 August 2020, Published under Cement News

The price of a 50kg bag of cement in Bangladesh is remaining stable after a sudden hike in 2019, according to The Financial Express. "Currently, we are selling a bag of cement at BDT400-440 (US$4.7-5.2) varying from one manufacturer to others," said Wahid Uz Zaman, a dealer in the city's green road. "People are now investing less on construction works, considering the disruptions in econ...

Yguazu stops production due to transformer issues

24 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Paraguay’s Yguazu Cement stated on social media that it stopped production on 12 August 2020 due to an issue with a transformer. The producer continued dispatching cement until 14 August 2020, when its supplies ran out. While it has not yet been able to find a similar transformer locally, it may either rent generators or even import cement, according to reports. The news follows the countr...

Paraguay's construction sector reports cement shortage

21 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Construction firms in Paraguay are reportedly seeing cement shortages as they face problems with bringing cement into the country, according to Ultima Hora. The state-run cement producer, INC has stated that the cost of cement remains the same and that it increased production and deliveries in August 2020. However, the company can only meet around 60 per cent of domestic demand. Cement pri...

Uruguay sees exports rise in the 2Q20

20 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in Uruguay reached 166,074t in the second quarter of 2020, a 3.9 per cent drop YoY, according to data from the Chamber of Industries. Of the total, 97 per cent were domestic sales and three per cent were exports, mostly to Paraguay. Domestic sales were down 4.1 per cent YoY, but exports climbed 3.9 per cent.

Tunisia looks to change cement packaging and reduce costs

20 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Salah Ben Youssef, Tunisia’s Minister of Industry and Small- and Medium-sized Enterprises, has stated that by replacing 30 per cent of Kraft paper bags used in cement packaging with polypropylene bags, the equivalent of TND20m (US$7.37m) in foreign currency would be saved.   "This will help Tunisia reposition itself on the Libyan market by bringing down the cost of cement bags and increasin...

Egyptian cement demand has fallen 20% since May

20 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Since Egypt's Ministry of Local Development (MLD) suspended building licences for six months in the governorates of Greater Cairo (Cairo-Giza-Qalyubia), Alexandria, and provincial capitals and major cities with high population densities in May, cement demand has dropped by 20 per cent. Ahmed Al-Zaini, Chairman of the Building Materials Division, Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce (FE...

Puerto Rican cement sales rise in July

19 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Puerto Rican cement sales increased 23.8 per cent YoY in July 2020, rising to 1.42m (42.5kg) bags from 1.15m bags in the corresponding period of 2019, according to Sin Comillas. Cement sales reportedly began to recover in May 2020 and surged 42 per cent YoY in June 2020. Cement production also advanced 31.3 per cent YoY to 1.32m bags in July 2020.

Azerbaijan sees cement production decline 3% YoY

19 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Azerbaijan saw the value of construction materials produced in the country fall 4.8 per cent YoY to AZN426.7m (US$250.9m) in the first seven months of 2020, according to the State Statistics Committee. At the same time, the production of cement decreased by 2.7 per cent and precast concrete structures were down 25.6 per cent.

Vietnamese export volumes rise 11% in the 7M20

20 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Vietnam exported 19.5Mt of cement and clinker worth US$732m in the first seven months of 2020, up 11.4 per cent YoY in volume but down 5.4 per cent in value, according to Dau Tu (Investment). In the seven-month period, the major export markets included China, the Philippines and Bangladesh. Last year, the Ministry of Construction forecast that Vietnam would sell 101-103Mt of cement and c...

Bangladesh's cement sector sees signs of recovery in demand

20 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Premier Cement of Bangladesh has reported that the cement sector has been showing some signs of recovery for the last two months, despite the coronavirus pandemic. The sector had been reeling from the unprecedented collapse in demand in April and May because of the pandemic, which hammered activity and brought the construction sector to a grinding halt. However, activity has begun to pick up ...