Cement News tagged: International

Abay Cement plant now 60% complete

19 May 2020, Published under Cement News

The construction of Abay Cement Factory in Amhara, Ethiopia, is now 60 per cent complete and will commence operations next year, according to Samuel Halala, director of the Ethiopian Chemical and Construction Inputs Industry Development Institute. The 2.5Mta project is being developed by Abay Industrial Development Association. On average, cement plants in the country are using around 60 pe...

Encouraging developments for Pakistan's cement industry

19 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Pakistan's cement industry saw several encouraging development last week, including the news about the implementation of Diamer Basha Dam project, reduction of interest rates by the central bank, sufficient allocation of a development fund in the upcoming budget with a sorry note of the fall in cement production during 20 March due to the direct impact of COVID-19. As a result, the stock marke...

BCMA reports 46% fall in domestic cement sales

18 May 2020, Published under Cement News

The current demand for cement in Bangladesh has declined drastically as construction projects have been halted following COVID-19 lockdown, according to the Bangladesh Cement Manufacturers Association (BCMA). Cement sales dropped around 46 per cent in April following serious disruption in construction, according to the BCMA. The manufacturers saw a severe fall in sales, despite expecting doub...

Puerto Rican cement sales decline 61% in April

18 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Sales of cement in Puerto Rico fell 55.1 and 60.6 per cent in March and April 2020, respectively, according to the country’s Instituto de Estadísticas. In March 2020 526,500 bags of 94lb, or 22,496t were sold while in April the offtake reached 451,300 bags or 19,283t. The drop in sales was attributed to the lockdown and the production stop due to the coronavirus. Cement production fell 59....

Indonesian cement market contracts 6% in April

Indonesian cement market contracts 6% in April

15 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement consumption in Indonesia fell by 6.3 per cent YoY in April 2020 to 4.514Mt from 4.816Mt In April 2019, according to data published by the Indonesian Cement Association (ASI). Java, the country’s largest market, saw sales decline by 11. 3 per cent YoY to 2.412Mt from 2.718Mt in April 2019 while Sumatra was unable to offset the drop despite a 7.4 per cent uptick in volumes to 1.077Mt f...

Chilean cement demand drops 7% in 1Q20

15 May 2020, Published under Cement News

After remaining largely stable at 332,905t  in February 2020 when compared with February 2019, Chile’s cement market contracted by 13.6 per cent YoY in March to 344,098t from 398,132t in March 2019, according to the Chilean Chamber of Construction and Cement (CChC). In the first quarter of 2020, dispatches were down 6.7 per cent YoY to 1,007,786t from 1,080,074t in the 1Q19.

Egyptian cement demand falls almost 10% in April

Egyptian cement demand falls almost 10% in April

15 May 2020, Published under Cement News

The Egyptian cement industry's sales volumes for April, excluding exports, dropped 9.7 per cent MoM and 13.4 per cent YoY. Moreover, local sales witnessed almost the same level of drop of 9.2 per cent  MoM and 12.6 per cent YoY, respectively. The cement demand fell during April and May as construction activity slowed, impacted by the ongoing coronavirus containment measures and Ramadan. Egypt...

Brazil cement consumption declines 7% in April

14 May 2020, Published under Cement News

While Brazilian cement sales in April fell 6.9 per cent YoY to 4.1Mt, sales per business day saw a drop of only 2.5 per cent to 185,500t, according to Brazil’s cement association, SNIC. “After a slightly negative quarter of sales (-0.3 per cent 1Q20 x1Q19), caused mainly by the damming of cement purchases in January and February due to heavy rains, which hit several parts of the country, and...

MPA releases COVID-19 pocket safety guides

14 May 2020, Published under Cement News

The  Mineral Products Association (MPA) has launched two new sector specific pocket guides, for managers and employees, which are designed to support members in keeping employees, contractors, suppliers and customers safe as site operations adapt to the restrictions of COVID-19 and become COVID secure. Drawing on expert industry advice and techniques, they have been prepared by the MPA's Heal...

US and Puerto Rico February Portland and blended cement shipments up 13%

14 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Total shipments of Portland and blended cement, including imports, in the USA and Puerto Rico advanced 13 per cent YoY in February 2020 to 6.4Mt, reports the US Geological Survey (USGS). The top five state markets were Texas, California, Florida, Arizona and Georgia, which accounted for a total share of 49 per cent of the month’s shipments. The leading producing states for Portland and blended...

Argentina’s market contracts 55% in April

14 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement consumption in Argentina dropped 55.2 per cent YoY and 19.7 per cent MoM in April 2020 to 403,652t from 900,938t in April 2019, according to the latest data by the country’s cement association, AFCP. Production in domestic cement plants fell by 55.1 per cent to 407,645t in February 2020 from 908,737t in the equivalent period of the previous year. When compared with March 2020, the dec...

The Cement Producers Association of Iraq joins the WCA as affiliate member

13 May 2020, Published under Cement News

The World Cement Association announced today that it is welcoming the Cement Producers Association of Iraq (CPAI) as an affiliate member of its international network. Affiliate membership is designed for regional or national cement associations and other partner groups, which are not-for-profit organisations working in areas related to the objectives of the WCA. "In these challenging and un...

Dangote Cement Cameroon SA donates PPE equipment

13 May 2020, Published under Cement News

As part of its corporate social responsibility project, Dangote Cement Cameroon SA has handed over personal protection equipment (PPE) kits worth XAF100m (US$165,000) to the Cameroon’s Ministry of Public Health to support healthcare workers on the frontline in the fight against COVID-19. Speaking at the handover of the materials, Country Manager of Dangote Cement Cameroon SA, Abdullahi Baba, ...

Gabon cement consumption up 9% in 2019

12 May 2020, Published under Cement News

The Gabon cement market expanded 8.5 per cent YoY to 529,814t in 2019 on the back of strong domestic demand and sales saw a 9.7 per cent YoY increase to XAF39.6bn (US$65.3m), according to data from the country’s Directorate General of the Economy and Fiscal Policy. Cement production in Gabon increased by 10.6 per cent YoY to 538,729t in 2019. The rise in output is attributed to improved effic...

Vietnam's cement exports to China drop 5% in 1Q20

12 May 2020, Published under Cement News

China was the largest market for Vietnamese cement imports in the first quarter of 2020, importing 2.73Mt worth US$96.92m, according to the latest data from the General Department of Vietnam Customs. This was down 5.4 per cent and 13.3 per cent YoY in volume and value, respectively, but still accounted for 35.3 per cent of Vietnam’s export volumes during the quarter. The Philippines importe...

Bangladeshi cement export shows negative trend in 10MFY20

11 May 2020, Published under Cement News

As per data released by Bangladesh Export Promotion Bureau (EPB), Bangladesh's government recorded a significant fall of 13.1 per cent to US$29.49bn in total exports during the first 10 months of the current FY19-20, against US$33.93bn in the corresponding period of FY18-19. Exporters and analysts attributed the drop to the closure of factories, lockdown in major export destinations followed...