Cement News tagged: International

Lafarge Africa provides NGN500m intervention fund to alleviate COVID-19 challenges

07 May 2020, Published under Cement News

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Lafarge Africa (LafargeHolcim group) has deployed a NGN500m (US$1.28m) intervention fund to provide medical infrastructure, food and essential medications to its host communities. During the first phase of the intervention launched on the 6 April 2020, the company converted two of its facilities in Sagamu and Ashaka to be used as isolation centres, and a...

Iran sees 32% rise in exports

06 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Over 17.5Mt of cement and clinker were exported from Iran in the past Iranian calendar year, ending 21 March 2020. The figure registered a 32 per cent growth compared with the previous year, according to Abdolreza Sheikhan, head of Iran's Cement Employers Association. "Cement accounted for 6.7Mt and clinker for 10.8Mt of the total sum," said Mr Sheikhan. "Our main export destinations over th...

Oman enforces anti-dumping measures

06 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Oman’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry has helped introduce screening measures at the country’s border to reduce cement dumping. The anti-dumping measures began in March but have reportedly been ramped up alongside restrictions on the cross-border movement of goods in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Oman Daily Observer. "We are delighted by the action initiated by the g...

Moroccan cement dispatches contract 56% in April

05 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Morocco’s cement deliveries saw 55.5 per cent drop to 552,472t in April 2020 from 1,241,463t in April 2019, according to the members of the country’s cement association, APC. In the first four months of 2020, dispatches declined by 20.6 per cent to 3.919Mt from 4.808Mt in the 4M2019. APC members are Votorantim-owned Asment Temara, Ciments de l’Atlas, Ciments du Maroc (HeidelbergCement) and ...

PPC announces operational update for April

PPC announces operational update for April

04 May 2020, Published under Cement News

PPC has released an update for its African operations during April. PPC Barnet in the DRC has been able to continue to operate and is expected to produce similar volumes compared to the same period last year. Cimerwa and PPC Zimbabwe have also partially resumed operations in Rwanda and Zimbabwe, respectively, in the second half of April. Cement sales volumes in these countries are expected to...

Vietnamese cement dispatches slip in March

30 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Vietnamese producers supplied 6,508,053t of cement to the domestic market in March 2020, according to the Vietnam National Cement Association (VNCA). This represents a decrease of one per cent YoY but a 55 per cent MoM rise. VICEM sales in March 2020 fell five per cent YoY but rose 61 per cent MoM to 2,224,216t while deliveries by its affiliates saw a nine per cent YoY drop and 50 per cent r...

Kenya's cement consumption recovers in January

Kenya's cement consumption recovers in January

30 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Kenyan cement consumption reached a 17-month-high in January 2020, according to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS). Demand hit 528,904t during the month and marked the second straight month of recovery. The last time consumption was above this level was in August 2018 at 531,119t. The recovery is expected to relieve pressure on cement producers in the country which has seen new ...

GCCA hosts webinar forum on Global Health & Safety

29 April 2020, Published under Cement News

The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) held its first Global Health & Safety Forum (webinar) on World Day for Safety at Work. The forum consisted of five presentations with coverage of GCCA's guidelines and sustainability toolbox, road and driving safety, contractor management, occupational health, and hotspot activities and countries.  The forum, which attracted more than 300 pa...

Senegal sees another cement tax rise

28 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Senegal’s President, Macky Sall, has imposed a tax of XOF2000/t (US$3.30/t) on cement to finance social housing, according to Le Quotidien. The latest increase follows a XOF3000 hike only a few months earlier and cement producers have warned that the new tax will lead to a rise in cement prices and a spike in building material prices. However, consumers have disputed the arguments of the c...

US Portland and blended cement market expands 7% in January

30 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Total shipments of Portland and blended cement, including imports, in the US and Puerto Rico increased by 7.4 per cent YoY to 6.9Mt in January 2020, according to data from the US Geological Survey (USGS). Around 47 per cent of total shipments were received by the five leading cement-consuming states – Texas, California, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. Product was mainly manufactured in Te...

Malaysia's cement association praises decision to reopen plants

27 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Malaysia's Cement and Concrete Association (C&CA) has stated that opening cement factories under Phase 3 of the country’s Movement Control Order (MCO) will have a positive effect on the economy and save jobs. C&CA Chairman, Datuk Yeoh Soo Keng, said the cement industry provided over 100,000 jobs, both directly and indirectly. "C&CA lauds the government and the International Trade and Ind...

Spain's cement consumption falls 28% in March

24 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement demand in Spain decreased 28.3 per cent YoY to 923,581t in March 2020, according to the country’s cement association, Oficemen. The level had not been seen since 1965, excluding the recessions of the last decade. However, exports saw an 11 per cent recovery after 33 months of decline with 54,588t of cement exported. January-March 2020 In the first quarter of 2020 cement consumptio...

PCA writes to President Trump

24 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Michael (Mike) Ireland, president and CEO of the Portland Cement Association (PCA), has written to US President Donald Trump to express the need to restart public works programmes and designate the cement industry as an 'essential industry' that is also listed as a 'critical manufacturing' industry with the Department of Homeland Security. "Increasingly, the COVID-19 crisis and necessary go...

Indonesian market contracts 7% in March

24 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement demand in Indonesia declined 6.8 per cent to 4.817Mt in March 2020 when compared with 5.166Mt in March 2019, according to the Indonesian Cement Association (ASI). The reduction in consumption was the largest in Kalimantan where sales were 15.6 per cent lower YoY, reaching 299,715t. On Java, the largest market in Indonesia, demand was down 10 per cent to 2,558,239t while in Nusa Tenggar...

Peru's Asocem reports 47% drop in domestic demand in March

24 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Peru's cement market contracted by 46.8 per cent YoY to 0.488Mt in March 2020, according to the Peruvian cement association, Asocem. Of this total national dispatches accounted for 0.481Mt. In March 2019 domestic cement consumption reached 0.918Mt. Cement production in Peru in March 2020 fell 51.1 per cent to 0.419Mt when compared with March 2019 and 50.7 per cent when compared with February...

Pakistan cement productions increased in 8MFY19-20

23 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Pakistan's Federal Bureau of Statistics (PBS) has released production data for the eight-month period of July 2019-February 2020 and February alone, with a note that overall output of large-scale manufacturing industries (LSMI) decreased by three per cent during the 8MFY19-20, when compared to the equivalent period of the previous year. However, cement production increased during this period o...