Cement News tagged: International

Pakistan's local dispatches hit by tax measures

21 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Pakistan's cement industry is still facing number of challenges in terms of local dispatches and profitability due to stringent tax measures taken in the federal budget 2019-20 to overcome the country's current account deficit and meet the pre-conditionality of the IMF package. Other factors also hurting cement industry, including the high cost of doing business, interest rate hike, increas...

Dominican Republic cement market expands 5% in 1H19

22 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in the Dominican Republic increased 5.2 per cent YoY in the January-June 2019 period, according to the country’s cement association, Adocem. Output from domestic cement plants rose by 2.7 per cent YoY to 2.812Mt in the same period. For the full-year, forecasts indicate that cement production will increase by eight per cent YoY to 4.8Mt in 2019. "The Dominican Republic has gone ...

Peruvian cement market expands 9% in July

21 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Peru’s cement consumption increased 9.1 per cent YoY to 983,000t in July 2019 when compared with the previous-year’s equivalent month, which saw demand at 901,000t, according to the country’s cement association, Asocem. Output from Asocem members edged up by 4.9 per cent to 858,000t in July 2019 when compared with an output of 818,000t in July 2018. Domestic supply was supplemented by 52,10...

Afghanistan to complete two cement plants

20 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Afghanistan is preparing to invest in its cement industry by completing two cement plants. The Afghan Ministry of Mines and Petroleum has reported that progress has been made in discussions on major investment projects worth US$350m. The projects include investment in second phase of Jabal Siraj cement factory (US$170m) and Samangan cement factory (US$136m).

Flexicon (Europe) Ltd opens French office

Flexicon (Europe) Ltd opens French office

20 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Bulk handling equipment supplier Flexicon (Europe) Ltd has opened a new office in France to provide factory-direct sales and application engineering service to customers in Dijon and surrounding regions. The new office will be headed by Emmanuel Decoeur, regional sales manager. Headquartered in the USA, Flexicon are a leading producer of bulk handling equipment offered throughout Europe sin...

PCA Summer forecasts suggests 2.3% growth in US cement consumption

19 August 2019, Published under Cement News

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) has released its summer forecast for the US cement sector with its near-term projections largely unchanged since PCA's Spring outlook.  Cement consumption is expected to grow 2.3 per cent in 2019 and 1.7 per cent in 2020. Overall, slightly softer economic growth, suggests a gentler interest rate pattern as well as slightly less robust conditions in the l...

Indonesian cement industry down 2% in 1H19

Indonesian cement industry down 2% in 1H19

16 August 2019, Published under Cement News

The Indonesian Cement Association has reported that domestic cement sales volumes in the 1H19 dropped 2.2 per cent YoY to 29.4Mt due to weaker demand from Java (-2.8 per cent YoY) and Sumatra (-6.3 per cent YoY). This is likely to have been the result of a weak property sector, which accounted for around 70 per cent of the country's cement demand, coupled with delays in construction due to the...

Tajikistan's cement output up in 7M19

16 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Tajikistan has announced that around 2.328Mt of cement was produced in the country over the first seven months of 2019. According to the Ministry of Industry and New Technologies, this is around 209,000t higher than in January-July 2018. In 2018, the Tajik cement industry produced over 3.844Mt of cement, a 23.3 per cent YoY increase.

Malaysian consumption to remain subdued in 2H19

15 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Malaysian cement consumption is expected to remain subdued in the second half of 2019, as the construction and property development markets remain weak, according to Khairul Azizi Kairudin, an analyst for Hong Leong Investment Bank Research (HLIB Research). "Beyond 2019, we expect cement prices to recover gradually, as construction activities pick up (expected by 1H20). However, […] the expe...

CMA hold meeting with Singareni Collieries Co Ltd

15 August 2019, Published under Cement News

India's Cement Manufacturers Association (CMA) has held a constructive interaction with Singareni Collieries Co Ltd (SCCL). The meeting organised by the CMA with the senior officials of SCCL in Hyderabad saw a commitment on both sides to work towards improving offtake of coal by the cement industry. CMA felt extremely reassured by the positive response received from Dr J Allwyn, executive di...

Angolan government to sell stakes in state cement companies

14 August 2019, Published under Cement News

A report by Díario da Republica confirms that the Angolan government is to sell stakes in several state companies including cement plants to finance projects for the economic and social development of Angola. The government is selling 175 companies by public tender, 11 by auction and nine by initial public offering with 80 sales in 2019 and 90 in 2020. The cement company shares that would co...

Czech cement production increased 10% in 2018

15 August 2019, Published under Cement News

The Czech Republic’s cement output increased 9.8 per cent YoY to 4.43Mt in 2018, the largest amount since 2008, according to data from the country’s cement producers’ association. The production rise has been attributed to demand from the domestic construction industry and an increase in exports. Consumption advanced 7.7 per cent to 4.25Mt, compared with 3.95Mt in 2017. Cement exports surge...

Nepal's cement producers call on government to find export markets

14 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Nepal's cement producers are demanding that the government supports them in attempts to find export markets for cement and clinker as overcapacity in Nepal is expected to rise steeply in the next few years. The country's cement industry has a total of some 40 production facilities with a cumulative cement capacity of 15Mta, while domestic demand is currently below 10Mta. A further 21 plants a...

Nepal’s PAC directs cancellation Huaxin Cement Narayani land lease pact

13 August 2019, Published under Cement News

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Nepali parliament has directed Rorang Village Municipality of Dhading to cancel the land lease pact with Huaxin Cement Narayani Pvt Ltd. The PAC cited that the Nepal-China joint venture had not yet conducted the initial environmental examination (IEE) of the plant and had not followed the terms and conditions of the agreement, according to a report in...

Brazil cement market expands 8% in July

15 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Brazilian cement sales increased 8.1 per cent YoY to 4.953Mt in July 2019, according to the country’s cement association, SNIC. The market expanded most in the south, advancing by 11.2 per cent to 827,000t, followed by the central-west by 10.9 per cent to 579,000t. The southeast, Brazil’s largest market, expanded by 9.1 per cent to 2.406Mt YoY, while the country’s smallest market, the north...

Greek construction starts recovery in May

12 August 2019, Published under Cement News

The Greek construction sector saw building permits rise by 7.4 per cent in May, according to the statistics agency ELSTAT. There were 1453 building permits issued in the month covering an area of 268,900m 2 . May's figures are still 5.7 per cent down on May 2018 and are down 13.3 per cent lower than in the first five months of 2018. However, 2018 was a rebound year from very low levels and th...