Cement News tagged: International

Rwanda's cement shortage sparked by classroom building

21 July 2020, Published under Cement News

Cimerwa is seeing a sharp rise in cement prices in Rwanda, following a cement shortage that has been driven by the Ministry of Education's programme for 20,000 classrooms to be built before September in the country. Cement prices have climbed from RWF8500 (US$8.92) to RWF13,000 (US$13.64) in recent days. Cimerwa's retail prices for cement are lower at RWF8800 for Surewall, RWF9800 for Sur...

Indian cement prices struggle in July

13 August 2020, Published under Cement News

All-India cement prices declined by one per cent to INR366/50kg bag (US$4.88/50kg bag) in July, according to Kotak Institutional Equities. Prices in southern India also declined one per cent MoM in July. In the northern and eastern markets prices fell by two per cent and one per cent, respectively, while prices in the west and central India remained resilient. The price difficulty has be...

European building materials sector shows resilience

17 July 2020, Published under Cement News

Following the downturn in activity for the French construction materials sector in April, the following month saw the beginnings of a sequential recovery and even more impressive results were noted in June, according to a CIC Market Solutions (France) report. The country’s ready-mix sector saw activity return from -62 per cent YoY in April to +14-20 per cent in June, while distribution activ...

India's capacity utilisation falls in the 2Q

13 August 2020, Published under Cement News

The capacity utilisation of India’s top 10 cement producers fell to 52 per cent in the quarter ending 30 June, compared to 76 per cent in the year-ago period, according to The Hindu BusinessLine. The decline has been attributed to weak demand and logistics restrictions amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The lower capacity utilisation reportedly increased operational costs despite a dip in fuel and r...

Peruvian cement market expands in June

Peruvian cement market expands in June

17 July 2020, Published under Cement News

While cement demand in Peru rebounded in June 2020 to 678,000t when compared with 298,000t sold in May 2020, it remained 26.1 per cent below demand reported in June 2019 as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic continue to be felt, according to the country’s cement association, Asocem. Cement output improved significantly to 611,000t in June 2020, representing an advance of 131.8 per cent w...

Ethiopia starts online cement sales

14 July 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement customers in Ethiopia can now gain access to buying cement online with the start-up of Dumbulo Shopping Solutions. The online shopping platform founded by Dr Gemechu Waktola will boost cement sales in the region around Addis Ababa. The company has entered into an agreement with National Cement, which has a central cement warehouse in Addis Ababa, and is in discussions with other ceme...

Rwanda's Prime Cement set to begin operations

Rwanda's Prime Cement set to begin operations

14 July 2020, Published under Cement News

A new cement plant under construction in Musanze, Rwanda, is set to begin marketing its product next month. Prime Cement Ltd is expected to begin production at around 50,000tpm or 600,000tpa of cement. "Preparations are on high gear. Most of the equipment and machinery are in their place and a few remaining are on their way from Mombasa. No wonder, we shall be on the market next month," said...

Mozambique's new 1.8Mta plant now 90% complete

17 July 2020, Published under Cement News

Mozambique's Minister of Industry and Trade, Carlos Mesquita, has visited the site of the new 1.8Mta Dugong Cimentos plant in Matutuine, noting that when commissioned it should lead to a downward pressure on prices, according to All Africa. The plant is now 90 per cent complete and represents a Chinese investment of around US$330m. It will use around 400,000tpa of coal in its production proc...

Puerto Rican cement sales up 42% in June

13 July 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in Puerto Rico advanced 42 per cent YoY in June, according to date from the country’s Statistics Institute. Sales reached 68,180t in June 2020, compared with 48,138t in June 2019. The increase is the second since October last year. Cement sales have fallen throughout 2019 and the first months of 2020. In March they fell 55.1 per cent YoY and this was followed by a 60.6 per cent ...

South African cement sector is operating in survival mode

13 July 2020, Published under Cement News

Bheki Mthembu, head of the inland business unit of PPC, says the lack of large-scale construction projects in South Africa has left cement producers heavily dependent on residential construction. "The sector has had issues for a while and government needs to support us through infrastructure maintenance and other projects. We were in survival mode and COVID-19 almost served as the fi...

Bamburi Cement donates KES15.6m in the fight against COVID-19

13 July 2020, Published under Cement News

Bamburi Cement (LafargeHoldim group) has donated KES15.6m (US$145,600) in the fight against coronavirus to the Kenyan government's COVID-19 Emergency Response Fund. KES5m of the donation is a direct cash contribution for immediate assistance, KES5.2m is directed at personal protective equipment (PPE) and KES2.4m will support communities in Mombasa, Kilifi, Machakos, Kwale and Kjiado which ne...

Swiss cement dispatches down 3% in 2Q20

09 July 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement deliveries in Switzerland fell by 3.3 per cent YoY to 1,138,804t in the second quarter of 2020, according to the latest data published by Cemsuisse, the Swiss cement association."The cement industry was able to ensure the supply of cement despite the coronacrisis," said the association in a statement. The supply of low-carbon CEM II cements, which accounts for 88.7 per cent of dema...

Bureau of Indian Standards issues first licence for microfine OPC production

09 July 2020, Published under Cement News

The Bureau of Indian Standards (BIS) has granted the country’s first licence for the manufacture of microfine ordinary Portland cement and ultrafine ground granulated blastfurnace slag (GGBS) to Counto Microfine Products. The company is a joint venture between Ambuja Cements and Alcon group and has one of the largest manufacturing facilities for microfine materials in Goa. The Goan firm will...

Brazilian cement demand up 24% in June

15 July 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in Brazil rose 24.2 per cent YoY in June 2020. Domestic offtake reached 5.2Mt in June, according to the country’s cement association, SNIC. In the first half of 2020, sales advanced by 3.6 per cent YoY to 26.9Mt. “COVID-19 caused several changes in our lives, habits, and priorities. The crisis showed the cement industry that taking care of the house and using savings and investme...

Peru's cement demand to recover in 2H

10 July 2020, Published under Cement News

Scotiabank forecasts a recovery in Peruvian cement consumption with 3Q demand expected to be close to 2Mt, double the demand reported in 2Q. "We estimate that domestic cement consumption has exceeded 500,000t in June, the highest level in the last three months, but still notably less than 984,000t in June 2019," predicts Scotiabank. However, consumption in 3Q20 should remain 30 per cent bel...

Bolivian cement demand falls 34% in 4M20

06 July 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement consumption in Bolivia has declined 34.2 per cent YoY in the 4M20 as a result of the quarantine imposed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Bolivian statistics agency, INE. Total consumption in the January-April 2020 period reached 787,586t. In January demand was 10.2 per cent YoY to 303,589t while in February consumption fell 11.3 per cent YoY to 262,895t. However, on 22 M...