Cement News tagged: International

Republic Cement Service's president forecasts 8% cement growth

24 September 2018, Published under Cement News

Nabil Francis, president of Republic Cement Services Inc, believes that the cement industry in the Philippines can achieve a growth in cement demand of eight per cent this year. The main reason for the increased demand is coming from infrastructure projects, which are expected to grow at 13 per cent. "We are starting to feel the effect of the 'Build, Build, Build programme'...we are starting ...

Moroccan cement demand falls 28% in August

21 September 2018, Published under Cement News

Cement consumption in Morocco declined 28.2 per cent in August 2018 to 881,411Mt when compared with August 2017, when 1,227,932t was sold, according to data of the Ministry of Housing and Urbanisation. Sales in the largest market, Casablanca fell by a third YoY to 193,737t while in Marrakech-Safi deliveries dropped by 13.1Mt to 135,824t over the same period. The Rabat-Salé area recorded the ...

Cement demand rises in southern India

21 September 2018, Published under Cement News

Cement demand in southern India is increasing alongside growth in infrastructure and housing, according to N Srinivasan, chairman, India Cements. "After a long time cement demand is slowly picking up in the south, which has the problem of capacity overhang having 160Mt (out of a total capacity of 400- 425Mt in the country) against the demand of around 70- 80Mt," said Mr Srinivasan. The southe...

First raw material imports arrive for Osho Cement

21 September 2018, Published under Cement News

The first vessel of raw material for Osho Cement in the Coega special economic zone (SEZ), South Africa, has moored at the Port of Ngqura. The Genco Brittany discharged a total of 55,410t of clinker and gypsum at the port’s multipurpose terminal. Osho Cement, a ZAR650m (US$45.5m) joint venture between a South African and an Austrian company, will import its primary raw material and transpo...

Honduran president calls for lower cement prices

Honduran president calls for lower cement prices

20 September 2018, Published under Cement News

Juan Orlando Hernández, president of Honduras, has called upon cement producers to lower their prices, according to La Tribuna. He appealed to the cement companies to enable more investment into concrete roads as the country expands its infrastructure and shifts from asphalt roads to concrete. At present a 42.5kg bag of cement in Tegucigalpa and surrounding area costs HNL195, but at the st...

FEI: Egypt faces oversupply

20 September 2018, Published under Cement News

Cement demand declined in 1H18 to 25Mt, compared with 26Mt in 1H17, according to Noha Bakr, the head of the cement committee of the Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI). In 2017 domestic consumption decreased 4.5 per cent YoY despite ongoing mega projects, Mr Bakr said. He added that the main challenge for the industry remains oversupply as stockpiles rose by 2.3Mt in 1H18 to 7.1Mt.

Bolivian economic downturn leads to pricing war

Bolivian economic downturn leads to pricing war

19 September 2018, Published under Cement News

The economic slowdown in Bolivia is driving cement companies into a pricing war, according to Esmerk Latin American News. The cost of a 50kg bag of cement has fallen to BOB46 (US$6.66) from BOB75 over the past five years as cement producers vie for market share. Currently, in Santa Cruz, Itacamba sells its cement at BOB44-45/bag while Fancesa’s product is priced at BOB45-46/bag. Itacamba ...

Ukrcement carries out cement quality study

19 September 2018, Published under Cement News

Ukraine’s cement association, Ukrcement, has carried out a new study into the quality of cement on the consumer market. The research found that over 80 per cent of cement with incorrect labelling was counterfeit. "According to the new quality study of 50 cement bags with wrong labeling, 82 per cent of cement proved to be counterfeit, more than 50 per cent of samples had less weight than dec...

Pakistan's cement industry faces additional challenges

18 September 2018, Published under Cement News

 Pakistan's Finance Minister and chair to the Economic Coordination Committee (ECC), Asad Umar, has announced an increase in gas tariffs for all industrial sectors from 10 to 143 per cent, to take effect from October. The ECC approved a rise in gas prices for a range of sectors, including the cement industry, which is expected to see the cost of gas rise by 30 per cent from PKR750/mmBtu (US...

Iran’s cement exports up 32%

20 September 2018, Published under Cement News

Iran’s cement exports expanded by 32 per cent during the first four months of the current fiscal year (20 March-22 July 2018), according to the country’s Customs Administration. The country exported cement to the value of US$107m, representing a 32 per cent YoY rise, and a volume of 2.7Mt, up 24 per cent YoY. In addition, 2.2Mt of clinker was exported with a value of US$60m.  Destinations ...

India’s coal shortage likely to continue until the end of September

17 September 2018, Published under Cement News

Shortages of coal for India’s non-power sector are likely to continue until the end of the September, according to Coal India Ltd (CIL). A surge in power demand at the start of summer has led to the coal giant diverting supplies from cement, aluminium and other sectors. This resulted in a rise in fuel costs for cement producers as they needed to import coal to continue operating their plants. ...

Graphene may have commercial use as concrete additive

14 September 2018, Published under Cement News

Zenyatta Centures Ltd's research with the University of Toronto into cement strength when using small quantities of graphene from Albany Graphite has led to some startling results. Using just 0.02 per cent of the graphene product when combined with cement saw compressive strength of cured cement paste increase by 39 per cent, reports Junior Mining Network. Professor Deman Panesar, Universi...

Tanzania's coal supply expected to increase to support cement industry

14 September 2018, Published under Cement News

Tanzania’s State Mining Corp (STAMICO) has announced plans to increase coal production, which will support the cement industry as it has recently reported a shortage of the material. The coal shortage resulted in a rise in cement prices, according to The Citizen. "To implement the government directives, we will begin to sell coal to local cement producers and the surplus will be exported," sa...

Moroccan market expands 8% in July

13 September 2018, Published under Cement News

Cement demand in Morocco increased 7.8 per cent YoY to 1,298,479t in July 2018 from 1,204,101t in the previous year, according to data from the country's Ministry of Housing and Urbanisation. In the largest market, Casablanca-Settat, consumption edged up by 3.8 per cent to 282,680t. Sales in Marrakech-Safi, the second-largest consuming region, rose by 20.9 per cent to 180,131t. Advances were...

Vietnamese prices could rise in September

13 September 2018, Published under Cement News

Vietnamese cement producers may increase prices this month as a result of the increased demand seen in the construction season, according to the Department of Price Management under the Vietnamese Ministry of Finance. However, the prices of popular cement products, such as PCB30 and PCB40, remained stable in August. Vicem affiliates are currently supplying the two types of cement at a price ...

Brazil cement sales drop 2% in August

12 September 2018, Published under Cement News

Domestic cement sales in Brazil fell 2.4 per cent YoY to 4.9Mt in August 2018, according to the country’s cement association, SNIC. In the first eight months of 2018, accumulated sales slipped 1.7 per cent YoY to 34.89Mt while in the year ending in August 2018 they were down 2.6 per cent to 52.7 per cent when compared with the equivalent period in the previous year. For 2018, SNIC maintains...