Cement News tagged: International

Mali cement prices rise under absent Senegal imports

17 May 2019, Published under Cement News

Cement prices in Mali have risen sharply with some blaming the absence of Senegalese imports while others have put the blame firmly at the door of the government and Diamond Cement. A present, the ex-works cement price is XOF87,500/t (US$149.09/t). However, low output at Diamond Cement’s cement plant is insufficient to serve the 3Mta Malian market. While the company has a cement capacity of 1...

Moroccan cement deliveries stable in April

16 May 2019, Published under Cement News

Cement deliveries in Morocco remained stable in April 2019 at 1.241Mt when compared with the 1.233Mt sold in April 2018, according to the country’s Ministry of Urbanisation and Housing. Of this total, sales in the distribution segment, the largest domestic market, fell by 4.1 per cent YoY, but those in the ready-mix sector, the second-largest segment, advanced by 15.8 per cent to 211,949t. D...

Peru's cement market expands 3% in April

17 May 2019, Published under Cement News

Cement consumption in Peru advanced 3.4 per cent to 905,000t in April 2019, up 3.4 per cent when compared with April 2018, according to the country’s cement association, Asocem. Of this total, 898,000t was supplied by domestic cement companies, down from 922,000t in March 2019. Peruvian cement production increased 4.6 per cent YoY but fell 5.3 per cent MoM to 811,000t in April 2019 while cli...

Cement prices rise 43% in the Dominican Republic

16 May 2019, Published under Cement News

The president of the Cibao Housing Promoters and Builders Association, Anthony Canaan, has denounced a 43 per cent price hike in cement prices in the Dominican Republic, according to the Dominican Today. Mr Canaan noted that stability in the exchange rate and prices of different raw materials means there is no justification for the increase. "In recent days we have received an unjustified i...

Argentine demand drops 6% in April

Argentine demand drops 6% in April

15 May 2019, Published under Cement News

Argentina’s cement market contracted six per cent YoY to 900,938t in April 2019 when compared with 953,024t in April 2018, according to the country’s cement association, AFCP. However, unlike in the year-ago period there were no imports. In addition to domestic sales, the country’s cement producers exported 7799t of cement in April, surging by 59 per cent from 4900t in April 2019. January...

Brazil's cement sales record slight rise in April

13 May 2019, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in Brazil increased by 0.9 per cent in the first four months of this year to 17Mt, according to preliminary figures from industry association SNIC. During the period, the real estate segment was the main driver of cement sales, as infrastructure projects continue to advance only slowly due to low public investments. In April, cement sales rose 0.2 per cent to 4.36Mt compared wit...

Antarctic mission for Hanson packed products

Antarctic mission for Hanson packed products

13 May 2019, Published under Cement News

Bagged cement from Hanson UK's Ketton cement works has been shipped more than 9600 miles for use in the upgrade of Rothera Wharf in Antarctica. The work is part of a long-term programme to modernise infrastructure at British Antarctic Survey’s Rothera Research Station to ensure its facilities continue to enable world-leading research. Together with the commissioning of the RRS Sir David At...

CalPortland officially opens new bulk cement loading station

13 May 2019, Published under Cement News

CalPortland announced the official opening of a state-of-the-art rapid fill bulk cement loading station at its Oro Grande, CA, cement plant during a ribbon cutting event on 9 May 2019. Loading stations 7 and 8 are the final steps in a plant modernisation programme that was originally undertaken in 2008, prior to the acquisition of the facility by CalPortland. A new finish cement grinding mi...

Romania Competition Council suspects cement collusion

09 May 2019, Published under Cement News

The prices charged by Romania’s three leading cement producers Holcim, CRH and HeidelbergCement have followed a similar pattern and the geographic distribution of the customers around the companies’ cement plants support suspicions that the three are sharing the market, according to a report on the cement market completed by Romania’s Competition Council. The report is part of a continued ...

Chariot Steel and Power plans 300tpd grinding unit

08 May 2019, Published under Cement News

Chariot Steel and Power Ltd intends to build a cement grinding plant at Kalunga Estate, Sundergarh district, Odisha, India. The unit, located on a 10acre site will produce 300tpd of OPC, PPC and PSC cement. Equipment for the INR124.7m (US$1.1m) project is yet to be ordered and Chariot currently is awaiting environmental clearance. Project completion is scheduled in 10 months from zero date.

MPA reports sluggish 1Q19 sales of building materials in the UK

09 May 2019, Published under Cement News

Sales volumes of mineral products across markets including aggregates, asphalt, ready-mixed concrete (RMC) and mortar declined in the UK in 1Q19, reported the Mineral Products Association (MPA). Seasonally-adjusted sales volumes for aggregates had the sharpest decline, down 4.2 per cent compared to the previous quarter, followed by RMC (-4 per cent), mortar (-2.8 per cent) and asphalt (-1.9 ...

Cyclone Fani halts clinker handling in Bangladesh ports

03 May 2019, Published under Cement News

The handling of imported clinker and other ports in Bangladesh has been suspended due to bad weather caused by cyclonic storm Fani, which is likely to strike the country's coast from today. A large number of vessels laden with imported clinker are at outer anchorage of ports to offload cargo. The necessary precaution advice has been sent to all types of cargo vessels at port. In addition, a...

Gabon sees 42% hike in cement output in 2017

02 May 2019, Published under Cement News

Gabon reported a 42 per cent increase to 487,000t in cement production in 2017 when compared with 341,351t in 2016, InfosGabon reports. Domestic sales reached 488,328t in 2017, up 43.6 per cent from 340,000t in the previous year. The increases in production and sales follow measures by the Gabon government to ban imports in July 2017, according to the Ministry of Economy. "This progress was...

Cimentos de Moçambique shuts down Matola plant

02 May 2019, Published under Cement News

Cimentos de Moçambique has shut down its 0.25Mta grinding plant in Matola, reportedly due to the fact that the company is operating significantly below capacity. "We closed the factory because there's no market. Right now the unit serves as a back-up for the main factory, in the event that it needs to stop for maintenance," said general manager, Edney Vieira, in O Pais. "The financial result...

Colombian cement market advances 7% in March

01 May 2019, Published under Cement News

Grey cement production in Colombia increased seven per cent YoY to 1.14Mt in March 2019, according to the latest data by the country’s statistics office, DANE. Of this total, 1.044Mt was dispatched within the domestic market, an advance of 6.6 per cent when compared with March 2018. In regional terms, growth was particularly strong in Casanare (+38.6 per cent), Bolivar (+28 per cent) and Met...

Philippine DTI: no price cap on cement for now

01 May 2019, Published under Cement News

The Philippine Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has rejected the call for a price cap on local cement at present, but it may take action when prevailing market prices reach PHP240 (US$4.64)/bag. “There is no need for now. I’ll look into the numbers,” Trade Secretary, Ramon Lopez, told reporters Monday when asked if the government would intervene in the market and set a price cap for ce...