Cement News tagged: International

Mon State refuses to extend building permit for Myanmar-Korea Cement Group

09 July 2019, Published under Cement News

The Myanmar-Korea Cement Group will not be granted permission to extend its permit to build a cement plant in Kyaikmaraw Township, Mon state, having only constructed 10 per cent of the plant, three years after the initial permit was awarded by the Myanmar Investment Commission (MIC). The decision was announced by U Aung Kyaw Thi, the representative of Mon State Parliament and chairman of the ...

Increase in gas price impacts cement cost in Bangladesh

08 July 2019, Published under Cement News

Bangladesh's government has increased gas prices for the industrial sector including the cement industry, effective from 1 July 2019. The new price hike came in response to the demands of different gas utility companies. The Bangladesh Energy Regulatory Commission (BERC) declared an average price hike of 32.8 per cent for all users. The increase in gas prices, coupled with some tax measures...

Swiss cement deliveries fall to 1.176Mt in 2Q19

11 July 2019, Published under Cement News

Cement deliveries in Switzerland declined 3.6 per cent in the 2Q19 when compared to the 2Q18, according to Cemsuisse, the Swiss cement association. Sales in the April-June quarter 2019 came in at 1.176Mt. In the 2Q18 cement sales reached 1.22Mt. In the first quarter sales increased 4.8 per cent YoY to 0.874Mt and when compared with the 1H18, total cement sales in the first half of 2019 have s...

Mounting challenges for Pakistan cement producers

08 July 2019, Published under Cement News

Pakistan's cement industry faces strong headwinds with new tax measures, an increase in gas and electric prices, unrest among cement distributors and retailers, dwindling local demands and negligible export to neighbouring countries, says a local research house. BMA Capital Management reports that challenging demand/supply outlook amid rising cost of operations triggered by supply chain con...

 China to reduce cement capacity by 70Mta

China to reduce cement capacity by 70Mta

08 July 2019, Published under Cement News

The China Building Materials Federation has revealed it plans to reduce cement capacity by 70Mta this year as it intends to reduce air pollution and consolidate the industry to optimise efficiency, according to Yicai Global. The top 50 cement companies in the country are expected to shut down any production lines that produce less than 2000tpd and upgrade those with outdated technology to ac...

Turkish cement sales decline 41% in Jan-Apr 2019

05 July 2019, Published under Cement News

Turkish cement sales in the local market declined 41 per cent YoY in the January-April 2019 period due to a weak housing market, the overall slowdown in the country’s economy and unfavourable weather conditions, according to Nihat Ozdemir, head of the Turkish Cement Manufacturers' Association (TCMB). In line with the demand issues, production fell 33 per cent YoY in the first four months of 20...

Austrian production rises 7% in 2018

Austrian production rises 7% in 2018

05 July 2019, Published under Cement News

Total cement production in Austria rose 7.4 per cent YoY to 5.2Mt in 2018, according to data from the Austrian Cement Industry Association (VÖZ). Annual revenue increased 4.7 per cent to EUR431.5m. In the current year, the country posted a strong performance in cement sales during the first quarter, but this decreased to a moderate level in the 2Q19.

Tajikistan produces 1.6Mt of cement in 5M19

05 July 2019, Published under Cement News

Cement producers in Tajikistan have manufactured 1.575Mt of cement in the first five months of 2019, according to the Ministry of Industry and New Technology. In January-May 2018 output reached 1.473Mt while for the full year, over 3.844Mt was produced. Of this total, 0.619Mt was exported, 53,000t more than in the year-ago period. Uzbekistan was the largest importer with 0.346Mt, followed by ...

US and Puerto Rican blended and Portland cement shipments up 6% in April

04 July 2019, Published under Cement News

Blended and Portland cement shipments in the USA and Puerto Rico advanced 5.9 per cent to 8.7Mt in April 2019, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The largest US markets were Texas, California, Florida, Ohio and Georgia, which accounted for a combined share of 42 per cent of such shipments. The leading cement-producing states during the month were Texas, California, Missouri, Florida...

Argentina's cement demand declines 11% in June

05 July 2019, Published under Cement News

The Argentine cement market contracted by 11.4 per cent YoY to 860,631Mt in June, according to the country’s cement association, AFCP. The domestic demand was entirely met by Argentina’s cement producers, who produced 863,924t of cement during the month. In terms of external trade, unlike in June 2018 when 2302t was imported, there were no cement cement imports in June 2019. However, the cou...

North Korea reportedly suspends production at cement plant

04 July 2019, Published under Cement News

The operation of a cement plant in Pyongyang, North Korea, has reportedly been suspended for three months due to lack of electricity, according to the Daily NK newspaper. The paper’s source noted that factory may have been affected by the North Korean authorities' decision to ration electricity due to a power shortage. As the factory was built in 1919, its technology has aged and is not able...

GCCA launches Indian segment

03 July 2019, Published under Cement News

The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) launched its Indian segment on Tuesday. As part of GCCA’s strategic partnership with the World Business Council on Sustainable Development, GCCA India will assume the responsibilities of the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) India which formerly served as the sector’s sustainability alliance. "India is clearly a critical market in terms...

Pakistan cement production varies in 10MFY19

03 July 2019, Published under Cement News

Large-scale manufacturing production data shows negative growth in Pakistan during the 10 months between July 2018 and April 2019. According to Pakistan Federal Bureau of Statistics, the overall output of large-scale manufacturing industries (LSMIs) fell by 3.5 per cent during this period. Worse still, the LSMI output decreased by 7.8 per cent for April 2019 compared to April 2018 and by 9.4 p...

Colombian cement market expands 7% in May

04 July 2019, Published under Cement News

Grey cement dispatches in Colombia advanced by 7.2 per cent to 1.055Mt in May 2019 when compared with May 2018, when domestic dispatches were 0.984Mt, according to the country’s statistics office, DANE. Grey cement production increased by 11.1 per cent YoY to 1.119Mt in May 2019. In May 2018 output reached 1.007Mt. January-May 2019 In the first five months of 2019 around 4.989Mt of grey ...

GCCA and ECRA make strategic partnership

02 July 2019, Published under Cement News

The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) and the European Research Academy (ECRA) announced a formal partnership agreement to foster innovation in the cement and concrete sectors across their value chain partners. The GCCA and ECRA have granted each other mutual membership for effective collaboration and ECRA's managing director will join the GCCA's Partnership Council while GCCA's c...

Russia sees record cement prices in May

01 July 2019, Published under Cement News

In Russia the average selling price for cement in the domestic market in May 2019 reached RUB3730/t (US$56/t) and RUB3740 for cement with additives, according to the Russian Federal State Statistics Service. This is reportedly a record figure for cement prices. When compared to the previous month, the overall price growth rate stood at one per cent. Prices increased 4.9 per cent in the Far ...