Cement News tagged: International

Tajikistan eyes 20% increase in cement output in 2020

08 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Tajikistan has significantly increased production of cement this year despite the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the associated economic recession in the country, according to the Tajik Ministry of Economic Development and Trade and local media reports. In the first two months of 2020, domestic cement output amounted to 564,300t, an increase of 20.3 per cent YoY.  Local analysts expect...

Cement sales on Fiji impacted by coronavirus

06 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Fijian cement producer Pacific Cement Ltd reported cement sales declined by 27 per cent YoY in March. The company has lost an estimated US$750,000 in sales, according to General Manager, Sowani Tiudrola. Reduced market demand has resulted in Fiji Cement selling 3000t less. Standard Concrete Industries also said market demand was 50 per cent down in March. The company has closed its Lautoka ...

CMIC state president calls for construction industry to be classed as essential

03 April 2020, Published under Cement News

As previously announced, the cement mills that make up Mexico’s National Cement Chamber will suspend operations due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic . The president of the Mexican Chamber of the Construction Industry (CMIC) for Querétaro state, Alvaro Ugalde Ríos, has noted that the shutdown would lead to the construction sector stopping with a week or two. Therefore, the state president ha...

Colombian deliveries up 5% in February

03 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement dispatches in Colombia increased 5.3 per cent YoY to 1.025Mt in February 2020, according to the Colombian statistics office, DANE. In February 2019 dispatches reached 0.973Mt. Growth was particularly strong in the builders and contractors segment, which saw a 10.8 YoY expansion. Dispatches to the retail sector were up 3.6 per cent YoY while demand from ready-mix concrete companies was s...

Devki Group's Narendra Raval donates KES100m for oxygen

Devki Group's Narendra Raval donates KES100m for oxygen

03 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Kenyan cement and steel businessman, Narendra Raval, CEO of the Devki Group, has donated KES100m to supply oxygen to government hospitals in the fight against COVID-19.  The COVID-19 outbreak has already killed 110 people in Kenya. "I hereby confirm the pledge to donate oxygen worth KES100m to all government hospitals throughout the country. Oxygen will be collected from our Mombasa, Ruiru,...

Government relief package expected for construction sector

03 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Pakistan's Prime Minister, Imran Khan, is likely to announce a relief package for the construction industry and issue a directive for the resumption of all China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC)-related infrastructure and energy projects on Friday and this anticipation has renewed interest in investors to buy leading cement scripts of the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) for the last two days. ...

Mexican cement plants to close due to coronavirus

Mexican cement plants to close due to coronavirus

02 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Mexico’s National Cement Chamber (CANACEM) has announce that cement plants are ceasing operation. However, cement companies will carry out dispatches until 3 April and halt supplying public works and 62,000 hardware stores from 4 April onwards. The measure has been taken due to the spread of COVID-19. "It is necessary to carry out technical, operational and administrative actions in each of ...

Bangladesh construction and cement sectors meet COVID-19 challenges

01 April 2020, Published under Cement News

The Bangladeshi cement and construction industries have been directly and indirectly affected by the ongoing measures taken by the country's government to control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The country, which has been on holiday since 26 March, is likely to see its time off extended by five additional days to 9 April as a result. This is expected to impact the cement supply chain ...

Pakistan's producers see daily offtake fall

01 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement factories located in Sindh province, Pakistan, have seen their total dispatches decline to 3500tpd from 20,000-22,000tpd before the coronavirus outbreak. Likewise, cement manufacturing plants in the north of the country registered an almost 75 per cent decrease in dispatches. Daily average cement offtake fell to 30,000-35,000tpd from 135,000-140,000tpd. Elsewhere, exports slipped ...

Indian cement dealers expect volumes to decline 35-40%

31 March 2020, Published under Cement News

Following the impacts of COVID-19, Indian cement dealers are expecting volumes for March to decline by 35-40 per cent YoY and April to be a wash-out, according to The Financial Express. Volumes had been reportedly growing at 10-12 per cent YoY in the east, and 4-5 per cent YoY in the west and central regions. However, cement dispatches have stopped since 21 March and all major cement plants a...

New plant investments in Zimbabwe

31 March 2020, Published under Cement News

Livetouch Investments is set to invest around US$15m towards the construction of a cement plant in Hwange, Zimbabwe. Sino-Zimbabwe Cement Co is also planning to set up a plant in a similar location, according to The Sunday News. Livetouch is reportedly at an advanced stage of obtaining an Environmental Impact Assessment certificate. The location of the plant is due to its close proximity to...

Indian lockdown leaves plant staff stranded

31 March 2020, Published under Cement News

Following the Indian lockdown as a response to the COVID-19 outbreak, Ramco Cements has stopped production at its plant in Haridaspur, Jajpur. However, around 400 workers from other states such as Jharkhand, West Bengal and Bihar allegedly remain stranded inside the factory, according to The Pioneer. The issue has now been raised with company management and the appropriate District Collector.

Oficemen asks government not to “paralyse the construction sector”

02 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement manufacturers with plants in Spain have requested the country’s government not to paralyse the construction sector in the face of the current COVID-19 pandemic and the national alert, considering it necessary to maintain its activity so that "the country is prepared for the exit of the crisis". "With the service sector paralysed, construction now becomes an essential pillar so that the...

Chinese cement prices recover as work restarts

27 March 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement prices in China have shown signs of recovery as works in the country resume, according to Xinhua-run Shanghai Securities News. Cement producers in the northwest announced a price increase of their cement products by CNY20-64/t (US$2.82-9.03/t). In the eastern province of Zheijiang some cement products are also had prices increased by CNY10/t. In addition, there have been reports of v...

Punchlist: cement plant readiness for the COVID-19 pandemic

27 March 2020, Published under Cement News

Today we publish a punchlist of immediate responses that cement plants and businesses should take into account to enhance readiness in the context of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Longer-term preparations and planning to promote readiness for such a pandemic are also considered. Immediate responses Follow the instructions and requirements of their local government Strongly promote...

Peruvian cement market expands 5% in February

27 March 2020, Published under Cement News

National cement demand in Peru advanced 5.3 per cent in February 2020 to 0.935Mt when compared with February 2019, according to the country’s cement association, Asocem. In the first two months of the year, 11.78Mt of cement was consumed, up 4.8 per cent YoY. Cement production increased 5.9 per cent YoY and 2.3 per cent MoM to 0.849Mt in February 2020 while clinker production saw YoY and MoM...