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Pakistan's cement sector contracts by 1% in 1QFY19

30 January 2019, Published under Cement News

The State Bank of Pakistan on Tuesday released its first quarterly report on the State of Pakistan’s economy for FY19. According to the report, the overall macroeconomic environment remained challenging during the first quarter of FY19 as suggested by the preliminary data. It pointed out that the 6.2 per cent target for real GDP growth seems unachievable with the policy focus now tilted towards macroeconomic stabilisation.  The cement sector's output contracted by 1.4 per cent in 1QFY19 a...

Building for a boom

21 January 2019, Published under Cement News

As ICR looks at the Bangladeshi cement market, it speaks with Masud Khan, CEO of MI Cement, about the status of the domestic market, the company’s achievements to date and plans for the future. Masud Khan, CEO of MI Cement, speaks with ICR about the company’s plans for the Bangladeshi cement sector ICR: What are the main factors that impact on Bangladesh’s (low) per capita cement consumption? Are poor distribution routes to rural areas a major factor? Masud Khan (MK): Bangla...

MI Cement to set up new 8400tpd line

21 January 2019, Published under Cement News

Bangladesh’s MI Cement Factory Ltd has announced that it will set up its sixth cement unit in Muktagachha, Munshiganj, at a cost of BDT6bn (US$71.54m). The new line is expected to have a capacity of 8400tpd and enter commercial operation by 2021. Upon completion, the company’s total capacity will rise 76 per cent to 19,400tpd from 11,000tpd. The decision to expand was taken after the company’s board of directors was encouraged by a growing demand for its cement, according to a company offic...

Bangladesh's cement export revenue continues to decline 6MFY19

21 January 2019, Published under Cement News

Bangladesh's cement industry recorded a fall of 6.7 per cent in export revenue to US$5.75m during the first six months of FY18-19 (July-December 2018) compared to US$6.16m, earned in the same months last year, according to the Bangladesh Export Promotion Bureau. The export figure also includes a minor amount of salt, stone and related products.   Bangladesh's government has set an export target of US$14m for cement industry for the FY18-19 (July 2018-June 2018), against US$12.59m from last ...

Bangladesh cement industry to expand despite rise in raw material costs

21 January 2019, Published under Cement News

The Bangladeshi cement industry is expanding its capacity despite increases in raw material costs. In 2017 the effective capacity of active plants stood at about 50.20Mta, which is estimated to reach about 65Mta by 2019, according to the annual report of MI Cement Factory Ltd.   Cement consumption stood at about 27.1Mt in Bangladesh last year. But despite the huge growth of the industry, Bangladesh is still one of the lowest consumers of cement products in the world. The demand is expected ...

Exports help Saudi cement sales rise 7% in December

17 January 2019, Published under Cement News

Cement and clinker sales in Saudi Arabia rose 7.2 per cent YoY to 4.37Mt (including exports) in December 2018 compared to 4.08Mt in the previous year, reports Aljazira Capital.   Clinker inventory increased 18.8 per cent YoY and 0.8 per cent MoM to 42.34Mt last month, but cement dispatches were down 10 per cent YoY.   The plant utilisation rate in the Saudi cement sector fell to 54.1 per cent in December, compared to 62.4 per cent in the same period last year. Hail and Southern Cement record...

Bangladesh: robust and stable

16 January 2019, Published under Cement News

Large-scale infrastructure, growing urbanisation and strong foreign direct investment are fuelling rising cement demand in Bangladesh. But will it be enough to utilise production capacity as new plants come on-stream and existing works are upgraded and modernised? Bashundhara Cement’s Mongla plant has a production capacity of 2.65Mta, which, along with its 2.4Mta works in Madangonj, makes the company one of the largest producers in Bangladesh Bangladesh’s aspirations to becom...

Bashundhara Group to supply major infrastructure projects

14 January 2019, Published under Cement News

Bangladesh's Bashundhara Group has been selected as the cement supplier for the country's first Metro Rail project and the construction of Kalna Bridge over Madhumati River in Gopalganj. Abdul Monem Ltd is the contractor for both projects. Bashundhara will provide 150,000t of cement for the Metro Rail project and 50,000t for the 690m-long Kalna Bridge. "Bashundhara and Abdul Monem Group are like members of a family. I wish every success of the projects," said Sayem Sobhan Anvir, managing ...

Chhatak Cement plans modernisation project

09 January 2019, Published under Cement News

Bangladesh's Chhatak Cement Co Ltd has announced plans to modernise its facility and convert it from wet process to dry process. The company has begun to prepare a development project proposal, with a schedule to implement the upgrades by 2021. According to company officials, Chhatak Cement has incurred an accumulated loss of over BDT3.63bn (US$43.25m) between FY13-14 and FY17-18 mainly due to its outdated machinery resulting in loss of production capacity. The plant is currently operating...

Bangladesh: finding ways to make profits

07 January 2019, Published under Cement News

ICR's January 2019 issue starts the year with a market report on the Bangladeshi cement market. The country has just recorded its highest cement sales in 2018 at 33Mt, while cement demand grew by an impressive 12 per cent YoY, according to MD Shahidullah, vice president of the Bangladesh Cement Manufacturers Association. However, with 43.5Mta of capacity available from more than 32 cement producers in 2017, the industry is still burdened with low utilisation rates and growing overcapaci...