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Itacamba exports 200,000t of clinker

13 November 2018, Published under Cement News

Faced with a oversupply in its domestic market, Bolivia’s Itacamba, is focussing on export markets. To date the company has exported 200,000t of clinker to Paraguay. “We are taking advantage of our border location and in addition, taking advantage of the ports of the Tamengo Canal, the export of clinker-cement has been made feasible. So far we have exported around 200,000t. In 2019 we estimate to export at least 250,000t to Paraguay, "said Fernando Tuma, executive director of Itacamba. In ...

Construction of Potosí works to hit half-way mark end Oct

22 October 2018, Published under Cement News

Construction of the new ECEBOL cement works in Chiutara, Potosí, had progressed by some 43 per cent by 30 September and is expected to surpass the 50 per cent mark at the end of this month, according to Zubim Andrade, who heads the Sociedad Accidental Imasa Polysius. Civil works such as the building of the administrative facilities have already been concluded with the participation of local companies. Currently there are some 900 people working on the site and 80 per cent of equipment ha...

ECEBOL’s Oruro works to open in February

08 October 2018, Published under Cement News

The new 1.5Mta cement plant currently under construction by ECEBOL in Caracollo, Oruro, Bolivia is expected to open in February 2019, according to Oruro Governor, Victor Hugo Vasquez. Representing an investment of more than US$306m, the plant is reportedly 98 per cent complete.

FANCESA increases freight charges

24 September 2018, Published under Cement News

From 1 October new freight charges will come into effect at Bolivia’s Fábrica Nacional de Cemento (FANCESA) as it currently prepares individual contracts for carriers. Fo example, freight to Santa Cruz will cost BOB13/bag with the company expected to publish the costs of further markets in the following days.

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 has multiplied its supply by five after opening a new factory in Yacuses in 2017. Fancesa’s second p...

Cement prices fall in Bolivia

11 September 2018, Published under Cement News

Cement prices have started to decline in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, as competition intensifies on the back of a slowdown in the local construction sector. Prices have fallen to BOB44-48/50kg bag (US$6.37-6.95) from BOB52-56 per bag in March 2017. The number of construction works in the area is below levels recorded in 2015-16, with large projects delayed, according to Esmerk Latin American News. Cement that cannot be sold domestically is exported to Paraguay. Last year exports to the country re...

SOBOCE to invest further in El Puente

04 September 2018, Published under Cement News

Bolivia’s Sociedad Boliviana de Cemento SA (SOBOCE) is expanding the production capacity at its El Puente cement plant to meet the current and future cement demand in Tarija. The modernisation of the works represents an investment of BOB49m (US$7.1m) to date and started with the installation of a new crusher, pre homogenisation, raw material storage and transport as well as a new 10MW electrical substation. The cement producer will invest a further BOB25m in new bagging and dispatch s...

Emisa to stop cement production

04 September 2018, Published under Cement News

Emisa will cease to produce cement at its Oruro works, Bolivia. The company’s mills date from 1946 and are no longer able to compete effectively with newer plants. The company will focus on cement distribution in Oruro instead. Local workers were offered jobs in other plants, accept voluntary retirement or a redundancy package.

Ecebol expected to meet 25-30% of Bolivian demand

22 August 2018, Published under Cement News

Empresa Pública Productiva Cementos de Bolivia (Ecebol) is expected to meet 25-30 per cent of the country's cement demand from production at its Oruro and Potosi facilities once operational. The producer has been forecasted to sell 3m bags of cement during the 1H19 period, according to Esmerk. Ecebol is expected to launch on the market once the Oruro plant begins operations, with tests at the facility due to start at the end of this month. In 2019 production at the facility is likely to re...

Soboce well prepared for upturn Bolivian market

23 July 2018, Published under Cement News

The Bolivian cement market remains dynamic and will receive a boost from the announcement that GDP will rise by 4.7 per cent, said Juan Mario Ríos, general manager, and Claudio Rodríguez, chairman of the board of Soboce. However, the company notes that while the competition in the market has intensified, it considers to be in a good position due to the US$85m investment made in new grinding systems and an expansion that lifts capacity from 1.6Mta to 2.9Mta. Since 2015 Grupo Gloria has...