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Bolivia's producers optimistic on buoyant market

09 August 2013, Published under Cement News

In the past three years, Bolivian cement demand has increased between 9-10 per cent annually, according to the Bolivian Institute of Cement and Concrete (IBCH). The organisation also expects this growth rate to continue over the next two years. "Low interest rates and the availability of money in the economy certainly have boosted residential construction of all types," said Marcelo Alfaro, CEO of IBCH and added that the level of income the country currently receives and large infrastruct...

Bolivia: Fancesa increases output 18%

22 July 2013, Published under Cement News

Bolivia’s Fábrica Nacional de Cemento SA (Fancesa) increased its production by 18 per cent, delivering an extra 11,000 bags of cement to the market. "We were with 51,000 bags of cement and 62,000 dispatched now, our projection is to reach 72,000 bags of cement per day" said Fancesa director, Luis Ayllon. In Santa Cruz, Fancesa’s main market, daily deliveries increased from 26,000 to 34,000 bags.

Bolivia: Coboce to start new Irpa Irpa line

13 June 2013, Published under Cement News

Bolivia’s Coboce is scheduled to start production at its new Irpa Irpa plant on 18 June, effectively delivering 70,000 bags of cement to the market. Currently, the company produces around 30,000 bags, which are mainly destined for local markets. The increase in output will see supply expand nationwide. With the completion of the works, the company will enter “a new historic step,” according to the general manager of Coboce, Fernando Quiroga. The project represents an investment of...

Bolivia cement sales up 6.6% in 1Q13

05 June 2013, Published under Cement News

Between Jan-Mar 2013, cement sales in Bolivia reached 671,078t, representing an increase of 6.6 per cent YoY, according to the Ministry of Economy and Public Finances. In 2012, 2.7Mt of cement were sold, up from 2.6Mt the year before and reflecting a steady rise since 2010, when sales were 2.4Mt. Cement producers expect that cement demand in 2013 will see a 10 per cent advance on last year. In terms of imports, Oscar Sandi, director of the state-owned Insumos Bolivia, said imports i...

Coboce’s Irpa Irpa expansion nears completion, Bolivia

08 February 2013, Published under Cement News

Coboce’s second line at its Irpa Irpa plant is nearing completion as international experts perform final cold tests. Civil works, electrical and mechanical assembly were completed by Bolivian professionals and at present mechanical, electrical and automation control are being fine-tuned. Apart from Polysius, WEG, Boldrocchi and Flender, the plant superintendent Javier Flores said that specialists from Siemens (Argentina) were also present, conducting tests on the medium-voltage switchge...

Bolivia expects to double cement imports in 2013

01 February 2013, Published under Cement News

State-owned Insumos Bolivia (IB) expects to double the import of Peruvian Yura cement this year from 1.3m bags in 2012 to 2.5m bags, or 5.9Mt, in 2013. IB director general, Oscar Sandy, said there are a number of possible agreements in the pipeline that would require substantial volumes of cement. Firstly, IB hopes to conclude a deal with the Misicuni company to construct a dam in Cochabamba. The project would require 150,000 bags in the first half of the year. In addition, within the fra...

Bolivia’s Fancesa announces 0.66Mta capacity expansion by 2016

24 January 2013, Published under Cement News

Fancesa celebrated its 54th anniversary by announcing plans for a new factory, enabling the Bolivian cement makers to produce an additional 2000tpd of clinker, equivalent to 0.86Mta of cement. The US$220m plant would enter service by 2016. Meanwhile, from March onwards, Fancesa will be producing an extra 1000tpd following the completion of a new clinker line at its Sucre works which will enable a 40 per cent capacity rise. The US$35m investment made so far is financed entirely with equi...

Bolivian government and cement companies agree to increase output

21 December 2012, Published under Cement News

Bolivia’s government and local cement producers have agreed to raise cement production by 17 per cent next year, taking the current figure of 3Mta to 3.5Mta. Deputy Minister for Medium- and Large-Scale Industrial Production, Camilo Morales, said yesterday that the agreement was the result of his meeting on Monday with representatives of Soboce, Coboce and Fancesa as well as executives of the Bolivian Chamber of Construction (Caboco).??"This year we are closing with about 3Mt of cement and...

Coboce: Bolivia’s demand growth requires further investment

11 December 2012, Published under Cement News

Without new investment in the cement industry, Cochabamba and Bolivia as a whole could face new supply shortages by 2016. In the past two years, the country has seen demand growth double from seven to 14 per cent and in some cases, growth peaks of up to 26 per cent were recorded. In 2013, a new plant will be launched but the growing demand, fuelled by the growth of public and private works will require further investment. This year the government announced a US$2bn injection in infrastruc...

Keeping pace with demand

26 October 2012, Published under Cement News

Updates this week from the Latin American cement sectors of Colombia, Bolivia and Peru show buoyant market conditions prevail and some local producers are expanding capacities to capture a greater share of market growth. Colombia Earlier this week, Cementos Argos reported that it has seen a continued upward trend in its domestic market of Colombia where current economic growth forecasts, the recovery of the sovereign-grade investment and government infrastructure projects point to a po...