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Ecebol Oruro plant to start production testing at end February

07 February 2019, Published under Cement News

Bolivia-based cement producer Ecebol is finalising construction of its plant at Jeruyo, Oruro. The company expects the start production tests at the end of the month. President Evo Morales is due to visit the plant’s facilities on Friday 8 February. The plant has a packing capacity of 3600 bags/h and a production capacity of 1.3Mta of cement. While the plant uses German technology, some 96 per cent of labour used to build it is Bolivian. The project is under administration of the Developme...

Bolivia to prohibit poor-quality cement imports

03 January 2019, Published under Cement News

The Bolivian government will verify the quality of imported cement as of the start of this year and if found to be insufficient, the consignment will not be allowed to enter the country, according to Eugenio Rojas, the country’s minister of Productive Development. “We now work to prohibit the import of poor-quality cement. The quality is shown by the drying of the product in less than 30 days, but Peruvian cement has a poorer quality, which is why works are cracked. This cannot be allowed ...

Fancesa lowers prices for Christmas

21 December 2018, Published under Cement News

Fancesa’s 2018 Christmas campaign has seen the company lower its cement prices to BOB42/bag (US$6.07/bag) from BOB46 in Sucre, Bolivia. The company expects to meet its target of 90,200t of monthly cement sales in December, after record sales in November 2018 helped the company exceed its target by five per cent.

FANCESA finishes silo base at Cal’Orck’o plant

19 December 2018, Published under Cement News

Bolivia’s FANCESA reported it finished constructing the base of the clinker silo at its new cement plant in Cal Orck’o. The base is 45m in diameter and 2m thick and will serve as the foundation of a 35m-high structure. The construction was carried out by the cement plant’s staff and Concretec and required 70h of labour.

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...