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MPA reports falling demand in GB for heavy-side building materials in 2019

06 February 2020, Published under Cement News

Demand for heavy-side building materials in Great Britain, including aggregates, asphalt, ready-mixed concrete and mortar, has been weak throughout 2019, claims the Mineral Products Association (MPA). With demand failing to pick up again in the final quarter of the year, sales volumes for these materials were lower in 2019 compared to 2018, down 3.9  per cent for ready-mixed concrete, -2.2 per cent for aggregates, -1.7 per cent for mortar and -0.8 per cent for asphalt. Declining markets pro...

MPA reports sluggish 1Q19 sales of building materials in the UK

07 May 2019, Published under Cement News

Sales volumes of mineral products across markets including aggregates, asphalt, ready-mixed concrete (RMC) and mortar declined in the UK in 1Q19, reported the Mineral Products Association (MPA). Seasonally-adjusted sales volumes for aggregates had the sharpest decline, down 4.2 per cent compared to the previous quarter, followed by RMC (-4 per cent), mortar (-2.8 per cent) and asphalt (-1.9 per cent). The MPA figures are in line with reports from the Office for National Statistics, which ...

Siam Cement Group plans to expand products and services in Cambodia

12 February 2019, Published under Cement News

Siam Cement Group (SCG) plans to expand new service solutions and retail operations in Cambodia to tap opportunities in the country's growing construction industry and changing consumers' behaviour. According to, SCG's Managing Director of Kampot Cement plant, Somwang Manpimonchai, “Our target this year in Cambodia is to maintain existing businesses which produce and sell our products, and to add new service solutions and introduce retail or B2C to the market." As part of a five-year pla...

Annual VDMA Building Material Plants Day held in Frankfurt

30 March 2018, Published under Cement News

The annual VDMA Building Material Plants Day highlights the efforts made by plant manufacturers who supply the cement industry and many others. "We anticipate that incoming orders will once again grow in the double-digit range this year," said Hermann Weckenmann, Chairman of the VDMA Building Material Plants Group. Mr Weckenmann noted the increase in demand anticipated from emerging countries and China, according to a press release. In particular, German building material plant manufactur...

Cemex Go - a digital customer platform is launched

27 November 2017, Published under Cement News

Cemex has launched a fully-digital customer integration platform called Cemex Go. The platform combines Cemex's industry leadership with cutting-edge digital innovation. Cemex Go is a multi-device providing real-time, detailed information for order placement, live tracking of shipments, and managing invoices and payments for Cemex's main products, including bagged and bulk cement, ready-mix concrete, aggregates, and multi-products. Fernando A Gonzalez, CEO of Cemex, said: "Cemex Go moves ...

Cape Lime business to boost Afrimat's earnings

25 September 2017, Published under Cement News

Aggregates and building materials supply company Afrimat, based in Durbanville, Western Cape, South Africa, expects to see higher profit contributions from its Cape Lime business going forward. Afrimat CEO, Andries Van Heerden, said: "We are hedged against economic volatility through wide diversification. The operational contribution is interesting to breakdown," Mr Van Heerden said. "In financial 2016 the clinker segment accounted for 38 per cent of Afrimat’s business, the Glen Dougl...

Turkmenistan: new building material import facility planned

06 July 2016, Published under Cement News

The Turkmen Industry Ministry is planning an enterprise for the import of high-demand building materials. The project is expected to be implemented jointly with the country's Milli Onum Company, according to Azernews. The new enterprise is expected to produce about 100,000t of gypsum, 250,000t of dry building mixes as well as 12Mm 2 of gypsum plasterboard annually on the basis of domestic raw materials. Turkmen President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov, underlined the importance of expa...

Moody's: Stronger demand in US, UK and Egypt supports EMEA building materials stable outlook

03 December 2015, Published under Cement News

The outlook for the European building materials industry will remain stable in 2016 due to increasing cement demand in the US, UK and Egypt and the resulting uptick in pricing, says Moody's Investors Service in a report published today. Overall demand in Europe is likely stabilise in 2016 but oversupply could pressure prices as new capacity comes on line in India and Indonesia. Moody's report, titled " Building Materials - Europe : 2016 Outlook - Stable, Supported by Cement Volumes and Pri...

PCA: as oil prices fall, cost of asphalt is on the rise

18 February 2015, Published under Cement News

Despite falling oil prices, the cost of paving with asphalt continues to rise across the US. A recent analysis from the Portland Cement Association (PCA) shows that asphalt prices have reached record highs during the last six months. Oil prices declined 44 per cent in the second half of 2014, and during the same period asphalt prices increased 1.5 per cent. A decline in asphalt prices has yet to materialise given six months of data since the beginning of the oil price decline, the normal la...

2014 MPA sales volumes positive as construction markets improve

02 February 2015, Published under Cement News

Minerals products markets performed strongly in 2014 as construction output grew by six per cent, according to MPA figures. Sales volumes accelerated for aggregates (11 per cent growth made up of crushed rock + 13.5 per cent, sand and gravel +7.2 per cent) and asphalt (+8.6 per cent). Growth in ready-mixed concrete sales moderated in 2014 (+1.7 per cent), but from a higher base following an early and marked recovery of the concrete market throughout 2013. Asphalt and crushed rock sales wer...