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Unprecedented fall in global cement output

04 October 2022, Published under Cement News

The biggest fall in worldwide cement production in two decades has been recorded, according to the World Cement Association (WCA). The WCA reports that global cement output fell eight per cent YoY to 1.9bnt in the first six months of 2022. The fall was caused by a 15 per cent drop in output to 977Mt in the volume of cement produced in China, the WCA said. Ian Riley, WCA chief executive, said the Chinese decline was the biggest in more than 20 years, with no comparable decline in recent m...

Kenyan cement consumption grows by 18% in 1H22

22 September 2022, Published under Cement News

Kenyan cement consumption grew 18 per cent in the half year ended June, driven by increased construction activities in the private sector that defied a surge in cement prices, according to Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS). KNBS reports that 4.97Mt of cement were used in the six months from 4.06Mt consumed in a similar period last year. This was achieved despite a sharp rise in the retail price of a 50kg bag of cement which has risen by KES300 (US$2.48) since March on rising cost...

UltraTech Cement opens second clinker line at Hirmi

18 May 2022, Published under Cement News

UltraTech Cement , the country’s largest cement producer, has added 2.7Mta of capacity by commissioning a second clinker line at Hirmi Cement plant in Chhattisgarh. The company will add another 1.3Mta of capacity at the same plant by the June quarter. The commissioning of the clinker unit was completed well ahead of schedule and is a unique achievement considering the slowdown faced in project work earlier during the year due to COVID, said the company in a statement. UltraTech has ...

Redecam commissions Bamburi Cement baghouse

17 May 2022, Published under Cement News

Redecam has commissioned a new bag filter at Bamburi Cement  ( Holcim Group ), Mombasa , Kenya. The project required a turnkey solution to convert the main kiln and electrostatic precipitator for a new baghouse. The project had been scheduled for 2020 but had been delayed because of COVID-19. There were no loss-in-time accidents.

VICEM goes for green

29 April 2022, Published under Cement News

Vietnam Cement Corp (VICEM) has used the COVID-19 period to increase its use of alternative fuels and waste raw materials. ICR highlights Tai Nguyen and Moi Truong's recent report on the projects that have seen the Vietnamese cement company reduce its production costs and its CO2 emissions over the last three years. VICEM started testing the treatment of ordinary industrial waste as an alternative fuel from the end of 2019. Since 2020 the company has treated waste, mainly from the leather...

Holcim publishes agenda for 2022 AGM

12 April 2022, Published under Cement News

The Holcim annual general meeting will take place on 4 May 2022 at 10am CEST at company headquarters in Zug, Switzerland. In accordance with applicable Swiss COVID-19 legislation, it will be held without the presence of shareholders, making safety a priority again for this year’s AGM. The Board of Directors invites shareholders to submit their questions in advance regarding the Holcim 2021 Integrated Annual Report and the AGM. Climate report In line with Holcim's commitment to lead it...

PCA Spring Economic forecast growth of 1% for US cement demand in 2022

07 April 2022, Published under Cement News

Ed Sullivan, PCA executive vice-president and chief economist, reports that the PCA's Spring 2022 USA economy, construction market and cement consumption forecasts were given a new layer of risk with the outbreak of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The two external forecast considerations are COVID-19 and the Russian-Ukraine war. The war can add to inflation and affect monetary policy. COVID-19 can add to consumer confidence, if it recedes and this would raise cement consumption.   The PCA...

InterCement records total cement and clinker volumes of 20.1Mt in 2021

21 March 2022, Published under Cement News

InterCement ’s total cement and clinker volume reached 20.1Mt in 2021, an increase of six per cent in comparison to 2020, while in 4Q21 volumes were at solid 5.1Mt, stable when compared to 4Q20. In Argentina cement industry remained on a strong pace during the quarter, with Loma Negra volumes up four per cent YoY.     Brazilian volumes, although declining by 3.7 per cent YoY, remained on a healthy level, backed by solid demand as result of strong backlog from housing sector and posit...

Spain's cement sector closes plants as energy prices rocket

18 March 2022, Published under Cement News

This week Spain's cement industry reacted to rising energy prices with the temporary closure of several cement plants. Cementos Portland Valderrivas, Tudela Veguin and FYM-HeidelbergCement have all taken action, calling upon the Spanish government to address the high electricity prices, which have been further aggravated by the war in Ukraine. ICR looks at the background to Spain's energy price spike and Oficemen's news on the latest market results. Spanish cement consumption grew by 14 p...

COVID-19 in southern Bhutan leads to cement shortage in Thimpu

18 February 2022, Published under Cement News

Builders in Thimphu are reporting cement shortages as cement agents in the town have depleted their stocks. Cement is currently stuck at the cement plants of Penden Cement Authority Ltd and Dungsam Cement Corp Ltd as the southern towns of Phuentsholing and Samtse are under COVID-19 lockdown and there is a further outbreak of the illness in Nglanglam, making transportation of cement impossible. In addition, cement distributors’ trucks are stranded at Dungsam Cement Corp Ltd as drivers h...