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Gazakh Cement kiln line commissioned during COVID-19 crisis

23 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Sustained Visions (SUSVI) and DAL Teknik Makina (DAL) have completed the kiln line upgrade at Gazakh Cement plant in Azerbaijan despite the COVID-19 restrictions. Kiln Line No1 at the plant was built by a Chinese OEM and commissioned in 2013 with a clinker production capacity of 2400tpd. The modernisation comprised an upgrade of the raw mill, the preheater section, the kiln, clinker cooler and clinker transport system. The key equipment was supplied and installed by DAL Teknik Maki...

Carthage Cement sees reduced COVID-19 impact on 3Q results

21 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Tunisia-based Carthage Cement reported a less severe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its turnover in the third quarter of 2020. The company’s turnover fell by six per cent to TND172m (US$63m) from TND183m in the 3Q19. In the 2Q20 turnover had fallen by 16 per cent due to the pandemic. Turnover in the domestic market increased six per cent YoY to TND151m when compared with the 3Q19 turnover of TND143m. Exports declined to TND1.193m when compared with TND1.225m in the 3Q19. However, del...

MI Cement Factory postpones expansion plan

12 October 2020, Published under Cement News

The MI Cement Factory Ld (MICFL) in Bangladesh informed the Dhaka Stock Exchange (DSE) on 11 October that the Board of Directors of the company, have approved the postponement of setting up the sixth cement unit in central Bangladesh. They cited as reason the severe negative impact of COVID-19 on the Bangladeshi cement industry. Earlier in January 2019, the company announced its plan to expand its daily production capacity by 76 per cent to 19,400t with the introduction of the sixth m...

Two cement CEOs discuss CO2 reduction

09 October 2020, Published under Cement News

This week the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) held a plenary session with invited guests Jan Jenisch, LafargeHolcim CEO, Mahendra Singhi, CEO of Dalmia Cement (Bharat) Ltd, and Daniel Balthasar, Norges Bank’s senior portfolio manager and head of Basic Industries & Utilities. Moderated by journalist and broadcaster Gavin Esler, their discussion centred on how cement companies were responding to climate change and how they had managed to engage their staff, stakeholders and custo...

Cemex included in the Fortune 2020 Change the World list

22 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Cemex SAB de CV   has been again included in the "Fortune 2020 Change the World" list, which highlights companies around the world that have generated a social impact through activities that are part of their business strategy. This is the third time that Cemex has received this distinction.   Fortune recognised Cemex's efforts in social impact business models. One of the   initiatives was the rapid deployment of solutions to meet the current challenges caused by the COVID- 19 pandem...

Caribbean Cement may resume exports soon

18 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Jamaica-based Caribbean Cement Co Ltd is awaiting the right conditions to resume cement exports. The Rockfort plant has excess capacity, despite sustained local demand for cement even during the pandemic. "Export is something we will be considering, but it will always come behind the local market, which we prioritise," said General Manager, Yago Castro. "The good thing is that we have some production capacity surplus, so, eventually, if the local market allows us, then we can allocate diff...

C’est la Vicat

15 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Since Louis Vicat discovered artificial cement in 1817, the France-based Vicat group has expanded to be a major cement producer in 12 countries. The family-owned business was founded in 1853 when it launched its first dry-process plant. More recent investments have focussed on Vicat structuring its business around the circular economy, the regeneration of the Ragland plant in USA, the acquisition of Ciplan in Brazil, and greenfield expansion in India and Africa. Supporting revenues also cont...

Petcoke markets and the cement industry

11 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Conventional fossil fuels account for around 80 per cent of fuels used in cement kilns worldwide, of which petcoke accounts for a 40-45 per cent share. Ahead of the Argus Petcoke Live virtual conference, we share some insights into the petcoke and refining market alongside views from the cement industry and the positive steps it is taking on environmental initiatives. Interview with Steve Weber, VP of Americas Consulting, Argus How has the refining sector been hit by COVID-19 and oil pri...

Gypsum availability and dollar prices impact Dangote Zambia's production costs

09 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Dangote Cement Zambia Ltd (DCZL) says the closure of Chambeshi Metals has deprived the company gypsum for cement manufacture. DCZL CFO, Bright Tembo, also said the depreciation of the kwacha has impacted on costs of imported materials. "The closure of Chambeshi Metals has deprived DCZL of a reasonably priced Gypsum…We have local suppliers who are quoting in dollars and demanding payment in dollars. The depreciation of the kwacha has severely impacted on our costs of imported raw materials,"...

Cemex reaffirms commitment to improving air quality

09 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Following up on the celebration of the United Nations "International Day of Clean Air for blue skies" Cemex has reaffirmed its commitment to the goal of improving air quality in cities and surrounding areas. Cemex has invested over US$280m since 2013 in technology to measure, control, and mitigate the gas and particle emissions in its operations. Through this continuous investment, the company has introduced international standards consistent with the world's strictest emissions regulation...