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African cement escapes the pandemic; structural issues remain

05 June 2020, Published under Cement News

Cemtech's latest webinar discussed Africa's cement sector and the impact of COVID-19 on the continent. Tony Hadley of consultancy THAA, and Erkam Kocakerim, CEO of Limak Afrika SA, covered several areas of concern from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on economies and cement demand to overcapacity and competition issues, while also providing a long-term outlook for the continent. Thomas Armstrong, Managing Editor of International Cement Review, opened the webinar with an overview of the ...

UltraTech Cement reduces capex plans to INR10bn in FY20-21

05 June 2020, Published under Cement News

India’s UltraTech Cement has announced that it will be restricting its capital expenditure plans to INR10bn (US$132.42m) during the current fiscal year, following the disruptions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. "The company's capital and financial resources remain entirely protected in spite of the adverse impact on its sales during the first two phases of the lockdown. The company's liquidity position remains adequately covered," said the company in a regulatory filing. "Conserving cash ...

HeidelbergCement announces EUR0.60 dividend per share at AGM

05 June 2020, Published under Cement News

HeidelbergCement held its 131st Annual General Meeting (AGM) yesterday with around 1000 people following the live transmission on the Internet. Prior to the AGM shareholders submitted a record 120 questions (previous year: 36 questions). For the 2019 financial year, HeidelbergCement shareholders will receive a dividend of EUR0.60/share (2018: EUR2.10). The total distribution to shareholders thus amounts to around EUR119m. The dividend will be paid on 9 June 2020. In view of the scope and...

Pakistan dispatches drop in May, slip in 11MFY19-20

04 June 2020, Published under Cement News

All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA) released local/overseas dispatches data for May and the 11MFY19-20. May 2020 Total cement dispatches (domestic + export volumes) were only 2.63Mt in May 2020 against 4.12Mt in May 2019 representing a 36.1 per cent drop. The decline in cement dispatches is mainly due to Ramzan, COVID-19 and Eid holidays, which slow the construction activity. Domestic cement consumption in the north was 2Mt in May 2020 against 3.05Mt in May 2019. Con...

Caribbean Cement forecasts 10-20% sales decline in 2020

03 June 2020, Published under Cement News

Jamaica-based Caribbean Cement expects its annual sales to drop 10-20 per cent this year, due to the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. "The forecast we are seeing is a 10 to 20 per cent decline in annual terms," said Yago Castro, general manager. "We are factoring the first quarter which was normal, but the second quarter we saw a drop by one-third, and the third quarter we are also expecting a decline when compared with last year," he said. Sales were down 35 per cent YoY in April and...

Malaysia – finding its resolve

02 June 2020, Published under Cement News

Within southeast Asia, Malaysia represents one of the largest consumers of cement per capita. The lacklustre demand trends seen in the past 4-5 years were forecast to ameliorate in 2020 due to an influx of government-backed projects. However, as COVID-19 wreaks havoc on economies and industries, the impact on demand remains to be seen. By Manas Tamotia, LEK Consulting, Singapore. Given that Malaysia’s cement sector was showing a resolve to rationalise and yield long-term value, LEK...

Canadian Cement Association and producers call on President to up infrastructure spending

02 June 2020, Published under Cement News

Canada's cement companies and the Cement Association of Canada (CAC) have written to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as well as federal ministers to plead for federal government to prioritise construction and strategic infrastructure spending. The letter signed by executives from St Marys Cement, Lafarge Canada, CRH Canada Group, Lehigh Hanson Materials Canada, McInnis Cement and CAC contains a seven point declaration, as follows:  • put the construction sector at the core of the COVID-19 Ec...

Impact of COVID-19 on global cement markets

01 June 2020, Published under Cement News

Over the course of just a few months the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the global cement market landscape completely and, as the situation continues to unfold, visibility is low. Within the context of this unprecedented experience, Paul Roger, head of Exane BNP Paribas’ building materials team, gives his view on cement demand growth in 2020 and 2021, as well as thoughts on whether cement pricing will hold and what the industry can do to protect cash flow. He also underlines why...

Udayapur Cement Industries resumes operations

01 June 2020, Published under Cement News

Udayapur Cement Industries Ltd of Nepal has resumed operation after the company's closure due to COVID-19 restrictions. According to the company's Administration Chief, Ram Bahadur GC, Udayapur Cement, which had been shut following the government-imposed nationwide lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus, has restarted production of clinker from 29 May. "We had to close both production and sale for as long as 68 days due to the pandemic, but as the crisis seems to be easing now, we’...

Dangote Cement sees sales slow in 1Q20

29 May 2020, Published under Cement News

This week Dangote Group reported its 1Q20 results, which saw group sales volumes decline by 0.6 per cent with the onset of the coronavirus in March. ICR now looks deeper at the regional breakdown of the company’s results. The domestic Nigerian market saw temporary restrictions imposed only in the last week of for the COVID-19 outbreak and therefore,  cement volumes were not much affected in the 1Q20.  However, sales volumes in April were trending lower. Still, Dangote estimates consumption ...