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Egypt's juggling act

14 November 2017, Published under Cement News

Despite the Egyptian government’s focus on infrastructure investment, the country’s cement producers have had a difficult year so far with energy prices rocketing, competition intensifying and a currency crisis playing havoc with prices. Many are investing in their energy mix as a way of protecting their market share and margins going forward.  In Cairo, old and new coexist while ambitious plans are afoot to build a US$25bn New Administrative Capital, 45km east of Cairo, by 2022....

India: glimmers of hope

26 October 2017, Published under Cement News

The Indian cement sector appears to have shrugged off the impact of demonetisation but 1QFY18 figures suggest recovery will be slow. However, confidence is starting to build on the back of a pick-up in demand from rural and semi-urban regions, while pricing improvements have led to improved profitability for the country’s leading producers. Will the glimmers of improvement starting to be seen translate into a better year for the Indian cement sector? With the effect of demonetis...

Fauji cement reopens Line 2

24 October 2017, Published under Cement News

Fauji Cement Company Ltd (FCCL) has informed the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) that: "Rehabilitation works on Line 2 of 7200tpd have been completed. Line 2 was made operational on 15 October 2017 and production of clinker commenced on 22 October 2017 at an enhanced capacity of 7600tpd."   Local experts believe that this step will help normalise gross margins of FCCL effective 2QFY18 and beyond. Line 2 was expected to return to operations at the end of this month, according to an ear...

Turkey's time for growth

11 October 2017, Published under Cement News

Turkish cement producers faced a challenging year in 2016 as geopolitical and domestic events impacted on the country’s economy.  However, domestic cement demand potential remains sound and going forward, relatively modest growth is expected as the government invests in public housing and infrastructure to support its growing population. By Turkish Cement Manufacturers’ Association (TÇMB), Turkey. Government investment in infrastructure and housing is expected to support Turkey’s ceme...

July's cement dispatches see significant rise in northern Pakistan

11 September 2017, Published under Cement News

Pakistan's local dispatches from units based in its northern region were 2.423Mt, while the region's export dispatches reached 0.338Mt in July 2017, representing a significant increase from 1.516Mt local and 0.306Mt export dispatches reported in July 2016. The turnaround was a surprise, after a poor June 2017, particularly when considering the political turmoil and unprecedented rains throughout the country during the month. Cement mills in the south also recorded a growth in local di...

East Africa: time to shine?

04 September 2017, Published under Cement News

East Africa’s future appears significantly brighter as economic growth accelerates following the recent challenging years. Increased construction demand is expected to fuel cement consumption and producers are gearing up for sustained market growth. However, competition is set to increase as new entrants claim their market share. By Francis Mwangi, Standard Investment Bank, Kenya. Fuelled by a need for infrastructure and houses, increased construction demand in places such as Nairo...

Open for business

29 August 2017, Published under Cement News

South America has been hit by the global economic slowdown, although some countries are showing signs of recovery. Much of the region has a huge infrastructure gap to close, leading to the arrival of a number of new foreign players to the region’s cement market and numerous capacity expansion projects at existing facilities. Following subdued economic growth, most South American countries are seeing an improvement in their fortunes, although for some, such as Chile, a recovery may...

Exshaw’s epic expansion

24 May 2017, Published under Cement News

This year’s IEEE plant tour will be held at the Lafarge Canada Exshaw Plant, a member of LafargeHolcim. The cement works recently completed a major upgrade, which saw the facility not only increase production capacity by 60 per cent, but also improve plant efficiency and reduce emissions. The project included the installation of a new kiln. By ICR Research, UK, Lafarge Canada Exshaw Plant, Canada, KHD Humboldt Wedag and Gebr Pfeiffer Inc, USA. The IEEE plant tour will be conducted at ...

Cementos Argos

27 February 2017, Published under Cement News

Cementos Argos has officially opened its new 0.3Mta grinding plant in San Lorenzo, Honduras. The plant, which was formerly known as the Cesur grinding station, was purchased from Lafarge in 2013. Having undergone a US$25m upgrade, the San Lorenzo works has boosted Cementos Argos’ cement production capacity in the country by 30 per cent to 1.3Mta. The company also operates an integrated plant in Comayagua and a terminal in San Pedro Sula.  According to Argos, the plant, which was opened...

ARM cement plans Kenya capacity boost

23 February 2017, Published under Cement News

Kenya's ARM Cement plans to expand its grinding capacity at its Athi River plant in Kenya to add 0.5Mta of cement to the company's production. "We are completing a grinding plant expansion in Athi River which will give us an additional 500,000 tonnes of cement in the next 12 to 14 months," ARM’s Managing Director, Pradeep Paunrana said. While he did not disclose the value of the project he said it was funded by internal resources. The extra capacity will increase the use of clinker pr...