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Algeria’s expansion drive

19 January 2015, Published under Cement News

As cement demand rapidly increases across north Africa, Algeria leads the region’s drive to increase its cement production capacity. Supported by an active housing and infrastructure construction sector, domestic cement demand is expected to remain high, offering plenty of opportunity for existing and new cement plants. Algeria’s housing shortage and a need for infrastructural development is expected to ensure a continued buoyant domestic cement market Algeria’s economy is on...

Anhui Conch Cement Co

23 December 2014, Published under Cement News

PT Conch, a subsidiary of Anhui Conch Cement, has opened its greenfield cement plant in South Kalimantan, Indonesia. With a production capacity of 1.5Mta, the project has cost US$202m and is strategically located 30km from Tanjung, capital of the Tabalong regency.The facility includes a 36MW steam-powered electric plant. According to the Head of Regional Development Planning Board of Tabalong, construction of the plant, which began in 2012, is part of the previous regime’s programme o...

India: a new dawn arises

17 December 2014, Published under Cement News

After five long years of limited demand growth, India’s cement producers are poised to make the most of the domestic market recovery underway. There have also been cement pricing improvements which are expected to lead to better profitability. While regional variations exist in terms of supply and demand as well as on the pricing front, a generally more positive mood now prevails. An improved demand outlook is on the horizon for the Indian cement industry with growth of almost nine...

Peru: Pacasmayo Piura to come online in July 2015

12 December 2014, Published under Cement News

Cementos Pacasmayo has invested US$190m in its new Piura plant, Peru, and civil works have been almost completed. “The new plant is a project that we have started more than two-and-a-half years ago. The works, which is built with latest-generation German technology, has a production capacity of 1.6Mta of cement and 1Mta of clinker,” said Humberto Nadal, CEO of Cementos Pacasmayo. The plant aims to be “the first plant in the country with zero emissions”, he added. The company currently...

US$125m CAF loan signed for Guayaquil project

03 December 2014, Published under Cement News

Holcim Ecuador SA has signed a loan contract for US$125m with the Latin American development bank, CAF. The funds will finance the modernisation of Holcim’s Guayaquil plant. The upgrade programme will see clinker production capacity rise to 3.4Mta, enabling to replace current clinker imports by domestic production and reduce the country’s currency outflow. In addition, some 20 per cent of the investment will be directed to environmental technology to improve the plant’s environmental re...

Africa's grey gold

24 November 2014, Published under Cement News

As investors’ appetite for sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) is whetted and confidence grows, the region offers a positive scenario in terms of future cement demand. While some international majors appear on the back foot, new entrants are keen to gain a foothold in the market and expand their operations in this increasingly-competitive market. By T Hadley, Baobab Advisory sarl, France. Figure 1: per capita cement consumption vs per capita GDP, 1995-2014 Africa’s cement consumption has d...

Bolivia: Potosi plant ruled out

17 November 2014, Published under Cement News

Bolivia’s president, Evo Morales, ruled out the building of a cement plant in Quiburi, Potosi.  The new works was expected to cost US$401m, including the building of a pipeline that feeds the plant. However, the project was postponed indefinitely although Empresa Pública Productiva Cementos de Bolivia (Ecebol) launched an international tender in February 2012 for the construction and commissioning of the plant.

JK White Fujairah in full swing

12 November 2014, Published under Cement News

Earlier this year, JK Cement Ltd commissioned its new dual 0.6Mta white/1Mta grey cement works in the UAE. The so-called ‘swing plant’ has effectively doubled the Indian cement producer’s overall white cement capacity, provided it with a white cement production base in the Middle East and positioned it to serve grey cement market needs. By MP Rawal, D Ravisankar and N Gowrishankar, JK Cement Ltd, India. JK Cement Ltd’s new dual product Fujairah works, UAE, has a white and grey clinker...

In search of stabilisation

07 November 2014, Published under Cement News

After reaching a peak in 2011, Moroccan cement demand has weakened and since 2012 initiated a slowdown that has continued through 2014.  Mohamed Chaïbi, president of the Association Professionnelle des Cimentiers (APC), speaks to ICR about the current status and expected trends for the domestic market and production base. Mohamed Chaïbi, chairman of the Association Professionelle des Cimentiers, explains how the Moroccan cement industry has continued to press ahead in the face o...

Rembang project temporarily halted, Indonesia

06 November 2014, Published under Cement News

Central Java Governor, Ganjar Pranowo, has said that Semen Gresik's cement plant project in Watuputih, Rembang, has been halted to respect the process of a citizen lawsuit at the Commercial Court in Semarang, Central Java. The lawsuit, filed by residents who rejected the exploration plan, wants to overturn the governor’s decision of 7 June 2012 reading the plant’s environmental permit. An industry source told CemNet news that Mr Pranowo received a letter of recommendation from the the Nat...