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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...

East Africa rises

05 November 2014, Published under Cement News

East Africa’s cement demand continues to rise as infrastructure and housing needs provide the basis for future consumption. While cement capacity investments continue, a shift in the make-up of ownership is being seen as local companies take up a more prominent position. By Francis Mwangi, Standard Investment Bank Ltd, Kenya. The emerging East African market is characterised by new capacities, growing exports and growing consumption trends Over the past decade, the east African ...

Building despite uncertainty

24 October 2014, Published under Cement News

While economic growth in the CIS has slowed in recent years, partly due to a cooling Russian economy, many of its cement producers can look forward to an improving operating environment as the region’s resources are put to profitable use and governments invest in extensive housing and infrastructure programmes. Odessa, Ukraine In 2014 the CIS is home to 285m people, with over half of its ethnically-varied population living in Russia, a further 15 per cent in Ukraine, 10.8 per ce...

PPC Zimbabwe to invest US$86m in extra capacity

24 October 2014, Published under Cement News

PPC Zimbabwe announced a US$86m investment package in Zimbabwe over the next three years as it expects rising cement demand due to infrastructure projects despite a generally stagnating building sector. The funds are earmarked for manufacturing capacity and equipment. Road-building projects and exports to Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique are generating “significant” demand, according to the company’s MD, Lekula Njombi. The cement producer also expects to supply product to private-sector powe...