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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...

Eren Holdings to build cement plant in Cameroon

12 September 2014, Published under Cement News

Turkey-based Eren Holdings has signed an investment agreement with the Cameroon government which will see its local subsidiary Medcem build a new cement plant in the African country. The new works is expected to add 0.6Mta to the domestic production base, which currently consists of Lafarge’s Cimencam 1.6Mta plant and the 0.5Mta Cimaf unit of Addoha. In addition, Dangote Cement has scheduled the start-up of a 1Mta works in October. Current cement demand in Cameroon is estimated at 2.8M...

LatAm: growth and challenges

08 September 2014, Published under Cement News

With the XXXI FICEM Technical Congress on the horizon in the Dominican Republic, Scotiabank GBM provides an overview of recent activity in the Latin American cement market. It finds favourable market dynamics in most areas of the region but also key challenges ranging from stretched capacity to supply glut. By Francisco Suarez & Ramón Obeso, Scotiabank Inverlat SA, Mexico. While the Latin American market can look forward to a period of growth, both local overcapacity and supply sho...

UltraTech Cement

03 September 2014, Published under Cement News

In the first quarter of this financial year, UltraTech Cement has recorded a 14 per cent rise in net sales to INR5649 crore. During the period the company sold 11.7Mt of grey cement and clinker as the capacity utilisation rate improved to 84 per cent, compared to 76 per cent in the same period last year. Looking ahead the company is forecasting a 25 per cent increase in turnover in this financial year to INR25,000 crore as the country enjoys growing cement demand on the back of a boost in ho...

Harnessing potential

28 August 2014, Published under Cement News

Ahead of next month’s XXXI FICEM Technical Congress in the Dominican Republic, ICR speaks with the country’s cement association, Adocem, to learn more about its hopes for continued recovery in domestic demand, the importance of exports given the current overcapacity situation and the strides being made by local producers in sustainable cement production. Dominican Republic cement producers enjoyed the benefits of an expanding cement market last year. Pictured: Domicem’s Sabana Gran...

Brazil: still on the expansion trail

26 August 2014, Published under Cement News

Brazil’s cement producers continue to expand their capacity as they prepare for anticipated market growth. The first five months of 2014 have seen demand slowly climb 2.8 per cent to 28.8Mt, a trend that is hopefully set to continue. Infrastructure projects, fuelled by mega sporting events, and investments to alleviate the country’s considerable housing shortage, bode well for future cement demand. In the short-term, however, pressure to meet construction deadlines on major projects and the ...

Algeria to become net exporter?

06 August 2014, Published under Cement News

Algeria's cement imports have increased by 30 per cent to US$283.9m in 1H14, according to the country's Customs Office. In terms of volumes, imports reached 3.086Mt in the six first months of 2014, up 26.6 per cent when compared with 2.438Mt in 1H13, said the National Information and Statistics Office. However, Algeria's current cement shortage could be reversed in the next few years as several new plants enter service. The most recent project, funded by the National Investment Coun...

Rep Congo: Sonocc threatens to cease Brazzaville supply

22 July 2014, Published under Cement News

Société Nouvelle des Ciments du Congo (Sonocc) has threatened to stop the flow of product to Brazzaville, Republic of Congo, after the government proposed a decrease in the cement price following the increase of VAT and transportation costs. "All these charges considered, we operate at a loss if we continue to transport cement to Brazzaville because we also have to rent rail cars. We have decided to no longer transport cement by train until the problem is solved, said Sonocc CEO, Wei Xinb...