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Puerto Rican cement sales up 41% in December

14 January 2021, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in Puerto Rico increased 41 per cent YoY to 60,076t in December when compared with December 2019 when market offtake reached 42,594t, according to Puerto Rican Development Bank. Output from Cemex Puerto Rico and Argos San Juan Corp slipped 4.3 per cent YoY  to 41,686t in December 2020 from 43,581t in the year-ago period. In 2020 cement sales edged up 2.8 per cent YoY to 590,357t from 574,194t in 2019. The market was supplied with 449,530t of cement, a 14.6 per cent decrease w...

Peru cement prices among lowest in Latin America

05 January 2021, Published under Cement News

Capeco, the Peruvian construction chamber, reported that the average retail price for grey cement in Peru is around US$6.22 per 42.5kg bag – one of the lowest in Latin America. The highest price is paid in Argentina, where a bag of cement costs on average US$12.34, followed by Nicaragua, Uruguay, Guatemala and Paraguay, where a bag of cement costs around US$10. In Brazil, prices are the lowest at US$5.03/bag, according Capeco. In Chile a bag of cement retails at US$7.65 while in Colombia a...

Cooperativa Cruz Azul councils take control of Oaxaca plant

05 January 2021, Published under Cement News

The administration and surveillance councils of Mexico’s Cooperativa Cruz Azul have reportedly taken back operational and administrative control of the company’s cement plant in Lagunas, Oaxaca, according to Reporte Indigo. The councils are headed by José Antonio Marín and Víctor Manuel Velásquez. However, other partners have indicated that the recent takeover of the plant will be legally fought. In October last year, an attempt was made to execute a judicial order to retake the facilitie...

Cargo Handlers acquires 30% stake in Jamaican cement importer

21 December 2020, Published under Cement News

Cargo Handlers Ltd has acquired a 30 per cent stake in Buying House Cement Ltd, a cement importer based in Montego Bay that mostly supplies western Jamaica. Dominican Republic-based Domicem will continue to own 70 per cent of Buying House. According to CHL Chairman Mark Hart, the cement importer holds about 10 per cent of the local cement market that is dominated by Caribbean Cement Co.  Mr Hart said the deal for the Buying House stake was recently completed and will take effect on 1 Jan...

US-Puerto Rico Portland and blended cement shipments edge down in September

18 December 2020, Published under Cement News

Total shipments of Portland and blended cement, including imports, in the USA and Puerto Rico slipped to 9.4Mt in September 2020, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The largest consuming US states were Texas, California, Florida, Ohio and New York, which accounted for 37 per cent of shipments. The leading producing states in September 2020 were Missouri, Texas, California, Florida and Michigan. They produced a combined 39 per cent of domestic production. Masonry shipments remai...

Puerto Rican cement sales advance 2% in November

15 December 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in Puerto Rico edged up two per cent in November 2020 to 46,901t from 46,048t in November 2019, according to Sin Comillas. The latest data indicates a levelling off of market expansion, which had seen double-digit growth between June and September. Local cement production declined by 60.7 per cent to 18m377t in November 2020, representing the fourth-consecutive drop.

Caribbean Cement agrees three-year labour agreement

14 December 2020, Published under Cement News

The Union of Clerical Administrative and Supervisory Employees (UCASE) and the management of Caribbean Cement Co Ltd have reached agreement on a three-year collective labour agreement, covering the company’s unionised production workers at its Rockfort cement plant in Kingston, Jamaica. The agreement was reached following several meetings between the company and the union at the local level and covers the period 1 July 2018 to 30 June 2021. The deal will provide an 18 per cent increase...

Cemex launches Vertua® in Mexico

09 December 2020, Published under Cement News

Cemex SAB de CV has announced that its Vertua ® low-carbon and net-zero products are now available in Mexico after a successful introduction in Europe. The Vertua ® range of products has been developed by Cemex's Research and Development Centre in Switzerland and is part of the company's components to reach net-zero CO 2 concrete for all products and geographies by 2050. Since 1 December 2020, Vertua ® has been available in Mexico City, Monterrey, Guadalajara, Cancun, Tijuana, León, Q...

Dominican Republic cement industry targets 33% carbon reduction by 2030

02 December 2020, Published under Cement News

The cement industry in the Dominican Republic will target a 33 per cent reduction of its carbon emissions by 2030 as it continues the implementation of best practices available for the mitigation of greenhouse gases impacts. The Dominican Association of Portland Cement Producers (ADOCEM) has published its Cement Roadmap, which presents an action plan to lower the sector’s carbon footprint by 2030. The cement industry’s reduction potential in terms of industrial processes and energy use, ...

Puerto Rican cement sales down 3% MoM

23 November 2020, Published under Cement News

The Puerto Rican cement market contracted 3.1 per cent to 58,328t in October 2020 when compared with the previous month, according to the country’s statistics institute. The decrease has been attributed to the holidays and the rain. “At Christmas the sale of concrete is always affected. Once February arrives, the industry begins to stabilise again. It's a very natural trend in the industry, ” Elvin Figueroa, president of the Puerto Rican Concrete Association (APC) explained. Cement produc...