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Puerto Rican cement sales dip 12% in January

17 February 2022, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in Puerto Rico declined 11.5 per cent to 45,622t in January 2022 when compared to January 2021, according to the country’s Statistics Institute. It is the second consecutive drop and the lowest level since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Cement sales saw a rise from May 2020 until the lockdown ended at the start of the pandemic. In June 2021 sales started to decline. Last year 665,148t, or 15.6m of 94lb bags, of cement were sold, representing a market growth of 12.5 pe...

Cemex to introduce electric ready-mix trucks

16 February 2022, Published under Cement News

Cemex has announced that it is the first building materials company to complete a large-scale, multi-country pilot using fully electric ready-mix concrete trucks.   In 2021 Cemex joined the First Movers Coalition (FMC) and committed to accelerate the innovation and development of decarbonisation technologies in heavy-duty on-road trucking services. An initial, successful trial was carried out in Germany, followed by a further trial in France that was also a success. Cemex expects to gr...

Cemex reports double-digit EBITDA growth in FY21

11 February 2022, Published under Cement News

Cemex announced strong results for the FY21 with double-digit EBITDA growth, the highest in more than a decade, coupled with a similar increase in sales, driven by higher volumes and robust pricing in all core products in all regions. EBITDA margin increased 0.8 percentage points in the year, despite headwinds in energy and import costs. CO 2 emissions declined 4.4 percentage points, the largest annual decline the company has ever achieved.   Net sales increased 14 per cent to US$14...

Dominican cement production sees 23% advance in 2021

11 February 2022, Published under Cement News

In 2021 cement producers in the Dominican Republic manufactured 6.5Mt of cement, supplying a construction industry that saw 23.4 per cent growth as the country started its recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. Domestic cement consumption saw a 26 per cent surge in 2021, reaching 5.5Mt. When compared with 2020, when output reached 5.17Mt, this represents an expansion of production of 25.7 per cent YoY, according to data from Adocem, the country’s cement association. “Although the industry re...

Cemex signs up companies to its Working Smarter digitalisation program

10 February 2022, Published under Cement News

Cemex has signed separate multi-year contracts that range from five to seven years totalling US$500m with six leading service providers under its Working Smarter digital transformation initiative. The partners are active in the fields of finance and accounting, information technology, and human resources, replacing current expenditures with the new suppliers’ services at an optimised cost, effectively continuing to reduce the company’s operating expenses.   The initiative brings all wo...

US and Puerto Rican Portland and blended cement shipments up 9% in November

07 February 2022, Published under Cement News

Total shipments of Portland and blended cement, including imports, in the USA and Puerto Rico saw a 9.2 per cent YoY hike to 9.4Mt in November 2021, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). Texas, California, Florida, Georgia and Ohio accounted for 39 per cent of this total. The leading producing states were Missouri, Texas, California, Florida and Alabama. Masonry cement shipments saw a 10 per cent increase to 197,000t in November 2021 when compared with November 2020. Florida, Texas...

Caribbean Cement to launch Vertua-certified cement

07 February 2022, Published under Cement News

Cemex -owned Caribbean Cement Co will be launching its newly co-branded Vertua-certified cement to support the reduction in carbon emissions by 40 per cent by 2030. “Vertua is a brand that CEMEX worldwide has selected to put on all the low-carbon cement — it's an umbrella, it's a branding. We have a product that has already qualified as Vertua. Every bag you see out there that carries Carib Cement or Carib Cement plus is a low-carbon product,” said the company’s Managing Director, Yago ...

Cemex and Cemex ventures invest in clean hydrogen startup

03 February 2022, Published under Cement News

Cemex and Cemex Ventures have announced their investment in HiiROC, a clean hydrogen production start-up. HiiROC developed a technology that uses thermal plasma electrolysis to convert biomethane, flare gas, or natural gas into hydrogen at a lower cost than competing solutions and without a CO 2 footprint.   Together with HiiROC, Cemex aims to increase its hydrogen injection capacity across its cement operations while reducing the consumption of fossil fuels.   HiiROC, a UK-based co...

Puerto Rico sees 8-year high in cement sales

31 January 2022, Published under Cement News

Puerto Rican cement sales in 2021 reached 15.6m bags, or 679,300t - a high not seen in eight years, according to the country’s Statistics Institute. This represents a 12.5 per cent YoY advance. Total sales were up by 31.7 per cent from 12.4m bags to 16.3m bags. However, output from the country’s cement plants fell 29.5 percent to 7.4m bags. Production has been on the decline in the last three years, reports business newspaper Sin Comillas.

Caribbean Cement to pay 2% royalty fees to Cemex

31 January 2022, Published under Cement News

Following shareholder approval Caribbean CementCo Ltd will pay two per cent royalties to its parent company Cemex from January 2022. The agreed fee is equivalent to two per cent of net sales, half of the cap initially telegraphed to shareholders.  Caribbean Cement said in a statement that since 2017, when Cemex assumed majority control of Caribbean Cement, the plant at Rockfort has relied on Cemex's global expertise, including its safety management systems that resulted in the reduction of...