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Cemex conducting pilot tests for Magdalena river transport

14 February 2018, Published under Cement News

To improve its operational efficiency, Cemex has started running pilot tests to transport cement via the Magdalena River in Colombia. Cement is transported from central Colombia to the Caribbean region during these trials. On the first trip, some 950t were transported from the main plant at Caracolito to Sociedad Portuaria de Barranquilla. The river journey took six days with the entire trip from Ibague via Barrancabermeja to Barranquilla taking 17 days. For Juan Carlos Muñoz, vice pre...

Cementos Argos sees revenues rise, but Colombia challenges income

13 February 2018, Published under Cement News

Argos reported an improvement in its revenues for 4Q17 with stable sales for the full-year 2017. While EBITDA results fell both for 4Q17 and 2017, adjustment for non-recurring severance payments and anticipated pensions took out some of the sting as adjusted EBITDA margins for 4Q17 and 2017 reached 17.8 and 17.3 per cent, respectively. However, positive dynamics in the USA and the Caribbean and Central America regions could not fully offset a more challenging home market in Colombia and the ...

Cemex Latin American Holdings depressed by Colombia

12 February 2018, Published under Cement News

Cemex Latin American Holdings saw turnover decline by 5.5 per cent to US$1315.3m and EBITDA fell by 26.7 per cent to US$310.8m, with the margin coming down from 32.2 to 25 per cent. The trading profit deteriorated by 51.5 per cent to US$151.5m and after a further 0.6 per cent increase in financial expenses to US$63.3m and other items, the pretax profit dropped by 66.2 per cent to US$83.7m. After tax and minorities, the net attributable profit was 67 per cent lower at US$46.1m. The net debt w...

Cemex speeds up Maceo opening

08 February 2018, Published under Cement News

Cemex Latam Holding has confirmed that it is solving the legal issues that prevent the opening of its new plant in Maceo, Antioquía, Colombia. The inauguration of the works was postponed in May 2017 after authorities found the plant did not have all required permits to start operation. Jaime Muguiro, the company’s president, said the company was still awaiting authorisation for the capacity expansion. At present, capacity is limited to 0.25Mta, but Mr Muguiro indicated that the facili...

Colombia cement consumption slips 1% YoY in 2017

02 February 2018, Published under Cement News

In full-year 2017 the Colombian cement market contracted by 1 per cent to 11.983Mt. The trend has been attributed to a 4.9 per cent fall in offtake from concrete companies.  Dispatches of grey cement in Colombia decreased by 5.8 per cent to 948,300t in December 2017 when compared with the previous year, according to DANE, the country’s statistics office. Grey cement production in December 2017 fell 7.1 per cent YoY to 1.020Mt. In terms of departments, Casanare was most affected by the ...

Cemex Colombia to pay SIC fine, object via litigation

08 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Cemex Colombia announced that it proceeds to pay the value of the fine imposed by the country's Superintendency of Industry and Commerce (SIC) in September 2013, amounting to the sum of US$25.3m. The investigation is in line with Resolution 81391 of 11 December 2017 which saw the SIC fine Cemex Colombia, along with Cementos Argos and Holcim Colombia) and to six individuals for price fixing of grey cement in the national market. The company decided not to file an appeal for reversal ag...

New challenges for Colombia's market leader

05 January 2018, Published under Cement News

This week the Colombian cement market has reported cement dispatches up by just 0.3 per cent YoY for November 2017. The latest ICR data suggests that while annual cement consumption in Colombia for 2017 was still down approximately -0.5 per cent, monthly returns have improved in recent months. In spite of this lacklustre growth, Cementos Argos managed increased volumes of 6.9 per cent in 2H17 in the domestic market, in part helped by the fall in national cement imports, which declin...

Colombia cement dispatches stable in November

02 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Cement dispatches in Colombia edged up 0.3 per cent YoY to 1.021Mt in November 2017, according to the national statistics office, DANE. The rise in dispatches is attributed mainly to the robust performance in the prefabricated and concrete producer segments. A total of 69.1 per cent of dispatches was carried out as bagged cement, witch the retail segment accounting for 76.6 per cent of bagged dispatches. Bulk cement was delivered mainly to concrete producers, which accounted for 68.9 per ...

Cementos Argos, Cemex and Holcim fined COP200bn

13 December 2017, Published under Cement News

Colombia has fined Cementos Argos, Cemex and Holcim over COP200bn (US$66m) for fixing prices, according to Reuters. The fine has been applied to the companies and some of its managers. In total, the companies represent 96 per cent of Colombia’s cement market and allegedly agreed to set prices between January 2010 and December 2012. Cement prices in this period increased 29.9 per cent whilst inflation was just 9.3 per cent. Holcim released a statement protesting the fine applied by the ...

Cementos Argos sets up waste recycling company

11 December 2017, Published under Cement News

Colombian cement producer Cementos Argos announced the creation of Granulados Reciclados de Colombia, a company that will recycle construction waste into aggregates, bases and subbases. The new firm will operate from Argos' Cota plant in Cundinamarca and will process up to 200tph of waste into wood, metal, plastic and stone as well as up to 1Mta of construction waste.