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Argos recognised for sustainability efforts

22 January 2015, Published under Cement News

Argos has been awarded a Silver Class distinction in Robeco SAM’s 2015 Sustainability Yearbook for the second consecutive year. The company was included in the Yearbook once again for having one of the best sustainability performances due to the results it obtained in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index survey. Private entity RobecoSAM independently assesses the sustainability performances of companies that are part of the Dow Jones Sustainability Index. It lists the most sustainable compan...


06 January 2015, Published under Cement News

Cemex is restarting work on expanding the Tepeaca works in the state of Puebla, Mexico, that was halted in 2008, with a view of completing the expansion in 2017. This will require an additional US$200m to be spent on top of the US$450m spent up to 2008. When the work is completed, it is expected to raise Tepeaca’s capacity from the current 3.2 to 7.6Mta.   Cemex is building a new cement works in Colombia for completion in 2017. The equipment for the new Cementera del Magdalena Medio cement ...

Colombia: FLSmidth to supply 2800tpd Cemex line

23 December 2014, Published under Cement News

FLSmidth has been awarded the contract to supply a 2800tpd cement line for Cemex’s new Cementera del Magdalena Media cement plant in Antioquia, Colombia. The contract includes the engineering, project management and commissioning as well as all key production equipment, including an FRM mill for raw grinding, an ATOX coal mill, a five-stage ILC preheater with a low-NOx calciner, an FLSmidth Cross-Bar cooler and a two-pier kiln. In addition, Pfister weighing and dosing systems, MAAG gear re...

Argos to not bid for Lafarge/Holcim Brazilian assets

10 December 2014, Published under Cement News

Cementos Argos has decided not to not bid for the Brazilian assets that Lafarge and Holcim have put up for sale ahead of their planned merger. Colombia’s largest cement producer has informed the Superintendencia Financiera that it does not see such a purchase as being likely to generate the value its investments would expect. Argos had been in consultation with Itau Unibanco concerning a possible bid.

Colombia’s October cement dispatches up 5.5%

02 December 2014, Published under Cement News

Cement dispatches in Colombia saw a 5.5 per cent YoY expansion to 1.09Mt in October 2014, according to the latest data published by Dane, the country’s statistics office. While construction companies and contractors consumed some 7.3 per cent less, this was offset by a 13.4 per cent sales advance in the retail segment. The department of Nariño saw an 86.1 per cent rise in sales, followed by Magdalena which registered a 24.5 per cent increase. Positive developments were also reported i...

Cementos Argos to fire Rioclaro kiln with tyres

14 November 2014, Published under Cement News

Colombia’s Cementos Argos will be using tyres to fire its Rioclaro kiln with the option to extend the programme to its other plants. In Colombia, 110,000t, or 7m, of waste tyres are produced annually, of which 2.5m in Bogotá. The Argos project will be able to use around 75 per cent of this national volume.

Grupo Argos to issue preferential shares in 1Q15

12 November 2014, Published under Cement News

Colombian holding Grupo Argos is planning to issue a base amount of 50m preferential shares in the first quarter of 2015 on the local and international markets, subject to the approval from Colombia's financial watchdog. Argos, parent company of Colombia’s leading cement producer Cementos Argos, seeks to strengthen its equity and bolster growth. Details of the issuance could be given in mid-January 2015. Banca de Inversion Bancolombia, HSBC Securities and Bank of America Merrill Lyn...

Cementos Argos 3Q14 net profit jumps 69%

29 October 2014, Published under Cement News

Cementos Argos, Colombia’s leading cement producer, posted a 69 per cent jump in net earnings for the first nine months of the year to COP217.5bn (US$111m), boosted by higher US sales. The company reported EBITDA of COP805bn (US$415m) between January and September, an eight per cent increase over the same period in 2013. Revenue was up 16 per cent to COP4.25trn. "The performance in the United States maintains a healthy growth dynamic," the statement said. "Volumes of cement and concrete sh...

Colombia's cement market expands 11% in September

28 October 2014, Published under Cement News

Cement dispatches in Colombia rose 10.6 per cent YoY in September to 1.086Mt, according to the country’s statistics office, Dane. Grey cement production reached 1.072Mt, registering an increase of 6.9 per cent YoY. The largest increase occurred in Nariño (+104.8 per cent) but a sizeable rise in dispatches also took place in Magdalena (+37.1 per cent), Huila (+24 per cent), Cundinamarca (+13.9 per cent), Atlántico (+12.6 per cent), Bolivár (+12.5 per cent), Valle del Cauca (+10.8 per cent)...

Mexican and Colombian imports to help meet Nicaragua project

10 October 2014, Published under Cement News

Imports from Mexico and Colombia can ensure the supply of cement for the Gran Canal Interoceanico project in Nicaragua, according to the president of the High Council of Private Enterprise, José Adán Aguerri. He added that steps were being taken to further research supply options in the wider region, including the Caribbean, with the help of the private sector. However, the area faces supply shortages, which are expected to require further capacity building by cement companies. For example...