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Molsabana to transport cement by rail

25 July 2018, Published under Cement News

Colombia-based Molienda de la Sabana SAS (Molsabana) has signed a contract with Ibines Férreo, which will transport 320t of its cement every fortnight via the Bogotá-Belencito rail corridor. Molsabana owns a cement operation in Tocancipá, Cundinamarca and produces cement under the brand Fortecem. Established in 2013, the Tocancipá works is the successor to the 0.6Mta Sabanagranda works, whivh opened in 2004. This followed the commissioning of the 0.3Mta  Betania works in 2000 and th...

Ultracem joins the World Cement Association

19 July 2018, Published under Cement News

The World Cement Association (WCA) has welcomed the Colombian cement company Ultracem as a Corporate Member. The Association now has a membership made up of 69 members and representatives that cover 38 countries. "We are excited to welcome Ultracem to our membership, and particularly value their record of launching new environmental initiatives in the Colombian cement sector," said Norman Greig, WCA Secretary General. Founded in 2011, Ultracem has a cement capacity of 1.2Mta and its ceme...

Colombian dispatches slip 2% in May

02 July 2018, Published under Cement News

Grey cement dispatches in Colombia edged down 1.6 per cent in May 2018 to 0.984Mt from 0.999Mt in May 2017, according to the country’s statistics office, DANE. Cement sales were particularly strong in Valle del Cauca, where they rose by 8.3 per cent. However, in Bogotá they declined by 7.5 per cent and in Bolívar by 17.2 per cent. In Antioquia, another key domestic market, dispatches fell by 3.2 per cent. Of the 0.984Mt total, around 51.3 per cent was delivered to the retail market, wh...

Cemex Colombia to study solar farm construction

29 June 2018, Published under Cement News

Cemex Colombia, the mayor of Ibague and LG announced they will initiate the technical, economic and legal studies required to build a solar farm that will supply sustainable power Tolima’s public lighting system. The farm would be located on a 56ha site, owned by the Mayor’s Office on the Doima-Buenos Aires highway. Around 16ha of solar panels would be installed. The electricity generated could also be used at Cemex’s Tolima cement plant to reduce greenhouse gases.

Colombia’s State Council ratifies Holcim pricing sanction

25 June 2018, Published under Cement News

Following Colombia’s State Council confirmation of a million-dollar sanction imposed by the Superintendency of Industry and Commerce against Cemex Colombia, the country’s High Court confirmed the fine of COP923m to Holcim Colombia SA. The fine was first imposed in 2008 but Holcim Colombia had appealed. The State Council said that there are indications about the existence of market share agreements and allocation of production quotas between the companies Holcim Colombia SA, Cemex Colombia...

State Council confirms penalties issued by SIC to Cemex Colombia

20 June 2018, Published under Cement News

Colombia’s State Council has confirmed the COP923m (US$315,784) and COP138m penalties issued by the Superintendence of Industry and Commerce (SIC) to Cemex Colombia SA, according to El Universal. "The ruling reveals the emergence of indications about the existence of market share agreements and the allocation of production quotas between the companies Cemex Colombia SA, Holcim Colombia SA and Argos, which affected the behaviour of prices, the effect of supply and the handling of grey cemen...

April dispatches in Colombia see 14% rise

31 May 2018, Published under Cement News

Deliveries to the Colombian cement market increased 13.9 per cent YoY to 1.025Mt in April 2018, according to the country’s national statistics office, DANE. Antioquia reported a 17.2 per cent rise YoY while in Valle del Cauca and Magdalena, market expansion reached 25.5 and 37.8 per cent, respectively. The Bogotá market remained largely stable while Cundinamarca noted a 3.9 per cent advance. Atlántico saw sales rise by 15.7 per cent while in Norte de Santander deliveries were up 14.1 per ...

Cementos Argos sees falling volumes

18 May 2018, Published under Cement News

Cementos Argos released its 1Q18 results this week , announcing revenues of COP1.9trn (US$670m), but cement sales fell by 4.1 per cent to 3.7Mt and ready-mix volumes by 7.5 per cent to 2.4Mm 3 . ICR reviews the state of Cementos Argos' regional markets and guidance going forward. The outlook for the cement and ready-mix market for the rest of the year remains positive, mainly boosted by the residential segment, which is expected to continue gaining momentum, supported by the solid fundam...

Argos consolidated EBITDA jumps 31% in 1Q18

14 May 2018, Published under Cement News

Argos has announced revenues of COP1.9trn (US$670m) and a net profit of COP54.bn in the first three months of 2018. EBITDA increased 31 per cent YoY to COP371bn. However, cement sales fell by 4.1 per cent to 3.7Mt while concrete sales volumes fell 7.5 per cent to 2.4Mm 3 . The lower volumes have been attributed mainly to the winter season that affects some US states to a greater extent as well as a large number of holidays in Colombia and the Caribbean. Demand from the housing segment was ...

Colombia's cement market contracts 10% in March

01 May 2018, Published under Cement News

Cement deliveries in the Colombian cement market fell 9.9 per cent YoY to 976,300t in March, according to the country’s national statistics office, DANE. Around 68 per cent, or 668,700t of this total was supplied as bagged cement with a further 307,600t as bulk product. Deliveries to the country’s largest market, Bogotá, declined by 9.9 per cent while the key markets of Antioquia and Cundinamarca also reported significant decreases of 10.4 and 17 per cent, respectively. Further drops were...