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Romania Competition Council suspects cement collusion

09 May 2019, Published under Cement News

The prices charged by Romania’s three leading cement producers Holcim, CRH and HeidelbergCement have followed a similar pattern and the geographic distribution of the customers around the companies’ cement plants support suspicions that the three are sharing the market, according to a report on the cement market completed by Romania’s Competition Council. The report is part of a continued investigation into the country’s cement market , started last October. The Competition Council launc...

Namibia cement demand remains weak

02 May 2019, Published under Cement News

Competition between cement producers has brought down prices as domestic demand remains fairly low when compared with increasing supply, according to First Capital. In March 2019 domestic production capacity has more than doubled to 2.2Mta, when compared with 1Mta in March 2018 as Whale Rock entered the market. However, local demand remains at 0.6Mta. This has led to a fall in prices with First Capital highlighting a drop of 10.4 and 10.1 per cent for semi- and high-strength cement, respe...

Infrastructure projects lead to shift in Indian cement demand

15 April 2019, Published under Cement News

The Indian government’s infrastructure drive is leading to a shift in demand for cement. The last few years have seen cement demand for the infrastructure sector advance by five per cent with the share of the housing sector in total cement consumption falling, according to the Business Standard. Infrastructure now accounts for 20 per cent of cement demand, according to HM Bangur, managing director at Shree Cement. “State and central government road projects and other infrastructure like po...

Jordan increases cement prices

25 July 2018, Published under Cement News

Jordan’s five factories increased the price of cement to JOD74/t (US$104) from JOD38 on Sunday, according to The Jordan Times. The price hike is intended to end the accumulative losses of the companies over the past few years resulting from a recession after the closure of the borders, says Yousef Shamali, secretary general, Ministry of Trade, Industry and Supply. Cement exports had stopped following the closure, except for small amounts to the West Bank, and consequently the price fell fr...

Decision to fine six Polish cement companies upheld

13 April 2018, Published under Cement News

After nine years, the decision of the Polish Office for Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) to fine six manufacturers for alleged collusion has been supported by a court of appeal. The total fine, PLN411m (US$121.33m), has been reduced to PLN280m following the appeal, according to PNB. Amongst the fined companies are Grupo Ozarow (PLN92.5m), Cemex Polska (PLN69.4m), Gorazdze Cement (PLN51.3m), Dyckerhoff Polska (PLN31.4m), Cementownia Warta (PLN23.2m) and Cementownia Odra (PLN12m)....

CRH Ciment SA and Comnord SA accepts Romania’s Competition Council fine for unauthorised merger

16 January 2018, Published under Cement News

CRH Ciment and Comnord SA have been retrospectively fined RON3,056,314 (US$802,409) by Romania’s Competition Council for the implementation of a merger carried out before receiving the council's authorisation. In its analysis of a recent transaction, through which CRH Ciment SA became the sole shareholder of CRH Comnord SA, the Competition Council found that a previous operation had not been notified and authorised according to current rules, which prohibits mergers without notification a...

Contractor wins LKR1m worth of Insee Sanstha cement

10 January 2018, Published under Cement News

The grand prize of the ‘Athek Barata Cementhi’ campaign by Insee Cement has been won by a contractor based in Meerigama, Sri Lanka. Chandika Rajapakshahas has received the prize of LKR1m (US$6,501) worth of Insee Sanstha cement in a competition designed to reward loyal customers, reports the Daily Mirror. Alongside this, 45 other winners received LKR50,000 worth of Insee Sanstha cement in a daily draw. "INSEE Sanstha is blended cement with a long-standing legacy. One in every three houses ...

Insee Cement launches competition

23 November 2017, Published under Cement News

Insee Cement has launched a competition for customers who buy Sanstha Cement. The ‘Jumbo’s weight of cement’ competition offers the chance to win LKR50,000 (US$325) worth of Sanstha Cement in a daily draw. The grand prize is an ‘elephant’s weight of cement’, worth LKR1m according to the Daily Mirror. The daily draw will be open for 45 days. "People from lower and middle income families of the individual house builders segment of the consumer segment often find it financially difficult to e...

Bundeskartellamt: low number of suppliers in Germany’s cement sector

25 July 2017, Published under Cement News

The German competition authority, Bundeskartellamt, has complained about the low number of suppliers in the German cement industry. “Therefore, we will continue to deal intensively with this industry and, for example, examine suspicious corporate interdependencies and, if necessary, dissolve them,” said Andreas Mundt, chairman of the Board. According to the agency, the industry is spending more than EUR5bn annually. Since the launch of the sectoral investigation at the end of 2013, 2...

Challenging outlook for Lafarge Malaysia

23 May 2017, Published under Cement News

In the first three months of this year Lafarge Malaysia reported a net loss of MYR48.9m (US$11.4m) compared to a net profit of MYR20.6m for the same period a year ago due to lower operating profit and worsening pricing pressure. The group’s revenue decreased by 16.1 per cent to RM561.9m YoY. “This decrease was mainly attributable to the lower sales contribution from the cement segment due to the soft market demand, coupled with the increased industry capacity and the continued pricing pr...