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Malaysian consumption to remain subdued in 2H19

15 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Malaysian cement consumption is expected to remain subdued in the second half of 2019, as the construction and property development markets remain weak, according to Khairul Azizi Kairudin, an analyst for Hong Leong Investment Bank Research (HLIB Research). "Beyond 2019, we expect cement prices to recover gradually, as construction activities pick up (expected by 1H20). However, […] the expected pick-up next year will happen on a gradual basis as work contribution from mega project revival...

Chile’s cement deliveries fall 11% in June

13 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Chilean cement dispatches in June declined 10.6 per cent to 291,979t from 326,681t in June 2018, according to the Chilean Construction Chamber (CChC). When compared with the previous month, the drop was 15.4 per cent. In the first half of 2019, total cement dispatches in the South American country reached 2,065,205t, representing a 4.9 per cent increase when compared with the 1H18, when 1,969,372t was delivered.

Brazil cement market expands 8% in July

12 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Brazilian cement sales increased 8.1 per cent YoY to 4.953Mt in July 2019, according to the country’s cement association, SNIC. The market expanded most in the south, advancing by 11.2 per cent to 827,000t, followed by the central-west by 10.9 per cent to 579,000t. The southeast, Brazil’s largest market, expanded by 9.1 per cent to 2.406Mt YoY, while the country’s smallest market, the north, saw offtake expand by 7.8 per cent to 221,000t. In the northeast, sales edged up by 1.4 per cent t...

Argentine cement demand up 5% in July

08 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Total cement consumption in Argentina in July 2019 increased 5.1 per cent YoY to 1,000,711t, according to the country’s cement association, AFCP. The market requirement was entirely supplied by domestic plants, unlike in July 2018 when 2540t of cement was imported. Production from Argentine plants during July 2019 reached 1,003,869t, up 5.4 per cent when compared with July 2018. This includes 3158t of exports, which represents a YoY rise of 18.3 per cent. January-July 2019 In the year ...

Colombian market expands 4% in June

08 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Domestic dispatches in Colombia advanced by 3.8 per cent from 0.943Mt in June 2018 to 0.979Mt in June 2019, according to DANE, the country’s statistics office. Bolívar and Meta saw deliveries rise by 31-32 per cent YoY, while Valle del Cauca’s market expanded by 25.1 per cent. Casanare noted 12.6 per cent higher sales and both Antioquia and Santander saw dispatches up by 8.2 per cent when compared with June 2018. Smaller gains were noted by Córdoba (7.9 per cent), Huila (5.8 per cent), Ces...

Vietnamese market stable, exports slip in June

07 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Vietnamese cement companies sold 7.497Mt of cement in June 2019, down four per cent YoY and 12 per cent MoM, according to the Vietnam National Cement Association (VNCA). Of this total, 5.645Mt were supplied to the domestic market, reflecting a stable market when compared with June in the previous year and a five per cent fall MoM. In addition, 1.851Mt were exported, down 16 per cent YoY and 27 per cent MoM. VICEM delivered 1.849Mt to Vietnamese customers, edging up by two per cent YoY but ...

Sailing through high seas

06 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Pakistan’s cement producers are sailing through high tides as domestic demand succumbs to macroeconomic pressures, manufacturing costs rise and utilisation levels look set to weaken with the addition of new capacities. Exports are providing a much-needed cushion, as is the shift towards reducing costs and improving operational efficiencies. By Syeda Humaira Akhtar, BMA Capital Management Ltd, Pakistan. Against a backdrop of lower domestic demand and higher production costs, Pakistan p...

Cement shipments in USA slip to 9.3Mt

01 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Total shipments of Portland and blended cement in the USA and Puerto Rico fell to 9.3Mt in May 2019, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The leading consuming states were  Texas, California, Florida, Ohio and Georgia , which combined account for 39 per cent of shipments in May. Leading producing states were Texas, California, Missouri, Florida and Alabama. Masonry cement deliveries remained stable at 0.222Mt in May when compared with the year-ago period. Some 55 per cent of ship...

Chile’s cement sales up 6% in May

01 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Cement dispatches in Chile slipped 0.9 per cent MoM to 345,001t in May 2019, according to the Chilean Chamber of Construction (CChC). However, this represents a YoY increase of 6.4 per cent to 324,236t.  In the first five months of 2019, total dispatches increased 7.9 per cent to 1.773Mt when compared with 5M18 when dispatches were 1.643Mt.

Nepal: the road to exports

22 July 2019, Published under Cement News

While cement demand in Nepal is forecast to show significant expansion in the future, the rapid build-up of production capacity is outstripping future domestic consumption growth. Therefore, Nepali cement producers are expected to increasingly address the challenge of exporting their products further afield. By Dhruba Thapa, Cement Manufacturers’ Association, Nepal. The Nepali government is embarking on a major urbanisation programme as well as road construction and large-scale irr...