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Brazilian cement sales in April report 9% increase

23 May 2018, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in Brazil increased 8.9 per cent to 4.352Mt in April 2018 when compared with 3.997Mt in April 2017, according to preliminary industry data published by the country’s cement association, SNIC. Exports were up 40 per cent to 7000t in April 2018 from 5000t from the year-ago period. According to the President of the National Union of the Cement Industry (SNIC), Paulo Camillo Penna, the increase in cement sales in April was directly impacted by the number of working days: "We had ...

Indonesian cement market expands 6% in April

22 May 2018, Published under Cement News

Indonesian cement consumption advanced six per cent YoY in April to 5.337Mt, according to the Indonesia Cement Association. Growth was particularly strong in Sumatra, where demand increased by 12.2 per cent. On Kalimantan deliveries rose by 7.5 per cent to 340,520t while Maluku and Irian Jaya saw demand pick up by 6.2 per cent to 103,479t. In Nusa Tenggara consumption edged up by 2.5 per cent to 284,996t while in Sulawesi it remained stable at 428,691t. On Java, where consumption rose...

Not out of the woods yet

21 May 2018, Published under Cement News

As India’s cement industry recovers from demonetisation, the October-December 2017 quarter brought new tests of strength. While demand showed unusually-high growth, increased fuel and raw material prices combined with muted growth forecasts took the shine off positive expectations for the year ahead. While Indian cement consumption saw an 11 per cent hike in the Oct-Dec 2017 quarter, the Indian cement sector is not out of the woods yet While the impact of the government’s dem...

Senegal cement production up 6% in 1Q18

18 May 2018, Published under Cement News

Cement production in Senegal increased by 97,500t in the first quarter of 2018. Sococim and Ciments du Sahel produced 1.832Mt of cement, up 5.6 per cent when compared with the 1.734Mt manufactured in 1Q17. The figures do not include output at Dangote Sénégal’s 1.5Mta plant in Pout. Output in 1Q18 was driven by higher domestic sales, which advanced by 50.6 per cent to 1.279Mt from 0.848Mt in 1Q17. Exports fell 37.1 per cent to 564,900t from 898,200t in the year-ago period.

US and Puerto Rican cement markets contract in February

16 May 2018, Published under Cement News

Total shipments of Portland and blended cement in the US and Puerto rico in February contracted by 3.6 per cent YoY to 5.8Mt, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The leading cement-consuming states – Texas, California, Florida, Georgia and Arizona – received about 50 per cent of total shipments. The leading producing states were California, Texas, Florida, Missouri and Alabama (in descending order). Masonry cement shipments declined by 6.5 per cent YoY to 169,000t in Februar...

Peru's cement demand up 14% in April

16 May 2018, Published under Cement News

Peru’s cement market expanded by 13.5 per cent YoY in April 2018 as cement deliveries reached 0.817Mt, according to the latest data from the country’s cement association, Asocem. When compared with the previous month when 0.816Mt was dispatched, a more stable picture emerges. Deliveries by domestic producers rose by 8.6 per cent YoY in April 2018 as they reached 0.759Mt. However, when compared with the previous month, such dispatches slipped one per cent from 0.767Mt. Domestic supply w...

Spanish cement demand growth decelerates

15 May 2018, Published under Cement News

Cement demand in Spain saw its growth slow to 7.6 per cent in March 2018, when compared with the previous month, according Oficemen’s Cement Demand Index (IDC). For the rolling year, from April 2017 to March 2018, consumption rose to 12.4Mt, an increase of 0.9Mt when compared with the same period in the previous year. While the latest market expansion represents 13 months of growth, the March data point to a strong deceleration of growth. Oficemen has attributed this slowdown to the effe...

Argentina demand up 14% YoY

11 May 2018, Published under Cement News

Argentina’s cement market expanded by 13.5 per cent in April to 958,241t  when compared with April 2017, but fell 12.2 per cent MoM, according to the country’s cement producers’ association, AFCP.This demand was met by 953,081t of domestic output and 5160t of imports. Argentine producers saw total dispatches decline by 11.3 per cent MoM, but YoY deliveries, which include exports, advanced by 13.3 per cent to 957,981t. Exports reached 4900t. In the first four months of 2018, the country...

Imbalances yet to surface in Trump’s US economy

09 May 2018, Published under Cement News

ICR took a moment to talk to Ed Sullivan, Portland Cement Association’s vice president and chief economist of Market Intelligence, to understand more about how the US economy is faring and what factors might yet cause a brake on cement demand going forward. Figure 1: impact of different outcomes of the tariff issue on the economy and cement sector ICR: What is the current PCA forecast for economic growth in the USA in 2018-19? Ed Sullivan (ES) : Good, very good. We are well in...

Going to Graceland

02 May 2018, Published under Cement News

The 2018 IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference will be held between 6-10 May in Nashville, Tennessee. Therefore, the timing is right for ICR to visit Graceland and examine the recent developments in the nearby southern US cement markets. By Rob Roy Economic Consulting, USA. Lehigh Portland Cement Co’s 3.5Mta plant in Union Bridge is one of Maryland’s two integrated cement facilities and the country’s second-largest after LafargeHolcim’s Ste Genevieve works, Missouri ...