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Paraguay’s cement sales pick up in July-August

27 September 2012, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in Paraguay increased in July and August, even before the reactivation of public works. In fact, the two months were the first in the year in which Industria Nacional de Cemento had no financial deficit due to the increased commercial activity. A combination of increased output and the recovery of several major customers helped to boost the state-owned firm’s takings. Nevertheless, it is expected that the cumulative loss of the cement producer will stand at around PYG24bn (US...

UBS: China cement sector to outperform next six months

26 September 2012, Published under Cement News

UBS believes China cement demand has bottomed and cement inventories are falling. Moreover, cement prices have picked up with the national average price rising for the past four weeks after declining for 21 weeks. "We believe there will be more upside in 4Q12 based on an overlap of seasonal strengthen and a recovery in infrastructure spending," says to research house in a report by Dow Jones Global Equities News. Aggressive new capacity additions in the past five years have put pressure o...

Vietnam cement sales drop 3.38% Jan-August 2012

21 September 2012, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in Vietnam for the first eight months of 2012 fell 3.38 per cent to 30.58Mt, against the same period of last year and fulfilling 55.6 per cent of the full-year target, the country’s Ministry of Construction said. On a MoM basis, cement sales were down 12.14 per cent from July 2012 to 3.62Mt in August. Cement consumption is forecast to reach between 55-56.5Mt this year, rising 11-12 per cent YoY, the ministry said. Cement output also fell 1.47 per cent in the eight month...

Higher sales boost Qassim Cement 1H12 net profit, Saudi Arabia

21 September 2012, Published under Cement News

Saudi cement producer Qassim Cement Co (QCC) posted a 5.3 per cent rise in net profit to SAR307.4m (US$82m) for the first half of 2012, up from SAR291.8m a year ago, which the company attributed to an increased rise in sales. Earnings per share (EPS) stood at SAR 3.42, compared with SAR 3.24. QCC registered an operating profit of SAR 315.5m for the six months to June 2012, up from SAR297.2m a year earlier.

Inchini Cement seeks export permit, Ethiopia

19 September 2012, Published under Cement News

Ethiopia-based producer Inchini Bedrock Cement factory is seeking approval to export cement volumes to neighbouring countries as domestic demand has declined, forcing the factory to operate at 52 per cent capacity utilisation. The Addis Fortune reported that the company is seeking an export permit and is in negotiations with three regional customers, citing Inchini’s operations manager, Daniel Ganyi. According to the report, the management at the local cement factory have concerns on the ...

Spain: eight month consumption down 34.3% YoY

18 September 2012, Published under Cement News

Spanish cement consumption for the first eight months of 2012 has declined by 34.3 per cent YoY to 9.56Mt, according to the latest data from Spanish cement association Oficemen. In August alone, demand was down 33.6 per cent YoY to 1.13Mt. Exports, on the other hand, increased by 48.9 per cent compared to the same month of 2011. In the last 12 months, exports have totalled 5.22Mt (of which clinker accounted for 2.51Mt), representing growth of 31.7 per cent YoY.  Imports are down 48.9 per ...

Vietnam production declines 2% YoY

18 September 2012, Published under Cement News

Vietnam produced 31.59Mt of cement in the first eight months of this year, down two per cent from a year earlier, the Vietnam National Cement Association (VNCA) said. In August, the country’s cement output decreased 12 per cent from July to 3.77Mt. By the end of August, the country had an inventory of 630,000t of cement and 2.12Mt of clinker due to the stagnant real estate market. Cement sales fell eight per cent YoY between January and August though local firms have reduced their cement ...

Peru dispatches rise 16.8%

17 September 2012, Published under Cement News

Shipments of cement in the Peruvian market totaled 6,098,738t from January to August 2012, 16.84 per cent more than the same period of 2011 (5,219,828t), the Association of Cement Producers (Asocem) has reported. During the period  cement production was 6,235,813t, representing an increase of 14.62 per cent compared with the same period of 2011, when it was 5,356,112t. As of August exports totaled 91,834t of cement, reporting an increase of 177.73 per cent over the same period of 2011,...

Global market outlook

17 September 2012, Published under Cement News

Analysts at Jefferies International have recently provided an update on their expectations for global cement markets. While prospects for the US are improving, emerging markets are beginning to face uncertainties and the outlook for Europe is weaker than it previously anticipated. US markets have performed stronger than expected in 2012, having risen 15 per cent in the first half to 37Mt. While growth slowed in June and the rate is expected to ease to around three per cent for the remaind...

Siam Cement sees 10% rise in domestic demand, Thailand

14 September 2012, Published under Cement News

Siam Cement Group (SCG) expects domestic cement consumption to be double than its earlier forecasts for 2012 as demand is on the path of recovery. Kan Trakulhoon, the president and chief executive, said capacity utilisation at SCG, the country's largest cement maker, this year will be on a par with last year at 18Mt or 78 per cent of its overall production level. He said the company aims to achieve maximum cement production capacity of 23Mt within the next three years thanks to recover...