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Italcementi: only Asia shows sales growth in 2013

07 February 2014, Published under Cement News

Italcementi's turnover declined by 5.4 per cent in 2013 to EUR4235.4m, or by 2.2 per cent on a comparable basis. Group cement shipments declined by a further six per cent to 43.1Mt and the turnover from cement and clinker was down by 6.4 per cent to EUR2716.8m, with cement volumes lower everywhere other than in Asia and in North America. The concrete and aggregates turnover eased by 2.5 per cent to EUR1248.7m as shipments of aggregates declined by 4.2 per cent to 32.5Mt and ready-mixed co...

Lafarge awaits gov't decision on petcoke usage, Egypt

07 February 2014, Published under Cement News

Lafarge has been ordered by Egypt’s Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs (MSEA) to halt its preparations to build storage units for petcoke, according to a statement by the ministry on Tuesday. The MSEA expects the company to wait for a final decision on the use of petcoke as fuel in its industrial operations. Lafarge submitted a study to MSEA on the environmental impact of petcoke in May 2013 and awaits a government decision on its use. The MSEA does not allow cement factories to i...

Cementir offsets a weaker Italy by better markets elsewhere

06 February 2014, Published under Cement News

Cementir Holding's turnover improved by 1.3 per cent to  EUR988.6m, while at constant currencies the increase would have been 5.6 per cent. EBITDA improved by 22.9 per cent to EUR169.7m, though this was boosted by non-recurring credits approaching EUR10m.  As a result, the margin improved from 14.1 per cent to 17.2 per cent, or to 16.2 per cent excluding non-recurring items.  The trading profit showed a more marked advance, rising by 59.1 per cent to EUR76.7m. Net debt at the end of 2013 ...

Cemtech Middle East & Africa underway

04 February 2014, Published under Cement News

Cemtech Middle East & Africa 2014, the leading international cement conference and exhibition series, has opened in Dubai in front of an audience of over 270 senior industry delegates from 35 countries, including Guest of Honour, His Excellency Sheikh Yaser Al Qasemi, General Manager of Union Cement Company, Ras Al Khaimah, and Chairman of the Cement Producers’ Association of the UAE. Thomas Armstrong, Cemtech organiser, welcomes over 270 industry delegates from across the Middle Eas...

Egyptian court accepts Assiut appeal

21 January 2014, Published under Cement News

An Egyptian court has accepted an appeal by Assiut Cement, overruling a decision to annul an agreement under which Cemex acquired a controlling stake in the Egyptian unit. The case has now been referred to an administrative court, a Cemex official has said. In 1999, Cemex bought a controlling stake in Assiut Cement from Egypt’s state-owned Metallurgical Industries Holding Co as part of the government's wider privatisation drive at the time. Two former Assiut employees, who were among wo...

Helwan Cement Company launches new bag filter system, Egypt

25 November 2013, Published under Cement News

Helwan Cement Company, a subsidiary of Suez Cement Group of Companies (SCGC), has launched its new bag filter system to significantly reduce plant dust emissions. The filter will cut Helwan Cement Company's dust emission rates to a maximum of 10mg/m3, which is lower than current Egyptian and European legal standards, Bruno Carre, chief executive officer of SCGC, stated during an inauguration ceremony for the new installation. Among those also in attendance at the launch were HE Mounir ...

Egypt: Suez Cement inaugurates Helwan bag filter

19 November 2013, Published under Cement News

Suez Cement's latest investment in a state-of-the-art bathhouse for its Helwan Cement plant underlies the company's continued commitment to sustainable cement production. The opening of the baghouse was greeted by HE Mounir Fakry AbdelNour, Minister of Trade and Industry, Eng Mohamed El Sewedy, Chairman of the Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI), Eng Tarek Tawfik and Eng Zaki Abdou Bassiouny, the two Deputy Chairmen of FEI, a number of board members of the Federation of Egyptian Industr...

Egypt: fuel supply problems cause Suez Cement to act

07 November 2013, Published under Cement News

Suez Cement has turned to wind power to help it meet its energy needs. The project at Gulf El-Zeit is part of the government's objective to output 7000MW or 20 per cent of Egypt's energy needs from renewable sources by 2020. The Gulf El-Zeit initiative will be able to supply one third of the energy Suez Cement requires, but is unlikely to surpass this amount. “The electricity supplied by the grid will be used in the crushing part, while in cooking you need flame and heat so electricity is ...

Egypt sees signs of stablisation

05 November 2013, Published under Cement News

Signs of stability are beginning to emerge in the Egyptian cement market with visibility improving in several areas, a recent flash note by CM-CIC Securities highlights. The research house believes visibility is improving on several points. Firstly, volumes have been catching up since August and were up by 15 per cent during the month followed by a three per cent increment in September. Moreover, a better pricing scenario has been witnessed through 2013, with an increase of 15 per cen...

Suez Cement quarterly profit drops on demand, energy shortages

01 November 2013, Published under Cement News

Suez Cement reported a significant decline in earnings and profit for the third quarter of 2013 due to lower sales and reduced output on the back of energy shortages. The company, which is part of the Italcementi group, said third quarter EBITDA plunged 42 per cent YoY while net profit fell 72 per cent. Domestic sales of grey cement were down 5.2 per cent during the period. Following such challenging times, Suez Cement expects improvements in cement demand going forward: "The company i...