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Staying strong: the European building materials sector

10 September 2018, Published under Cement News

There are many reasons for European construction companies to be enjoying strong order books at present. Analysts at Bernstein report that most building material companies saw strong revenue growth in 1H18, particularly in the 2Q18 following the harsh winter that impacted 1Q18 results. However, the sector has seen backwards trading since the start of the year. The European construction sector has been performing well, driven by a resurgence in infrastructure spending and improved confidenc...

Staying strong: the European building materials sector

07 September 2018, Published under Cement News

There are many reasons for European construction companies to be enjoying strong order books at present. Analysts at Bernstein report that most building material companies saw strong revenue growth in 1H18, particularly in the 2Q18 following the harsh winter that impacted 1Q18 results. However, the sector has seen backwards trading since the start of the year. The European construction sector has been performing well, driven by a resurgence in infrastructure spending and improved confidenc...

GCCA expands to 16 members

05 September 2018, Published under Cement News

The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) expanded to 16 members last month, adding companies from Europe, South America and Asia. Buzzi Unicem, Cementos Argos, Cementos Pacasmayo, Çimsa Çimento, SCG Cement and Titan Cement were all welcomed to the association which launched earlier this year. Furthermore, the US-based Portland Cement Association has joined the GCCA as an affiliate. "We are delighted to welcome further cement and concrete companies and like-minded organisations t...

CRH announces revenue increase in 1H18

23 August 2018, Published under Cement News

CRH has reported its results for the half-year period ended 30 June 2018, announcing a slight increase in revenue of one per cent YoY to EUR11.9bn (US$13.76bn). Similarly, overall EBITDA rose one per cent to EUR1.13bn, while the EBITDA margin remained consistent at 9.5 per cent. Profit after tax reached EUR378bn, advancing nine per cent from EUR346bn in the year-ago period. The company has recorded divestments of EUR2.9bn and acquisitions of EUR3.4bn in the first six months of the year, whi...

Disposals or growth for CRH?

08 June 2018, Published under Cement News

Last week, CRH made an announcement that it was creating a new global Building Products division which would start operation in January 2019 by merging its European Distribution and Americas Products divisions. Due to the company's enlarged scale, it sees opportunities for further value creation for its shareholders and is looking to maximise its network to improve its global products business. This comes after several years of re-positioning itself post-financial crisis when several of th...

CRH to create new global Building Products division

31 May 2018, Published under Cement News

CRH plc will establish a new global Building Products division from 1 January 2019, bringing together its Europe Lightside, Europe Distribution and Americas Products divisions. Under the leadership of Keith Haas (currently President, Americas Products), this new platform will operate alongside our Americas Materials and Europe Materials divisions, leveraging CRH's scale and network opportunities across the company's global products businesses, CRH stated. David Dillon (currently President...

Cemex reports increase in net sales in 1Q18

27 April 2018, Published under Cement News

Cemex has announced a 92.3 per cent YoY fall in profit for the 1Q18, decreasing from US$336m to US$26m. The sharp decline has been attributed to higher operating expenses and foreign exchange loss. Operating EBITDA declined four per cent to US$535m, while the EBITDA margin was down 1.9 per cent YoY at 18.8 per cent. However, the company has recorded an eight per cent increase in overall net sales to US$3.38bn from US$3.14bn. Consolidated cement volumes increased by one per cent to 1...

LafargeHolcim appoints new Head of HR

20 April 2018, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim has appointed Feliciano González Muñoz as the new Head of Human Resources, effective from 1 May 2018. Mr Muñoz will succeed Caroline Luscombe, who has decided to pursue opportunities outside of the company, according to the press release. The Head of HR will not be a member of the executive committee, bringing it down to eight members.   Mr Muñoz is currently HR Director for the Europe sector of the business, and has worked within LafargeHolcim for over 11 years. Felician...

Leading cement producers: 2017 overview

29 March 2018, Published under Cement News

On the whole, 2017 was a year of growth for the world's leading cement producers. HeidelbergCement saw its revenues advance by 13.8 per cent YoY, while China's Anhui Conch reported sales growth of 34.7 per cent. Dangote recorded an improvement in revenue of 31 per cent while Cemex, Buzzi Unicem, Vicat and CRH all saw more marginal expansions of between two and 5.1 per cent YoY (see Figure 1). The only major to report a fall in sales revenue was LafargeHolcim, dipping 2.9 per cent as its ceme...

Buzzi Unicem Full Year 2017 results

29 March 2018, Published under Cement News

In 2017 Buzzi Unicem group sold 26.8Mt of cement (+4.4 per cent compared to 2016) and 12.3Mm 3 of ready-mix concrete (+3 per cent YoY). Consolidated net sales increased by 5.1 per cent, from EUR2669.3m to EUR2806.2m. EBITDA decreased by 7.7 per cent from EUR550.6m to EUR508.2m. The foreign exchange effect was negative for EUR2m. The figure for the year under review includes non-recurring costs of EUR68.2m, of which EUR59.8m for antitrust sanctions inflicted to the Italian cement sector, ...