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Vicat enters EUR1.3m ARM venture with Serpol

11 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Vicat and Serpol have entered a EUR1.3m joint venture, Terenvie, to treat oil-polluted soil and turn it to cleaned, mineral-rich land. This source of silica or clay can then be used as “a partial replacement (five per cent) of quarry materials, to save natural resources without impacting the quality of the cement, perfectly standardised,” said Stéphane Rutkowski, manager at Vicat. Earthworks produce around 5Mta of oil-polluted soil at the sites of former service stations, oil depots or ac...

LafargeHolcim in talks with PPC

27 October 2017, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim announced that it is in talks with the board of directors of PPC regarding a possible transaction in Africa. “No agreement with PPC has yet been reached and no assurance can be given at this stage that a transaction will materialise,” said the building materials producer in a brief statement.  

Aalborg Portland opens new Rochefort terminal

22 September 2017, Published under Cement News

Aalborg Portland has celebrated the opening of its new Rochefort terminal to improve its local presence for white cement customers in southwest France. "We are very pleased that with the new terminal in Rochefort we can expand the market area for white cement from production in Aalborg. This gives an increased level of activity on Danish grounds, that our production in Aalborg is competitive in terms of product, service and quality," said Michael Lundgaard Thomsen, directior of Aalborg ...

Vicat suffers from currency weakness in several countries

04 August 2017, Published under Cement News

Vicat's first half turnover edged ahead by 0.8 per cent to EUR1248m, or by 0.9 per cent on a comparative basis, but the EBITDA declined by 8.7 per cent to EUR188m and the margin declined from 16.7 per cent to 15.1 per cent. The trading profit came off by 16.2 per cent to EUR86m, while the net interest charge was 29.9 per cent lower at EUR12.9m, giving a attributable profit 17 per cent lower at EUR40m.  Net debt at the end of the period amounted to EUR1006m, a five per cent reduction, and th...

Positive trends in European construction recovery

14 July 2017, Published under Cement News

The recovery in European construction activity appears to be making progress with improvements being seen in the housing segment in some key markets, while civil engineering activity is expected to pick up going forward. Eurostat's construction index shows that the downturn in activity for construction within the EU-28 brought on by the global financial crisis lasted longer than for the industry sector. Despite occasional short-lived periods of growth, the index of production for construct...

SFIC: French cement demand to grow 3-4% in 2017

02 June 2017, Published under Cement News

A boom in the French housing market is fuelling domestic cement demand. While in 2016 cement consumption reached 17.5Mt, the market is expected to continue its expansion this year to around 18Mt. “Our statisticians forecast a growth of 3-4 per cent in 2017, representing a cement demand between 17.9-18.1Mt,” said Raoul de Parisot, president of the French cement association, SFIC. “In the first quarter, we have seen sales advance between 1-2 per cent. But we expect an acceleration in th...

Lafarge France to modernise Martres-Tolosane unit

12 May 2017, Published under Cement News

Lafarge France will invest EUR100m in the modernisation of its cement plant at Martres-Tolosane in Haute-Garonne, France. The company is currently selecting a contractor to carry out the work, which is scheduled to start at the end of the year. Jean-Louis Chauzy, president of the Economic, Social and Environmental Council of Occitanie, expressed his concerned that the cement company would choose a Chinese contractor rather than a French company, but Lafarge responded by saying no decision...

Vicat expects improved Europe, US, India and west African markets

03 May 2017, Published under Cement News

Vicat's first-quarter turnover eased by 0.5 per cent to EUR551m, which represents an underlying advance of 1.4 per cent. The cement turnover declined by three per cent to EUR283m, as cement shipments advanced by 1.2 per cent to 4.89Mt. Before inter-sector eliminations, the cement turnover amounted to EUR335m. The turnover in concrete and aggregates was three per cent ahead at EUR204m, which represents an underlying decline of 2.5 per cent, as aggregates shipments rose by 3.7 per cent to 5...

Who will gain from French construction boom?

07 April 2017, Published under Cement News

Analysts have been optimistic about the prospects of the French construction market during 2017. The Federation Francaise de Batiment reports that the recovery is underway, while French market analyst CM-CIC has revised its growth forecast for construction spending up to 3.3 per cent in 2017. But will the mood change after the French elections in May? Much of the demand for the construction sector has come from the improving French housing market, which has been on the rebound si...

The world in 2016 and outlook for 2017

10 February 2017, Published under Cement News

This year will be a challenging year for the multinational cement companies, which are now faced by uneven economic performance in the emerging markets, combined with a new era of global political uncertainty that could further destabilise markets. On balance, however, global growth looks set to be anchored by positive trends in the major markets of China, India and the US, more than offsetting the poor performance elsewhere. The large cement majors have spent years diversifying their por...