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Vicat sees growth in Asia and in the USA

06 November 2013, Published under Cement News

Vicat's turnover for the first nine months of the year improved by a modest 0.6 per cent to EUR1740m, which represents an underlying advance of 3.2 per cent. The gearing level increased to 51.3 per cent at the end of September compared with 47.6 per cent a year ago. The expansion in Asia has been the main reason for the increased debt levels in recent years, but it is below the 53.3 per cent seen at the end of June. Turnover in cement was 2.8 per cent ahead at EUR855m, which represented 51...

Holcim ceases production at Dannes

02 October 2013, Published under Cement News

Nine months after stopping the kiln at Dannes, France, Holcim officially ceased production at the plant on 30 September. Staff have been partly transferred to Lumbres, Dunkerque and Rochefort.

New Kercim plant to be built in Le Havre, France

11 September 2013, Published under Cement News

Kercim, which opened a cement plant in Loire-Montoir last February, will start construction of a new works in Le Havre in early 2014. It is expected that the new 0.6Mta works will gradually enter service, first as a grinding unit supplied by imported clinker in 2016. By 2020, it is envisaged to run to full capacity. Output from the plant is destined for the Paris region and transported by road, rail and via the Seine. The Grand Port Maritime du Havre will build a new road on the MTV3 ...

Vicat advances in Turkey and Kazakhstan

07 August 2013, Published under Cement News

Vicat's first-half turnover increased by 1.7 per cent to EUR1147.7m, which amounts to a 3.2 per cent improvement on a comparative basis as the France-based cement producer made notable advances in Turkey and in Kazakhstan. EBITDA edged ahead by 0.4 per cent to EUR201.4m and the margin narrowed only slightly from 17.8 per cent to 17.6 per cent. The trading profit improved 2.4 per cent to EUR107m. After a net financial charge 9.8 per cent higher at EUR21.5m and a 33.8 per cent increase in t...

Lafarge trims market growth outlook, debt reduction goal on track

26 July 2013, Published under Cement News

Lafarge reported a marked rise in 2Q net profit although consolidated sales declined. The company has now trimmed its forecast for cement market growth this year but confirmed its goal to reduce debt to below EUR10bn this year.  EBITDA fell eight per cent to EUR922m and current operating income declined 11 per cent to EUR667m. Net profit in the second quarter came in at EUR201m compared to EUR39m in the same period last year when earnings were hit by exceptional items. Consolidated sal...

Vicat starts production tests for new cement type

21 June 2013, Published under Cement News

France-based cement producer Vicat has started testing to produce a new low-carbon cement, Alpenat, on an industrial scale in its Créchy dans L’Allier factory. After several years of research the group confirms that it has developed a new cement “with a lower carbon footprint and high technical performance”.The new cement is reported to cut CO2 emissions by 30 per cent.  The industrial-scale tests will run for 10 days and the company expects an output of around 10,000t of cement.

A TEC supplies fuel system to Ciments Calcia, France

04 June 2013, Published under Cement News

A TEC GRECO, specialists in combustion engineering, is to supply Ciments Calcia (part of the Italcementi Group) with a natural gas modification kit to be be implemented at its Couvrot cement plant in France. Due to rising fuel oil costs Ciments Calcia decided to change its complete fuel system on the kiln burner at the plant. In September 2012 the new petcoke system was started up in the already-prepared GRECO kiln burner. At the end of the year Ciments Calcia decided to invest in a natur...

Cement demand in Belgium falls 2.2% while imports rise

30 May 2013, Published under Cement News

Cement demand in Belgium declined 2.2 per cent to 6.41Mt but this decrease was well below the European average decline of 18.8 per cent, according to Belgian cement association Febelcem. Febelcem attributes the figure to local elections, which historically boost public works. The non-residential sector also expanded by three per cent thanks to a numbmer of large projects in Mechelen, Ghent and Halle-Vilvoorde. In 2011, cement consumption reached record 6.55Mt. Looking forward, Febelcem...

Lafarge sales down on 1Q weather effect, confirms 2013 goals

07 May 2013, Published under Cement News

Lafarge reported a six per cent decline in sales in the three months to the end of March as it was impacted by harsh winter weather conditions and production issues in Algeria and Egypt. However, the group said its performance and innovations targets remain on track and the company is on course to achieve its net reduction goal of less than EUR10bn this year. First-quarter volumes were notably affected by a particularly long winter in Europe and North America, together with a high 2012 co...

Vicat advances in Asia and Americas

26 April 2013, Published under Cement News

Vicat's first quarter turnover was ahead by 1.2 per cent to EUR491m, which represents an underlying improvement of 2.7 per cent. Cement turnover was up by 1.8 per cent to EUR304m, with cement shipments advancing by eight per cent to 4.1Mt.  Turnover in concrete and aggregates rose by 6.7 per cent to EUR181m as aggregates shipments rose by 10.1 per cent to 4.73Mt and ready-mixed concrete deliveries jumped by 21.7 per cent to 1.8Mm³. Other products and services registered a 0.4 per cent incr...