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Germany's housing benefits

26 October 2015, Published under Cement News

Following last year’s recovery in German cement demand, a subdued start to 2015 means growth is likely to peter out. Housebuilding continues to recover from a low base, but the outlook for industrial construction appears downbeat. On the corporate front, M&A activity and asset swaps by European majors have led to some German plants now being under new management. German housing continues its recovery and increases its share of German construction activity The German economy grew...

India moves towards ending coal monopoly

21 October 2014, Published under Cement News

The Indian government has taken a cautious step towards ending the coal monopoly as its plans to allow private players to mine and sell coal, a move that is expected to benefit cement companies amongst others. The cabinet has approved auction of 74 of the recently-cancelled 204 coal blocks in the next 3-4 months. While state-owned companies will be allocated coal blocks on a priority basis and will not have to bid in the auction, private companies will be able for the first time to buy bl...

Harnessing potential

28 August 2014, Published under Cement News

Ahead of next month’s XXXI FICEM Technical Congress in the Dominican Republic, ICR speaks with the country’s cement association, Adocem, to learn more about its hopes for continued recovery in domestic demand, the importance of exports given the current overcapacity situation and the strides being made by local producers in sustainable cement production. Dominican Republic cement producers enjoyed the benefits of an expanding cement market last year. Pictured: Domicem’s Sabana Gran...

Egypt: Gas prices increase for cement firms

07 July 2014, Published under Cement News

The government has raised gas prices for Egyptian cement factories to US$8/m British Thermal Units (BTUs) compared to US$6 previously, while fuel oil increased from EGP1500/t (US$209.8/t) to EGP2250/t (US$314.7/t). An official cement company spokesperson anticipated cement prices to increase in the coming days due to higher production costs. A number of cement companies operating in Egypt are looking to use coal as an alternative source of energy this year. “Energy represents 60 per cent o...

Waiting for the light

19 November 2013, Published under Cement News

With cement demand growth slipping below six per cent in 2012, India appears to have fallen short of expectations, in spite of remaining a high-growth market by global standards. As the NCB prepares for its 13th International Seminar on Cement and Building Materials on 19-22 November in New Delhi, ICR looks at the prospects of India’s cement sector. The beginning of 2013 proved a challenging time for the Indian cement sector. As production capacity continues to rise, the industry i...

What price for a kingdom?

11 November 2013, Published under Cement News

Fuelled by strong demographic growth and high oil prices, the Saudi Arabian government is currently on a US$219bn infrastructure spending spree. With cement demand expected to hit 64Mt by 2014, capacity is now being ramped up with expansion plans by existing producers and the arrival of new players. But with a question mark hanging over the country’s fuel supply, the ability to meet this demand long-term remains uncertain. Modern architectural buildings are already beginning to mix wi...

Emerging markets continue to play key role in global energy prices

15 February 2013, Published under Cement News

With a sluggish US economy where the fiscal cliff remains a major concern in 1H13 and a recession-hit Eurozone burdened by unaffordable energy import costs, it is clear that most support for global oil demand hinges on the consumption of emerging markets. The economic benefits of globalisation, urbanization and industrialization have led to major advances in productivity, positively impacting on oil demand in these parts of the world. As the world oil demand improves gradually, non-OPEC s...

Egypt: signs of stability despite political unrest

11 February 2013, Published under Cement News

Despite recent news reports of political tension in Egypt, there are some positive signs in the country's cement market that demand is recovering after two difficult years. The latest figures indicate that last year cement demand expanded by around five per cent, just surpassing the 51Mt mark, a growth rate not seen since 2009. In 2011, consumption fell 1.7 per cent to 48.69Mt while prices contracted 10 per cent.   During these the past two years, the entry of new companies has provided new ...

Egypt's cement sector faces decline in natural gas supply

30 January 2013, Published under Cement News

In a filing sent to the Egyptian Exchange, Suez Cement reported that Egypt's cement sector is facing a decline in natural gas supply below normal levels. Nevertheless, it said this has not affected the deliveries at its plants because of the group's strategic inventory of clinker. The Ministry of Trade and Industry announced on 20 January 2013 said that it would hike prices of heavy  fuel oil (HFO), for the cement and ceramics industries by 50 per cent to US$225/t from US$150/t. This come...

Egypt: National Cement denies production stoppage due to high energy prices

10 January 2013, Published under Cement News

National Cement  denied news claiming that company"s operations will be halted due to higher gas and mazout prices. The company added, in a release responding to Egyptian Stock Exchange inquiries that, this news is totally untrue. The company pointed out that, it is studying means of using alternative fuel in production.