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UltraTech seen posting 8% YoY net profit rise

18 July 2012, Published under Cement News

UltraTech Cement is expected to post an 8% YoY rise in net profit for the first quarter of fiscal year 2012-13 (FY12-13) on the back of better sales realisation and a low base effect, an average estimate of 21 brokerages showed. Net sales are seen rising 15 per cent to INR49.98bn for the country’s largest cement producer. "We expect Q1FY13 (Apr-Jun) to be yet another strong quarter for cement companies," ICICI Securities said in a pre-earnings note. "Average all-India cement prices are ex...

Assam cement producers cut prices, India

17 July 2012, Published under Cement News

Cement producers in the northeastern Indian state of Assam have cut prices by 7-8 per cent per bag, according to reports in the Economic Times of India. The newspaper writes that manufacturers based in Assam have been criticized for not lowering prices despite enjoying subsidies under the North East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policiy (NEIIPP) 2007. Cement prices have now dropped in the range of INR25-30/bag. Leading cement companies – which have been selling cement at INR370 /...

Coal India threatens to cut supplies to four UltraTech Cement power plants

16 July 2012, Published under Cement News

Coal India has threatened to cut supplies to four of UltraTech Cement’s captive power plants located in the Indian states of Rajasthan, Chhattisgarh and Madhya Pradesh. DNA India reported that last week, Coal India wrote to 16 captive power plants, including the UltraTech facilities, threatening to break long-term linkages. These units were found to be incomplete when a meeting of the Standing Linkage Committee reviewed their implementation status, officials of Coal India Ltd (CIL) said. ...

Madras Cements boosts grinding and power generation capacity

11 July 2012, Published under Cement News

India-based producer Madras Cements is currently in the process of increasing grinding capacity at two of its cement works while two power generation projects are set to become operational in the current quarter. The company notes in its 2011-12 annual report that is Ramasamy Raja Nagar plant is in the process of installing a roll press to increase cement grinding capacity from 210tph to 260pth. The project is expected to be commissioned in March 2013. Meanwhile, at its Salem grinding ...

Shriram aims to raise Jayajothi Cements’ utilisation

10 July 2012, Published under Cement News

Indian engineering company Shriram EPC, which earlier this year acquired a majority stake in Sree Jayajothi Cements, plans to raise the cement plant’s capacity utilisation to 100 per cent.  In March this year, Shriram EPC was forced to buy the 70 per cent stake in its debtor Sree Jayajothi Cements which couldn't pay back its dues. Shriram's debt was converted to equity. Jayajothi Cements currently has a 3.2Mta integrated works situated in Kurnool district in Andhra Pradesh, southeast Indi...

Pakistan cuts Indian cement export prices

10 July 2012, Published under Cement News

Pakistan cement producers have cut export prices for India by 13 per cent due to currency movements. The Business Recorder of Pakistan reports that due to the depreciation of the Pakistan rupee, cement producers have reduced export prices by US$/9/t. As such, cement is now being exported to India at an average price of US$60/t compared to US$69/t previously. Market sources said this will help capture the Indian export market which holds much potential despite challenges such as transpo...

Holcim: June '12

06 July 2012, Published under Cement News

Holcim's two main Indian subsidiaries, Ambuja Cements and ACC Limited, have been fined at total of approximately EUR325m, or INR2301 crores, by the Honourable Competition Commission of India. This represents some 36 per cent of the total INR6304 crores (EUR891m) levied on eleven leading Indian cement producers. The fines have been based on the profits generated in 2009/10 and in 2010/11 and the biggest fines were imposed Holcim and UltraTech, while Lafarge and a further six domestically con...

Pakistan’s full-year domestic dispatches rise 8.84%

06 July 2012, Published under Cement News

Pakistan has closed fiscal year 2011-12 (FY11-12) with an 8.84 per cent YoY rise in local dispatches, however exports for the year have seen their third successive year of decline and capacity utilisation remains under pressure. Domestic dispatches for the fiscal year, which ended on 30 June 2012, reached  a record 23.947Mt, data from the All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA) shows. However, exports declined by 9.12 per cent to 8.568Mt, marking the third consecutive yea...

L&T files for arbitration proceedings against Zuari Cement, India

06 July 2012, Published under Cement News

Engineering and construction company Larsen & Toubro (L&T) has filed for arbitration proceedings against Zuari Cement, a fully-owned subsidiary of Italcementi, to claim INR188.53 crore in alleged unpaid bills and payment delays, The Indian Express reports "They haven't paid us for the INR269.74 crore civil construction work to build a cement plant in Yerraguntla, Andhra Pradesh, and we have started arbitration proceedings against them," K Jagannathan, legal head at L&T's engineering and con...

Brazil competition authority approves Camargo purchase of Cimpor

05 July 2012, Published under Cement News

Brazil’s competition authority CADE has approved Camargo Correa’s purchase of a controlling stake in Portuguese cement producer Cimpor, subject to several conditions. The main condition set by the regulator is that Votorantim, Camargo’s competitor on the Brazilian market, sells its stake in Cimpor. Votorantim and Camargo Correa both bought shares in Cimpor in 2010. Through their shareholdings in Cimpor, both Camargo Correa and Votorantim increased their share of Brazil's market. Cade als...