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Bangladesh's cement sector sees signs of recovery in demand

17 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Premier Cement of Bangladesh has reported that the cement sector has been showing some signs of recovery for the last two months, despite the coronavirus pandemic. The sector had been reeling from the unprecedented collapse in demand in April and May because of the pandemic, which hammered activity and brought the construction sector to a grinding halt. However, activity has begun to pick up and are now back almost to the pre-pandemic level in June and July. "The economic front of a develo...

NTPC begins the bulk supply of fly ash from new unit

17 August 2020, Published under Cement News

NTPC, India’s largest energy conglomerate, has begun the bulk supply of fly ash to cement plants from its new Rihand project in Uttar Pradesh. "NTPC Ltd has developed an infrastructure at Rihand project in Uttar Pradesh to transport fly ash in bulk to cement plants, located at distance, at a cheaper cost," said a company statement. The development is in line with the company’s commitment towards 100 per cent utilisation of fly ash from power plants.

JK Lakshmi Cement reports 6% dip in net profit

14 August 2020, Published under Cement News

India’s JK Lakshmi Cement saw a 5.8 per cent YoY decline in consolidated net profit to INR506.3m (US$6.76m) for the June quarter, against INR537.5m in the year-ago period. Revenue from operations also fell 19.8 per cent YoY to INR9.12bn from INR11.36bn in the 1QFY19-20. "Sales volume was severely impacted by lockdown restrictions during most part of the quarter [...] resulting in sales volume plunging by 18 per cent in Apr-June 2020 over Apr-June 2019,” said the company. However, on a ...

Ramco Cements aims to be debt-free in three years

14 August 2020, Published under Cement News

India’s Ramco Cements has announced plans to become debt-free in three years, while noting that FY20-21 will be a challenging year for the company. "While the initial few months were impacted by COVID-19 related lockdown, the remaining months would see slower pick up as majority of Government spending gets channelised towards healthcare and supporting weaker sections of society," said A V Dharmakrishnan, CEO. "Our priorities will be to efficiently market products and to become a debt-free ...

Chairman reflects on tough period at UltraTech Cement's AGM

13 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Kumar Mangalam Birla, chairman of UltraTech Cement (Aditya Birla Group), opened the 20th Annual General Meeting on 12 August 2020, via video conferencing and reflected on the company's 1Q20-21 performance. Mr Mangalam Birla said the company's annual report's theme this year was 'Tough times don’t last; tough companies do'. "And your company is as tough as it gets!" he added. He announced that UltraTech's net sales in 1Q20-21 reached INR75.63bn (US$1.01bn), compared to INR112.29bn in the...

Pakistan cement production witnessed a mixed trend in FY19-20

13 August 2020, Published under Cement News

The output of Pakistan's large-scale manufacturing industries (LSMIs) declined by 10.2 per cent in the previous fiscal year, FY19-20, compared to FY18-19, as almost all of the major manufacturing sectors posted negative growth, according to the data released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS). According to provisional quantum index numbers of large-scale manufacturing industries (QIM), the LSMI output declined by 7.7 per cent in June 2020, compared to June 2019, and increased by 16.8...

Star Cement reports 36% fall in total income

13 August 2020, Published under Cement News

India’s Star Cement has reported a 36.4 per cent YoY fall in total income to INR2.98bn (U$39.77m) in the first quarter of the FY20-21, compared with INR4.68bn in the year-ago period. The company’s net profit also decreased 48.4 per cent YoY to INR433m from INR838.8m in the year-ago period.

Shree Cement sees 14% fall in net profit

12 August 2020, Published under Cement News

India’s Shree Cement has seen a 13.5 per cent YoY fall in net profit to INR3.3bn (US$44.17m) for the June quarter of FY20-21, compared with INR3.82bn in the year-ago period. Revenue also declined 24 per cent to INR24.8bn from INR33.02bn. However, expenses also decreased 25 per cent to INR21.63bn due to lower raw materials costs. The company’s EBITDA dropped 22 per cent YoY to INR7bn, while EBITDA/t finished at INR14.22bn.

Bangladesh's raw material imports decline 13%

11 August 2020, Published under Cement News

The value of raw material imports for Bangladesh’s cement industry fell almost 13 per cent YoY to BDT64.81bn (US$764.1m) in the FY19-20, on the back of a stagnation in construction activities due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Businesses imported 18.6Mt of cement clinker, granulated slag, limestone flux and gypsum in the last fiscal year, down from 20.99Mt a year ago, according to the Chattogram Custom House. Most of the materials came through the Chattogram port from Thailand, Vietnam and Chin...

Birla Corp to expand Durgapur grinding unit

10 August 2020, Published under Cement News

India's Birla Corp, owned by MP Birla Group plans to expand the existing capacity of its grinding plant at West Bengal’s Durgapur by installing an INR725.7m (US$9.69m) cement grinding unit. The company said that the demand of premium slag-based cement in the eastern region is expected to be robust and therefore, it would require extra grinding capacity. "The board of directors of the company at their meeting held today approved the proposal to carry out the expansion of existing capacity of...