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Indian event highlights role of calcined clay cement

27 June 2022, Published under Cement News

The best way forward is to adopt transformative technologies that help decarbonise the cement industry, according to a number of stakeholders who gathered for the 24th "trialogue 2047" hosted by Development Alternatives (DA) in New Delhi, India on 24 June 2022. The event brought together representatives from the cement industry, government, institutions, civil society and academia to discuss the urgent need for decarbonisation. Limestone calcined clay cement (LC3) is seen as a major innov...

Gujarat Sidhee Cement temporarily stops kiln

23 June 2022, Published under Cement News

India-based Gujarat Sidhee Cement Ltd said it has stopped the kiln at its Sidheegram plant for 15-20 days. The stop has been attributed to the plant’s high clinker inventory. Cement grinding and dispatches will continue, according to Reuters.

Kesoram to boost cement capacity to 15Mta

22 June 2022, Published under Cement News

Kesoram Industries Ltd, part of the B K Birla Group, announced that its plans to increase its cement production capacity to 15Mta from 11Mta. The expansion plan will take 3-4 years to complete, according Mr P Radhakrishnan, whole-time director and CEO of Kesoram industries. The increase is cement capacity represents an investment of INR3.5bn-5bn (US$44.8m-64m). Kesoram Industries planned to increase capacity by 1Mta by debottlenecking and then add a kiln to the existing facility to decre...

India on the recovery path

20 June 2022, Published under Cement News

India’s cement industry made a strong comeback in 2021 as the economy started showing a visible post-COVID-19 recovery. The sector posted steep YoY growth of 21 per cent – a level not seen in recent decades – pushing overall production to above pre-pandemic levels. However, sustaining the situation through 2022 may prove challenging. As the Indian economy commenced its post-COVID-19 recovery, cement demand has returned. However, the strong YoY growth may not be sustainable Va...

Pakistan cement market to contract by 10%

17 June 2022, Published under Cement News

Based on cement dispatches over the first 11 months, Pakistan’s cement market is expected to contract by 10 per cent in FY22 (ending 30 June), compared to FY21, according to a report in the Business Recorder. This is in stark contrast to the 10-15 per cent growth forecast by the industry. Much of that predicted growth was dependent on the country’s massive infrastructure and power projects, along with the government’s Pakistan Housing Plan. But in reality domestic demand has remained low wit...

GDP recovery fuelling Indian cement demand

17 June 2022, Published under Cement News

Cement demand in India is expected to rise by mid-to-high single digits in the medium term, according to Fitch Ratings. This follows an estimated mid-teen rebound in FY22, compared to FY21 which saw a mid-single digit decline due to the pandemic. An 8.7 per cent recovery in the economy in FY22 is forecast to underpin growth across various construction sectors with cement demand in the infrastructure and affordable housing markets expected to see low double-digit growth on the back of high...

DG Khan set for US exports

15 June 2022, Published under Cement News

Pakistan-based DG Khan Cement Co will be exporting 50,000t of cement to the USA for the first time. “A ship, Tomini Felicity, is presently loading cement at KPT in 1.5t jumbo bags destined for Houston, Texas USA,” Fareed Fazal, DG Khan director, said. The shipment is part of a contract that will see the cement producer export 100,000tpd to Texas after concluding a deal in August 2021, when Mr Fazal visited the US. Following the deal, there was a 10-month process to obtain the necessary ce...

Adani Group in discussions to raise US$4.5bn

13 June 2022, Published under Cement News

Following its acquisition of Holcim’s business in India, the Adani Group is in discussions with more than a dozen foreign banks in a bid to raise US$4.5bn. According to The Economic Times, this marks one of the largest loan-based fundraisings in foreign currency by an Indian corporate entity. The proposed loan structures include mezzanine financing, stock-backed bridge loans to be repaid in cash, and a senior debt facility for 18 months. The mezzanine financing may raise US$1bn, while the...

Ramco Cements announces capex and price rise

09 June 2022, Published under Cement News

Ramco Cements has announced capex of INR12-13bn (US$154-167m) to expand its production capacity over the next two years. At its Kurnool plant, trial production of clinker is now underway and with this, clinker capacity has expanded to 13.65Mta. The cement grinding facility, 6MW waste heat recovery system (WHRS), and an 18MW thermal power plant (TPP) are due to be commissioned during 2QFY23, according to the Financial Express. An additional 1-1.5Mta of grinding capacity is also planned in K...

UltraTech explores electrification to reduce CO2 emissions

09 June 2022, Published under Cement News

UltraTech Cement Ltd has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Coolbrook to explore how electrification of the cement kiln heating process can help reduce CO 2 emissions. Coolbrook, a transformational technology and engineering company, will be looking at how its Roto Dynamic Heater (RDH) can be used to deliver temperatures of up to 1700˚C with high energy efficiency, thereby enabling its use in processes that have previously been considered impossible to electrify.    When power...