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Nesher Cement receives approval for AF use

06 July 2020, Published under Cement News

Israel’s Environmental Protection Ministry has approved Nesher Cement’s revised emissions permit, which will see the company replace some of its raw materials with waste. It will also use waste as fuel to reduce its dependence on petcoke. The approval comes despite protests from environmental advocacy organisation Adam Teva V’Din, which alleged that the request for permit changes reflected no effort to evaluate the expected emissions of dangerous metals, volatile organic compounds, dioxins...

Israel's Economy Minister seeks higher import tariff

22 June 2020, Published under Cement News

Israel’s Minister of Economy, Amir Peretz, announced on Friday that he intended to raise the tariff on imported cement from 0.25 per cent to 17.25 per cent, according to The Times of Israel. However, the motion was blocked by the Finance Minister, who must approve the move. Mr Peretz explained his intentions by noting that cement was being sold to Israel at dumping prices, which are harming the local industry. The low prices had also not brought down housing costs. Nesher, Israel’s mai...

Israel to readmit cement into Gaza

17 March 2020, Published under Cement News

The Israeli authorities have decided to allow the entry of cement in the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom (Karm Abu Salem) commercial crossing, according to the Palestinian Authority. Israel had previously blocked the entry of cement into Gaza and hundreds of factories have closed as a result of a lack of raw materials entering Gaza.

Israel allows temporary cement supply into Gaza Strip

29 January 2020, Published under Cement News

Israel will temporarily allow the supply of cement and tyres to the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom trade crossing under Israeli control, according to a senior official. Deliveries would be allowed from Tuesday evening to Wednesday morning. "We hope it will be permanent and not temporary," said Jihad Isleem, spokesperson for the private sector association in Gaza. Israel has banned deliveries of cement and other raw materials to Gaza, arguing that activists used them to produce weapo...

Nesher Cement considering Haifa closure

03 May 2019, Published under Cement News

Israeli cement producer is looking at closing its Haifa plant and moving jobs to Turkey, according to Globes. Last year the company dismissed 40 employees and is reportedly considering further lay-offs and reductions in its activity through Israel, including shutting down its Haifa works. The company’s profit declined sharply last year. In addition, the domestic cement industry is expected to continue to be challenged by large-scale cheap cement imports from Turkey. Imported cement acc...

Vicat

04 February 2019, Published under Cement News

Vicat subsidiary Sinai Cement is to invest up to a further EUR30m to meet the increasing demand for the company’s products. In Brazil Vicat has completed the purchase of a 64.74 per cent interest in Cimento Planalto, which operates a 3.2Mta cement works near Brasilia, nine ready-mixed concrete plants and five sites for extracting aggregates.  

Har Tuv Cement plant to face closure?

18 January 2019, Published under Cement News

Har Tuv Cement Ltd is reported to face the closure of its cement plant near Beit Shemesh, Israel. Reduced exports and an increase in competition in the local market due to Turkish and Greek cement imports were quoted by Israel Valley by as the main reasons for the challenges faced by the cement works. Har Tuv Cement Ltd operates a 1Mta integrated cement works. Until 2015 it was owned by market leader Nesher Israel Cement Enterprises, but the Director of the Antitrust Authority, Prof Davi...

Nesher dismisses one-third of Haifa workforce

28 November 2018, Published under Cement News

Nesher Israel Cement Enterprises laid of 20 workers at its Haifa cement plant – around a third of the site’s workforce, due to a decline in output. Israel’s largest cement producers is reportedly undergoing further downsizing with further steps expected at its Ramla works. The dismissals come in the wake of the entry of cheap cement from Turkey and Greece, which has seen Hartuv Cement come under considerable pressure. "From a market share of 75 per cent we have fallen to 65 per cent. I...

West Bank case against CRH thrown out by Washington DC court

07 September 2017, Published under Cement News

A US$34bn US lawsuit launched last year by Palestinian activists against dozens of companies including Ireland's CRH, has been dismissed by a Washington DC court, the Irish Independent reports. The activists had tried to sue about 40 defendants for alleged "profiteering" related to the construction of Jewish settlements in the West Bank. The companies sued ranged from Hewlett-Packard, Volvo and Motorola, to security firm G4S. Last year, and prior to the lawsuit being launched, CRH sold its...

Gaza receives Saudi Arabian housing aid and Israeli cement

24 March 2017, Published under Cement News

Saudi Arabia has contributed US$80m towards reconstructing Gaza homes destroyed during the 2014 Israeli military bombing, Minister of Housing, Mufeed Hasayneh, said on Thursday. He told a press conference in Gaza that US$40m will be disbursed in cooperation with the United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees (UNRWA) to 1300 beneficiaries, while US$10m of the remaining US$40m will go toward reconstructing 274 homes in coordination with the United Nations Development Progr...