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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...


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...

Israel: Ashdod Port workers refuse to unload cement

19 July 2016, Published under Cement News

A petition has been filed by the management at Ashdod Port, Israel, against its workers, who refused to unload shipments of cement due to claims that they are understaffed. Port management is trying to enforce conditions laid out in a long-standing agreement which says shipments can be unloaded by just two workers. The workers union has claimed that this is unfair as the agreement was drafted when supertankers did not exist and unloading ships now entails far more work than before. This d...

Israel complaint over Egyptian circumvention of Gaza cement ban

16 May 2016, Published under Cement News

The Israeli government has filed an official complaint with its counterpart in Cairo after Egypt permitted the import of cement into Gaza, reports the Middle East Monitor. News services report that this has provoked considerable anger within the Israeli security establishment, who view the Egyptian move as running counter to its efforts at collaboration with the Palestinian Authority. They also point out that it may violate a UN agreement whereby the international body monitors cement use...

Pressure put on HeidelbergCement to close West Bank quarry

06 May 2016, Published under Cement News

Germany's HeidelbergCement is looking for a new site in the Israeli-occupied West Bank following long-standing criticism from investors about its operations in parts of the territory that are fully under Israel's control. HeidelbergCement excavates sand and gravel in the West Bank's resource-rich Area C, which is administered by Israel and is home to the vast majority of Jewish settlements. The Palestinians want all of the West Bank, including Area C, which accounts for 60 per cent of the ...

Israel imposes partial freeze on cement transfers to Gaza

05 April 2016, Published under Cement News

Israel has halted some cement imports to the Gaza Strip after it emerged that parts of the shipments were being retained by Hamas officials. The Times of Israel reports that the freeze on cement imports – which does not affect imports bound for public sector programmes – was imposed on Sunday, 3 April 2016. Israel has previously imposed stoppages on cement imports to Gaza over concerns that material was being diverted to build tunnels across the border. In a statement released on Monda...