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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...

CRH and HeidelbergCement named in West Bank lawsuit

31 March 2016, Published under Cement News

CRH and HeidelbergCement are among a number of defendants named in a US$34.5bn lawsuit brought on behalf of Palestinians by US lawyers in Washington DC. The case, which was lodged earlier in March, alleges that both firms were among a number of companies and individuals that engaged in "profiteering" from the building of Jewish settlements in the West Bank, the Irish Times reports. The newspaper noted that CRH sold its stake in Israeli cement company Nesher in January and no longer had...

Israel: government notifies Nesher on price cut

29 February 2016, Published under Cement News

The government of Israel has notified Nesher Cement Enterprises Ltd that it must cut prices due to lower-priced inputs, local press have reported. Following a drop in the prices of raw materials for making cement, mainly oil prices, the Ministers of Finance and the Economy notified Nesher Israel Cement Enterprises Ltd of a 5.35 per cent cut in the price of cement. The revision was according to a procedure stipulated in the arrangement with Nesher signed in September 2014. The Ministry of F...

CRH exits Israeli operations

12 January 2016, Published under Cement News

CRH confirmed it has exited the Israeli market, having sold its 25 per cent equity stake in its Israeli operations. Nesher Cement is majority-owned by Clal Industries (75 per cent) with CRH having held the remaining shares via holding company, Mashav. The boycott, divestment and sanctions (BDS) movement has been campaigning for CRH to sell its stake in Nesher Cement because its supplies cement used in the construction of Israel’s apartheid wall and settlements on occupied Pal...

Israel allows 1120t of cement to enter Gaza

26 November 2014, Published under Cement News

Palestinian officials say the amount of the cement Israel has allowed into the Gaza Strip is not enough for rebuilding the strip following Israel’s 50-day war against the enclave. They maintain that 100 trucks of building materials a day are needed to rebuild Gaza Strip within three years. Raed Fatuh, the Palestinian Authority official in charge of the entry of goods into Gaza through the Kerem Shalom border crossing, said 28 trucks, each loaded with 40t of cement, crossed into the coastal...

Israel: antitrust moves to increase competition

29 July 2014, Published under Cement News

Israel’s antitrust authority is taking steps to introduce competition in the domestic cement market by calling on the country’s dominant producer to make a plant disposal or adjust discounts to its largest customers. Antitrust Commissioner David Gilo has outlined plans to force Nesher to sell its Har Tov plant which produces about 1Mta of cement and accounts for about 30 per cent of domestic sales. Should Nesher fail to sell the cement works, the company would have to drop the discounts it...

Israel: CRH mulls disposal of Nesher cement stake

24 March 2014, Published under Cement News

CRH Group is considering the sale of its 25 per cent stake in Mashav, the holding company for Nesher cement, Israel, which the Irish group acquired in 2001, reports The Sunday Independent. Newly arrived CEO, Albert Manifold, is carrying out a comprehensive review of the company’s businesses and has so far identified 45 that will be put up for sale. In a recent Annual Report filed in the US, CRH wrote of the 25 per cent stake in Mashav, prompting speculation that CRH will seek to offload the...