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Sumitomo Osaka to expand Kochi plant, Japan

18 August 2015, Published under Cement News

Sumitomo Osaka Cement Co said Monday it will spend JPY2.6bn (US$21m) to expand facilities at its plant in the city of Susaki, Kochi Prefecture, western Japan, according to local press reports. Upon completion of the project in January 2017, capacity at the plant will be boosted by 0.2Mta to 0.5Mta, the company said. Sumitomo Osaka Cement is seeking to ensure stable supplies of the materials as demand is seen increasing in the Kanto eastern region on the back of construction projects relate...

Taiheiyo Cement's Singapore additions

10 June 2015, Published under Cement News

Taiheiyo Cement, which operates a cement terminal in Singapore through Singapore Cement Manufacturing (SCMC), a joint venture with Singapore-based Hong Leong Asia Ltd, announced the completion of a new 24,000t cement silo at SCMC's cement terminal. Infrastructure investment, including subway and highway construction, is driving the robust cement market in Singapore and fueling demand for low-heat-type cement as a way to prevent thermal cracking in concrete structures with large cross-sect...

Japan: positive export pricing & volume trends continue

20 April 2015, Published under Cement News

Fiscal 2015 export price negotiations between major Japanese cement producers and customers in Asia have concluded with prices remaining virtually unchanged from the high level of fiscal 2014 on the back of robust demand, according to a Nikkei report. Annual contract prices are negotiated each spring by cement producers led by Ube-Mitsubishi Cement, Taiheiyo Cement and SumitomoOsaka Cement. This year's round of negotiations has resulted in a contract price of US$40-45/t, an increase of US$1...

Japanese producers increase exports

13 February 2015, Published under Cement News

Japanese cement producers have increased export levels in a bid to help offset a slowdown in domestic consumption due to a slump in housing investment. According to the Japanese Cement Association, the country’s exports rose by four per cent to 9.11Mt in 2014, marking the first increase in six years. A Nikkei Report stated that Japanese cement makers are heightening exports to tighten the supply-demand balance. Local producers had initially expected domestic demand would increase due to ...

Concerns raised by South Korean imports of Japanese coal

23 October 2014, Published under Cement News

Lee In-young, an opposition spokesman for the New Politics Alliance for Democracy party and member of the National Assembly's Environment Labour Committee, has raised concerns over radioactive-contaminated coal bought by South Korean cement firms.   The  Environment Ministry received data that between 2011 to 2013 Sangyong Cement Industrial, Tongyang Cement and Energy, Lafarge Halla Cement and Hanil Cement received waste coal from the Japanese government, which was used in the production ...

R&I upgrades Taiheiyo to BBB+

28 August 2014, Published under Cement News

Rating and Investment Information Inc (R&I) has upgraded Taiheiyo Cement to to BBB+ from BBB. The outlook is ‘Stable’. The ratings agency notes that after seeing demand plummet in key markets of Japan and the US in FY09 (ended March 2010), Taiheiyo Cement has since improved its cost structure by slashing fixed expenses through the streamlining of its production and supply structure and reducing variable expenses through the use of recycled raw and fuel materials. “This, coupled with an...

Sumitomo Osaka eyes 20% rise in operating profit on Olympic boost

26 February 2014, Published under Cement News

Sumitomo Osaka Cement expects to generate consolidated operating profit of JPY25bn (US$241.57m) by fiscal 2016 by benefitting from increased construction demand for projects related to the 2020 Olympics, a Nikkei Report stated quoting company President Fukuichi Sekine. This would mark a 20 per cent jump from the current fiscal year's expected profit of JPY21bn. Tokyo’s success in being awarded for the 2020 Olympics is expected to become a positive catalyst for cement demand. The government...

Japanese producers to increase shipping capabilities

30 December 2013, Published under Cement News

Three major Japanese cement producers plan to increase their shipping capacity for the distribution of cement throughout the country to meet current and expected increases in demand. According to a recent Nikkei report, Sumitomo Oskaka Cement will spend JPY6.8bn on a new 8000t ship in February, followed by two 2000t ships and a 5500t ship after April 2015. Despite decommissioning three older vessels, its total fleet will expand to 20 ships with a combined capacity of 93,000t compared to t...

Japanese cement producers hike prices

18 September 2013, Published under Cement News

Prices for building materials in Japan, including cement, are being hiked on the back of post-earthquake reconstruction projects, and robust demand for condominiums and other buildings. According to reports by the Nikkei, some of Japan’s leading cement producers Taiheiyo Cement Corp, Ube Mistubishi Cement Corp and Sumitomo Osaka Cement Co, have announced price hikes of about nine per cent next months. Building materials manufacturers are also confident on the demand outlook following Tokyo...

Japanese producers see strong first quarter

06 August 2013, Published under Cement News

Two of Japan’s leading cement producers are expected to post higher first-quarter profit supported by cement demand for earthquake rebuilding efforts. The country’s largest cement producer, Taiheiyo Cement, is seen posting roughly JPY5bn (US$50.8m) in pretax profit for the April-June quarter, compared with a year-earlier loss of JPY4.2bn, marking the company’s first pretax rise in six years. The Nikkei reports that sales likely increased by 10 per cent YoY to about JPY190bn as shipments to...