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Steppe Cement completes commissioning of Line 5

04 March 2014, Published under Cement News

Steppe Cement Ltd announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, Karcement JSC, has successfully completed the commissioning of the new dry-process Line 5 in Kazakhstan. The new kiln line  is expected to increase Steppe Cement Group's cement production capacity by an additional 1.2Mta. "In view of the successful completion, Steppe Cement Group, its board of directors and management wish to congratulate all employees for their commendable efforts especially during the cold winter season whic...

Kazakhstan set to see the launch of two new plants in 2014

17 January 2014, Published under Cement News

Two new plants are set to be launched in Kazakhstan's southwestern and northern regions this year, helping the central Asian country achieve its aim of self-sufficiency in cement supply. “The launch of new production facilities — Caspiycement in the Mangistau region (1Mta) and Kokshecement in the Akmola region (2Mta) — will allow to completely refuse from cement imports, increase cement export, and curb seasonal price increases for cement in the west and north of Kazakhstan,” a spokespers...

Steppe Cement revenue rises as Kazakh demand rises 13%

16 January 2014, Published under Cement News

Kazakhstan producer Steppe Cement said its 2013 revenue was 8.7 per cent higher YoY, as demand in the central Asian country increased by an estimated 13 per cent to 8.1Mt during 2013. The company generated revenues of KZT19.47bn during the year, up from KTZ17.91bn in 2012. Cement sales reached 1.37Mt, up from 1.35Mt in 2012m an increase of 1.3 per cent. Steppe said this gave it a market share of 17 per cent. The average price for delivered cement, excluding VAT, was KZT14,425/t, comp...

Italcementi breaks ground on new Kazakh kiln line

10 December 2013, Published under Cement News

The Italcementi group has held a groundbreaking ceremony for a new kiln line at its Shymkent Cement in south Kazakhstan. Plant managing director, Gabriel Morin, said the capacity of the new dry-process cement line would be 1.2Mta. The project will take 20 months to complete, Kazakhstan General Newswire reported. "The new cement making technology line is expected to produce first clinker in mid-2015." After the launch of the new line, the old kiln will be shut down, Shymkent Cement's genera...

BTA Bank to finance Standard Cement new line

23 October 2013, Published under Cement News

BTA Bank JSC will act as the main creditor for the construction of Standard Cement factory's second production line in southern Kazakhstan. The funds will be used to acquire equipment for the dry-process line, a statement released on 21 October said. The new 1Mta line will be supplied by Tianjin Cement Industry Research and Design Institute of China. Construction and assembling works will financed by the cement producer. Standard Cement currently operates a 1.2Mta plant on Sairam village....

Steppe Cement revises Kazakh full-year market outlook

08 October 2013, Published under Cement News

Steppe Cement Ltd said Tuesday its third-quarter 2013 revenue was slightly ahead on the same period of last year and has upwardly revised its outlook for full-year Kazakhstan cement demand. For the three months to the end of September the company reported revenues of  KZT7.24bn (US$46.9m), a marginal 0.13 per cent increase on the KZT7.23bn achieved in the corresponding quarter of 2012. For the nine months ended 30 September, Steppe Cement recorded revenue of KZT15.39bn compared to KZT14.9...

Hamzah lifts stake in Steppe Cement to 23 per cent

04 October 2013, Published under Cement News

Kazakh-based Steppe Cement Ltd said Friday that Halfmoon Bay Capital Ltd has acquired 1.25 million shares, raising the total interests controlled by significant shareholder Azmi Wan Hamzah from 49.13 million shares to 50.38 million shares, or 23 per cent.

Steppe Cement 1H13 profit rises to US$3.8m

17 September 2013, Published under Cement News

Steppe Cement Ltd posted an increased pretax profit during the first six months of the year of US$3.8m compared with US$391,000 a year earlier. Revenue rose to US$54.3m versus US$52.2m while operating income was up to US$6.2m versus US$3.2m. Net profit attributable to shareholders swung to a profit of US$2.2m versus a loss US$109,000 in the same period a year earlier. Sales volumes, however, fell by 8.3 per cent to 564,440t versus 615,838t in the first six months of 2012. The average sale...

Fitch Ratings affirms and withdraws Central Asia Cement’s rating

13 September 2013, Published under Cement News

Fitch Ratings has affirmed and simultaneously withdrawn Central Asia Cement's (CAC) National Long-Term Rating at 'BB-(kaz)' with Positive Outlook and senior unsecured bond rating at 'B(kaz)'. Fitch says it will no longer have sufficient information to maintain the ratings, as CAC has chosen to stop participating in the rating process. "Accordingly, Fitch will no longer provide ratings or analytical coverage for CAC," said Fitch in a statement. Key rating drivers include the bouyant Ka...

Steppe Cement 1H turnover boosted by higher prices

10 July 2013, Published under Cement News

In the first half of the year, Kazakhstan-based cement producer Steppe Cement reported an eight per cent decline in volumes YoY but turnover rose by six per cent thanks to higher prices. During the January-June 2013 period, the company sold 564,440t of cement compared with 615,838t in the first half of 2012. Overall sales in Kazakhstan rose by 11 per cent during the period an the share of imports rose marginally from 14 to 15 per cent. Steppe Cement saw its market share drop from 19 p...