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UltraTech to bid for Lafarge Holcim assets?

15 October 2014, Published under Cement News

UltraTech Cement is reportedly eyeing cement assets being put on the block by Holcim and Lafarge ahead of their planned merge Local press have speculated that the Aditya Birla group company is more interested in Holcim and Lafarge's assets in emerging countries, particularly in Latin America. Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla is leading the bid preparations, a source familiar with the deal told The Times of India.

Venezuela: final compensation installment delayed

06 October 2014, Published under Cement News

Holcim is yet to receive the last compensation installment in connection with the nationalisation of Holcim Venezuela in 2008, the company said in a statement today. Corporación Socialista Del Cemento, SA, which is operating the former Holcim plant, has not transferred the remaining compensation amount of USD$97.5m due on 10 September 2014. The Swiss cement major said it is in contact with the relevant parties in Venezuela to address this situation and, if necessary, "will pursue all lega...

Cimento Apodi to expand presence in northeast Brazil

28 August 2014, Published under Cement News

Brazil-based cement producer Cimento Apodi is to construct a new cement plant in Sergipe state to reinforce its position in the northeast of the country. The new unit will have a capacity of 5000tpd involving an investment of BRL1bn, according to reports by the daily Folha . Cimento Apodi, owned by entrepreneurs Ivens Dias Branco (68 per cent) and Juscelino Sarkis (32 per cent), operates two cement plants in Brazil: the Apodi grinding plant in Pecem and the integrated Quixada works in Cea...

Argentina: May cement deliveries increase 2.6 per cent MoM

02 July 2014, Published under Cement News

In May 2014, Argentina’s cement producers delivered 929,202t of cement (including exports), up 2.6 per cent when compared with April, but down 8.5 per cent YoY. Domestic demand, including imports, increased 2.7 per cent MoM to 920,093t. Compared with May 2013, however, it fell by 7.8 per cent.

Colombian market grows 14.7% in May

30 June 2014, Published under Cement News

Dispatches and output of cement in Colombia rose by 14.7 and 15.3 per cent, respectively in May, according to domestic statistics office, Dane. May deliveries reached 1.034Mt while production rose to 1.071Mt. Sales in Norte de Santander lead the market expansion, rising by 46.3 per cent, followed by Cundinamarca (30 per cent), Atlántico (23.8 per cent), Antioquia (20 per cent) and Bogotá (15 per cent). In the year to date, sales have increased 12.2 per cent to 4.772Mt while production r...

Colombian April demand increases 4.3%

04 June 2014, Published under Cement News

The Colombian cement market expanded by 4.3 per cent YoY in April 2014 as 0.957Mt were delivered to domestic customers, according to the latest report from national statistics office, Dane. Major dispatch growth was noted in Norte de Santander (35.3 per cent), Huila (18 per cent), Bolívar (10.3 per cent) and Antioquia (6.5 per cent). Córdoba’s cement consumption fell by 30.1 per cent. Grey cement production reached 1.0289Mt in April, registering a 15.9 per cent YoY increase. The rise has...

Colombia’s 2013 grey cement production reaches 11.2Mta

27 May 2014, Published under Cement News

Around 11.2Mta of grey cement was produced in Colombia in 2013, mainly due to a boost in the market from social housing construction, according to DANE, the national statistics office. “It was a very good year in dispatches and production, driven by buildings and infrastructure,” said Sandra Forero Ramirez, president of the Colombian Chamber of Construction (Camacol). In addition, the retail channel also pushed figures up as housing and self-construction improved. Of the principal cem...

Brazilian monthly cement sales rise 4.9% YoY

19 May 2014, Published under Cement News

Brazilian cement sales in April 2014 climbed by 4.9 per cent YoY to 5.9Mt, preliminary data and market estimates gathered by Sindicato Nacional da Industria do Cimento (SNIC) reveal. During January - April 2014, sales totalled 22.8Mt, a 3.3 per cent rise compared to the first four months of last year. Accumulated cement sales for the 12 months between May 2013 - April 2014 reached 70.7Mt, expanding by three per cent compared to the same period of the previous year (May 2012 - April 2013).

Colombia’s cement producers raise output by 16% in March 2014

02 May 2014, Published under Cement News

Colombia’s cement production rose in March 2014 by 16 per cent, particularly in Cundinamarca (+35 per cent), Antioquia (+33.3 per cent), Bogotá (+22 per cent) and Valle del Cauca (+26 per cent). These latest advances in output see first-quarter 2014 cement production increase by 9.8 per cent, underlining previous expectations that the construction sector is contributing significantly to the country’s economic growth.

Holcim's results boosted by mild winter in Europe

28 April 2014, Published under Cement News

Holcim's first quarter turnover declined by 5.4 per cent to CHF4,088m (€3,342m), but on a like-for-like basis, there was a 7.8 per cent increase while measured in euros the turnover was off by five per cent.  The operating EBITDA declined by 5.1 per cent to CHF617m (€504m), but this represents an underlying increase of 10.1 per cent. The trading profit increased by 9.3 per cent to CHF295m (€241m), while the net attributable profit dropped by 57.5 per cent to CHF80m (€65m), as last year's ...