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Malaysia: CMSB pledges year-round cement supply

09 November 2016, Published under Cement News

Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMSB) has said it will be able produce a year-round reliable supply of cement following the commissioning of its third and largest plant in Mambong, Sarawak. The new plant has an estimated production capacity of 1Mta and represents a MYR190m (US$44.9m) investment. Managing Director of CMSB, Richard Curtis, said the integrated plant with adjoining clinker plant will increase the firm’s production by almost 60 per cent to 2.75Mta. Current local demand lands at aro...

Malaysia: Lafarge to pay for dust cleaning

16 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Cement Sdn Bhd has agreed to bear the cost of cleaning up the homes of residents in three villages affected by dust accidentally released from one of its plants last Monday as a result of repair works on a blocked processing unit. Factory Manager, Sekar Kaliannan, said Lafarge would follow up by to implement a group insurance coverage for residents in surrounding villages. State Health Committee Chairman Dr Leong Yong Kong noted that the absence of a sufficient buffer zone betw...

Tough operating climate for Lafarge Malaysia Bhd

09 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Kenanga Research, the research arm of Kenanga Investment Bank, has rated the outlook for Lafarge Malaysia Bhd as neutral, because of the country's weak property market coupled with the current oversupply situation. While Lafarge Malaysia has two cement plants in Rewang, Selangor, and Kanthan, Perak, are undergoing capacity expansion projects, there is intense competition, putting pressure on domestic cement prices. Moreover, coal prices have also been rising. The company is also ...

Malaysia: CMSB 1H16 cement profits down 24%

01 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Cahya Mata Sarawak Berhad (CMSB) has announced its earnings figures for the first half of 2016, including those of its cement division. This recorded a pretax profit of MYR41.7m (US$10.2m) on revenues of MYR275m. Both figures were down on those from the same period in 2015, with profits falling by 24 per cent and revenues 6.6 per cent lower. Profits fell faster than revenues due to CMSB’s increased reliance on imported clinker following plant shutdowns and the falling value of the ringgit...

Malaysia: CMS relies on cement demand

16 August 2016, Published under Cement News

Despite its stock falling in April, Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd (CMS) has managed to pick up momentum, registering a share price growth of 17.7 per cent between May and 12 August 2016. The company will be looking to capitalise on the MYR16bn (US$4bn) Pan Borneo Highway infrastructure project. MYR9bn (US$2.2bn) worth of contracts have already been awarded by Lebuhraya Borneo Utara Sdn Bhd for the project and local market players will now be focussing on increasing capacity and sourcing material...

Indonesia: Indocement cuts production by 1Mt

10 August 2016, Published under Cement News

PT Indocement Tunggal TBK will cease operations at two production lines at its Citeureup plant due to the national cement excess, resulting in a 1Mta drop in output levels. The fall in cement sales in the country resulted in Indocement seeing its domestic sales volume drop 3.7 per cent to 7.9Mt QoQ in 2Q16. However, exports for the company increased by 190,000t when compared to the same period last year. President Director of Indocement, Christian Kartawijaya, said, “we supply a lot of pr...

Malaysia: cement production down 4.2% in six months to June

01 August 2016, Published under Cement News

Demand for cement in Malaysia looks set to grow but slowly in 2016 as production numbers for the first half of the year indicate. According to reports in the Edge Financial Daily, cement production fell by 4.2 per cent in 1H2016, with demand forecast to grow by just three per cent under the most optimistic projections. In an interview with Edge, Thierry Legrand, CEO of Lafarge Malaysia, said: “[Demand] is likely lower than last year, as whether the expected infrastructure projects can ...

SE Asia towards oversupply?

20 June 2016, Published under Cement News

The southeast Asian cement market has seen rapid demand growth in recent years. Backed by favourable macroeconomic trends, it is likely to remain one of the fastest-growing cement markets. Many cement producers, both local and international, performed very well in this region and are keen to expand their existing capacity, while for others entering these enticing markets has become a priority. By The Jakarta Advisory Group, Indonesia. Fast-growing southeast Asian markets are attractin...

Malaysia: slow cement growth in 2016

03 June 2016, Published under Cement News

Malaysia is proving to be a challenging market for Lafarge where it is reported to have seen profits fall by 72 per cent in 1Q16 to US$5m. While this has resulted partly from production issues, it represents a significant fall in sales from a year earlier when profits were up at US$17.9m for the 1Q15. Indications are that Lafarge is not the only producer finding the Malaysian market somewhat challenging at present. Depreciation of the ringitt also saw Cahya Meta Sarawak Bhd (CMS) raise it...

Malaysia: Lafarge takes 1Q16 hit on net profits

26 May 2016, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Malaysia Bhd is optimistic about its prospects this year despite having had a challenging 1Q16. The company's net profit fell nearly 72 per cent to US$5m in the first quarter of this year from US$17.9m in the same period a year earlier. President and CEO, Thierry Legrand, attributed this to lower contribution from the cement segment, following continued price competition and one-off integration costs following the acquisition of Holcim (Malaysia) Sdn Bhd. "But are we are well-po...