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Hume 1Q hit by lower prices, higher operating expenses

18 May 2017, Published under Cement News

For the three months to the end of March 2017, Malaysia-based Hume Industries recorded revenue of MYR158.5m (US$36.7m), up 8.2 per cent on the recorded MYR145.5m a year earlier. Profit before tax saw a sharp decline to MYR1m from MYR15.9m in the same period of the previous year, which the company attributed to lower selling prices and higher operating expenses for the construction materials business. Going forward, the group expects the outlook to remain challenging in view of weakening de...

CMS to benefit from Pan Borneo Highway construction

25 April 2017, Published under Cement News

Construction of the Pan Borneo Highway in Malaysia is expected to boost demand for construction materials including an additional million tonnes of cement. Cahya Mata Sarawak Bhd (CMS), which is the sole cement producer in the country’s largest state, will be the main beneficiary of the mega highway project. "It is estimated that the project would need up to a million tonnes of cement over the course of the construction of the Pan Borneo Highway [in Sarawak], said Richard Curtis, manag...

Vietnam 1Q exports rise 11% YoY

18 April 2017, Published under Cement News

Vietnam exported 4.82Mt of cement and clinker worth US$168.65m in the first quarter of this year, representing 11 per cent increase YoY in volume and 6.4 per cent in value, according to the latest data of the General Department of Vietnam Customs. In March the country’s clinker and cement exports rose 7.8 per cent from February in volume and 7.6 per cent in value to 1.8Mt worth US$62.67m, the Xay Dung online newspaper quoted the government department as saying. Bangladesh remained the ...

Malaysia: former Tasek Cement director finds contentment in food

30 March 2017, Published under Cement News

Datuk David Tan Sek Yin, former executive director of Tasek Corporation Bhd (1986-2004), now spends his days over a hot stove making Ipoh kai si hor fun (shredded chicken kuey teow), reports the Star online. The 60-year-old can be seen going about Ipoh, in Malaysia, his minivan delivering containers of special broth to his Little Katong stalls at Canning Garden, Gourmet Square hawker centre. The culinary world has always fascinated Tan, even though he had to play a big role in the cement ...

Asian cement 2017: looking to the future

29 March 2017, Published under Cement News

Following an exciting 2016, this year sees opportunities and challenges abound for the Asian cement industry. LEK Consulting gives an overview and outlines strategies that help position cement companies in this part of the world for long-term growth. By Manas Tamotia, LEK Consulting, Singapore, and George Woods, LEK Consulting, Australia. China's overcapacity will help to change the Asian cement market from a national into a regional game The year 2016 was an exciting one for As...

Improving Malaysia’s supply

27 March 2017, Published under Cement News

In May 2016 Christian Pfeiffer successfully handed over the new cement grinding plant of Cahya Mata Sarawak (CMS) in Malaysia. The new unit will help CMS to increase its cement output and supply the market with a range of cement products. B y Christian Pfeiffer, Germany. Figure 1: draft layout of the new cement grinding plant for CMS, Malaysia The new cement grinding unit for Cahya Mata Sarawak (CMS) is the first turnkey cement grinding plant in Malaysia supplied by Christian P...

Malaysia: competition escalates

24 March 2017, Published under Cement News

2016 was a tough year for the Malaysia cement sector: demand fell, capacity increased and prices suffered as a consequence. Nevertheless, there was optimistic news this week that LafargeHolcim is expecting higher earnings from its operations in Malaysia in FY17 and FY18, as a result of its direct collaboration with the federal government’s projects. And earlier in March, ICR reported that Cementir also saw its revenues from Malaysia pick up. ICR surveys the industry... Demand in Malay...

Lafarge Malaysia earnings expected to bounce back

21 March 2017, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Malaysia Bhd’s (Lafarge) earnings are expected to bounce back in FY17 and FY18 on the back of local cement sales growth as well as contributions from its collaboration with the federal government, according to analysis by AmInvestment Bank Bhd quoted in The Borneo Post. Following a disappointing FY16, the investment bank anticipates that Lafarge’s earnings are expected to rise by 44 per cent and 68 per cent in FY17 and FY18, respectively. “Lafarge’s local cement sales is to gr...

The world in 2016 and outlook for 2017

10 February 2017, Published under Cement News

This year will be a challenging year for the multinational cement companies, which are now faced by uneven economic performance in the emerging markets, combined with a new era of global political uncertainty that could further destabilise markets. On balance, however, global growth looks set to be anchored by positive trends in the major markets of China, India and the US, more than offsetting the poor performance elsewhere. The large cement majors have spent years diversifying their por...

Malaysia: Borneo Oil signs US$18m limestone deposit deal

27 January 2017, Published under Cement News

According to reports in the Star newspaper, Borneo Oil has signed a 30-year deal enabling it to mine marble and limestone in Lahad Datu, Borneo. In an announcement to the Malaysian stock exchange, Borneo oil revealed it had paid MYR80m (US$18m) for the right to mine reserves estimated at 24.5Mt. The company declared that it is now positioned to become “a substantial player in the supply of high-grade limestone resources”, and noted that Sabah state – in which the quarries are situated ...