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Holcim Mexico expects to invest up to US$50m in 2019

21 January 2019, Published under Cement News

Holcim Mexico announced its plans to invest US$30-50m in improving its operating efficiency and distribution network of its cement and concrete plants. "We have a network of over a thousand points of sale in Latin America and in Mexico we are also developing that part of a very long-term plan and a plan for Holcim's vision in Latin America," said Rodolfo Montero, CEO of Holcim. Mexico, in the event. "We also want to improve the efficiency of production, we are very concerned about the envi...

The ‘magic’ of magnesium

17 January 2019, Published under Cement News

While petcoke is a less expensive fuel option, its use can lead to operational challenges for the cement plant, such as the formation of kiln rings and build-ups in the lower cyclones of the preheater. To optimise combustion and avoid these issues, Nuh Çimento has trialled a magnesium-based chemical additive that helps control the impact of high-sulphur fuels. By Seyda Arikan, Nuh Çimento, Turkey, and Jose Hernandez, EES Services, Mexico. Figure 1: vanadium oxide complexes and their ...

Cemex changes management structure

16 January 2019, Published under Cement News

Cemex has announced a series of changes to its management structure which will come into force on 1 February 2019. Juan Romero Torres, current president of Cemex Mexico, has been appointed executive vice president of Global Commercial Development. This new role aims to capitalise on the progress that the company has achieved in its Customer Centricity strategy and provide it with a formal structure, according to a press release. As a result, Ricardo Naya Barba, current president of Cemex Col...

China accounts for 15% of Central American cement imports

07 January 2019, Published under Cement News

In the first half of 2018, Central America’s largest importing country was Nicaragua, which purchased cement from overseas sources to the value of US$28m, followed by Guatemala at US$18m. Smaller volumes were imported by El Salvador (US$12m), Honduras (US$7m), Panama (US$6m) and Costa Rica (US$5m), according to CentralAmericaData. YoY the volume of cement imports in the region advanced by two per cent from US$75.6m to US$77.1m in the 6M18 when compared with the year-ago period. Around 15...

GCC commissions Rapid City plant expansion

21 December 2018, Published under Cement News

Mexican cement producer Grupo Cementos de Chihuahua (GCC) has announced the expansion of its Rapid City, South Dakota cement plant became operational, adding 440,000tpa capacity to the existing plant. The expansion of the Dacotah cement plant began in 2016, with a total investment of around USD105m. The expansion increases the plant’s production capacity to 1.167Mta and is expected to reduce variable production costs. Earlier this year, GCC acquired the 0.3Mta Trident cement plant in Three...

Cemex expected to increase cement price 12-13% in new year

18 December 2018, Published under Cement News

Cemex will increase the price of cement between 12-13 per cent at the beginning of next year, according to the Mexican Association of Independent Concrete Companies (AMCI). "The Mexican Association of Independent Concrete Companies announced an increase in the price of concrete of 20 per cent as of January 2019; independent concrete producers have reported that Cemex will increase cement prices by approximately 12 per cent, "Citibanamex analysts said. However, they highlighted that althoug...

Mexican ready-mix prices to rise 20%

13 December 2018, Published under Cement News

Mexico's ready-mix concrete producers are set to raise prices by 20 per cent. The Mexican Association of Independent Concrete Producers (AMCI), representing 70 per cent of the production companies in Mexico, cited the rising cost of cement and aggregates, including sand and limestone as well as higher prices for diesel and electricity. The price rise will come into effect on 1 January 2019.  "This increase... is due to the rise in 2018 of all our inputs," said Jorge Pérez, Cemex's Media Rel...

Mexican cement industry optimistic about announced housing programmes

30 November 2018, Published under Cement News

The Mexican cement industry has welcomed announcement of social housing programmes by the new government voted into office last July. "In Mexico there are 7 million families with the potential to enter into schemes of construction or improvement of housing. Meeting their needs can be a growth driver; This type of initiative has been very successful in Colombia and Peru,” said Mauricio Doehner, president of CANACEM, the national cement chamber. However, Mr Doehner’s optimism included a ca...

Cemex begins share repurchase programme

29 November 2018, Published under Cement News

Cemex has begun its share repurchase programme, approved at its ordinary shareholders’ meeting for up to US$500m. "We are pleased to initiate our share buyback programme, which is one of the capital allocation options we have to create value for our shareholders," said Fernando A González, CEO. The company repurchased 7m CPOs on 27 November. The total amount of the repurchase, including commissions and VAT, was MXN65.9m (US$3.2m).

Higher fuel and power costs affect Mexican cement producers

22 November 2018, Published under Cement News

EBITDA margins of Cemex, Moctezuma, Cementos Chihuahua and Elementia have contracted by 0.5-2 percentage points in the 3Q18  as fuel and power costs in Mexico have risen. "At least half of the increase in costs was due to increases in energy, both electricity and energy, whose prices are dollarised," said Carlos García, infrastructure analyst at Signum Research. In the case of Cemex, the company’s overall EBITDA margin fell by 1.1 percentage points to 18.8 per cent while in Mexico, its ope...