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Moroccan cement market contracts 19% in September 2016

21 October 2016, Published under Cement News

Morocco’s cement demand fell by 19.1 per cent to 832,930t in September, according to the Ministry of Housing and Urban Policy. Laayoune-Sakia El Hamra showed the largest monthly drop at 48.4 per cent to 12,200t, followed by Dakhla-Oued Ed-Dahab which saw consumption fall from 2176t in September 2015 to 1589t one year later. Cement demand in Tangier-Tetouan-Al Hoceima decreased 24 per cent YoY to 107,612t while in Oriental the market contracted 21 per cent to 75,260t. Cement consumption in...

LafargeHolcim launches new cement in northern Morocco

13 September 2016, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim Morocco launched its new cement ‘Perfecto’ in the northern Moroccan market. The product, produced in the company’s Tangier plant, is specifically geared to all masonry work and as it supports the needs of construction companies, builders and individuals, it is expected the new brand will help to develop the construction market in Tangier, Tetouan and Al Hoceima areas. The north of the country is a mature market, located close to Europe and represents around 30 per cent of do...

Morocco: June sales down 11%, but market remains stable in 1H16

28 July 2016, Published under Cement News

Moroccan cement sales in June declined by 10.8 per cent from 1,164,837t in June 2015 to 1,039,383t, according to the Ministry of Housing and City Policy. Sales in the first half of 2016 edged up 1.7 per cent to 7,460,834t from 7,337,161t in 1H15. Gains were reported across the country in 1H16 although Beni Mellal-Khenifra, Draa-Tafilalet and Guelmim-Oued Noun saw their regional markets contract by 12, 8.3 and 9.5 per cent, respectively. At the other end of the spectrum the largest rise...

Morocco: 5M16 sales up 4%

22 July 2016, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in Morocco advanced four per cent in the first five months of 2016, according to the Department of Financial Forecast and Research of the country’s Ministry of Economy and Finance. During the same period, capacity utilisation in Morocco’s cement plants has improved by three percentage points to 64 per cent.

Morocco halts further imports of RDF

15 July 2016, Published under Cement News

Morocco has suspended imports of European waste to be incinerated for energy after a spate of protests by environmental activists. The controversy broke out last month when local media reported that cement firm Lafarge Maroc had imported 2500t of Italian refuse-derived fuel (RDF) to burn as alternative fuel. Morocco produces huge amounts of waste itself but has no system of sorting and recycling it, prompting cement plants to import RDF, mainly from the European Union, to run incinera...

Morocco: protestors oppose Italian RDF imports

07 July 2016, Published under Cement News

Shipments of refuse-derived fuel (RDF) bound for Moroccan cement plants have sparked protests among environmentalists in Casablanca, Morocco World News reports. Around 2500t of RDF – mainly composed of tyres, plastic and rubber – arrived in Morroco at the end of last month, where it was to be used as fuel in plants in Casablanca and Settat. The Moroccan environment ministry has issued a statement in which it denied claims that the material was toxic and pointed out that the shipment wa...

Morocco: Ciments du Maroc cancels Safi wind farm project

07 June 2016, Published under Cement News

Ciments du Maroc, an Italcementi subsidiary, has abandoned plans to construct a wind farm at its Safi site on Morocco’s Atlantic coast, SeeNews Renewables reports. The company will instead explore the possibilities of buying in energy from local suppliers. Co mmenting on the decision, CEO, Mario Bracci, said: "Today, different opportunities exist and a number of supply contracts are being offered to us." Mr Bracci added that Ciments du Maroc was considering a deal with Nareva, an ener...

The Mediterranean and beyond

25 May 2016, Published under Cement News

The Mediterranean has always played a vital role in the world economy and international trade. In recent years its bordering countries have been affected by turmoil caused by various factors: the economic crisis, a fall in oil prices, increasing migration and Islamisation, political instability and wars. This uncertainty has affected construction investment and regional cement demand. For Mediterranean cement producers this has meant a need to find new markets and look beyond the usual horiz...

Moroccan cement demand slips 2.7% in April

24 May 2016, Published under Cement News

Following a positive first quarter, Moroccan cement demand fell 2.7 per cent in April as construction activity slowed and the real estate market was subdued. The decrease breaks with the growth recorded in the first quarter of 2016. The trend has been aided by a 12 per cent drop in housing starts while the decline in real estate loans and the financial situation of major development has subdued this part of the construction sector. Meanwhile, the cement industry has an installed capacity ...

Ciments du Maroc sees rise in 2015 net profit

04 March 2016, Published under Cement News

Ciments du Maroc, part of the Italcementi group, posted an 8.5 per cent rise in turnover to MAD3.73bn (US$376m) in 2015. Cement sales advanced 1.2 per cent while ready-mix concrete and aggregate sales increased by 38 and 30 per cent, respectively. The company’s operating result improved by 14.8 per cent to MAD1.17bn and net profit was up 34.5 per cent to MAD1.02bn.