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Morocco: February cement sales slip 5.4%

19 March 2014, Published under Cement News

Moroccan cement sales decreased by 5.4 per cent in February, resulting in a drop of 9.1 per cent in the first two months of 2014, according to the country’s Ministry of Finance. While the market continues to contract, when compared with the same period of 2013, the decrease is less marked. In Jan-Feb 2013, sales fell by 18.4 per cent. The ministry attributed the improvement to the recovery in real estate credit, which it believes will pave the way for further advances in the coming mo...

CIMAF to construct new Ghana cement facility

05 March 2014, Published under Cement News

The government of Ghana has signed an agreement with CIMAF of Morocco for the construction of a 1Mta cement facility. According to the terms of the agreement signed on Monday, 3 March 2014, the new plant is to be located close to the city of Tema, local media reported. The agreement was signed by Mawuena Trebarh on behalf of Ghana’s Minister of Trade, Haruna Iddrisu as well as Saad Sefrioui, General Director of Ciments de l'Afrique (CIMAF Ghana Ltd). “CIMAF Ghana Limited plans to bui...

Fritz & Macziol supplies CIMAT's Moroccan plants with VAS logistics solution

27 February 2014, Published under Cement News

Fritz & Macziol has supplied Ciments de l’Atlas (CIMAT) with its VAS® IT-Logistic solution, to continuously automate the processes at the company’s Moroccan cement plants. The implementation is carried within the scope of a KPI-Project, in which all processes were initially analysed. VAS is used to identify and eliminate weak spots by illustrating the potentials of optimisation. This can be achieved by detailed VAS reports about, for example, the length of stay of trucks at all kinds of lo...

Moroccan sales hit by wet weather effect

12 February 2014, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in Morocco during January 2014 experienced a significant fall of 12.9 per cent YoY to 1Mt. The decrease has been attributed to continued rainfall which affected construction projects. However, the rate of YoY decline has slowed compared with the 25 per cent drop recorded in 2013 when sales fell from 1.58Mt in January 2012 to 1.17Mt. As a result, the industry expects a gradual recovery to take hold in 2014, closing the year with a potential market expansion of up to five per c...

Mondi’s Casablancan industrial bags plant obtains ISO 9001

04 February 2014, Published under Cement News

Mondi’s Morrocan industrial bags plant in Casablanca has been successfully certified according to ISO 9001:2008 for quality management systems. “We are extremely proud to have achieved the ISO 9001 certification and it complements our OHSAS 18001 certification,” said Hicham Jalal, managing director Mondi Industrial Bags Morocco. “With this step our plant in Casablanca further strengthens its position in producing industrial bags for the national and international markets. We are striving to...

February launch for Cimaf plant

23 January 2014, Published under Cement News

Ciments de L’Afrique (Cimaf), a subsidiary of Ciments de L’Atlas, has said it intends to officially start production at its Doula grinding plant in Cameroon next month. The new milling facility, located in the industrial zone of Bonabéri, will have an initial cement capacity of 0.5Mta and be supplied with clinker from Morocco. According to local sources, the last bagging tests were recently concluded and the first bag of cement was produced on 27 November 2013. Polysius France was aw...

Moroccan 2013 cement sales decline

21 January 2014, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in Morocco showed a 6.3 per cent decline in 2013, reflecting a worsening market contraction. In 2012, sales fell by 1.6 per cent, according to the Association Professionnelle des Cimentiers (APC). The latest figures, which show a 4.4 per cent decline in sales in December come after a November rebound in demand from a 18.63 per cent drop in October. APC Managing Director, Ahmed Bouhaouli, attributes the fall to several reasons. The slowdown in the real estate market, which...

Morocco sales recovery in sight?

08 January 2014, Published under Cement News

Overall Moroccan cement sales proved disappointing through 2013, but industry body Association Professionnelle des Cimentiers (APC) is hopeful of an upturn this year.  During the first 11 months of the year, cumulative cement sales declined by 6.52 per cent YoY, according to the latest APC data. Demand has been affected by credit constraints, the completion of some major public and private development projects, and a MAD15m cut to the state’s 2013 investment budget. Cement sales fell ...

Morocco’s November cement sales up 29.7%

23 December 2013, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in Morocco increased by 29.7 per cent in November 2013 compared to November 2012. However, on a year-to-date basis, sales continue to decline by 6.52 per cent. The fall in cement consumption has been attributed to several factors. The National Federation of Developers points out that the major factor impacting the sector is the lack of liquidity due to the banking crisis. The continued weakness in real estate demand and the slowdown in public works have affected the demand fo...

Morocco October cement sales down 18.6% YoY

13 November 2013, Published under Cement News

Morocco’s cement market continues to contract with October sales falling by 18.63 per cent YoY, according to data from the Ministry of Housing, Planning and Urban Policy. While the Doukkala-Abda region noted the largest increase in cement sales of eight per cent to 887,179t in October, the key Greater Casablanca market registered a 12.3 per cent YoY drop to 1.637Mt. The slide is closely related to the slowdown in activity in the real estate and public works markets. The government’s M...