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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...

Moroccan cement sales continue to slide

02 October 2013, Published under Cement News

The recent declining trend in Moroccan cement demand persisted in August, when the market contracted by 10.2 per cent. During Jan-Jul 2013, cement consumption fell 11.7 per cent due to harsh winter weather characterised by heavy rainfall, according to the country’s finance ministry. Cement companies produces 22Mt during the seven-month period but were only able to sell 16Mt.

Moroccan sales slide 12.6% in first six months

29 August 2013, Published under Cement News

In the first half of 2013 Moroccan cement sales fell 12.6 per cent YoY to 7.8Mt, although the pace of decline significantly eased in the second quarter, latest statistics from the Directorate of Studies and Planning of the country’s Ministry of Economy and Finance show. While the market continues to contract, second-quarter sales fell by four per cent, far less than the 21 per cent drop recorded in the first three months of the year. The downward trend, attributed to heavy rainfall which l...

Moroccan 1H13 double digit sales fall

10 July 2013, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in Morocco have hit a new low, with 1H13 figures noting a 12.6 per cent fall YoY as the real estate and public works sectors experienced a slowdown in activity. The downturn in the real estate sector is particularly prevalent in medium-sized and top-end housing construction. Meanwhile, public works have felt the impact of the government’s decision to cut its investment budget by MAD15bn. Moreover, the expansion of the infrastructure segment during 2008-12 has now come to ...

Morocco’s 2013 consumption forecast to fall 8%

21 June 2013, Published under Cement News

The Moroccan cement market is expected to end the year significantly down. At the end of 2012, the country noted an 11.5 per cent decline in housing starts, impacting on cement demand going forward, according to a report by BMCE Capital. In late April, cement sales fell 16.5 per cent and this figure was followed by a 14.5 per cent cut one month later. For July, consumption is not expected to recover as the country enters Ramadan and other religious holidays will further depress demand ...

CIMAF starts Gabon cement plant construction

18 June 2013, Published under Cement News

Morocco’s Ciments de l’Afrique (CIMAF) laid down the first stone at its new cement works in Gabon on 13 June. Located in Owendo, some 15km south of Libreville, the XAF9.67bn (US$19.6m) cement plant will have an initial capacity of 0.5Mta. Group CEO, Anas Sefrioui, said: "We want, through these investments, contribute to the harmonious development of the Gabonese nation, the welfare and prosperity of its citizens, and support major projects launched by President Ali Bongo Ondimba, whos...