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Nepal's cement demand growth remains subdued

28 November 2019, Published under Cement News

Nepal’s cement demand has not been growing as anticipated, despite the country becoming self-reliant on cement, according to the Kathmandu Post. "The demand for cement has remained stable," said Dhruba Thapa, president of the Nepal Cement Manufacturers' Association. "I see this as a seasonal effect of the construction slowdown, particularly during the monsoon. But the issues that concern us are the government's continued low capital spending and sluggish demand for cement in the domestic ...

Huaxin Cement Narayani resumes construction work after floods

21 November 2019, Published under Cement News

The construction of Huaxin Cement Narayani’s plant at Dhading district, Nepal, has now resumed after a five-month stoppage due to floods. Incessant rains had damaged the construction site in mid-June this year. "As soon as the festivals were over, 400 Chinese workers including technicians and 300 Nepali workers started working," said Pitta Bahadur Dallakoti, chairperson of Benighat Rorang Rural Municipality. "Management of the factory's physical structure, office buildings, and river is be...

Nepal's self-reliance in cement production has not lowered domestic prices

11 November 2019, Published under Cement News

Nepal has become self-reliant on cement production from this fiscal, claims The Niumalayan. However this self-sufficiency has not seen domestic cement prices fall lower than foreign brands. NRB data shows that Nepal imported Indian cement (including clinker) worth NPR31bn (US$270.6m) in FY2017-18, which declined to almost NPR13bn in FY2018-19. In the first two months of FY19-20, the country imported cement worth only INR940m, which cement manufacturers claim are imports for which advance pa...

Nepal is set to enforce new grading certification

07 November 2019, Published under Cement News

The Nepal Bureau of Standards and Metrology will provide grading certification for all cement produced in the country from November, according to The Kathmandu Post. Currently, there is no grading system and producers use Indian quality standards. However, cement will now be classified into 33, 43 and 53 grades on par with international standards. The new certification is expected to be enforced from 17 November. Most cement factories in Nepal produce 33 grade cement, according to Manoj ...

Udayapur Cement sees reduced production due to power supply issue

09 September 2019, Published under Cement News

Nepal’s Udayapur Cement Industry Ltd has seen reduced production and sales between August-September as a result of low voltage and abrupt power cuts, according to the company. Sanjay Lal Karna, chief of the production division, said that the state-owned factory has not been able to address market demand due to the power supply issues. "We could produce only 18,000t between 7 August and 5 September which is lower than our capacity of 24,000t," said Mr Karna. The company has also seen a ...

Nepal's cement producers recommend barring FDIs

19 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Nepal’s cement producers have recommended barring foreign direct investments (FDI) in the sector during a discussion with Matrika Prasad Yadav, the Minister for Industry, Commerce and Supplies, according to The Rising Nepal. "We will have become self-reliant in cement and by the end of 2020, we will have product surplus. Bringing in more FDI in large cement industry will be suicidal for the existing businesses and the newcomers as well," said Dhruba Thapa, president of the CMA. However, ...

Nepal's cement producers call on government to find export markets

14 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Nepal's cement producers are demanding that the government supports them in attempts to find export markets for cement and clinker as overcapacity in Nepal is expected to rise steeply in the next few years. The country's cement industry has a total of some 40 production facilities with a cumulative cement capacity of 15Mta, while domestic demand is currently below 10Mta. A further 21 plants are reportedly preparing to start up in the next two years, says Online Khabar. By mid-2021 Nepal'...

Nepal’s PAC directs cancellation Huaxin Cement Narayani land lease pact

13 August 2019, Published under Cement News

The Public Accounts Committee (PAC) of the Nepali parliament has directed Rorang Village Municipality of Dhading to cancel the land lease pact with Huaxin Cement Narayani Pvt Ltd. The PAC cited that the Nepal-China joint venture had not yet conducted the initial environmental examination (IEE) of the plant and had not followed the terms and conditions of the agreement, according to a report in The Himalayan Times. PAC Secretary, Roj Raj Pandey, said the committee has directed the local bod...

CG Cement plans new plant in Sri Lanka

30 July 2019, Published under Cement News

Nepal’s CG Cement has announced plans to invest US$150m to set up a new plant in Mannar, Sri Lanka. According to Binod Chaudhary, owner of the company, it has already received approval for the project. "I have got the green light from the government and we have already identified several limestone deposits in the province to make cement locally," said Mr Chaudhary. "Currently Sri Lanka imports around US$350m worth of cement and clinker and I want to help stop this Forex drain." CG Cement r...

Nepal: the road to exports

22 July 2019, Published under Cement News

While cement demand in Nepal is forecast to show significant expansion in the future, the rapid build-up of production capacity is outstripping future domestic consumption growth. Therefore, Nepali cement producers are expected to increasingly address the challenge of exporting their products further afield. By Dhruba Thapa, Cement Manufacturers’ Association, Nepal. The Nepali government is embarking on a major urbanisation programme as well as road construction and large-scale irr...