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Mangala Cement Udyog told to withdraw product from market

14 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Nepal Bureau of Standards and Metrology (NBSM) has barred Mangala Cement Udyog from selling certain products after they failed to meet the quality standard. During a market inspection, NBSM found Mangala Cement Udyog's PPC Ohm Mangala cement defective. According to NBSM officials, the collected specimen of cement had a compressive strength of 14MPa for three days and 19MPa for seven days. The NBSM-prescribed standards for the products are 16MPa and 22MPa, respectively. According to the NB...

Hetauda Cement Industries sees losses mount up

25 August 2020, Published under Cement News

A combination of COVID-19, stalled construction activities and falling cement sales have seen Hetauda Cement Industries' losses grow fivefold YoY. The state-owned Nepalese company amounted losses totalling NPR50m (US$417,872) in the last fiscal year ended mid-July. According to the factory, it was able to sell only 1.45m bags of cement and clinker out of the 1.9m bags it produced in the last fiscal year. Sarju Aryal, head of the sales division, said the factory was left with about 400,000...

Nepalese government terminates two cement producer licences

29 June 2020, Published under Cement News

The government of Nepal has terminated the licences of two cement producers for selling cement that did not meet the quality standards set by the government. The Nepal Bureau of Standards and Metrology (NBSM) informed that the production licences of Reliance Supertek Cement, Bara, and International Cement Ltd, Parsa, have been terminated. “These two companies even defied our direction to halt selling their products and were repeatedly found selling substandard products in the market,” info...

Udayapur Cement Industries resumes operations

01 June 2020, Published under Cement News

Udayapur Cement Industries Ltd of Nepal has resumed operation after the company's closure due to COVID-19 restrictions. According to the company's Administration Chief, Ram Bahadur GC, Udayapur Cement, which had been shut following the government-imposed nationwide lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus, has restarted production of clinker from 29 May. "We had to close both production and sale for as long as 68 days due to the pandemic, but as the crisis seems to be easing now, we’...

China: outward bound

23 March 2020, Published under Cement News

China’s Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) is now an integral part of the country’s overseas expansion policy. Since its inception in 2013, the BRI has been one of the essential vehicles driving the global spread of Chinese technology and providing a platform for corporate cement and construction giants to enter new markets. ICR takes a look at the initiative’s progress to date and the impact on China’s cement industry, as its shifts from its purely domestic production base to establishing its p...

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 ...