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Nepal: new government certification for cement

18 November 2016, Published under Cement News

The Nepali government will start the certification of domestic cement brands according to quality in three months’ time, enabling them to compete in the market with foreign cement brands. Certification will be carried out with cement falling under one of three categories: 33, 43 and 53. At present the government does not have any legal provision to certify cement that is graded higher than 33 and therefore, all cement brands in Nepal are certified as 33-grade although producers have b...

Nepal: permits suspended for sub-standard product

30 September 2016, Published under Cement News

The Nepali Department of Standards and Metrology has suspended the permits issued to Bageshwori Cement and Jaya Mangalam Cement Industries, preventing both companies from distributing and selling its cement products. Director General of the department, Bisho Babu Pudasaini, said samples had been collected from the companies and analysed. Tests concluded that both were selling sub-standard cement products to its customers. Bageshwori Cement sells PPC Bajra Shakti Cement, Trishakti Super...

Nepal: cement and clinker imports hit US$154m

28 September 2016, Published under Cement News

The value of clinker and cement imports to Nepal in FY16 amounted to NPR16.4bn (US$155m), Republica reports. The country imported clinker worth NPR9.84bn in FY16, up by 17 per cent on the previous year. In the same period, imports of finished cement reached PKR6.54bn. Dhurba Thapa, president of Nepal Cement Manufacturers Association (NCMA), stated that rising clinker imports were a sign of the country’s increasing productive capacity: "As production of cement is increasing, it is only ...

Nepal: Sarbottam Cement released on to the market

14 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Sarbottam Cement Pvt Ltd (Saurabh Group) has launched its OPC and PSC cement in the Nepalese market. Sarbottam Cement, which is an ISO 9001 and 14001 certified company, has production capacity of 40,000 bags per day, the Himalayan Times reports. Sarbottam Cement produces cement in a 1200tpd plant about 50km from Lumbini. The works, which was built by FLSmidth in 2014, includes a vertical roller mill (VRM) which enables the production of cement with a fineness of up to 4500 Blaine. ...

Nepal: higher-grade cements to be certified soon

19 August 2016, Published under Cement News

To date Nepal has been unable to certify cement produced in the country that is higher than grade 33, but as the Nepal Bureau of Standards and Metrology (NBSM) is preparing to certify grades 43 and 53, the country is now about to become self-sufficient in higher-grade cement. This is expected to reduce cement imports and give Nepalese producers the chance to compete for projects that they were prevented from applying to in the past. To enable this use of domestic product, NBSM is going t...

Nepal: Arghakhanchi Cement to expand capacity to 1Mta

15 August 2016, Published under Cement News

Arghakhanchi Cement is to spend NPR4.13bn (US$38.6m) expanding the output of its cement plant from 1200tpd to 3000tpd, giving it a nominal capacity of around 1Mta. The Kathmandu Post reports that the company has also opened a letter of credit to buy a factory based on VRM technology from FLSmidth. Managing director, Rajesh Agrawal, said: “If we don’t increase our capacity and achieve economy of scale, we will vanish once big plants with foreign investment start producing cement. “Large...

Bangladesh seeks duty-free export to Nepal

01 July 2016, Published under Cement News

In an attempt to boost bilateral trade, the Bangladeshi government is discussing the possibility of duty-free export of cement and other commodities with the Nepalese government. In total, Bangladesh has demanded duty-free access of 56 items and commodities to Nepal, including cement, construction materials, plastic goods and certain food items. In return Nepal demanded duty-free import of machine-processed writing paper, according to the Ministry of Commerce. According to official Nep...

Nepal: Hongshi-Shivam plant faces possible delays

24 June 2016, Published under Cement News

Hongshi-Shivam Cement’s plans to build a 2Mta cement plant in Nawalparasi in southern Nepal have run into problems over the amount of land needed for the project, Xinhua reports. Under Nepali law, government ministers must approve land sales above eight hectares, while Hongshi-Shivam has said it requires 40ha to build the plant. A director at Hongshi-Shivam, Satish More, said: "The Land Reform Ministry has sent the proposal of clearing our company to hold more lands to the cabinet. We are...

Nepal: planned entry of foreign cement giants

21 June 2016, Published under Cement News

The proposed entry of foreign cement manufacturers into the Nepalese market has set off an expansion drive amongst domestic producers. Dangote Cement of Nigeria, Reliance Cement of India and Hongshi and Huaxin of China have all been given necessary approvals to begin operations in Nepal. The combined FDI for these companies amounts to US$1.45bn and the total proposed output stands at 22,000tpd. This increase in capacity by foreign companies has created unrest among domestic manufacturers....

Nepal: Arghakhanchi Cement organises construction training

01 June 2016, Published under Cement News

Arghakhanchi Cement has organised training seminars on building materials and earthquake-resilient construction for workers in Kathmandu, Republic reports. The company also provided free health services to participating construction workers.