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Nepal: six-fold increase in clinker imports

20 February 2017, Published under Cement News

Nepal has been heading towards self-sufficiency in cement, but at the same time, imports of clinker have soared, according to the Trade and Export Promotion Centre (TEPC). The country imported clinker worth NPR8.97bn (US$83.7m) in the first six months of the current fiscal year, reports the TEPC. The figure is an almost six-fold jump from NPR1.52bn in the first half of the previous fiscal year 2015-16. According to the Cement Manufacturers Association Presiden, Dhurba Thapa, the major...

Nepal: cement grading process delayed

09 January 2017, Published under Cement News

Although the Nepal Bureau of Standards and Metrology (NBSM) says it has penned a quality certification draft, the government is yet to begin the grading process for domestic cement brands. The NBSM has failed to arrange a meeting of its technical committee, which is authorised to give a final shape to the draft. Once the meeting of the technical committee approves the draft, the document will be forwarded to Nepal Standard Council (NSC) for final approval. Bishwo Babu Pudasaini, director ...

Nepal: clinker imports in high demand

20 December 2016, Published under Cement News

Nepal's import of clinker rocketed by 674 per cent in the first four months of this fiscal as domestic grinding and cement plants tried to meet demand, reports the Himalayan Times. The country imported clinker worth INR6.58bn (US$96.8m) in the first four months of this fiscal against INR850m (US$12.5m) in the corresponding period of the previous fiscal, according to Trade and Export Promotion Centre. Cement factories have boomed in the country due to the government’s policy intervention...

Nepal: Minister for Industry praises Hetauda Cement

12 December 2016, Published under Cement News

Nepal’s Minister for Industry, Nabindra Raj Joshi, has praised Hetauda Cement Industry for its role in the nation's future, saying “Hetauda Cement Industry is not just a factory as the nation depends on its future.” Stating that Hetauda Cement Industry was established with state investment, he said the products are expected to be of superior quality in comparison to those of private companies. However, Mr Joshi pointed out that the state-owned company was failing to compete with its priva...

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...