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Nepal: Hetauda Cement sees improved pricing environment

22 March 2017, Published under Cement News

Nepal-based cement producer Hetauda Cement Factory recorded a profit of NPR40m (US$382,292) in the last fiscal year and is now targeting a profit of NPR200m in the current fiscal thanks in part to higher cement prices. The state-owned cement factory was forced to shut down operations for five months in the previous fiscal due to a shortage of coal triggered by the trade embargo. However, optimism prevails for the year in hand due to a hike in cement prices. Although the cost of produci...

Nepal: slow progress on infrastructure work for cement plants

23 February 2017, Published under Cement News

Government efforts to provide power and transport links to cement plants in Nepal have made disappointingly slow progress in the eight years since the commitment was originally made, Republica reports. The newspaper highlights an official review of the progress of the work that found that just over 60 per cent of access roads had been completed as of last year. In a mid-term review for the current financial year, the Nepalese government said it was taking forward projects to connect 24...

Nepal: new packaging for Jagdamba Cement

22 February 2017, Published under Cement News

Jagdamba Cement announced new packaging for its Jagdamba Ultra Premium OPC Cement. In a statement the company said that its products can now compete with any international product available in Nepal. It has received NS 49, ISO 9001:2008, ISO 9001:2015/ISO 14001:2015 certifications.

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 ...