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Star Cement ready to commission Bengal plant

12 January 2021, Published under Cement News

India’s Star Cement is expected to begin commercial production soon at its 2Mta grinding unit in Jalpaiguri, north Bengal. "The project is undergoing trials and can begin production anytime soon. This is our first greenfield cement project in West Bengal though we have plyboard manufacturing through Century Plyboards," said Sanjay Agarwal, MD. The company will source clinker from its integrated plant in Meghalaya, while fly ash will be procured from West Bengal or Bihar. "We will invite ...

Shiva Cement receives approval for 1.32Mta project

07 January 2021, Published under Cement News

India’s Shiva Cement (JSW Cement) has now received approval from the state government of Odisha to add 1.32Mta of clinker capacity and 1.05Mta of cement production capacity in the form of a new facility in the Sundargarh district. The project, worth INR15.23bn (US$207.88m), received clearance during a High-Level Clearance Authority (HLCA) meeting on Wednesday.

AdBri given approval for AUD199m project

17 December 2020, Published under Cement News

Australia’s Adbri Ltd has been given board approval for an AUD199m (US$151.7m) project that will consolidate two existing cement production sites into a single operation serving the western Australia market and increase production capacity to 1.5Mta from 1.1Mta. AdBri’s Cockburn Cement business has existing production capabilities to service this market at both Kwinana and Munster, located south of Perth. Clinker is currently transported by truck from its Kwinana bulk terminal (KBT) to ceme...

Tokyo Cement (Lanka) announces expansion plans

26 November 2020, Published under Cement News

Sri Lanka’s Tokyo Cement Co (Lanka) has recently entered into an investment agreement with the country’s Board of Investment for a plant expansion project. The company is expected to expand its plant in Trincomalee by 1Mta with an investment of US$12m. The company has an 18-month plan to increase production, which is expected to reinforce the company's readiness to cater to the future demand growth from the local construction industry.

HeidelbergCement announces EUR400m investment in French sites

19 November 2020, Published under Cement News

HeidelbergCement’s subsidiary, Ciments Calcia has presented the draft terms of a large-scale investment and reorganisation programme for several of its sites in France. The programme comprises investments of around EUR400m, of which nearly EUR300m is earmarked for the Airvault plant alone. Elsewhere, the company will convert its facility in Gargenville, Yvelines, into a modern grinding unit and shut down the kiln system and quarry operations. This adjustment is expected to enhance the ...

Taiheiyo Cement plans PHP15bn expansion project

13 November 2020, Published under Cement News

Taiheiyo Cement is planning to invest PHP15bn (US$309.3m) to expand production at its plant in Cebu, Philippines. The company’s local subsidiary will construct a new line and expand shipping bases to Luzon, Iloilo, and Davao, according to a Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) press release. The company is also expected to install a 2km-long marine belt conveyor and expand its port in Cebu. The project, already underway, is anticipated to expand cement production capacity by 50 per cent...

Long Son Cement to commission third line in December

11 November 2020, Published under Cement News

The third production line of Vietnam’s Long Son Cement, based in the central province of Thanh Hoa, is expected to be put into operation in December 2020, with a design capacity of 2.5Mta, according to Vietnam News. The construction of the line began in October 2019 and represents an investment of VND4trn (US$172.41m). Upon completion, the capacity of Long Son will reach 7Mta.

Premier Cement sets date for production at new units

14 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Bangladesh’s Premier Cement is yet to begin production at two of its new manufacturing units despite being fully-prepared in March, as a few key foreign experts and employees could not return to Bangladesh due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "We could not start production within the stipulated time due to the absence of some technical experts and workers from China and Denmark," said Mohammed Amirul Haque, managing director. After operating on a trial basis for a month, the units were schedu...

Egyptian Cement to inaugurate plant in 2021

23 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Egyptian Cement Group has announced plans to inaugurate a new plant in 2021, according to Ahmed Abou Hashima, CEO. The facility is located in Sohag and has a total investment cost of EGP4.5bn (US$285.79m). Egyptian Cement’s new factory will be the group’s "first investment seed" in the coming year, marking the first business expansion since the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eswatini faces cement shortage

28 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Significant players in Eswatini’s construction industry have seen projects stall due to a cement shortage, according to The Swazi Observer. Nhlanhla Dlamini, CEO of the Construction Industry Council, has announced that a meeting was convened with the association of builders, manufacturers and suppliers to deliberate on the issue. "We are aware of the cement shortage which has been caused by shortage of supplies’ due to COVID-19 which led to the lockdown," said Mr Dlamini. In the short ...