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Egypt sees demand rise 10% MoM

28 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Egypt saw total cement sales decline 12.5 per cent YoY to 3.8Mt, including exports, in September, according to Daily News. However, this represents a 10 per cent increase MoM and is the highest monthly cement demand since April 2020. The average industry utilisation rate stood at around 56 per cent in September. Sinai Cement was the best performer in terms of volumes, which increased three per cent YoY. Suez Cement reported sales of 617,000t, up 28 per cent MoM, while Arabian Cement sa...

Ciments de Bizerte resumes bulk exports by sea

26 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Tunisia-based Ciments de Bizerte announced it is resuming bulk cement exports by sea from the Port of Bizerte. The first ship was loaded with bulk cement destined for the Libyan market. The company has invested in new loading and unloading facilities.

Carthage Cement sees reduced COVID-19 impact on 3Q results

21 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Tunisia-based Carthage Cement reported a less severe impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on its turnover in the third quarter of 2020. The company’s turnover fell by six per cent to TND172m (US$63m) from TND183m in the 3Q19. In the 2Q20 turnover had fallen by 16 per cent due to the pandemic. Turnover in the domestic market increased six per cent YoY to TND151m when compared with the 3Q19 turnover of TND143m. Exports declined to TND1.193m when compared with TND1.225m in the 3Q19. However, del...

LafargeHolcim Maroc voted Top Performers for CSR

19 October 2020, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim Maroc was named Top Performers for Corporate Social Rrsponsibility (CSR) 2020 by Vigeo Eiris, the independent rating agency in the areas of environment, social and governance. Vigeo honoured LafargeHolcim Morocco for its performance in terms of environmental strategy and protection of biodiversity, continuous improvement of health and safety conditions at work, prevention of discrimination and promotion of gender equality, and also its contribution to the socio-economic d...

South Valley Cement sees net loss contract in the 1H20

19 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Egypt’s South Valley Cement has seen its net loss contract to EGP69.82m (US$4.45m) in the 1H20, compared with EGP100.82m in the 1H19. However, in the 2Q20 sales declined 21.5 per cent YoY to EGP196m from EGP249.67m in the corresponding period of 2019.

Chryso acquires majority stake in APTEX

15 October 2020, Published under Cement News

The Chryso Group has signed of an agreement to acquire a majority stake in APTEX, a Moroccan construction chemicals company. The Chryso brand has made construction chemicals for the Moroccan market for more than 30 years, while APTEX has been operating for two years in the country, and has a production unit and an application laboratory located in Casablanca. The Chryso-APTEX joint venture will provide cement manufacturers, concrete and precast producers, applicators, construction comp...

No more plastic cement packaging in Tunisia

14 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Tunisia’s Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mines has repealed its joint order with the Ministry of Commerce that authorises the packaging of cement in plastic bags. The decision has been submitted to the Presidency of Governmnet for publication in the Official Journal of the Republic of Tunisia.

Cilas de Biskra exports 50,000t of clinker to Gabon

13 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Algeria-based cement producer Cilas de Biskra has exported a shipment of 50,000t of clinker from Annaba to Gabon, according to Hafid Ouchiche, export director of LafargeHolcim Algérie. It is the fourth export shipment to Africa by Cilas and since January, the company has exported 0.5Mt of clinker. However, there is a need to invest in the logistical development of the port of Annaba to increase its loading capacity from 10,000tpd to 18,000tpd and expand its storage capacity. Investment...

Libya's Zliten plant resumes production

13 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Libya’s Arab Union Construction Company (AUCC) has announced that its Zliten cement factory has resumed production, following a stoppage of more than a month. Production is expected to increase gradually, according to the Libya Herald. The high demand for cement in the country has sent prices soaring recently due to a shortage in supply. In August the price of local cement had risen to more than LYD75/t (US$53), compared to around LYD30 a year ago.

Morocco's cement market expands 8% in September

07 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Moroccan cement deliveries increased 7.9 per cent YoY to 1,244,689t in September 2020 from 1,154,101 in the year-ago period, according to data by the Ministry of Urbanisation and Housing. The infrastructure sector saw its deliveries rise by 36 per cent to 58,170t while building increased its offtake by 6.7 per cent to 58,187t. Sales to the prefabricated segment advanced by 14.4 per cent to 106,038t. Deliveries to the ready-mix concrete sector were up by 8.4 per cent to 199,911t. However, t...