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Egypt's cement sector sees sales rise 15% YoY

15 April 2021, Published under Cement News

Egypt's cement industry recorded strong sales in March with total sales reaching 4.99Mt, up 22 per cent MoM and 15 per cent YoY. The industry’s utilisation rate also surged to 74 per cent from 60 per cent in February. The average utilisation rate in 2020 was 59 per cent. Watania Cement (Beni Suef) recorded the highest sales of 990,000t with a market share of 20 per cent, according to Daily News Egypt. Therefore, volumes were up 40 per cent MoM and 141 per cent YoY. Sinai Cement reco...

Moroccan market expands 40% in March

13 April 2021, Published under Cement News

Cement deliveries in Morocco jumped 40.2 per cent to 1,277,221t in March 2021 when compared with March 2020 when 910,994t was supplied to the domestic market, according to the Ministry of Urbanisation and Housing. In the January-March 2021 period, deliveries were up 3.9 per cent YoY to 3.394Mt from 3.267Mt in the 3Q20. These data reflect deliveries by APC members Asment Temara, Ciments de l’Atlas, Ciments du Maroc and LafargeHolcim Maroc.

New Agadir plant to enter production in July

09 April 2021, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim’s new cement plant in Souss-Massa, 45km southwest of Agadir, Morocco, is expected to be commissioned at the end of July. The 1.6Mta plant represents an investment of MAD3bn (US$334.6m) and is equipped with the latest technologies, in line with the company’s “Plant of Tomorrow” concept. It will include automation, robotic, artificial intelligence and predictive maintenance technologies. Moreover, from 2023, the plant will be supplied with wind power and use alternative fuels.

Lafarge Egypt introduces EcoLabel cement

08 April 2021, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Egypt has announced that it will introducing EcoLabel cement for the first time in Egypt. The new products comply with the group’s green criteria, including having a lower CO 2 footprint and recycled content. "Hydrocem Plus EcoLabel & Hydrocem EcoLabel represent the industry’s broadest range of green cement for high-performing, sustainable and circular construction," said Solomon Baumgartner Aviles, CEO of Lafarge Egypt. "We are dedicated to R&D at the forefront of carbon neutra...

South Valley Cement sees net loss narrow in 2020

06 April 2021, Published under Cement News

Egypt’s South Valley Cement Co has recorded a net loss of EGP250.59m (US$15.97m) in 2020, narrowing from an EGP316.34m loss seen in the previous year. The company’s sales declined 20.3 per cent YoY to EGP350.21m from EGP439.26m in 2019.

Algeria starts clinker exports to France

29 March 2021, Published under Cement News

CILAS commenced Algerian clinker exports to France with a 9000t shipment of clinker from the port of Skikda. In the coming weeks, other shipments of 10,000t will leave Algeria for France, according to M Souakri. Clinker exports to other European countries such as Serbia and Belgium are also being considered. The company has set a clinker export target of 1Mt this year. Earlier shipments of 80,000t of clinker were sent to Guadeloupe and Martinique from Djendjen and to Cameroon and Sierra ...

Arabian Cement reports net loss in 2020

01 March 2021, Published under Cement News

Egypt’s Arabian Cement Co has reported an EGP122.78m (US$7.8m) net loss during 2020, compared with an EGP28.92m profit in the previous year. Sales revenues declined 20 per cent YoY to EGP2.48bn from EGP3.1bn. On a standalone basis, the company saw losses reach EGP116.21m against an EGP30.09m profit in 2019.

Moroccan market contracts 12% in January

16 February 2021, Published under Cement News

Cement deliveries in Morocco by members of the country’s cement association, APC, saw a 12.3 per cent drop in January 2021, according to data published by the Ministry of Urbanism and Housing. Dispatches by Asment Temara, Ciments de l’Atlas, Ciments du Maroc and LafargeHolcim Maroc declined from 1,182,198t to 1,037,005t in the first month of 2021.

Building Biskria Cement

09 February 2021, Published under Cement News

CBMI Construction Co Ltd was awarded the contract for a 2 x 6000tpd cement plant project by Biskria Cement Co of Algeria. Employing efficient construction management and innovative processes, the modern facility was completed much to the satisfaction of the plant owner and paves the way for future projects to come. By Yakun Rong, Wenshuai Bo and Mingfei Tang, CBMI Construction Co Ltd, China. CBMI Construction Co Ltd of China was awarded the contract for 2 x 6000tpd lines for Biskria C...

Egyptian promise

01 February 2021, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Egypt is among the leading companies in the domestic building materials sector with a long-standing history in the country. Despite current market headwinds and the impact of COVID-19, Solomon Baumgartner-Aviles, the newly-appointed CEO of Lafarge Egypt, explains why the country holds much promise for the group globally and the MEA region, and outlines strategies for overcoming challenges. By Lafarge Egypt, Egypt. Lafarge Egypt provides an insight into the effects of the COVID...