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Cement importers refute claims of sub-standard cement

18 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Importers of cement into the Philippines have disputed claims that their cement fails to meet regulatory standards. "All legally-imported cement retailed in the Philippine market is guaranteed to meet stringent quality controls. Our members import cement from various countries, including Vietnam. But wherever imported cement is sourced, we wish to stress that imported cement undergoes a three-tier quality control procedure mandated by (Department of Trade and Industry)," the Cement Importe...

CMR Philippines wins Holcim Lugait order

18 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Automation and control systems specialist CMR Philippines has won the contract to supply and install new power monitoring technology at Holcim Lugait cement works in Misamis Oriental, Philippines. The project covers the development, delivery, installation, testing and networking of the electrical installation for a major new upgrade of power monitoring capabilities.   Current and voltage transformers are be supplied as part of a comprehensive package of engineering support that also sees C...

Vietnamese exports rise 15% in February

12 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Vietnamese exports have risen 15.2 per cent in volume and 36.3 per cent in value for February 2019, rising to around 2.5Mt and US$105m, respectively. The average export price has increased 18.3 per cent YoY to US$42/t, according to the country’s Foreign Trade Agency. The three main export markets for Vietnamese cement were the Philippines, China and Bangladesh at 2.1Mt in February, accounting for more than 75 per cent of total exports. In the first two months of the year, exports were up 7....

Eagle Cement records net profit increase in 2018

07 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Philippines-based Eagle Cement Corp has recorded a 13 per cent YoY rise in net profit to PHP4.8bn (US$91.98m) in 2018, on the back of a double-digit expansion in sales volume. Net sales advanced 11 per cent YoY to PHP16.5bn for the full-year period.  In the 4Q18, the company’s net income surged 36 per cent YoY to PHP1.3bn while sales increased 19 per cent to a quarterly record of PHP4.3bn.  "While we are faced with challenges in the industry, we remain steadfast to expand the company to ...

Eagle Cement denies reports of Holcim Philippines acquisition

05 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Eagle Cement Corp has released a clarification statement denying reports that it had submitted a bid for Holcim Philippines this week. The statement reads: "By way of clarification and response to the exchange, we advise that [the] company is not involved in any discussion for the acquisition of Holcim Philippines ("Holcim"). However, we further advise that Mr Ramon S Ang, chairman of the company, expressed on several occasions interest in the assets of Holcim." Holcim Philippines has also...

Holcim Philippines reports 5% fall in net profit

01 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Holcim Philippines has reported a five per cent fall in 2018 net profit to PHP2.55bn (US$49.3m), compared with PHP2.69bn of the previous year. However, the company also noted a three per cent YoY rise in net sales to PHP35.62bn. EBITDA in 2018 declined 10 per cent to finish at PHP4.89bn. The profit decrease has been attributed to higher interest expenses from short-term loans to fund its ongoing expansion projects. "In 2018, we faced higher production and financing expenses, but we succe...

Holcim Philippines completes La Union expansion

22 February 2019, Published under Cement News

Holcim Philippines has reported the completion the expansion project at its plant in La Union, Luzon, increasing capacity to 1.8Mta from 1Mta previously. The company completed the installation of new grinding equipment and storage facilities two months ahead of schedule. "With our expansion and efficiency initiatives, we can better provide a reliable supply of high-quality cement to help our partners advance the region's development," said John Stull, Holcim Philippines president and CEO....

Solid Cement Corp has BOI approval as a new manufacturer

31 January 2019, Published under Cement News

Cemex Holdings Philippines has secured board of investment approval for its Solid Cement Corp subsidiary to become a new cement producing company. Solid Cement had 'pioneer status' for its Antipolo City production line, but with non-pioneer incentives. The non-pioneer incentive meant that Solid Cement was exempt from paying income tax for four years from the start of commencing commercial operations. Solid Cement is currently planning to expand its production line to 3.4Mta.

LafargeHolcim could seek up to US$2.5bn for its Philippines business

28 January 2019, Published under Cement News

Shares of Holcim Philippines have been rising steeply as LafargeHolcim is believed to be considering the sale of its Philippines business unit to further reduce group debt. LafargeHolcim is undergoing a strategic review of its southeast Asian operations following the sale of its Indonesian business. The company could seek a value of US$2.5bn for the assets it holds in the Philippines, according to Bloomberg. LafargeHolcim's CEO, Jan Jenisch, said in May that the company’s southeast Asia bu...

Safeguard measures placed against imports into Philippines

28 January 2019, Published under Cement News

The Philippine’s Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has begun preliminary safeguard measures against cement imports from Vietnam amongst other countries. As such, the DTI applied duties of PHP8.40 (US$0.16)/40kg bag or PHP210/t (US$4/t). The safeguard measures will be in place for 200 days from 18 January 2019. Vietnam was the biggest importer of cement into the Philippines between 2014-17. In the first four months of 2018, cement imports from Vietnam accounted for 75.2 per cent of th...