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Closure notice issued to three Telangana plants

27 June 2017, Published under Cement News

The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has directed three cement manufacturing units in Telangana state to shut down their operations and issued show-cause notices to 11 others, seeking replies as to why they should not be shut down for non-compliance with pollution control norms. The units that were issued closure notices belong to Kakatiya Cements in Nalgonda, Mancherial Cements in Mancherial and the public-sector Cement Corporation of India at Tandur, the New Indian Express reports. ...

Arkan to close UAE factory

21 March 2017, Published under Cement News

Building materials industrial conglomerate Arkan has announced its decision to permanently close its Emirates Cement Factory (ECF) in Al Ain, Gulf Digital News has reported. The announcement from Arkan's board comes following the successful consolidation of the company's cement business.  Arkan had announced in December that owing to significant gas and electricity price increases from 1 January 2017, it would implement a series of measures such as the temporary closure of ECF to boost ...

Iraq: Badoush Cement Factory destroyed in struggle for Mosul

15 March 2017, Published under Cement News

Reports from Iraq indicate that Badoush Cement Factory has been destroyed in the fighting resulting from the Iraqi government’s efforts to retake western Mosul from Islamic State (IS). The government’s latest offensive is a continuation of the operations that saw eastern Mosul recaptured in January. According to government sources, the Badoush plant was set ablaze by IS forces conducting a scorched earth withdrawal. However, a Kurdish source suggests that the plant was also targeted by...

USA: Lafarge to part-close Joppa plant

15 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Lafarge North America has announced it is to close one of the two kiln lines at its Joppa plant in southern Illinois and lay off about 40 workers. The move, reported by local media, has been attributed to weakening demand. A spokesperson for Lafarge said that the cement market had not grown according to its expectations and thus the firm would scale back production. In May 2016 Lafarge scrapped plans to add an extra kiln line at Joppa on the grounds that the two currently in operation ...

Qatar Cement signs US$100m deal with Saudi investors

02 August 2016, Published under Cement News

The Qatar National Cement Company has agreed a US$100m financing deal with Samba Financial Group of Saudi Arabia, the Peninsula newspaper reports. The investment deal will be used to part-fund Qatar Cement’s fifth integrated plant, construction of which is already underway at a total cost of QAR950m (US$260m). The new plant will have a clinker capacity of 17,000tpd and grinding capacity of 20,000tpd. Qatar Cement also released its earnings statement for the first half of 2016. This ove...

New Zealand: Cape Foulwind closure

29 June 2016, Published under Cement News

Holcim has ceased operations at its Cape Foulwind cement plant in New Zealand following a three-year closure process. The company chose to start importing cement rather than manufacturing locally. National Director of Industries, Ged O’Connell said the plant closure is a worrying development for the West Coast, where many have lost jobs due to economic conditions. “In recent years we've seen energy, construction and manufacturing jobs disappearing from the community at an alarming rat...

Havre and La Couronne units to become grinding centres

03 February 2016, Published under Cement News

As part of the restructuring following the merger LafargeHolcim will be closing down cement production at the Havre and La Couronne cement works in France. Havre will be converted into a grinding station with 31 staff (compared with the current 152) while La Couronne will become a grinding unit with 27 staff. Last week, Eric Olsen, LafargeHolcim CEO, said the company was planning to close down some of its plants as capacity utilisation was currently around two-thirds, well below targe...

Holcim to close five Belgian concrete plants

14 December 2015, Published under Cement News

Holcim Belgique announced the closure of five concrete plants in Belgium to union representatives. The step will affect around 60 employees in Brugge, Herentals, Izegem, Oostende and Veurne. “The concrete market in Belgium is stagnating and there exists overcapacity in the sector, which has increasingly deteriorated from year to year,” said the company. “As a result, the activity of Holcim Belgique in the sector has been challenged by overcapacity in view of demand. This has affected ...

Holcim NZ gets set to increase imports

25 June 2014, Published under Cement News

Holcim New Zealand has confirmed its Westport cement plant will close by the second half of 2016 as the company now has all the final approvals to go ahead with its investment to build two 30,000t import terminals. Work is expected to start on the US$50m terminal at Timaru's PrimePort in August, with a second, worth another US$50m, in Auckland in December. Both should be operational by the second half of 2016. "This confirmation of start dates can be taken as a sign of the global compan...

CBR to close Harmignies cement plant, Belgium

23 January 2014, Published under Cement News

CBR, part of HeidelbergCement, announced Wednesday to staff representatives that the company plans to close the Harmignies 0.22Mta white cement plant in Belgium, a move which is expected to affect 97 jobs. "This announcement can be explained by the structural difficulties faced by the plant as well as the deterioration of the white cement market. If it is confirmed, this could generate for the collective dismissal of 97 workers at the site," said the works’ management, stressing that a the...