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Further Spanish cuts ahead

19 September 2012, Published under Cement News

The Spanish cement sector is facing more job cuts and possible further restructuring measures as local cement consumption continues to tumble. Management of Cementos Lemona presented yesterday a job-cutting plan, which will affect 34 employees at the company's plant in the Basque country, according to trade union ELA. Local newspaper Expansion reported that the  measure is part of the viability plan of cement group Portland Valderrivas, which controls Cementos Lemona. The group is t...

Australia: market uncertainties ahead

03 September 2012, Published under Cement News

Challenging market conditions persist for Australia's cement sector due to weak residential and commercial activity combined with the potential impact of a new carbon tax which became effective last month.   Last year saw a decline in housing starts as rising interest rates coincided with the end of stimulus packages. In November 2011, the Reserve Bank cut interest rates by 25bp to spur the market into recovery although it was unable to stop further declines in financing approvals. Latest da...

European cement majors: first half trends

06 August 2012, Published under Cement News

The last week has seen three leading European cement majors release first-half 2012 results: Lafarge, HeidelbergCement and Italcementi. The latest figures appear to confirm the upturn in North America, which, together with the emerging markets, have been the main drivers of demand as parts of Europe remain a drag on performance. While a slower volume growth environment persists, improved pricing and cost reduction measures continue to be central themes.   In terms of market performance, wes...

Italcementi: June '12

06 July 2012, Published under Cement News

A reduction in the use of clinker, which has fallen back to a level last seen in the early 1970s, has led Italcementi to eliminate three of its Italian cement works. The Pontassieve works near Florence is being sold to Colacem, the third largest Italian cement producer, as this works is very much on the periphery of Italcementi's areas of operation. Furthermore, two other integrated Italcementi cement works are to be closed permanently during the third quarter of this year. The sale of I...

Cemex UK's Barrington plant to be demolished

04 May 2012, Published under Cement News

Cemex UK confirms that it will not be bringing its cement plant at Barrington, Cambridgeshire back into production, but is moving to a phased demolition of the facility. Originally mothballed in November 2008, Cemex UK has concluded there is no economic case to re-start production. Commenting on the decision, Jesus Gonzalez, president Cemex UK operations said: "Regrettably we have come to the irreversible decision that Barrington Cement plant will not be bought back into production. Thi...

Lafarge to close kiln line at Joppa Cement, USA

16 March 2012, Published under Cement News

Lafarge has shut down Kiln Line No 2 at its Joppa cement plant, Illinois, USA, citing the continued challenging economic environment as the reason for shutting down one of its two kilns. The company will continue to operate the plant and its associated Cave-In-Rock Quarry and manufacture specialty well cement on its Kiln 1. Lafarge has  "The shutdown was due to the state of the economy and the weak demand for cement, " said Louis Derose-Environmental and Public Relations Manager-Lafarg...

Catskill plant closure to be made permanent, USA

24 February 2012, Published under Cement News

Holcim is reportedly permanently closing its Catskill plant in the state of New York, USA, according to a local news report which cites notice given to the Department of Environmental Conservation which seeks permission for Holcim to dispose of cement production waste remaining at the plant. Last June, Holcim mothballed the plant citing poor economic conditions but left open the possibility that one day the plant could reopen. At the time, the company said it would maintain permits...