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SONOCC announces resumption of production

26 January 2022, Published under Cement News

Société nouvelle des ciments du Congo (SONOCC) will restart its production of cement from 31 January after several weeks of work stoppage, said the company’s Director General, Il Xingtao. It is expected that the additional output will help alleviate the cement shortage in the Republic of Congo and put an end to soaring cement prices. Prices have jumped to XAF120,000 (US$206.67) to date from XAF70,000 in November 2021. At present only Forspak’s plant is operating but is unable to cover na...

Cement demand continues climb in El Salvador in July

26 November 2021, Published under Cement News

Apparent cement consumption in El Salvador increased 45.9 per cent YoY to 180,611t (4249.67 bags) from 123,779t (2912.45 bags) in July 2020, according to Casalco. In the January-July 2021 period apparent demand saw a 57.3 per cent increase to 1,100,926t (25,904.15 bags) from 699,989t (16,470.33 bags) in the 7M20. In October 2021 the ex-works price remained stable MoM at US$8.09 per 42.5kg bag. Retail prices edged up further to US$8.82/bag in October, representing a YoY rise of five per...

Salvadoran cement market expands 60% in 6M21

25 November 2021, Published under Cement News

Apparent cement consumption in El Salvador surged by 59.7 per cent to 920,315t (21,654.48 bags) in January-June 2021 from 576,210t (13,557.88 bags) in the equivalent period of 2020, according to Casalco. In June alone, 102,413t (2409.71 bags) were sold on the domestic market, representing a 24.4 per cent increase when compared with June 2020 sales of 82,345t (1937.54 bags). Cement prices in El Salvador rose 6.9 per cent YoY from US$7.87 per 42.5kg bag to US$8.09/bag, ex-works – including V...

Iraq's cement association calls for reversal of fuel subsidy decision

22 September 2021, Published under Cement News

Iraq's association of cement manufacturers has called on authorities to reverse a decision which has seen a reduction in fuel subsidies for the sector, according to Agence France-Presse. Earlier this month, the oil ministry raised the price of fuel sold to cement manufacturers from IQD150/l (US$0.10) to IQD250, in addition to a previous increase this year. The association has warned that the move risks factory closures or a hike in cement prices by at least US$10/t. "The decision will ...

Italy sees 32% advance in 1H production

03 September 2021, Published under Cement News

Domestic cement output in Italy picked up by two per cent YoY in June 2021, following a YoY increase of 18 per cent in May 2021, according to Federbeton. In the January-June period output has advanced 32 per cent when compared with the year-ago period. To supplement local supply, Italy imported 151,444t of cement in May 2021, up 75 per cent YoY. In terms of CIF values, the total price was EUR7.772m, or US$51/t. In addition, exports advanced by 10 per cent YoY to 148,311t in May 2021.Thei...

Coal rally reaches 2011 highs while petcoke discounts up to 37%

27 August 2021, Published under Cement News

By Brannvoll Aps, Denmark Following on from ICR’s most recent energy report , the coal rally has now reached levels comparable the highs of 2011, leading to more supply distortions. Petcoke FOB contracts are dragged up close to all-time highs with only a few deals available. Discounts for petcoke FOB (USGC 6.5 per cent, 40 HG/API 4) have increased to 37 per cent. However, freight rates have continued to climb, putting a lid on FOB prices to some extent. Additional context i...

Sharp coal rally drives petcoke higher to widen discounts – new demand fears and OPEC+ agreement sent oil falling

16 August 2021, Published under Cement News

By Brannvoll Aps, Denmark The euro is seen in the US$1.17-1.20 range with the US infrastructure package expected to support the dollar in the short-term. As forecast, inflation fears evaporated but the expected turn in commodities did not occur due to continued bottlenecks in the opening economies. Table 1: Prices at a glance Crude oil (US$/bbl) 69.25 Coal API2 – 4Q21 (US$) 132.00 API2 – Cal 2022 (U...

Kazakhstan lifts import restrictions

27 July 2021, Published under Cement News

Kazakhstan has lifted the restriction on cement imports from third countries, Trend reports. As a result, cement clinkers, Portland cement, alumina and hydraulic cements are allowed to be imported into the country. The lifting is expected to benefit the demand in the western regions and reduce the price of cement in Kazakhstan. The ban was introduced on 30 April 2021 by the Ministry of Industry and Infrastructural Development to support local cement producers. However, cement prices in...

Hungary levies excess-profit tax on construction material producers

12 July 2021, Published under Cement News

Hungary's government has levied a 90 per cent excess-profit tax on some producers of construction materials from 9 July, in an effort aimed at curbing surging prices. The tax applies to companies that produce cement and other materials, including plaster, chalk, gravel, sand, clay, lime and gypsum, with annual revenue of HUF3bn (US$10.02m) or more in 2019. It requires the companies to pay a 90 per cent "mining allowance" on the difference between revenue generated using their own prices a...

India's cement production falls in April and May

06 July 2021, Published under Cement News

India's cement production was down by 11 per cent MoM in April and 18 per cent MoM in May, due to the rise of COVID-19 cases and the subsequent lockdown restrictions by many states. However, notwithstanding the onset of the monsoon season, pent-up demand is expected to push volumes forward in the second quarter of the FY21-22. As a result, ICRA ratings agency has revised its volumetric growth estimates for the fiscal year downwards to 10-12 per cent from 15 per cent. Anupama Reddy, ass...