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African aspirations

24 July 2018, Published under Cement News

East Africa’s cement sector has remained resilient in recent years, despite oversupply and power shortages. ICR reviews the main east African markets as the battle to increase market shares intensifies and modernisation is further challenged by new entrants taking on the established players. Tanga Cement is building on the strength of its Simba brand to compete effectively with new entrants in the Tanzanian cement market Growth in cement consumption continues to stimulate the...

Steppe Cement 1H18 volumes rise by 14%

11 July 2018, Published under Cement News

In the 1H18 Steppe Cement Ltd sold 738,228t of cement for KZT10,539m (US$30.7m), compared with 650,333t of cement for KZT8553m in 1H17. This represents an increase of 14 per cent in volume and an increase of 23 per cent in turnover over the same period in 2017. The average price for the current period for delivered cement was KZT14,276/t (ex VAT), compared with KZT13,151/t in the corresponding period of 2017. The ex-factory price for the current period was KZT11,560/t, compared with KZT11,...

Pakistan: positive expectations for FY18

02 July 2018, Published under Cement News

The Pakistan cement industry is likely to wrap up FY18 on a positive note. Provisional data show that cement dispatches for June 2018 increased three per cent YoY to 2.81Mt, when compared with 2.73Mt in June 2017, according to a report of IGI Finex Securities Ltd. This brings FY18 dispatches to date to 45.72Mt, up 13 per cent YoY. In the equivalent period of FY17, deliveries reached 40.32Mt. However, MoM a fall of 28 per cent was noted, which was mainly attributed to the holy month of Ram...

Vietnam’s dragon of growth

29 June 2018, Published under Cement News

With strong economic growth fuelling infrastructure investment and China importing more clinker than ever, its not hard to see why Vietnam’s cement producers are enjoying a surge in demand. But the industry remains highly-fragmented and needs to tackle its oversupply situation as new mega plants arrive on the scene. The Vietnamese dragon is a symbol of growth. Last year saw the country report GDP expansion of 6.8 per cent, the highest rate in the last decade Last year saw Vi...

Semen Indonesia

28 June 2018, Published under Cement News

Semen Indonesia is hoping to boost sales across the country by using an e-commerce platform. The move comes as the company announced a 4.5 per cent contraction in domestic sales in the opening quarter of 2018, falling from 2.38Mt in 1Q17 to 2.27Mt. Intense competition from new arrivals has forced established producers such as Semen Indonesia to lower their prices.  It’s not only prices that have been affected by the new arrivals. The gap between cement production and demand in Indonesia a...

Cemex raises cement price 5% in Mexico

12 June 2018, Published under Cement News

Cemex has increased the price of cement in Mexico by five per cent last week, making it the second price rise by the company this year. The increase applies to national sales of bagged cement. The increase applies from 4 June and the company has said the price is part of its programme to supply “value over volume” and to set “realistic cement prices. In January the company carried out a 10-12 per cent increase in prices for both bagged and bulk cement as well as raising prices for read...

Cement prices rise in Pakistan

04 June 2018, Published under Cement News

Prices of cement in Pakistan are expected to rise following an increase to the Federal Excise Duty (FED) to PKR1.50/kg (U$0.012) from PKR1.25/kg , in the Federal Budget 2018-19 (July 2018-June 2019). Experts expect local cement producers to pass on the extra government levy to end users.   Last week Attock Cement Pakistan Ltd (ACPL) and Lucky Cement announced increases in their cement prices, respectively. The maximum retail price for ordinary Portland cement varies between PKR600-620/bag ...

Pakistan cement likely to face challenges

25 May 2018, Published under Cement News

Pakistan's cement industry is expected to face challenges ahead in view of an increase in production capacity in the north and south, the surging cost of coal prices and a cut in the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) in FY18-19. These developments are expected to impact on cement prices as well as capacity utilisation – industry experts anticipate and suggest exports are the only respite in the difficult time ahead. With falling capacity utilisation rates over the medium term, p...

Hima Cement to open new plant in Uganda next month

17 April 2018, Published under Cement News

Hima Cement has announced that its UGX144bn (US$40m) new plant in Tororo, Uganda, will begin operations next month. The country is currently experiencing a severe price hike and George Nicola, CEO of Hima Cement Uganda, has stated that increased production can solve the issue. “It is not the producers increasing the price but it’s the full distribution channel that has been impacted,” said Mr Nicola. “What is causing the price to go up is because our customers’ distributors and retailer...

KFTC fines 26 manufacturers for cartelisation

16 April 2018, Published under Cement News

The Korea Fair Trade Commission (KFTC) has announced that it levied KRW15.37bn (US$14.64m) of fines on 26 cement manufacturers for cartelisation activities, according to Korea JoongAng Daily. The KFTC stated that the manufacturers had colluded to set the prices of ready-mix concrete provided to smaller construction firms between 2009-16. As a result, the prices of the construction material have been on the rise, according to the watchdog. The KFTC has referred the 26 companies to state p...