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China reports 2% rise in cement production for 2020

26 January 2021, Published under Cement News

China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has reported a 1.6 per cent YoY rise in cement output to 2.377bnt for 2020. The construction of 3203 projects started across the country in December 2020, with a total investment of CNY2.69trn (US$415.6bn). Cement prices in China are also expected to maintain stable in 2021 due to improving supply-demand relations, according to Xinhua News. Many local authorities have now set a goal for infrastructure construction this year. Hubei Province...

Cement prices cool in Mali

26 January 2021, Published under Cement News

Following cement prices of XOF130,000/t (US$240.48/t) reported 10 days ago, the price of cement in Mali has been falling to XOF95,000-110,000/t, depending on the location. The price drop is due to a resumption of normal supply as Diamond Cement and the routing of around a 100 loads from Dakar, Senegal.

Cement price in Mali surges due to shortage

15 January 2021, Published under Cement News

Cement is becoming an increasingly scarce product in Mali. As a result, prices have risen from XOF90,000/t to XOF125,000-130,000/t, according to MaliActu.  In 2019 Mali had a cement demand of around 2.8Mt, with future consumption underpinned by a need for infrastructure and high population growth. However, output from the country’s cement industry is only approximately 1Mta and wide-spread shortages have been reported.

Argos USA ready-mix to settle alleged price-fixing case

06 January 2021, Published under Cement News

Argos group's ready-mix concrete subsidiary, Argos USA, is to settle a US$20m payment over an alleged price-fixing cartel involving several members of staff in the state of Georgia, USA. According to the US Department of Justice, Argos USA "admitted to participating in the charged conspiracy, and agreed to cooperate fully with the Antitrust Division's ongoing criminal investigation and prosecution of others involved in this conspiracy." Argos USA's management stated that the alleged pric...

A promising start to the new year in Pakistan

05 January 2021, Published under Cement News

The cement industry in Pakistan kicked off the FY20-21 on an exciting note. During the first six months of the current fiscal year, total cement dispatches grew by 15.7 per cent, from 24.751Mt in July-December 2019, to 28.628Mt in July-December 2020. Local dispatches have increased by 15.9 per cent in July-December 2020 to 23.61Mt from 20.373Mt in July-December 2019. Exports also increased from 4.377Mt in July-December 2019 to 5.017Mt in July-December 2020, showing a growth of 14.6 per cent....

Prices escalate by 35% in Nigeria

29 December 2020, Published under Cement News

A rise in cement demand coupled with insufficient supply from the major cement producers has driven up prices by 35 per cent in Nigeria. An investigation carried out by The Punch publication indicated that a 50kg bag of cement, which cost between NGN2400 (US$6.32) and NGN2600 as of September this year, now sells for NGN3500. Stakeholders attributed the recent hike in price, which started in October this year, to a supply shortage resulting in “artificial” scarcity. According to the ...

India: beyond the headwinds

03 November 2020, Published under Cement News

India has become the second-worst affected country by the COVID-19 health crisis. Consequently, construction activity has taken a hit and cement demand saw a dramatic collapse in the April-June 2020 quarter. As the pandemic continues to play out, ICR assesses the impact on domestic cement producers and prospects for recovery. As COVID-19 exerts unprecedented stress on India’s cement industry, ICR looks at the latest available data to date for the April-June 2020 period and...

Cement price in Paraguay continues to rise

21 October 2020, Published under Cement News

A cement shortage in Paraguay has resulted in another price rise. Bulk CCPII F40 cement, sold by Yguazu Cementos, used in the production of industrial concrete, has seen a 10.7 per cent increase in price since the start of the year and now costs PYG974,000/t (US$138.88), according to ABC Color. In the last few days, INC also announced a price rise to PYG39,800/bag. It cited higher transport costs as primary driver for the price increased. High water levels in the Paraguay river have led to...

Cement stocks have outperformed in PSX lately

10 September 2020, Published under Cement News

An analyst at Intermarket Securities Ltd has reported that cement stocks listed on the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) have recently outperformed and the present bull-run in cement stocks – up 82 per cent since March 2020 – has been driven by many factors. That includes good pick-up in local demand led by the private sector, anticipated commencement of Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme and the recent announcement of Karachi Package by the government, and lower input costs amid a decline in internat...

Bracing for an uncertain future

25 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Despite being a general election year, Indian cement demand growth unexpectedly stagnated for most of 2019. Furthermore, the ongoing COVID-19 crisis further restricted demand in the opening quarters of 2020. Going forward, considerable uncertainty remains and hope rests on an economic recovery led by a large-scale stimulus package. The decline in investment proposals and project announcements in India’s infrastructure sector suggest a sluggish demand environment due to the coronavi...