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China's cement output rises by 6% in 1H19

29 August 2019, Published under Cement News

China's total cement output rose by 6.8 per cent in 1H19 to 1.045bnt. This was the fastest growth in the last six years, even though cement supply was still constrained by the policies of 'staggering peak construction' and environmentally restrictive production'. National demand for cement saw a YoY increase of more than five per cent with the northern region showing the fastest growth. The pricing and supply-demand balance in northern China, particularly in Beijing, Tianjin and He...

PT Indocement

28 August 2019, Published under Cement News

PT Indocement saw its total sales volumes increase by 0.7 per cent YoY to 8.4Mt in the first half of 2019. Although domestic sales remained largely unchanged, export volumes jumped by 190 per cent YoY from 29,000t in the 1H18 to 84,000t in the same period this year. Consolidated net revenue for the company improved by 7.7 per cent YoY in the 1H19 to IDR6982bn (US$489.7m), while EBITDA grew by 34.5 per cent to IDR1178.2bn. The EBITDA margin, meanwhile, advanced from 13.5 to 16.9 per cent.  ...

Sonacim lowers cement prices for 1 month

12 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Chad-based Sonacim will be lowering its cement price between 12 August and 11 September, according to its new Managing Director, Faïtchou Etienne. The price of 32.5-grade PC cement will be reduced to XAF5500 (US$9.37) from XAF6000 while 42.5-grade PO cement will be price at XAF7000, down from XAF9000.

Sailing through high seas

06 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Pakistan’s cement producers are sailing through high tides as domestic demand succumbs to macroeconomic pressures, manufacturing costs rise and utilisation levels look set to weaken with the addition of new capacities. Exports are providing a much-needed cushion, as is the shift towards reducing costs and improving operational efficiencies. By Syeda Humaira Akhtar, BMA Capital Management Ltd, Pakistan. Against a backdrop of lower domestic demand and higher production costs, Pakistan p...

Ex-works cement price stable in El Salvador, retail price sees modest slip

17 July 2019, Published under Cement News

The price of a 42.5kg bag of cement, ex-works in El Salvador remained stable in May 2019 at $7.57 when compared with the previous month, according to the Salvadoran construction chamber, CASALCO. Retail prices slipped slightly to $8.42/bag (including 13 per cent VAT), down from $8.44/bag in April 2019.

Association calls for lower cement prices in Nigeria

12 July 2019, Published under Cement News

Oyebamiji Dauda, chairman of the Lagos State Bricklayers’ Association, has urged the federal government of Nigeria to address the rising cement prices and as a result, increase access to affordable housing. In an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria, Mr Dauda stated that allowing more producers to operate in the market would make it more competitive. "There is the need for establishment of more cement manufacturing firms to help crash the price. Our observation is that high cost of c...

Mounting challenges for Pakistan cement producers

08 July 2019, Published under Cement News

Pakistan's cement industry faces strong headwinds with new tax measures, an increase in gas and electric prices, unrest among cement distributors and retailers, dwindling local demands and negligible export to neighbouring countries, says a local research house. BMA Capital Management reports that challenging demand/supply outlook amid rising cost of operations triggered by supply chain constraints, a rise in federal excise duty (FED), etc has led to added pressure on cement prices. The e...

ICRA expects Indian demand growth to slow

28 June 2019, Published under Cement News

Indian ratings agency ICRA is expecting cement demand growth in the country to taper to about seven per cent in the FY19-20, down from 13 per cent in the previous fiscal. The slow execution of infrastructure projects and availability of labour due to the general elections have both been issues, according to Sabyasachi Majumdar, senior vice-president of ICRA. In the upcoming September quarter, demand is expected to be low as a result of the monsoon season. However, consumption is foreca...

Sephaku Cement set to increase prices this month

27 June 2019, Published under Cement News

South Africa’s Sephaku Cement (Dangote Cement) is expected to pay between ZAR35m-40m (US$2.4-2.8m) each year following the introduction of a new carbon tax on 1 June. "The associate will apply the tax on its products based on the proportion of clinker per ton, which translates to between 1.5 per cent and 2.5 per cent price increases on lower-strength and high-strength cement, respectively," said Sephaku Holdings, 36 per cent owner of Sephaku Cement, in a statement. The company will incre...

Egyptian cement sales decline 8% in 1Q19

26 June 2019, Published under Cement News

Total cement sales in Egypt declined 7.7 per cent QoQ to 10.9Mt during the first quarter of 2019, while production decreased 8.1 per cent QoQ to 11.2Mt, according to the Central Bank of Egypt. The average price of cement slipped 0.8 per cent to EGP1190/t (US$71.2/t) in the 1Q19.