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Shanshui Cement expects first-half loss to narrow

09 August 2017, Published under Cement News

China-based Shanshui Cement expects that the group will continue to record a net loss for the six months ended 30 June 2017. However, the loss is expected to narrow compared with the corresponding period of 2016 mainly due to the increase in average selling prices. In addition, the Jinan government is assisting the company to restructure the board of directors and senior management of Shandong Shanshui and to resolve the illegal occupation of the properties of Shandong Shanshui by its form...

Italian producers to appeal watchdog decision

08 August 2017, Published under Cement News

Buzzi Unicem, Italcementi and Cementir have been fined by the Italian Competition Authority following a probe launched in November 2015 into the existence of alleged anti-competitive practices in the domestic market. The authority's decision states that Buzzi Unicem participated in an agreement concerning the alleged co-ordination of manufacturers regarding simultaneous price increases as well as an exchange of information within the industry association AITEC and, in general, the adopti...

EAPCC announces 10% price cut

20 July 2017, Published under Cement News

East African Portland Cement Co (EAPCC) has announced a 10 per cent reduction on the ex-factory price of its Blue Triangle Cement. The Kenyan cement producer attributed the price cut to improved processes following the implementation of a strategic turnaround plan it embarked on last year, according to a report in The Star national newspaper. “Over the last 10 months, we have been re-engineering our processes from production to distribution, sales and marketing,” EAPCC Managing Director...

Steppe Cement price focus helps lift 1H turnover

19 July 2017, Published under Cement News

Steppe Cement reported a 15 per cent decline in volumes for the first half of 2017 while turnover was up by four per cent over the same period as the Kazakhstan-based producer focussed on pricing. In a market update for the first half of the year published on Monday, the company said sales volumes fell to 650,333t from 761,777t a year earlier. Meanwhile, turnover reached KZT8553m (US$26.2m) versus KZT8190m in 1H16. The average price for delivered cement in the 1H17 increased to KZT13,15...

Mexico's construction chamber considers imports

06 July 2017, Published under Cement News

Following the rise in Mexican cement prices earlier this month, the President of the country’s Chamber of the Construction Industry, Gustavo Arvallo, said the organisation was looking into creating a viable logistics chain to accommodate imports. He said the latest price increase would need to be passed on to customers with public projects affected as well as private investors and house buyers. However, to minimise the effect of such price rises, increased supply through imports would cre...

UltraTech reduces prices

05 July 2017, Published under Cement News

UltraTech Cement has reduced prices of its products by 2-3 per cent, extending benefits of a tax reduction under the countrys Goods and Service Tax (GST) regime, local press report. The company has started the supply of batches from its warehouses on new rates effective 1 July , when the new tax structure came into force. Cement has been taxed at 28 per cent under the GST as compared to 30-31 per cent in the previous taxation system. The reduction in prices would vary from state to st...

Caribbean Cement announces price increase

23 June 2017, Published under Cement News

Caribbean Cement Co of Jamaica has announced an increase in the price for cement, effective Monday. In a release published by the Jamaica Gleaner, Carib Cement said the price of its most popular product, Carib Cement Plus, will be increased by JMD38 in addition to General Consumption Tax (GCT). It says the price of its other cement products will also be increased. The company added that after three years without a price increase, the devaluation of the Jamaican dollar and increases in fue...

India producers refute cartel allegations

13 June 2017, Published under Cement News

Representatives from various cement companies on Friday denied that they formed a cartel to artificially hike prices, saying market dynamics decide the prices, not the companies. There have been allegations of cartelisation and ‘unjustified’ prices in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana in the south of the country from builders after a steep hike in prices in the two markets recently. "Price hikes have to be factored in the context of price volatility, escalating costs and low capacity utilisa...

Cement price recovery in western India

12 June 2017, Published under Cement News

Cement prices in western India have recovered from the lows touched a year ago, and on a YoY basis have seen the highest improvement among all domestic regions. In June the price of cement stood at INR335 (US$5.20)/50kg bag, 16 per cent more than the INR290/bag recorded in the same month a year earlier, according to a recent dealer channel check report by Kotak Institutional Equities. On a sequential basis, prices improved by INR2/bag. The recovery has largely been driven by the state o...

Challenging outlook for Lafarge Malaysia

23 May 2017, Published under Cement News

In the first three months of this year Lafarge Malaysia reported a net loss of MYR48.9m (US$11.4m) compared to a net profit of MYR20.6m for the same period a year ago due to lower operating profit and worsening pricing pressure. The group’s revenue decreased by 16.1 per cent to RM561.9m YoY. “This decrease was mainly attributable to the lower sales contribution from the cement segment due to the soft market demand, coupled with the increased industry capacity and the continued pricing pr...