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Votorantim Cimentos completes Cementos Balboa acquisition

18 October 2021, Published under Cement News

Brazil-based Votorantim Cimentos, through its Spanish subsidiary Corporación Noroeste, has announced the acquisition of Cementos Balboa. Cementos Balboa has a modern integrated cement plant located in Alconera, in the province of Badajoz, with an installed production capacity of 1.6Mta. With this facility, Votorantim Cimentos complements its current operations in Spain and expects to increase its operational efficiencies, accelerate its decarbonisation roadmap and enhance its distribution...

September sales in Brazil continue to decline

11 October 2021, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in Brazil slipped 1.6 per cent in September 2021 to 5.698Mt when compared with 5.812Mt sold in September 2020, according to Brazilian cement association, SNIC. The main sales indicators for construction materials, particularly cement, continue to decelerate as a result of  the lower income of the population and growing household indebtedness, which reached 59.9 per cent, the highest value since records began in 2005. In addition, a high level unemployment, reduced emergency ai...

UNACEM acquires Cementos La Union's operations in Chile

11 October 2021, Published under Cement News

Spain-based Cementos La Unión has closed a deal to sell its operations in Chile to UNACEM, following approval from the National Economic Prosecutor of Chile (FNE) last March. The transaction is valued at US$23m, which includes both the value of the purchase and the existing debt of the subsidiary.  The acquisition will see the transfer of a 300,000tpa grinding and packing plant located in San Antonio, Valparaíso region, as well as two concrete plants.

Belterra clay could replace limestone in cement production

11 October 2021, Published under Cement News

In a study, funded partly by the Brazilian Ministry of Education, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg (MLU), Germany, and Brazil’s University of Pará, have found that CO2 emissions can be reduced during cement production by up to two-thirds by adding Belterra clay, unused overburden from bauxite mining. "This layer of clay can be up to 30 metres thick and covers the bauxite deposits in the tropical regions of the earth, for example in the Amazon basin," explains Professor Herbert Pöl...

Cemex seeks to offset inflationary pressures with price hikes

08 October 2021, Published under Cement News

Fernando A Gonzalez, CEO, opened yesterday's Cemex Day - Part II event with a look at some of the surprises of the last year. Not only has Cemex seen a 'V-shaped' recovery since the pandemic, it has also reported remarkable growth with EBITDA advancing in the 1H21 by 20.7 per cent YoY. However, inflation has become the main challenge going forward, particularly due to price rise for marine transportation and fuel, which the company has responded to with a robust pricing strategy and the post...

Construction firms and contractors drive 4% rise in Colombia’s cement demand

07 October 2021, Published under Cement News

Colombian cement dispatches picked up 4.3 per cent to 1.098Mt in August 2021 from 1.052Mt in August 2020, according to the country’s statistics office, DANE. When compared with August 2019 deliveries slipped 0.1 per cent from 1.099Mt. Growth was particularly robust in the ready-mix segment where off-take saw a 14 per cent improvement. Construction companies and contractors increased their purchases by 6.5 per cent while sales to the retail sector edged up 0.3 per cent. Production from dom...

Chile’s cement dispatches advance 21% in August

07 October 2021, Published under Cement News

Cement dispatches by Chilean cement producers improved 21.1 per cent to 371,947t in August 2021 from 307,117t in August 2020, according to the Chilean construction chamber, CChC. In the January-August 2021 period, deliveries advanced 24 per cent to 2,879,749t from 2,321,691t in the 8M20.

Argentina's cement market expands 7% in September

06 October 2021, Published under Cement News

Argentinian cement demand increased seven per cent YoY to 1,110,527t in September 2021 from 1,037,475t in September 2021, according to the country’s cement association, AFCP. When compared with August 2021, there was a 2.5 per cent uptick from 1,083,8224t. There were no imports. Argentina’s cement producers shipped 1,121,180t of cement in September 2021, up 7.4 per cent YoY from 1,043,608Mt and 2.3 per cent MoM from 1,096,465t. Of this total 1,110,527t was delivered to the domestic market,...

Bolivian cement consumption up 41% in July

06 October 2021, Published under Cement News

Cement demand in Bolivia advanced 40.6 per cent to 325,789t in July 2021 from 231,662t in July 2020 but remained 9.3 per cent below its 2019 level of 359,307t, according to national statistics office, INE. Cement production in Bolivia increased 25.5 per cent to 321,479t from 256,231t in July 2020 but fell 3.1 per cent from 331,811t in July 2019. January-July 2021 In the January-July 2021 period cement consumption rose 39.8 per cent YoY to 1.946Mt from 0.93Mt in the 7M20. When compared ...

Peru's cement market expands 18% in August

23 September 2021, Published under Cement News

Cement dispatches in Peru advanced 18 per cent to 1.202Mt in August 2021 when compared with 1.018Mt in August 2020, according to Asocem, the country’s cement association. When compared with July 2021, dispatches increased by six per cent. Asocem members dispatched 1.112Mt, up 19 per cent YoY and six per cent MoM. Output from Asocem member companies increased 15 per cent to 1.126Mt from 0.977Mt in the year-ago period and by six per cent when compared with July 2021. Of this total, 18,500t o...