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Loma Negra sees 30% decline in revenue for 2Q20

12 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Argentina’s Loma Negra has announced a 30.1 per cent YoY decline in net revenue to ARS7453m (US$104m) in the second quarter of 2020. Consolidated adjusted EBITDA was also down 24.6 per cent to ARS2077m, while the margin climbed from 25.8 to 27.9 per cent. "Cement demand in Argentina in the second quarter contracted around 32 per cent YoY and around four per cent when compared sequentially with the previous quarter. Taking a closer look on the behaviour of our demand, we observed that the in...

Argentina reports 14% demand drop in July

07 August 2020, Published under Cement News

In July 2020 Argentina’s cement market contracted by 13.5 per cent YoY to 865,869t but expanded by 8.5 per cent MoM, according to the country’s cement association, AFCP. The market was entirely supplied by domestic production with no imports reported. Output from Argentina’s cement plants reached 870,835t in July 2020, down 13.2 per cent YoY from 1,003,628t in July 2019. When compared with June 2020, production was up 8.2 per cent. Exports rose 57.2 per cent to 4966t in July 2020 when co...

InterCement: today and beyond

05 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Brazilian cement major InterCement has built up a substantial international industry portfolio. In light of the latest global developments, Flavio Aidar, CEO of InterCement, shares an insight into the company’s recent performance, including the impact of COVID-19 on operations, updates on its activities in South America and Africa, and future goals. Flavio Aidar, CEO of InterCement ICR: COVID-19 is now a huge challenge facing the world. Are you and your team safe and well? ...

INC reports record July sales

04 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Paraguay-based Industria Nacional de Cemento (INC) has reported a record volume in cement sales at the end of July, reports Agencia de Información Paraguaya. The company sold 1,610,708 bags of cement in July, or an average of 48,500 bags/day. INC President, Ernesto Benítez spoke about the new milestone of 1,610,708 bags sold in a single month. “Not only the best-selling product is pozzolanic, but also masonry and structural cement. Both had a significant rebound," he said. He added the dat...

Colombian cement market contracts 8% in June

03 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Colombian cement dispatches fell 7.6 per cent to 0.905Mt in June 2020 when compared with 0.979Mt in June 2019, according to data provided by the country’s statistical office, DANE. Sales of bagged cement fell 3.1 per cent YoY while bulk cement deliveries were down 16.8 per cent in June 2020. Ready-mix concrete companies reduced their offtake by 22.4 per cent YoY while deliveries to building companies and contractors fell by 12.6 per cent. The retail sector reported a sales increase of one ...

Cemex sales decline by 10% in 2Q20

28 July 2020, Published under Cement News

Cemex reported significant disruption from COVID-19 in 2Q20. Sales declined by 10 per cent YoY and EBITDA fell by six per cent to US$554m. These decreases were attributed to lockdown measures. The decline in quarterly consolidated net sales was due to lower volumes for the company's three core products in almost all regions. The USA was the one exception with cement volumes growing six per cent. Net operating earnings before other expenses decreased 17 per cent to US$279m on a like-for-li...

Holcim Argentina appoints new commercial director

17 July 2020, Published under Cement News

Holcim Argentina has named Victor Mariaca as new commercial director. Mr Mariaca held previously commercial positions within Holcim, including regional commercial manager. He has also led commercial development at Grupo Herdez and Clorox in Mexico. "I am very happy to assume this new position, I hope I can contribute my experience to help the company achieve its objectives in this great country," said Mr Mariaca, who is Mexican and has a degree in Marketing from the Institute of Technolo...

Argos delivers masks and biosafety kits

17 July 2020, Published under Cement News

Argos has been delivering 23,000 face masks to construction and hardware customers throughout Colombia as well as biosafety kits to business customers. The biosafety kits consist of thermometers and floor charts, for social distancing, and a digital application to monitor health conditions at points of sale to prevent the spread of COVID-19. "At Argos we have the firm intention of being the best allies to our customers," said Tomás Restrepo, vice president of Argos Colombia region.

Peruvian cement market expands in June

14 July 2020, Published under Cement News

While cement demand in Peru rebounded in June 2020 to 678,000t when compared with 298,000t sold in May 2020, it remained 26.1 per cent below demand reported in June 2019 as the impact of the coronavirus pandemic continue to be felt, according to the country’s cement association, Asocem. Cement output improved significantly to 611,000t in June 2020, representing an advance of 131.8 per cent when compared with May 2020, when output stood at 263,000t. However, it remained 29.6 per cent below ...

Brazilian cement demand up 24% in June

08 July 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in Brazil rose 24.2 per cent YoY in June 2020. Domestic offtake reached 5.2Mt in June, according to the country’s cement association, SNIC. In the first half of 2020, sales advanced by 3.6 per cent YoY to 26.9Mt. “COVID-19 caused several changes in our lives, habits, and priorities. The crisis showed the cement industry that taking care of the house and using savings and investments for small reforms, something very popular in the 80s, are back in the household budget," SNIC Pr...