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Paraguay sees unexpected uptick in demand

19 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Paraguay-based Industria Nacional del Cemento (INC) saw an unexpected surge in demand between 4-8 May 2020 with average sales of 79,755 bags/day as distribution companies collected a backlog of deliveries and bought extra volumes as they anticipated the easing of lockdown measures. INC had to buy 40,000t of imported clinker recently, according to Esmerk Latin American News. In April 2020 sales plummeted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Colombia: market in transition

18 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Following a poor performance in recent years, the Colombian cement sector seems to be on the cusp of a new era. Although the impact of the coronavirus pandemic is yet to be understood, a steady pipeline of construction projects over the next few years should support rising cement prices and a positive cement demand forecast, argues Bancolombia. By Jairo Julian Aquedelo Restrepo, Bancolombia, Colombia. Ecocementos is Colombia’s newest cement market entrant having started operations in ...

Chilean cement demand drops 7% in 1Q20

15 May 2020, Published under Cement News

After remaining largely stable at 332,905t  in February 2020 when compared with February 2019, Chile’s cement market contracted by 13.6 per cent YoY in March to 344,098t from 398,132t in March 2019, according to the Chilean Chamber of Construction and Cement (CChC). In the first quarter of 2020, dispatches were down 6.7 per cent YoY to 1,007,786t from 1,080,074t in the 1Q19.

Brazil cement consumption declines 7% in April

14 May 2020, Published under Cement News

While Brazilian cement sales in April fell 6.9 per cent YoY to 4.1Mt, sales per business day saw a drop of only 2.5 per cent to 185,500t, according to Brazil’s cement association, SNIC. “After a slightly negative quarter of sales (-0.3 per cent 1Q20 x1Q19), caused mainly by the damming of cement purchases in January and February due to heavy rains, which hit several parts of the country, and the beginning of social isolation and demobilisation of sectors of the economy, which started in Ma...

Argentina’s market contracts 55% in April

13 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement consumption in Argentina dropped 55.2 per cent YoY and 19.7 per cent MoM in April 2020 to 403,652t from 900,938t in April 2019, according to the latest data by the country’s cement association, AFCP. Production in domestic cement plants fell by 55.1 per cent to 407,645t in February 2020 from 908,737t in the equivalent period of the previous year. When compared with March 2020, the decline was 19.8 per cent. There were no imports in April. Exports saw a 48.8 per cent YoY decrease t...

Automation at Caracolito

12 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Integrating collective knowledge and suggestions for improvements by end users form the basis of CEMEX’s drive to advance operational excellence at its plant in Caracolito, Colombia. The plant’s Line 2 was the focus for the design and implementation of a new control platform that could be fully adapted to user needs as well as allow for greater efficiency and productivity. By CEMEX, Colombia. Cemex Colombia has improved its efficiency and productivity at Line 2 of its Caracolito plant...

Loma Negra reports 30% decline in revenue

12 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Argentina’s Loma Negra has reported a 29.6 per cent fall in net revenue to ARS7.77bn (US$122m) in the first quarter of 2020, compared to ARS11bn in the year-ago period. The company’s net profit saw a 44.4 per cent YoY decline to ARS881m from ARS1.58bn. Consolidated adjusted EBITDA was down 17.9 per cent YoY to ARS2.60bn, while the adjusted EBITDA margin increased to 33.5 per cent from 28.7 per cent. "In this unprecedented COVID-19 situation, we are proud of the resilience and ingenuity...

GCCA expands to 16 members

05 September 2018, Published under Cement News

The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) expanded to 16 members last month, adding companies from Europe, South America and Asia. Buzzi Unicem, Cementos Argos, Cementos Pacasmayo, Çimsa Çimento, SCG Cement and Titan Cement were all welcomed to the association which launched earlier this year. Furthermore, the US-based Portland Cement Association has joined the GCCA as an affiliate. "We are delighted to welcome further cement and concrete companies and like-minded organisations t...

Leading cement producers: 2017 overview

29 March 2018, Published under Cement News

On the whole, 2017 was a year of growth for the world's leading cement producers. HeidelbergCement saw its revenues advance by 13.8 per cent YoY, while China's Anhui Conch reported sales growth of 34.7 per cent. Dangote recorded an improvement in revenue of 31 per cent while Cemex, Buzzi Unicem, Vicat and CRH all saw more marginal expansions of between two and 5.1 per cent YoY (see Figure 1). The only major to report a fall in sales revenue was LafargeHolcim, dipping 2.9 per cent as its ceme...

KHD informed of arbitration award

17 February 2016, Published under Cement News

KHD Humboldt Wedag International said it has been informed of an award from a Portuguese arbitration court, whereby KHD and its subsidiary Humboldt Wedag Inc (USA) are jointly ordered to pay damages to a customer in South America. Humboldt Wedag Inc’s arbitration claim for disbursement of outstanding payments, reimbursement for a called bank guarantee, as well as additional compensation (for damages) was denied. The wording and expect impact of the arbitration award are still to be analyse...