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Bolivian cement demand down 13% in September

09 December 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement consumption in Bolivia dropped 12.6 per cent YoY to 337,063t in September 2020 from 385,624t in September 2019, according to the country’s statistics office, INE. Demand in the key market of Santa Cruz declined five per cent YoY to 85,812t in September 2020 while in La Paz, the country’s second-largest market, advanced by 3.7 per cent YoY to 72,034t.  Chuquisaca’s market contracted by 21.3 per cent YoY to 61,899t while demand in Cochabamba slipped 1.4 per cent to 57,821t. In Oruro d...

Chile's cement demand up 16% in October

08 December 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement consumption in Chile increased 16.2 per cent to 392,688t in October 2020 from 337,959t in the previous year, according to the country’s construction chamber, CChC. When compared with the previous month, the market expanded 19.7 per cent from 328,184t in September 2020. In January-October 2020 period, domestic demand dropped 10.6 per cent to 3.043Mt from 3.401Mt in the 10M2019.

Loma Negra forced to stop kilns in Olavarría

07 December 2020, Published under Cement News

A conflict between Argentina’s mining workers' union and Minerar, a key supplier of raw material, has forced Loma Negra to halt its two kilns in Olavarría. If the issue continues, cement dispatches are expected to be interrupted in the coming days. The disruption comes within days of the country’s government announcing the decision to monitor the supply of building materials, to ensure the flow to private and public works. Loma Negra is carrying out an US$350m expansion project at its ...

Argentina’s cement market expands 25% in November

04 December 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement demand in Argentina surged 25.1 per cent YoY and edged up two per cent MoM to 1,091,549t in November 2020, according to the country’s cement association, AFCP.  The market was entirely supplied by domestic output. In addition, Argentina’s cement producers exported 41,010t of cement in November, compared with 12,374t in November 2019 and 15,122t in October 2020. Total domestic production reached 1,132,559t, up 28 per cent YoY and 4.3 per cent MoM. January-November 2020 In the firs...

Mondi set to open Colombian plant in January

03 December 2020, Published under Cement News

Mondi is expected to open a new paper bag plant in Cartagena, Colombia, in January 2021. It will be the company’s first in South America. South America is home to more than 250 cement plants, requiring 2bn cement bags per year, according to a press release. "Our global network already includes 39 plants across 22 countries. We are excited to be expanding our footprint to Colombia, helping us to provide innovative, sustainable and customer-focused paper packaging solutions to customers in...

Colombian cement market expands 5% in October

01 December 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement dispatches in Colombia increased 5.2 per cent YoY to 1.169Mt in October 2020 when compared with 1.111Mt delivered in October 2019, according to the national statistics agency, DANE. The rise was supported by an increase in the retail segment, where dispatches were up by 10.6 per cent YoY. Building companies and contractors increased their offtake by 4.2 per cent when compared with October 2019. However, deliveries to the ready-mix concrete segment dropped nine per cent YoY.  The ...

GICA to export clinker to Dominican Republic and Haiti

25 November 2020, Published under Cement News

GICA will export 41,000t of clinker to the Dominican Republic and Haiti as it seeks new markets in Latin America, the company announced in a statement sent to EFE. It will also ship 60,000t of clinker to Côte d’Ivoire from the Hadjar Soud plant in Skikda. Since the start of 2020 close to 2Mt of clinker has been exported, including 300,000t to the Latin American market. In the last two years, GICA has entered the African markets of Benin, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, ...

Clinker dispatches via Paraguay River return

25 November 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement production is expected to recover from this week as clinker supply via the Paraguay River is returning to normal this week, reports Hoy. This will enable Industria Nacional del Cemento to increase cement production to more than 30,000 bags/day as the company’s clinker supply is more efficient. "Clinker production moves through the river and the land efficiency is not the same," said Ernesto Benítez, INC president, mentioning that production is more significant using river transport.

Howden’s successful retrofit in South America

18 November 2020, Published under Cement News

Early in 2020, Howden responded to a call from a cement plant in Brazil to retrofit a fan for reduced energy consumption. This retrofit project would involve replacing the rotor, shaft and input cone of the preheater kiln exhaust fan.  The retrofit had not been allocated as a capex project. In addition, to coincide with a planned shutdown, delivery would be needed within just 35 days, in time for the installation of the kiln outage. The equipment weighed 22t with a rotor diameter of ...

Peru’s domestic and export cement deliveries pick up in October

13 November 2020, Published under Cement News

Peruvian cement producers dispatched 1.255Mt of cement in October 2020, up 16.4 per cent YoY, according to the country’s cement association, Asocem. In October 2019 dispatches reached 1.078Mt. Deliveries were also up when compared with September 2020, when they were 1.096Mt. Cement production by Asocem members advanced 17.3 per cent YoY and 14.1 per cent MoM to 1.147Mt in October 2020 while clinker output fell 26.2 per cent YoY but increased eight per cent MoM to 0.65Mt. This output was s...