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Siam City Cement to acquire Holcim Lanka

25 July 2016, Published under Cement News

Siam City Cement (SCC) has signed a deal to buy Sri Lankan cement company Holcim Lanka Ltd for US$400m. The acquisition will turn SCC into the market leader in Sri Lanka. SCC is anticipating that the acquisition of the 98.95 per cent stake in Holcim Lanka will be completed within two weeks of the date of agreement, while LafargeHolcim have said the transaction will be completed in 3Q16. SCC will use credit facilities from Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi UFJ to fund the purchase. This latest ...

Sri Lanka: Tokyo Cement looks to US for investment backing

20 July 2016, Published under Cement News

The chief financial officer and other members of the Tokyo Cement management team are in the US this week for an investor roadshow, Lanka Business Online reports. Mark Decker, whose brokerage firm is promoting the roadshow, said: “Tokyo Cement is an under-researched company with a dominant market position, brand equity built over three decades, and clear growth prospects in light of Sri Lankan infrastructure and building construction projects.  “We’re honoured to introduce the firm’s m...

Sri Lanka: Tokyo Cement Company calls for end to price controls

15 July 2016, Published under Cement News

Tokyo Cement, the largest cement producer in Sri Lanka, has called on the government to end controls and allow the market to set prices, Colombo’s Daily Mirror reports. In 2015 the government introduced a price ceiling of LKR870 (US$6.00) for a 50kg bag of cement, at a time when local prices were LKR930-940. Since last year the Sri Lankan rupee has depreciated in value, raising the cost of clinker imports and raising costs further down the supply chain. Managing director of Tokyo Ce...

UAE firm bids for Holcim Lanka Ltd

12 July 2016, Published under Cement News

Dubai-based Onyx Group owned by Sri Lankan businessman, Nandana Lokuwithana, is said to have joined bidders in the process to buy Holcim Lanka Ltd, according to Business Standard. There are six leading bidders for the Sri Lankan cement producer from China, the UAE, Indonesia, Thailand and Sri Lanka. Binding bids have been received from several companies with final negotiations to be concluded shortly. Business Standard cites that Lokuwithana, who is also the owner of Ceylon Heavy Indus...

Sri Lanka: Holcim exit causes tension with China and India

08 July 2016, Published under Cement News

The possible takeover of Holcim Lanka Ltd by China Resources Cement Holdings Ltd, a subsidiary of the state-owned China Resources Group, is expected to cause tension with India as the world's largest cement-producing country extends its influence on the island. With strong current positions in the Colombo and Hambantota harbours, this deal would also give China a presence in Galle and Trincomalee in addition to consolidating its presence in Colombo. Holcim presently owns the Ceylon Ambuja...

LafargeHolcim

04 July 2016, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim aims to sell its operations in Sri Lanka, which consists of one integrated works, a grinding centre and a bagging plant.  Its cement production in 2015 amounted to 1.7Mt, generating a turnover of US$158m.  Three local companies are thought to be potentially interested along with some foreign companies, notably Chinese. Ambuja Cement is to increase the capacity of its grinding centre at Rupnagar, Punjab by 0.9Mta to 3.4Mta. 

Indonesia: Semen Indonesia looks to international markets

21 June 2016, Published under Cement News

Amid prospects of disappointing revenue growth in the domestic market, Semen Indonesia is looking offshore to expand its sales figures. Newly appointed head of PT Semen Indonesia, Rizkan Chandra has said that he wants to raise the company’s sales outside of Indonesia from 5.2 per cent of revenue in 2015 to 10-15 per cent over the next three years. In an interview Mr Chandra said operations may expand into Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and the Maldives, with operations already present in Vietnam.  ...

Sri Lanka: LafargeHolcim to exit market

03 June 2016, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim is to sell its operations in Sri Lanka - a bagging plant, a grinding plant and the island's only integrated facility - as part of its wider divestment strategy, EconomyNext reports. At least three local firms are though to be interested in bidding for Holcim Lanka, which generated 1.7Mt of sales in 2015 with revenues of LKR23.4bn (US$158m).

Sri Lanka: AFKO group may revive KKS plant

03 June 2016, Published under Cement News

AFKO Group GMEX has expressed interest in reopening the Kankesanthurai (KKS) cement plant in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka, according to the country’s Industry and Commerce Ministry.  “We are keen to partner in the Kankesanthurai Cement Project and are ready to enter with US$450m as a start. We shall also bring in all the necessary machineries and technology and can start from scratch,” AFKO Chairman, Keun Young Lee said. He added, “We are not limited to KKS. We are keen about cement...

Sri Lanka: Holcim Lanka inaugurates new transport model

11 May 2016, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim subsidiary Holcim Lanka has begun operations of a new ship-to-rail road hybrid model for the transportation of its raw materials. The state railway will transport Holcim cement related raw materials by rail from the Eastern port of Trincomalee to the Mahawa railway station where the company's dedicated trucks will then transport the materials to the Puttalam Cement Works Plant. Holcim Lanka Procurement and Logistics Director, Charith Wijendra, said: "It is critical we pro...