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Kazakhstan sees 10.8Mt of production in 2020

18 February 2021, Published under Cement News

Kazakhstan produced 10.8Mt of cement in 2020, rising above the 10Mt mark for the first time since its independency, according to the Kazakhstan Newsline. Caspi Cement exceeded its design capacity by 10 per cent during the year, while Standard Cement and Shymkentcement are both operating at almost full capacity. However, Zhambyl ACIG and Karaganda’s Kazakhcement have reportedly stopped production. Meanwhile, Erbol Akymbaev, executive director of the Kazakhstan Association of Cement and Co...

Building on diversification

15 February 2021, Published under Cement News

Kuwait has seen its economy heavily impacted by the crisis in oil prices, a lack of diversity and the COVID-19 pandemic. A lack of investment in infrastructure has further seen demand fall for the cement sector, which relies on several importers as well as domestic cement producers. Building ACICO’s new grinding unit, Ball Mill 4, which is scheduled for commissioning in the 1Q21 Kuwait’s economy remains largely dependent on the oil sector, which accounted for more than 90 per ce...

Cambodia sees 7% rise in production in 2020

10 February 2021, Published under Cement News

Cambodia's five cement factories produced 7.9Mt of product last year, rising seven per cent YoY, despite many construction projects being put on hold throughout the year as a result of COVID-19, according to Puth Chandarithm, secretary-general of the Cambodian Cement Manufacturing Association. "This seven per cent increase indicates that demand for cement remains high despite the fact that COVID-19 continues to spread," he said in a statement to the Phnom Penh Post. Mr Chandarithm added t...

VICEM’s shift to sustainability

09 February 2021, Published under Cement News

Vietnam’s cement industry has expanded significantly over the years, leading to considerable overcapacity – a particularly challenging issue given the COVID-19 pandemic which resulted in sales falling. In response, market leader VICEM has shifted its focus to building a more sustainable production base and supplying ‘greener’ products. VICEM’s focus has shifted from expanding production capacity to building a more sustainable production base Owned by the Vietnamese state, the or...

Egyptian promise

01 February 2021, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Egypt is among the leading companies in the domestic building materials sector with a long-standing history in the country. Despite current market headwinds and the impact of COVID-19, Solomon Baumgartner-Aviles, the newly-appointed CEO of Lafarge Egypt, explains why the country holds much promise for the group globally and the MEA region, and outlines strategies for overcoming challenges. By Lafarge Egypt, Egypt. Lafarge Egypt provides an insight into the effects of the COVID...

China reports 2% rise in cement production for 2020

26 January 2021, Published under Cement News

China’s National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) has reported a 1.6 per cent YoY rise in cement output to 2.377bnt for 2020. The construction of 3203 projects started across the country in December 2020, with a total investment of CNY2.69trn (US$415.6bn). Cement prices in China are also expected to maintain stable in 2021 due to improving supply-demand relations, according to Xinhua News. Many local authorities have now set a goal for infrastructure construction this year. Hubei Province...

Nigeria: search for new markets

19 January 2021, Published under Cement News

While Nigerian cement volumes rose sharply in the 3Q20 amid the COVID-19 pandemic, there is limited room for strong volume and price growth. For the oligopolistic domestic cement industry, competitive pressures are a central theme and cost efficiencies remain key. Given challenges locally, new export opportunities could potentially be opening up. By Afrinvest, Nigeria. For Nigeria’s cement industry, competitive pressures remain important despite the sharp rise in domestic volumes i...

Steppe Cement sees revenue up 1% in 2020

12 January 2021, Published under Cement News

Kazakhstan’s Steppe Cement has reported a one per cent increase in revenue to KZT30.96bn (US$73.59m) in its preliminary update for 2020. However, cement sales volumes declined 4.1 per cent YoY to 1.645Mt from 1.715Mt in 2019. The average ex-factory price in 2020 reached KZT15,760/t, compared with KZT14,885/t in the previous year. "In 2020, cement market consumption in Kazakhstan increased by six per cent to 9.4Mt from 8.9Mt in 2019," said the board. Steppe Cement's local market share wa...

Hama Cement sees cement production reach 1.06Mt in 2020

11 January 2021, Published under Cement News

The Syrian Co for the Manufacture of Cement and Building Materials (Hama Cement) has reported 1.06Mt of cement production for 2020. Clinker production also reached 714,000t during the year, according to the Syrian Arab News Agency (SANA) . Ali Ja’abo, general manager, noted that the technical and production teams at the company have created new working methods, equipment and devices that have proven their efficiency, which contributed to reducing costs and increasing the production. As a ...

Vietnam's cement and clinker sales rise 2% in 2020

11 January 2021, Published under Cement News

Vietnam’s total sales of cement and clinker has been estimated at 101.5Mt for 2020, representing a rise of 1.5 per cent over 2019. According to a report by SSI Research, domestic cement demand is forecast to increase around 5-7 per cent this year compared to 2020. The increase in domestic sales is expected due to infrastructure investment, foreign direct investment into the country and the recovery of the real estate market. Elsewhere, Vietnam Cement Corp (VICEM) has also outlined its ...