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HeidelbergCement’s Nordic light

11 May 2020, Published under Cement News

The countries of Denmark, Norway and Sweden are part of HeidelbergCement Group’s Northern and Eastern Europe-Central Asia division. In an exclusive interview, ICR speaks with Giv K Brantenberg, general manager of HeidelbergCement Northern Europe, to find out about the company’s engagement with these three Nordic markets. ICR speaks with Giv K Brantenberg, general manager of HeidelbergCement Northern Europe ICR: How are the construction markets in Denmark, Norway and Sweden perf...

Nordic cement’s green shoots

04 May 2020, Published under Cement News

The Nordic cement industry is a relatively small player in Europe. Still, its plants are some of the most advanced in the world and are pioneering projects for alternative fuels and carbon capture and storage. The region entered 2020 with expectations of improved sales, driven by infrastructure projects and hopes of a housing recovery. However, the coronavirus pandemic is expected to inhibit this growth. Owned by CRH, Finnsementti’s 1.1Mta cement plant at Parainen saw the domestic mar...

Russia picks up the pace

27 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Following a stagnation of the Russian cement market in recent years, domestic cement producers are expected to see moderate growth in demand in 2020. However, as the government ramps up its national construction projects, market expansion is forecast to accelerate from 2021 onwards. By Alexey Semenov, GS-Expert LLC, Russia. While office construction was down in 2019, other construction markets offset the segment’s decline, resulting in an expanding non-residential construction s...

US growth settles down

20 April 2020, Published under Cement News

While the US economic cycle is expected to reach maturity in 2020-21, its construction market is forecast to remain relatively robust. As a result, the Portland Cement Association (PCA) forecasts modest growth for the cement sector in the medium term. By Ed Sullivan, PCA, USA. Figure 1: US economic growth, 2001-23 The United States economy and construction market are expected to remain relatively strong during 2020-21. However, the economy is entering a mature stage in the busin...

Celebrating industry excellence

02 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Cemtech Middle East and Africa 2020 welcomed delegates from over 35 nations to the Grand Hyatt Dubai, UAE, on 16-19 February. The conference and exhibition offered a comprehensive overview of the regional cement industry and gave attendees the opportunity to network with cement producers and international industry specialists. The conference opened with a discussion of the GCC cement markets and global prospects The 15th Cemtech MEA conference and exhibition was successfully hel...

Uzbekistan: time to celebrate?

17 March 2020, Published under Cement News

Following a dramatic rise in construction activity, the Uzbek cement industry has seen local sales surge. To meet this increasing demand, existing producers are expanding their production facilities and the booming market has attracted a flood of interest from Chinese investors. By Annexure Financial Solutions, China. Uzbekistan is carrying out bold economic reforms that have resulted in a strong growth in investment and an increase in consumption, underpinning rising cement demand...

Conch: window on 2025

16 March 2020, Published under Cement News

The dramatic expansion of the Chinese cement market over the past three decades has been nothing short of an economic miracle. ICR speaks with Dengbang Gao, chairman of the Conch Group (China) and president of the China Cement Association, about the growth of the domestic sector and the achievements of Conch Group in China and abroad. Dengbang Gao, chairman of Conch Group (China) and president of the China Cement Association ICR: Cement consumption in China has grown at an asto...

China’s cautious confidence

04 March 2020, Published under Cement News

With most provinces reporting a growth in cement output, Chinese cement companies enjoyed a bountiful year in 2019, supported by stronger peak-season demand and stable, high prices. For 2020 industry sentiment is one of cautious confidence despite a forecast indicating that demand will slip slightly. Furthermore, the current coronavirus outbreak is also expected to affect cement demand in the first half of the year. By Fei Chen and Bailin Chen, China Cement Association, China. Improvi...

State of the industry

06 February 2020, Published under Cement News

World cement markets contracted in 2017-18 but picked up last year, according to The Global Cement Report™, 13th Edition. New capacity is seen pushing worldwide utilisation rates down, while cement and clinker trade continues to advance. ICR takes a look at some of the key figures in this leading statistical reference for the worldwide cement sector. Figure 1: cement consumption by region, 2018E There was some optimism in the global cement markets in 2019 as world cement consump...

Building Iraq’s road to prosperity

07 January 2020, Published under Cement News

With post-war reconstruction continuing in Iraq, the cement and concrete industries play a key role. ICR speaks with Khaled El Dokani, Lafarge Iraq’s country CEO, about solid indications of market growth, the company’s contribution to the development of the local cement industry and challenges faced in building Iraq’s road to prosperity. Khaled El Dokani, CEO of Lafarge Iraq ICR: Can you provide a brief overview of the cement sector in Iraq: what does the industry landscape loo...