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Going to Graceland

02 May 2018, Published under Cement News

The 2018 IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference will be held between 6-10 May in Nashville, Tennessee. Therefore, the timing is right for ICR to visit Graceland and examine the recent developments in the nearby southern US cement markets. By Rob Roy Economic Consulting, USA. Lehigh Portland Cement Co’s 3.5Mta plant in Union Bridge is one of Maryland’s two integrated cement facilities and the country’s second-largest after LafargeHolcim’s Ste Genevieve works, Missouri ...

Opportunities, challenges and choices

23 April 2018, Published under Cement News

As chairman of the US Portland Cement Association (PCA), Allen Hamblen speaks with ICR about the upbeat expectations of the industry in view of recent domestic tax and regulatory reforms by the current US administration. In addition, the sector puts its faith in a fully-funded public infrastructure investment package. Allen Hamblen, chairman of the Portland Cement Association and president/CEO of CalPortland Co ICR: The US economy has been picking up and there seems to be great...

Russia’s new dawn

23 April 2018, Published under Cement News

Growing construction activity, a recovering economy and stabilising cement production – 2017 marks something of a turn-around year for Russia after years of recession. But the situation is still fragile with much of the economic growth fuelled by oil prices, which remain volatile, and construction increasing in less obvious sectors such as agriculture and healthcare. By Alexey Semenov, GS-Expert LLC, Russia, and ICR Research, UK. Russia’s economic recovery and increase in construction...

A banner year ahead

09 April 2018, Published under Cement News

Following several challenging years with cement demand declining, the year ahead promises a turnaround of fortunes for China. With domestic cement consumption and export demand expected to rise and new supply to moderate, the Chinese cement industry can look forward to a better year. Prices are also forecast to recover, providing improved returns for producers. By Addison Dai, DBS Vickers, Hong Kong. China’s cement consumption is expected to grow in 2018, improving the demand-supply b...

Vietnam cement sales rise 5% in March

28 March 2018, Published under Cement News

Vietnam sold an estimated 7.96Mt of cement in March, representing a 4.5 per cent MoM increase and 25 per cent of the full-year target, according to the Vietnam Building Material Association. Domestic market sales rose 12.6 per cent MoM to 5.56Mt but fell 11 per cent on the year-ago period. The figure includes 2.1Mt sold by the Vietnam Cement Industry Corporation (Vicem). The country’s exports reported significantly positive results, advancing 30 per cent YoY to 2.3Mt. In the 1Q18 ...

Central Asia: the Chinese way

26 March 2018, Published under Cement News

Central Asia stands at the brink of an economic and trading revolution as China looks west and implements its ambitious Belt and Road Initiative to reach across into Eurasia and Africa. To drive this transformation, central Asia’s cement industry is already being modernised to provide the necessary building materials. China’s Belt and Road Initiative aims to connect the Asian giant and remote areas of central Asia with Europe, the Middle East and Africa China’s dream of a ‘Ne...

Automation for India

21 March 2018, Published under Cement News

India is the second largest producer of cement in the world and its cement producers are constantly looking for possibilities to increase efficiencies of their cement manufacturing operations. BEUMER Group supports customers with automated solutions to remain competitive within in a progressively-challenging market environment. By BEUMER Group, India. A calibrated electronic weighing unit within the BEUMER fillpac® R ensures exact degrees of filling BEUMER Group India began effo...

Israel: closing the gap

14 March 2018, Published under Cement News

A stable economy and renewed commitment to infrastructure spending by the government bodes well for Israel’s cement producers, although rising cement imports are making for a more competitive environment that has challenged the status quo. In 2017 visitor numbers to Israel hit a record high of 3.6m, spurring further investment in the country. Source: Ron Barkin - Israeli Ministry of Tourism Israel’s GDP is estimated to have advanced by three per cent in 2017, according to the...