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SIKA achieves record sales

27 July 2017, Published under Cement News

With sales growth of 8.1 per cent in local currency, Sika achieved a new sales record of CHF2994.9m (US$ 3140.4m) in the first half of 2017. Targeted investments in new products, national subsidiaries and factories as part of Sika's growth strategy provided growth stimuli. In the first half of the year, the negative currency effect (-1.4 per cent) reduced sales growth in Swiss francs to 6.7 per cent. Net profit up 16% Volume growth, together with disproportionately low cost developmen...

LafargeHolcim reports 2Q earnings growth

26 July 2017, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim reported today its fifth consecutive quarter of like-for-like adjusted operating EBITDA growth. Middle East Africa, Latin America and North America regions all contributed to the earnings momentum with the US, Nigeria and Mexico among the notable performers. Net sales were up by 3.6 per cent on a like-for-like basis to CHF6850m (US$7175m) . Despite positive results in India, which continued its recovery post-demonetisation, the Asia-Pacific region was weighted down by pe...

Coup in Switzerland

10 July 2017, Published under Cement News

“Coup” appears to be the much-used buzzword surrounding the appointment of Jan Jenisch as the new LafargeHolcim CEO on 22 May 2017. He is expected to take over as CEO on 16 October although in all likelihood will start work earlier. The news was well-received by the stock markets as LafargeHolcim shares jumped 4.4 per cent to CHF56.70 at the start of trading on Monday, 27 May. Analysts Bernstein have described the appointment as one that “ticks all the right boxes”. They highlight his “int...

Swiss cement demand contracts 4.7% in 2Q17

07 July 2017, Published under Cement News

In the second quarter of 2017, dispatches by Swiss cement producers to the domestic market have contracted by 4.7 per cent to 1,187,613t from 1,245,811t in 2Q2017, according to Cemsuisse, the country’s cement association.  In the first half of the year, dispatches slipped by 3.9 per cent YoY to 2,040,783t from 2,123,948t.

LafargeHolcim to start share buy-back programme

31 May 2017, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim announces that it will start its share buy-back programme of up to CHF1bn (EUR916.9m) over 2017-18 on 1 June 2017. The programme that was initially announced at the Capital Markets Day on 18 November 2016 and authorised by the Board of Directors on 26 January 2017, will be conducted using a second trading line on the SIX Swiss Exchange. UBS AG has been mandated as the execution agent to make the share repurchases on behalf of LafargeHolcim. The second trading line is expecte...

Schuler to succeed Jenisch as CEO of Sika

23 May 2017, Published under Cement News

Sika has appointed Paul Schuler, currently Regional Manager Europe Middle East Africa (EMEA), as Chief Executive Officer, effective 1 July 2017. He succeeds Jan Jenisch who has accepted to become the new CEO of LafargeHolcim.   Mr Schuler has been with Sika for 29 years and has been a member of the Group Management since 2007. He served as Regional Manager North America from 2007 to 2012 and as Regional Manager EMEA from 2013 until now. Sika noted in a statement released yesterday that he...

Swiss cement demand advances 4.2% in 2016

09 January 2017, Published under Cement News

Swiss cement producers dispatched 1,076,007t of cement in 4Q16, up 1.6 per cent from 1,058,619t delivered in 4Q15, according to the latest data of the country's cement association, Cemsuisse. The figures include dispatches to Liechtenstein. In 2016 total cement deliveries reached 4,397,180t, a 4.2 per cent increase from 4,219,466t when compared with the previous year. Around 52.1 per cent of deliveries were carried out by rail. Ready-mix concrete plants accounted for 73.5 per cent of ...

Beat Werder new Head of Media Relations of LafargeHolcim

15 December 2016, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim has appointed Beat Werder as new Head of Media Relations. He will assume his new role from March 2017 onwards and report directly to Caroline Hempstead, Group Head Communications, Public Affairs & Sustainable Development. Mr Werder previously held the position of Head of the State Secretariat for International Financial Questions (SIF) in Berne. Prior to that, he had been the communication head of the advertising publisher Publigroupe in Lausanne and he had also worked as a ...

Swiss cement sales up 2% in 3Q16

21 October 2016, Published under Cement News

Swiss cement deliveries increased two per cent YoY in 3Q16, according to the Swiss cement association, Cemsuisse. In the first nine months of this year, domestic deliveries advanced 5.1 per cent. In 2015 Swiss cement deliveries reached 4.22Mt for the full year, representing a 7.9 per cent YoY drop from 4.58Mt.

EPCC switches to a new era

15 August 2016, Published under Cement News

ABB recently installed an upgrade at Eastern Province Cement Company (EPCC), Saudi Arabia, adding the latest electrical infrastructure technology integrated with ABB’s 800xA automation system to enhance plant availability and reliability. By ABB, Switzerland. Eastern Province Cement Co, Al Khursaniya, Saudi Arabia, upgraded its switchgears to improve the plant's reliability and availability Eastern Province Cement (EPCC) operates its plant in Al Khursaniya, in the eastern par...