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Pakistan's cement exports consistently increase

23 January 2024, Published under Cement News

Pakistan's cement industry has registered significant growth in US-dollar revenue and volume growth for cement and clinker exports during the first six months of FY23-24 (July-December 2023), due to the continued good exchange rate of the Pakistani rupee against foreign currency and other factors.   Pakistan's cement and clinker exports increased by around 58.8 per cent in the 6MFY23-24 to US$135.92m (3.503Mt), compared to US$85.61m (1.71Mt) in the 6MFY22-23, the Pakistan Bureau of Statis...

Energy complex continued lower with petcoke seeing new lows and higher discounts

23 January 2024, Published under Cement News

By Frank O. Brannvoll, Brannvoll ApS, Denmark The energy complex fell further in December but recovered by the end of 2023. In geopolitical terms, the Israel-Gaza conflict has seen increased risk of spreading and ship attacks in the Red Sea from Houthi terrorists in Yemen increased risk for oil and good shipping. A western UN-backed naval force has put an ultimatum and when attacks stop this would take some support away. The Ukraine-Russia war remains largely frozen, but hints of so...

Red Sea crisis on Pakistan’s cement industry

18 January 2024, Published under Cement News

Pakistan closely monitors the Red Sea crisis as it could disturb the movement of cement export cargoes to the USA and Europe as well as affect coal imports at Pakistani ports. It is also feared that any trade re-route would spark new inflation and supply chain disruption worldwide and in Pakistan. IMS Research, in a situation review report, warned that escalating tensions in the Middle East have begun to exert a notable influence on global trade, with Yemeni Houthi actions targeting commerc...

Pakistani cement dispatches see 5% uptick in December

18 January 2024, Published under Cement News

Cement dispatches in Pakistan were up five per cent YoY in December 2023, settling at 4.1Mt compared to the same period in the previous year. According to a report from AHL Research, domestic dispatches declined by four per cent YoY to arrive at 3.5Mt. The fall in domestic dispatches was due to subdued demand due to high inflation. Local dispatches of the north were recorded at 2.9Mt, a fall of 1 per cent YoY, whereas the south experienced a drop of 16 per cent YoY, settling at 0.6Mt. Ex...

Holcim Algeria exports see 7% uplift in 2023

17 January 2024, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Algeria ( Holcim ) exported 3.4Mt of cement and clinker in 2023, up seven per cent from 3.2Mt in 2022. The company achieved an export market share of 30 per cent and increased its export turnover by 17 per cent. A total of 40 per cent of exports were shipped as cement, a threefold increase YoY. In 2024 the company expects to increase cement exports to a 60 per cent share of total exports. Holcim Algeria has made significant investments in its export division, including a EUR3.5...

Turkish exports to Azerbaijan down 3% in 2023

16 January 2024, Published under Cement News

Turkey’s cement exports to Azerbaijan declined by almost three per cent to US$50.9m in 2023, compared to the previous year, reports Azernews. According to Turkey’s Ministry of Trade, cement exports from Turkey to Azerbaijan advanced by 0.9 per cent to US$5.7m in December 2023, versus the same month in the previous year. Looking at 2023 as a whole, Turkey’s total cement exports were down 15.5 per cent YoY at US$4.6m, while December 2023 alone saw a 19.7 per cent decline YoY to US$353,00...

Al Jouf Cement secures six-month export deal

11 January 2024, Published under Cement News

Jordan-based Rabou’ Al Taybeh Co has agreed to receive clinker exports from Al Jouf Cement Co of Saudi Arabia for a period of six months. The contract’s value stands at SAR30m (US$8m), representing more than 10 per cent of the company’s total revenues, states Mubasher. The Tadawul-listed company highlighted that the agreement will reflect positively on its income statements, starting from the 1Q24 until 2Q24. The clinker export agreement is subject to renewal. Al Jouf operates a 3.5M...

Pakistan's producers turn to exports

10 January 2024, Published under Cement News

Pakistan's domestic sales for the cement industry during the first half of the current fiscal year (1HFY23-24) have grown by a mere one per cent compared to last year. Ballooning construction costs, of which cement prices have contributed their part, have deterred demand. The recent implementation of the axle road regime has further sent prices hurtling forward as transport costs increase. This is unlikely to ease over the next couple of months, which will keep prices steady and looki...

Bangladesh outstrips the cement export target in 6MFY23-24

08 January 2024, Published under Cement News

Bangladesh has recorded 91 per cent YoY growth in cement export revenue to US$8.96m in the first six months (July-December 2023) of FY23-24 from US$4.69m in the same six months of the previous year, according to the Bangladesh Export Promotion Bureau (EPB). This figure includes minor amounts of salt, stone and related products. The 22.1 per cent YoY rise in cement exports also surpassed the target of US$7.29m for 6MFY23-24. Bangladesh had set a higher target export revenue of US$15m for F...

Indian port modified norms for handling imported limestone

02 January 2024, Published under Cement News

Porbandar Port has made some changes in handling raw materials for cement and other industries. Porbandar is a medium-sized port on India's west coast, in the Saurashtra region of Gujarat state, and is owned and operated by the state-owned Gujarat Maritime Board (GMB).  An interim measure pending issuance of new guidelines, subject to periodic review, has set a minimum limestone cargo discharge rate from a vessel lying at berth at Porbandar Port at 7000tpd. This refers to Gujarat Maritime...