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PPC: Zimbabwe cement sector needs support

19 June 2020, Published under Cement News

Zimbabwe’s largest cement producer, PPC Zimbabwe, has called for urgent measures to protect the domestic cement industry from cement imports. Despite having adequate capacity to supply the local market, Zimbabwe remains a destination for cheap and substandard cement products, which are finding their way through the country’s borders as well as via smuggling, according to PPC Zimbabwe Managing Director, Mr Kelibone Masiyane, in The Herald. Mr Masiyane went on to say that the local cement ...

Tajikistan exports 0.5Mt of cement in Jan-May

19 June 2020, Published under Cement News

In the 5M20 Tajikistan produced over 1.5Mt of cement and exported 0.5Mt of this output, according to Avesta. The largest share of exports, 238,300t, was supplied to Uzbekistan, with an additional 227,200t to Afghanistan and 34,100t to Kyrgyzstan. Total cement exports were valued at US$20.5m.

Jan-May exports from Turkey up 37%

16 June 2020, Published under Cement News

In the January-May 2020 cement and clinker exports from Turkey surged 37 per cent to 9.8Mt, according to the Turkish Cement Manufacturers’ Association (TÇMB). Export revenues advanced by 16.7 per cent YoY to US$447m. Cement exports were up  to 4.8Mt while clinker exports rose to 5Mt. While volume increases were across the board, exports to Ukraine showed particularly robust growth, followed by Togo and Romania. The rise in exports surpasses expectations and TÇMB President, Tamer Saka, said...

Dangote Cement starts Senegal exports and sets new target

15 June 2020, Published under Cement News

Nigeria’s Dangote Cement exported its first shipment of clinker to Senegal during the weekend. The 27,800t shipment set off from the company’s terminal in Apapa Port, Lagos. "This vessel, being the maiden ship is exporting 27,800t to Senegal and this is just a tip of the iceberg as to what we have in plan. What we have in plan is to send clinker from Nigeria to Côte d'Ivoire, Cameroon and Ghana," said Alhaji Sada Ladan-Baki, group executive director. Mr Ladan-Baki also noted that the com...

Indonesian export shipments surge 41% in May

12 June 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement and clinker exports from Indonesia advanced 41 per cent YoY in May to reach 625,650t, according to the Indonesian Cement Association (ASI). In May 2019 cement and clinker exports stood at 443,773t. Clinker exports were up 43.1 per cent YoY to 565,542t while cement exports increased 23.5 per cent YoY to 60,109t. In the first five months of 2020, clinker and cement exports expanded by three per cent YoY to 2.6Mt from 2.524Mt in the 5M19. The increase was driven by a 13.8 per cent rise...

BCMA calls for 60% cut in duties on clinker imports

10 June 2020, Published under Cement News

The Bangladesh Cement Manufacturers' Association (BCMA) has issued a call for the government to cut import duties of clinker by 60 per cent. "We had zero sales during the countrywide closure in the last two and a half months," said Md Alamgir Kabir, president of BCMA. "So for our survival we need the import duty on clinker, the sector's major raw material, to be brought down to BDT200/t from the existing BDT500/t." The sector counted a loss of around BDT6bn from  26 March to 30 May, accord...

Turkish cement exports to Georgia fall by 53% in April

08 June 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement exports from Turkey to Georgia fell by 8.2 per cent between January-April 2020, compared to the same period of 2019, amounting to US$12.8m. In April 2020, cement exports to Georgia fell 52.9 per cent YoY to US$1.5m. Turkey's export of cement to international markets was stable at US$1.1bn in the first four months of 2020, equal to the same period of 2019. The country's cement exports amounted to 2.2 per cent of its total exports over the reporting period. The export of cement to int...

Cement exports from Pakistan drops due to COVID-19 in 10MFY20

28 May 2020, Published under Cement News

The Federal Bureau of Statistics (FBS) of Pakistan has released cement export data for the 10 months of July 2019 to April 2020. It visibly carries the impact of coronavirus on the cement industry in the country.   Pakistan's cement industry has earned export revenue of US$223.20m by exporting 5.949Mt of cement and clinker in 10MFY19-20, compared to US$243.12m from 5.738Mt of exports in the year-ago period. This represents a 8.2 per cent decline in terms of value in dollars, but adds a grow...

IRClass cement carrier launches in China

28 May 2020, Published under Cement News

A cement carrier under construction at Penglai Zhongbai Jinglu Ship Industry Co Ltd, China, was successfully launched on 30 March 2020. The vessel, called ‘Advaita’, has been built under the classification of Indian Register of Shipping (IRClass). IRClass surveyors braved the constantly-changing scenario of both global and local restrictions due to COVID-19 and immense challenges including movement of manpower, to ensure the float happened as scheduled. Advaita, is approximately 160m long,...

Uzbekistan resumes cement imports

26 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Uzbekistan has resumed the import of cement after the goverment’s 22 May resolution, reports Central Asia News. On 23 April the country had temporarily suspended the import of cement due to the coronavirus pandemic. The measure was put in place to support domestic producers following a decline in demand as construction activity was halted.