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Brazil: January sales rise 5.9% YoY

14 February 2013, Published under Cement News

Latest data on the Brazilian cement market shows that cement consumption increased by 5.9 per cent in January 2013 to 5.6Mt. Figures released by Sindicato Nacional da Indústria do Cimento (SNIC), show that for the last 12 months (February 2012 to January 2013), domestic sales reached 68.6Mt, representing an increase of  6.5 per cent on the same period a year ago (February 2011-January 2012). In 2012, domestic sales reached 68.3Mta, an increase of 6.9 per cent over 2011 (63.9Mt). Impor...

Portugal’s cement demand drops 26.9% in 2012

05 February 2013, Published under Cement News

Cement consumption in Portugal fell by 26.9 per cent last year to lows not seen since 1973. According to a report released today by the Portuguese Federation of Construction Industry and Public Works (Fepicop), consumption last year reached 3.3Mt in 2012. The industry body said the crisis in the construction sector has caused significant reductions in cement consumption, the number of workers and the licences for apartment buildings. The unemployment figures reached 101,449 people by ...

Pakistan's domestic sales rise 10.1% in January

05 February 2013, Published under Cement News

Pakistan’s domestic consumption continues to uphold sales with latest industry data for January show another decline in exports. According to data from the All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association, domestic cement sales jumped by 10.10 per cent to 2.135Mt in January 2013. However, exports fell by 11.91 per cent to 522,584t during the month. In the first seven months (July-January) of the current fiscal year, total cement sales rose by 4.02 per cent and reached 18.607Mt. Domestic c...

Cementir improves profits in spite of lower volumes   

01 February 2013, Published under Cement News

Cementir Holding saw turnover advance by 4.6 per cent to €976.2m, helped by better prices, and the EBITDA improved by 11.1 per cent to €138.0m. Net debt at the end of 2012 was 4.2 per cent higher at €373m. The number of employees increased by 3.3 per cent to 3307. Group shipments of grey and white cement declined by six per cent to 9.85Mt, reflecting lower volumes in Italy and in Egypt and a decline in exports from Turkey. This was in part offset by higher volumes in the Far East. Aggre...

Kenya set to see decline in 2012 consumption

31 January 2013, Published under Cement News

Kenyan cement consumption is set to register the first decline in three years. Provisional data for 2012 from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics shows that consumption is unlikely to go over the 3Mt mark surpassed in the previous two years. Over the first 11 months of 2012, demand reached 2.6Mt compared to 3.4Mt in full-year 2011 and 3.1Mt in 2010. On the positive side, consumption in November 2012 saw a MoM gain of six per cent to 337,096t from 318,016t in October 2012. Cement produ...

Colombia’s cement output drops 1.3% in December 2012

31 January 2013, Published under Cement News

Colombia’s grey cement production fell 1.3 per cent YoY in December 2012 as output slipped to 948,400t, according to the national statistics agency DANE. In terms of dispatches, some 831,500t were sold on the national market, a 5.9 per cent YoY cut, attributed mainly to the 11.6 per cent drop in retail sales. However, builders and contractors increased their takeoff by 9.9 per cent. The largest contraction in dispatches was noted in Bogotá (-17.7 per cent) while Cundinamarca enjoyed a...

Holcim Apasco: cement consumption in Mexico expanded 3.5% in 2012

29 January 2013, Published under Cement News

Holcim’s Mexican arm, Holcim Apasco, estimates that cement demand in the country grew 3.5 per cent in 2012 compared to 2011. The cement major said the increase in consumption, which reached 35Mt last year, was driven by stronger growth in the infrastructure segment, moderate expansion in self-build housing as well as the construction of industrial buildings, offices and shopping centres. Gustavo Gastelum, the company’s director of external relations and communications, said that recent ...

Investing in Iranian cement production

29 January 2013, Published under Cement News

Iran’s Bank of Industry & Mine, a specialised government-owned bank which aims to increase economic growth through the development of the industry and mining sectors, has allotted around EUR400m to fund 15 cement projects over the past three years, IRNA News Agency has reported. Latest figures on the cement sector show that Iran's cement output will reach 75Mt, by the end of current Iranian calendar year (19 March 2013), according to Deputy Iranian Industry, Mine, and Trade Minister, Vaj...

Yanbu Cement full-year net profit rises 36% YoY

28 January 2013, Published under Cement News

Saudi cement producer Yanbu Cement Co (YCC) reported a surge in full-year net profit thanks to increased demand and a new production line as top capacity players benefit from the country's boom period. The company's net profit rose 36 per cent YoY in 2012 to SAR720.5m (US$192.1m). Earnings per share (EPS) stood at SAR 6.86, up from SAR 5.04. Local cement producers have been riding high on government projects which puts emphasis on improving education, social services and basic infrastruc...

Congo’s SONOCC aims for 300,000tpa output

24 January 2013, Published under Cement News

Société Nouvelle des Ciments du Congo (SONOCC) plans to increase its annual output after completing an expansion project last week which is expected to alleviate a cement shortfall and help bring down prices. The cement producer plans to lift output from 72,000t to 300,000t. The higher volumes are forecast to reduce the cement deficit in the country as well as support national construction efforts. It is also expected to bring down the price of a bag of cement, which currently stands at X...