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Vietnam production rises 4.6%, Jan-Apr 2013

26 April 2013, Published under Cement News

Cement production in Vietnam is estimated to have reached 17.9Mt of cement in the first four months of this year, up 4.6 per cent from a year earlier, the General Statistics Office (GSO) said. In April, the country’s cement output is likely to rise by 8.5 per cent YoY to 5.4Mt, the GSO said in its monthly report. The government-run office revised up the country’s cement output in the first quarter of this year to 12.5Mt from the earlier estimate of 12.4Mt.

Vicat advances in Asia and Americas

26 April 2013, Published under Cement News

Vicat's first quarter turnover was ahead by 1.2 per cent to EUR491m, which represents an underlying improvement of 2.7 per cent. Cement turnover was up by 1.8 per cent to EUR304m, with cement shipments advancing by eight per cent to 4.1Mt.  Turnover in concrete and aggregates rose by 6.7 per cent to EUR181m as aggregates shipments rose by 10.1 per cent to 4.73Mt and ready-mixed concrete deliveries jumped by 21.7 per cent to 1.8Mm³. Other products and services registered a 0.4 per cent incr...

China’s cement sector seeks to accelerate sustainability initiatives

25 April 2013, Published under Cement News

The 2013 China International Cement Conference got underway at the Hotel Nikko New Century in Beijing today, welcoming over 300 senior delegates from the country’s large cement sector. Opening the meeting, Mr Qiao Longde, President of the China Cement Association, highlighted some of the successes of the China cement industry, which in recent year has made dramatic strides in adopting more efficient production processes while eliminating backward production capacity. “High-quality dry ...

Steppe Cement’s full-year profit rises on increased sales and prices

25 April 2013, Published under Cement News

Kazakhstan-based cement producer Steppe Cement Ltd on Wednesday confirmed that pretax profit more than doubled in the year ended 2012 thanks to sales that were up by almost 10 per cent YoY and higher prices. Group revenue rose to US$120.17m for the year compared to US$96.11m in 2011 while pretax profit was US$12.04m compared to US$5.55m the year before. Cement sales increased by 9.8 per cent to 1.35Mt against 1.23Mt in 2011 while selling prices rose 14 per cent, well over the overall in...

Peru first-quarter dispatches up 10.8%

23 April 2013, Published under Cement News

Cement dispatches from the Peruvian market reached 2,476,577t in the first quarter of 2013, representing a YoY rise of 10.8 per cent on the same period of last year (2,235,485t). Of the total dispatches in the first quarter of this year, 2.42Mt were destined for the domestic market while cement exports accounted for the remaining 55,204t. Production during the January-March 2013 period was 2,503,842t, 12 per cent higher than the 2,235,485t recorded in the same period of 2012. In Mar...

Philippine cement sales rise 3.4% in 1Q13

22 April 2013, Published under Cement News

Philippine cement sales in the first quarter of 2013 rose 3.4 per cent YoY to 4.787Mt, according to the head of the Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines.  First-quarter cement sales were also up from the fourth quarter sales of 4.409Mt, CeMAP President Ernesto M. Ordoñez, told the Business Recorder. Filipino cement demand recovered in 2012 from its “slump” in 2011 when the market barely expanded. Last year, consumption grew by 10 per cent YoY to 17.19Mt. The construction...

Vietnam first-quarter cement sales slip

19 April 2013, Published under Cement News

Vietnam sold 9.48Mt of cement in the first quarter of this year, down slightly from 9.57Mt in the same period of last year, the Ministry of Construction (MoC) said. The decline was attributed to a stagnant real estate market, according to the MoC. The three-month figure accounted for 19.5 per cent of the country’s full-year target, the ministry said on its website late Wednesday. In the first quarter, the country exported 1.46Mt of cement and clinker, including 320,000t of clinker. ...

Catalonia output declines, Jan-March 2013

19 April 2013, Published under Cement News

Cement output in Catalonia stood at 474,832t for January-March 2013, down 42.7 per cent on the year, data from the local cement makers' association Ciment Catala showed. According to the association, this year will be the sixth year in a row with a drop in the output with exports also in decline. (Source: Expansion)

Spanish monthly consumption down 40% YoY

18 April 2013, Published under Cement News

Cement consumption in Spain continues descending with demand in March 2013 down 40 per cent YoY, according to the latest data released by domestic cement association Oficemen. Cement demand plummeted by more than half a million tonnes last month to 778,568t, compared to March 2012. Accumulated figures for the first quarter of 2013 also paint a grim picture, with consumption at 2.535Mt, down 29 per cent on the same period of last year. "In addition to the stoppage in construction, go...

Ecuador first-quarter cement sales rise 10.5% YoY

18 April 2013, Published under Cement News

Domestic cement sales on the Ecuadorian market in the first quarter of 2013 rose by 10.5 per cent YoY while March sales almost reached the half-a-million-tonne mark. Dispatches for the three months to 31 March 2013 were 1.485Mt compared to 1.344Mt in the same period of 2012, according to the latest statistics from the country's cement association Inecyc. In March alone, sales reached 499,742t compared to 496,799t in March 2012. Greater purchasing power among the Ecuadorian populatio...