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Brazilian cement demand up 24% in June

08 July 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in Brazil rose 24.2 per cent YoY in June 2020. Domestic offtake reached 5.2 per cent in June, according to the country’s cement association, SNIC. In the first half of 2020, sales advanced by 3.6 per cent YoY to 26.9Mt. “COVID-19 caused several changes in our lives, habits, and priorities. The crisis showed the cement industry that taking care of the house and using savings and investments for small reforms, something very popular in the 80s, are back in the household budget," ...

Peru's cement demand to recover in 2H

08 July 2020, Published under Cement News

Scotiabank forecasts a recovery in Peruvian cement consumption with 3Q demand expected to be close to 2Mt, double the demand reported in 2Q. "We estimate that domestic cement consumption has exceeded 500,000t in June, the highest level in the last three months, but still notably less than 984,000t in June 2019," predicts Scotiabank. However, consumption in 3Q20 should remain 30 per cent below the level noted in 3Q19. "While we expect cement consumption to continue its gradual recovery dur...

Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe sees revenue advance 104%

07 July 2020, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe saw its profit for 2019 rise to US$178m, while volumes remained flat YoY at 323,000t. Gross profit increased 251 per cent to US$496m from US$141m in 2018. Kumbirai Katsande, chairman of the company, attributed the improved margins to agile pricing and disciplined cost management. The company saw its revenue advance 104 per cent YoY to US$919m in 2019, compared to US$449m in the previous year. It also started the implementation of a US$25m capex programme, which wil...

BUA Cement plans new 3Mta plant in Adamawa

06 July 2020, Published under Cement News

Nigeria’s BUA Cement has announced that it is planning to establish a 3Mta cement facility and 50MW power plant in the Guyuk and Lamurde areas of Adamawa state. While visiting the state governor, Abdul Samad Rabiu, chairman of BUA Cement, reportedly referenced preliminary findings which show that the two areas have good quality limestone deposits and said the company is ready to begin investment in the state. Mr Rabiu noted that the Guyuk plant would be a major investment into the northea...

Belarusian Cement Co sees sales rise 105% in 5M20

06 July 2020, Published under Cement News

Belarusian Cement Co produced 1.835Mt of cement in the January-May 2020 period, an increase of 104.7 per cent YoY. Total domestic sales also advanced 112.1 per cent YoY. Belarusian Cement Mill dispatched 656,600t of cement (up 3.6 per cent YoY), including 407,800t of domestic sales (up 13.8 per cent). OAO Krasnoselskstroymaterialy reportedly sold 568,300t of cement in the 5M20, climbing 110.2 per cent. OAO Krichevtsementnoshifer also saw sales rise 109.6 per cent YoY to 465,000t. Through t...

Jordanian Cement Factories files for insolvency

06 July 2020, Published under Cement News

The Jordanian Cement Factories Co has announced that it will file for insolvency on the back of adverse financial conditions, worsening as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to The Jordan Times.  As a result, the company has partially halted sales, collection and production. The company’s management had worked on a road map to restructure the company to increase sales, production and operational efficiency. However, the negative economic impact caused by the pandemic has impeded ...

Colombian cement demand declines 33% in May

02 July 2020, Published under Cement News

Domestic dispatches of grey cement in Colombia fell by 33.1 per cent to 705,900t in May 2020 when compared with May 2019, when they stood at 1.055Mt, according to the country’s statistics office, DANE. Ready-mix companies represented the largest drop as their offtake declined by 52.5 per cent YoY, followed by the concrete products segment, which contracted by 46.6 per cent. Building companies and contractors reduced their purchases by 36.7 per cent while the retail sector reduced its consu...

Power Cement begins commercial operations at 7700tpd plant

01 July 2020, Published under Cement News

Pakistan’s Power Cement Ltd has announced that its 7700tpd clinker production plant has reached its rated capacity and will therefore begin commercial production from 1 July 2020.   The company noted production levels of 450,096t and 502,541t of cement and clinker, respectively, during the 9MFY19-20. Domestic sales reached 418,757t, while cement exports were at 4372t and clinker exports at 111,800t. Overall this represents a nine per cent decline in both domestic and export sales. However,...

BCIC and EDII to build cement plant in Bangladesh

01 July 2020, Published under Cement News

Bangladesh Chemical Industries Corp and Saudi-based Engineering Dimension International Investment have agreed to build a cement plant under the name of Saudi Bangla Integrated Cement Co Ltd. The new plant will have a clinker capacity of 12,000tpd and a cement capacity of 3000tpd, based on the supply of limestone from Meghalaya, India. In addition to producing cement from its own clinker, the plant will also supply 4Mta of clinker to grinding units in Bangladesh. The project is expected t...

Cemex cancels El Musel project due to COVID-19

30 June 2020, Published under Cement News

Cemex is cancelling its terminal project that would see the company import 150,000tpa of cement via the Ingeniero Olano dock in El Musel, Gijón, Spain. In February 2019 Cemex applied for a concession at the Olano quay to unload cement to build two storage silos and a bagging plant, representing an investment of approximately EUR5m. Forecasts at the time expected 50,000t of cement to be imported in the first year to 150,000t from the sixth year. The concession was granted after 10 months. ...