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Peru’s judicial power ratifies fines for Unacem

29 May 2019, Published under Cement News

Peruvian cement production Unacem and its distributors saw a UIT1614 (PEN6.7m – US$2m) fine imposed by Indecopi in 2014 for anticompetitive practices, ratified by the country’s Third Chamber of Constitutional and Social Transitional Law of the Supreme Court.  The supervising body had sanctioned the companies Unacem, La Viga, A Berio & Cia, Manufactures of Commercial and Industrial Steel and 17 natural persons for "unreasonably and unjustifiably refused to sell cement Sol (manufactured by U...

Kolos Cement released from competition requirements

17 September 2018, Published under Cement News

Mauritius-based Gamma Civic Ltd has been released from its commitment set by the Competition Commission of Mauritius (CCM) to have its subsidiary Kolos Cement Ltd, previously known as Holcim (Mauritius), resort to a bidding exercise to buy cement. The company currently operates the largest terminal on the Indian Ocean at 60,000t. Gamma Civic acquired 51 per cent of the company in 2015, and was subsequently required to address any competition issues. The company agreed it would buy cement th...

El Salvador anti-trust authority starts investigation into cement sector

22 June 2018, Published under Cement News

The Salvadoran anti-trust authority (SC) has started a study that will evaluate the presence of a quasi-monopoly in the production and sale of cement in El Salvador and how it impacts the construction market. The "Competence in the provision of goods and services for construction: cement, asphalt inputs and heavy machinery" investigation, will be carried out by the consulting company of Argentine origin GPR Economy, and will seek to characterise the economic chain of the domestic constru...

Italy's Antitrust Authority approves Cementir Italia sale

20 November 2017, Published under Cement News

The Italian Antitrust Authority (AGCM) has approved the sale of Cementir Italia and its subsidiaries Cementir Sacci SpA and Betontir SpA to Italcementi. Following the closing of the transaction, which is expected in the first days of January 2018, Italcementi will be required to adopt certain structural remedies, including the divestiture of some plants and behavioural measures. Italcementi will select the facilities to be divested among those identified by AGCM, which has established pre...

Italian producers to appeal watchdog decision

08 August 2017, Published under Cement News

Buzzi Unicem, Italcementi and Cementir have been fined by the Italian Competition Authority following a probe launched in November 2015 into the existence of alleged anti-competitive practices in the domestic market. The authority's decision states that Buzzi Unicem participated in an agreement concerning the alleged co-ordination of manufacturers regarding simultaneous price increases as well as an exchange of information within the industry association AITEC and, in general, the adopti...

Philippines: cement sector faces full proceedings on anti-competitive practices

07 March 2017, Published under Cement News

The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) is set to up its investigation of alleged violations of competitive practices in the local cement industry. The country's anti-trust authority said it found reasonable grounds to proceed to a full administrative investigation into the cement industry. The investigation is in response to the affidavit-complaint filed before the commission by Victorio Dimagiba, a former trade undersecretary who now serves as president of consumer advocacy group Lab...

Cameroon: Government hopes Mintom quarry will bring down cement prices

08 June 2016, Published under Cement News

The government of Cameroon has called on investors to help develop the Mintom limestone deposit, located in the country’s southeast, in the hope that this would lead to lower cement prices. According to Business in Cameroon, the Director of the Institute of Geological and Mining Research told business leaders last week that a quarrying operation in Mintom would lead to a fall in cement prices on the order of 50 per cent. Before 2015 Cameroon had only one cement producer, Cimenteries du...

Mexico: LH merger green light

18 February 2015, Published under Cement News

Mexico’s Federal Commission for Economic Competition (Cofece) has granted approval for the merger of Lafarge and Holcim (LH). Lafarge is a market player in Mexico through an indirect stake in ELC Tenedora de Cementos, which produces white and grey cement in its plants in Hidalgo state. “On 16 December 2014, Lafarge sold its stake in ELC to Elementia and as such does no longer have any stake in the Mexican cement industry and therefore, the operation does not have any effect on the str...