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Southeast Asia’s capacity conundrum

09 June 2020, Published under Cement News

Southeast Asia’s vibrant cement industry faces a serious but not insurmountable challenge from the current COVID-19 pandemic. In the long-run, structural overcapacity will be the key force of change, as it exerts pressure on business models, forces consolidation and calls time on new capacity. Figure 1: ASEAN GDP growth rates, 2019A-2021F Southeast Asia, which in this article relates primarily to the 10 nations making up the Association of South East Asian Nations (ASEAN) includ...

Brazilian cement sales reach 54.5Mt in 2019

10 January 2020, Published under Cement News

Domestic cement sales in Brazil advanced 1.6 per cent YoY to 4Mt in December 2019, according to the country’s National Cement Industry Union (SNIC). In terms of sales per business day there was a 2.7 per cent YoY rise when compared with 2018. Apparent consumption in December was up 1.5 per cent YoY to 4Mt. For the full-year 2019 sales increased 3.5 per cent YoY to 54.5Mt, “the first positive result since 2014”, says SNIC in a statement. When viewed as sales per business day, the advance wa...

DRC utilisation rate remains low

25 November 2019, Published under Cement News

The Central Bank of Congo put cement production in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) at 1.842Mt in 2018. Around 1.825Mt were delivered to the domestic market. Production in the period up to April 2018 was 397,000t, of which 390,000t were sold within DRC. Therefore, the capacity utilisation of Congo’s cement plants is around 40-50 per cent according to the bank, although in February 2019 a rate of 52 per cent was recorded.

Ukrainian capacity utilisation on the rise

08 October 2019, Published under Cement News

Antidumping duties on Portland cement and clinker from Belarus, Moldova and Russia introduced by the Ukrainian government last summer have led to an increase in output and capacity utilisation in Ukraine’s cement plants, according to Interfax-Ukraine. "We regard this step as positive, which allowed us to increase the load of enterprises and output of marketable products. Now our capacities are 90 per cent loaded," said Mykola Kruts, the chairman of the board of Ivano-Frankivskcement.

Indonesian cement industry down 2% in 1H19

16 August 2019, Published under Cement News

The Indonesian Cement Association has reported that domestic cement sales volumes in the 1H19 dropped 2.2 per cent YoY to 29.4Mt due to weaker demand from Java (-2.8 per cent YoY) and Sumatra (-6.3 per cent YoY). This is likely to have been the result of a weak property sector, which accounted for around 70 per cent of the country's cement demand, coupled with delays in construction due to the presidential elections and the long Al-Fitr holidays. Fitch Ratings has added that the industry ...

Livetouch International seeks production increase

21 June 2019, Published under Cement News

Zimbabwean cement producer Livetouch International, part of Diamond Cement, plans to increase its cement capacity utilisation rate from the current 45 per cent. The Redcliff-based company has a 0.5Mta plant but has been operating at low capacity rates due to a shortage of raw materials, according to The Herald. The company’s CEO, Don Wang, said the company had been relying on competitors such as PPC for the supply of limestone. “We have, however, put measures to make sure that we capacit...

Pakistan's utilisation levels expected to keep falling

06 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Current downward trends in Pakistan's domestic cement demand are expected to impact capacity utilisation. Overall cement sales in the country declined by 12 per cent YoY in February 2019 to 3.3Mt, according to Intermarket Securities Ltd, quoting APCMA data. This decline was driven by local cement sales, which fell by 19 per cent YoY to 2.8Mt, with a major drag seen in sales of the north region to 2.1Mt, down 25 per cent YoY.   The drop-off in demand could be attributable to several factors,...

Oficemen downgrades growth forecast

11 October 2018, Published under Cement News

Cement producers have reduced their growth forecast for 2018 from 12 per cent to seven per cent, according to Oficemen, Spain’s cement association. They attribute the lower growth rate to the economic slowdown and “paralysis” that governs the execution of public work. The extra demand generated by new housing is unable to offset the lower civil works activity, which accounts for the majority of cement consumption, according to the association. The construction of flats now accounts for 28 ...

Pakistan records highest capacity utilisation

06 June 2018, Published under Cement News

All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA) has released data for the month of May, 2018,  which showed capacity utilisation between July and May 2018 was at 94.69 per cent – the highest in Pakistan's history since records began. The previous highest capacity utilisation was achieved in 1992-93, it reached 93.62 per cent. May's data also indicated a dip in local dispatches, due to the reduction of working hours in the Holy month of Ramadan. During May the industry dispatched 3....

Sino-Zimbabwe awaits public infrastructure project pick-up

10 May 2018, Published under Cement News

Sino-Zimbabwe Cement Co (SZCC) is hanging hopes on development deals between Zimbabwe and China to improve its turnover. The joint venture between China and Zimbabwe's government has had to battle declining sales and a slowdown in the construction industry. SZCC's managing director, Yong Wang, said: "The company is operating between 50-70 per cent capacity utilisation," which was likely to increase if government projects take off. "The market environment is very tough this year, which ...