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Lighting up the mighty Xuan Thanh

15 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Vietnam’s first mega plant and 12,500tpd kiln line was commissioned by Xuan Thanh Cement JSC at Ha Nam on 9 October 2017. The line is a bold statement and an apt symbol of the tremendous development achieved by Vietnam, one of Asia’s most dynamic emerging markets, over the course three decades of almost uninterrupted economic growth. ICR reports on the new production line and the Xuan Thanh’s ambitions to construct a further three 12,500tpd lines by 2020. Xuan Thanh cement plant, buil...

Sri Lanka consumption down by 29% in October

11 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in Sri Lanka fell 29.2 per cent YoY to 566,000t in October, according to the Central Bank of Sri Lanka. The drop follows a gain of 30.6 per cent YoY to 763,460t in September after falling for three consecutive months until August. In 8M17 sales reached 1.942Mt, down 9.1 per cent when compared with the equivalent period of the previous year. However, the bank’s governor, Dr Indrajit Coomaraswamy, said the decrease was nothing more than a blip and does not imply that the co...

Brazil cement market faces subdued recovery

11 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Following three years of strong market contraction, Brazil’s cement producers may still face some months of weak demand before a pick-up in sales emerges. Brazil’s cement association, SNIC, estimates total sales growth for 2018 between 1-2 per cent, barely making up for the 24.2 per cent contraction since its 71Mta peak in 2014. In 2017 cement sales fell 6.4 per cent to 53.8Mt. An effective recovery in demand will only come in the second half," Paulo Camillo Penna, president of SNIC. ...

Mexican cement demand forecast to fall 3% in 2017

03 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Mexican cement consumption is expected to reach 43Mt in 2017, representing a three per cent YoY decrease when compared with 2016, according to the National Chamber of Cement (CNC). The fall is the first since 2013. The market contraction has been attributed to a weak construction sector and the uncertainty around the NAFTA negotiations. Cement companies were also at the centre of controversy as they increased prices by a total of 10.18 per cent by November, the highest level in a decad...

Colombia cement dispatches stable in November

02 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Cement dispatches in Colombia edged up 0.3 per cent YoY to 1.021Mt in November 2017, according to the national statistics office, DANE. The rise in dispatches is attributed mainly to the robust performance in the prefabricated and concrete producer segments. A total of 69.1 per cent of dispatches was carried out as bagged cement, witch the retail segment accounting for 76.6 per cent of bagged dispatches. Bulk cement was delivered mainly to concrete producers, which accounted for 68.9 per ...

Gambia's turning point

21 December 2017, Published under Cement News

Leaving behind a past of political unrest and financial mismanagement, Gambia is at the start of an exciting new chapter. Led by a new, democratically-elected government and witnessing an upturn in construction, the country is about to open its first cement production facility. Thanks to Gambia's newly-found political stability, the international community is re-engaging with the west African country As the smallest country on the African mainland by area, Gambia’s economy...

Ho Chi Minh City concerned over cement shortages

13 December 2017, Published under Cement News

Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City has expressed concern of a potential shortage of cement and construction sand in 2020, according to the Saigon Times. Tran Trong Tuan, director of the Ministry of Construction, said the city had currently 10 cement grinding plants with a capacity of over 10Mta but if all grinding units are forced to move out of the city by 2020 to prevent environmental pollution cement supply in the city would be disrupted. At present it is possible to raise the capacity of t...

Pakistani cement industry reaches 93% utilisation rate

05 December 2017, Published under Cement News

The first four months of FY17-18 have seen robust growth in Pakistani cement demand and as a result, the cement industry’s capacity utilisation rate has risen to over 93 per cent, the highest in the last two decades, according to industry specialists. Cement demand in the North Zone remained high against expectations, reaching 3.148Mt in October and breaching for the first time the 3Mt mark. In October 2016, cement demand in the north reached 2.489Mt. In the Southern Zone, cement consumpt...

Moroccan demand stable in October

22 November 2017, Published under Cement News

Cement demand in Morocco edged up 0.3 per cent in October 2017 to 1,320,030t from 1,316,225t in October 2016, according to data by the country's Ministry of Housing and Urbanisation.  Market expansion was particularly strong in Laâyoune-Sakia Elhamra, where demand increased 44.8 per cent to 32,792t in October 2017 from 22,644t in October 2016, and in Dakhla-Oued Ed-Dahab, which saw consumption increase 63.7 per cent from 4476 to 7327t over the same period. Both Souss-Massa and Marrakech-S...

Cement sales in Puerto Rico down 47% in October

21 November 2017, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in Puerto Rico fell 47.1 per cent in October 2017 when compared with the previous year as result of the impact of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Cement sales have been declining since 2013 and fell by 12.3 per cent in 2016. Output from domestic cement plants has fallen by 52.9 per cent YoY in 2017, reflecting an acceleration of production contraction from 11.5 per cent in 2016.