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Hetauda Cement Industries sees losses mount up

25 August 2020, Published under Cement News

A combination of COVID-19, stalled construction activities and falling cement sales have seen Hetauda Cement Industries' losses grow fivefold YoY. The state-owned Nepalese company amounted losses totalling NPR50m (US$417,872) in the last fiscal year ended mid-July. According to the factory, it was able to sell only 1.45m bags of cement and clinker out of the 1.9m bags it produced in the last fiscal year. Sarju Aryal, head of the sales division, said the factory was left with about 400,000...

PCA's US cement consumption regional forecast review

21 August 2020, Published under Cement News

This week ICR looks at the regional briefings that the Portland Cement Association (PCA) has given for the economic and cement demand outlook in the USA, following COVID-19. Western region Brian Schmidt, PCA Regional Economist for the western USA, reported that both the Rocky Mountain (RM) and Pacific divisions have been hit hard by a fall in construction work. April cement consumption for Washington was down over 40 per cent, after Governor Jay Inslee announced in March that construction...

Egyptian cement demand has fallen 20% since May

19 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Since Egypt's Ministry of Local Development (MLD) suspended building licences for six months in the governorates of Greater Cairo (Cairo-Giza-Qalyubia), Alexandria, and provincial capitals and major cities with high population densities in May, cement demand has dropped by 20 per cent. Ahmed Al-Zaini, Chairman of the Building Materials Division, Federation of Egyptian Chambers of Commerce (FEDCOC), confirmed that the cement sector had seen a 20 per cent depression in demand over the summer....

Bangladesh's cement sector sees signs of recovery in demand

17 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Premier Cement of Bangladesh has reported that the cement sector has been showing some signs of recovery for the last two months, despite the coronavirus pandemic. The sector had been reeling from the unprecedented collapse in demand in April and May because of the pandemic, which hammered activity and brought the construction sector to a grinding halt. However, activity has begun to pick up and are now back almost to the pre-pandemic level in June and July. "The economic front of a develo...

East African Portland Cement meets distributors amidst falling demand

10 August 2020, Published under Cement News

The East African Portland Cement Company (EAPCC) of Kenya is enhancing dealer and distributor incentives to push cement sales during the pandemic. CEO, Stephen Nthei, met with distributors in a tour of Nyandarau county to set a strategy and look to understand the challenges facing distributors and customers. "COVID-19 has had quite an impact in sales of cement. But we are seeing a bounce back as businesses start requesting for orders," Nthei said. "Dealers and distributors will get more in...

Economic survey reviews Pakistan cement industry for FY19-20

12 June 2020, Published under Cement News

The Pakistan government has released its economic survey for FY19-20 on the eve of the Federal Budget FY20-21. The survey reviews government incentives for the cement industry, accounts of dispatches, export and mining lease issues.   The government has labelled the construction and cement industry a significant source of growth and investment in the future. It has already introduced an incentive package for the construction industry in April 2020, anticipating to help increase local cement ...

Return to prosperity forecast for Pakistan's cement sector

08 June 2020, Published under Cement News

Pakistan's cement industry is likely to prosper in the coming months, due to some positive developments at the local and international level, anticipated by three of Pakistan's leading research houses. BMA Capital Management forecasts that the cement sector is showing signs of revival, backed by initiation of the Naya Pakistan Housing Scheme and construction package announced by the government. Moreover, the easing of lockdowns has raised hopes for improved cement dispatches in the coming m...

African cement escapes the pandemic; structural issues remain

05 June 2020, Published under Cement News

Cemtech's latest webinar discussed Africa's cement sector and the impact of COVID-19 on the continent. Tony Hadley of consultancy THAA, and Erkam Kocakerim, CEO of Limak Afrika SA, covered several areas of concern from the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on economies and cement demand to overcapacity and competition issues, while also providing a long-term outlook for the continent. Thomas Armstrong, Managing Editor of International Cement Review, opened the webinar with an overview of the ...

Malaysia – finding its resolve

02 June 2020, Published under Cement News

Within southeast Asia, Malaysia represents one of the largest consumers of cement per capita. The lacklustre demand trends seen in the past 4-5 years were forecast to ameliorate in 2020 due to an influx of government-backed projects. However, as COVID-19 wreaks havoc on economies and industries, the impact on demand remains to be seen. By Manas Tamotia, LEK Consulting, Singapore. Given that Malaysia’s cement sector was showing a resolve to rationalise and yield long-term value, LEK...

Taiwan Cement expects stronger 2H20

20 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Taiwan Cement Corp gave a positive outlook for its core businesses this quarter as the cement market appears to have emerged from the shadows of the COVID-19 pandemic in China. Chinese construction started to resume in March and appeared to have mostly returned to normality last month, bolstering the company’s selling prices and output in the current quarter to levels similar to the same period last year, said Taiwan Cement President, John Li. The second quarter might turn out stronger t...