Cement News tagged under: cement demand

RSS feed

Central Bank of Pakistan reviews progress of cement industry in FY18

19 October 2018, Published under Cement News

The State Bank of Pakistan has released its annual report on Pakistan's economy for the fiscal year 2017-18. According to the report, the growth momentum gained further strength as the economy achieved its 13-year highest real GDP growth of 5.8 per cent in FY18. The GDP growth was also broad-based, as all the three sectors – agriculture, industry (including cement) and services – contributed positively to this acceleration, the report highlights. The cement industry, with more than one-fi...

Indonesia exports reach 3.62Mt between Jan-Aug 2018

25 September 2018, Published under Cement News

Indonesia's cement and clinker exports have reached 3.62Mt in the January-August 2018 period an increase of 95.8 per cent YoY, reports Indonesian Investments. According to the Indonesian Cement Association (ASI), cement and clinker exports are now forecast to reach 5Mt by the end of 2018, which is massively up on the original target of 3Mt. In the month of August cement and clinker exports rose by 31.1 per cent YoY to 541,143t, said ASI. Agung Wiharto, corporate secretary of PT Semen Indon...

Republic Cement Service's president forecasts 8% cement growth

24 September 2018, Published under Cement News

Nabil Francis, president of Republic Cement Services Inc, believes that the cement industry in the Philippines can achieve a growth in cement demand of eight per cent this year. The main reason for the increased demand is coming from infrastructure projects, which are expected to grow at 13 per cent. "We are starting to feel the effect of the 'Build, Build, Build programme'...we are starting to feel the pulse of the market beating," said Nabil Francis. Currently, the residential segment ...

Large housing scheme to raise Pakistan's cement demand

04 September 2018, Published under Cement News

Pakistan's Prime Minister, Imran Khan, has chaired a meeting on construction of the '05 Million Housing programme' for of low-cost/affordable housing. The meeting was attended by Yaqoob Izahar, Najeeb Haroon, Arshad Dad, Secretary Housing & Works Dr Imran Zeb Khan, Secretary Law M Justice (R) Abdul Shakoor Paracha and other senior officers. The Prime Minister said that construction of low-cost and affordable '05 Million Houses' is the foremost priority of the government which would not onl...

Cemex is working 24/7 to meet Philippine cement demand

30 July 2018, Published under Cement News

Cemex president and CEO, Ignacio "Nacho" Mijares, says Cemex's cement plants in plants in Antipolo and Cebu are having to work 24/7, in maximum capacity, to meet the market demand in the Philippines. The government’s PHP8trn (US$150.3bn) infrastructure programme is sending cement demand upward. "We recently were able to 'debottleneck' our dispatch which allows us to increase to half a million tons, the amount we can provide to the market. Going forward we will continue looking for the deb...

Mindanao region poised for higher cement demand

12 July 2018, Published under Cement News

Currently in the Philippines, there are about 60 nationwide infrastructure development projects related to Build, Build, Build scheme and about 14 of these are in Mindanao. Most of those in Mindanao are still in the feasibility study stages and may start construction by next year. Mindanao Development Authority (Minda) Assistant Secretary, Romeo Montenegro, said as there are no apparent shortages yet, there is also a continuing rise in the demand for cement and steel. They have yet ...

Tighter margins forecast for Malaysian cement producers in 2H18

04 July 2018, Published under Cement News

Malaysia cement players are receiving warnings from financial analysts that margins are expected to come under more pressure in the coming months, while a contraction of cement demand is forecast for the second half of the year. According to CIMB Research, this is a potential negative for the earnings outlook of cement companies in the second half of the year. "This makes it unlikely for any cement company to initiate a price hike to cover rising operating costs. "For cement players, margi...

New Bangladesh budget offers big projects for cement industry

08 June 2018, Published under Cement News

AMA Muhith, Bangladesh Finance Minister, has presented the government budget for 2018-19 in Parliament announcing a long list of mega projects for the construction of hospitals, school, colleges and other infrastructures that would create huge demand for cement in country. The finance minister said: "The country is targeting 7.8 per cent GDP growth in the new fiscal year against target of 7.4 per cent for fiscal 2017-18." Mr Muhith also announced provision of loans to the public for ...

Cement growth seen in Pakistan's 9MFY17-18 data

21 May 2018, Published under Cement News

According to Federal Bureau of Statistics, the large-scale manufacturing sector posted 5.8 per cent growth in the first nine months July 2017-March 2018, as the construction boom continued to push up consumption of cement and steel. The local cement industry production was recorded at 31.17Mt during this period from 27.77Mt, produced in corresponding months July 2016-March 2017. This shows a growth of 12.2 per cent on YoY basis. The growth in March 2018 alone produced 4Mt of cement compar...

Saudi Arabia cement sales fall 11% in 1Q18

13 April 2018, Published under Cement News

Saudi Arabia's total cement sales for 1Q18 stood at 11.8Mt, down 11 per cent YoY and one per cent QoQ. The combination of weak demand and high inventory levels forced the companies to seek other solutions such as entering other regions within the kingdom as well as exporting with low selling prices. Yanbu Cement’s low cash cost per tonne gives the company the ability to export at lower prices, which is likely not possible for other companies to replicate, says finance research group Al Raj...