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Pakistan: new federal budget to increase cement demand

02 June 2016, Published under Cement News

Pakistan’s new federal budget, set to be announced in the next few weeks, looks set to provide a fillip for the country’s cement producers by boosting demand. Through the federal and provincial Public Sector Development Programmes (PSDPs) the government has allocated PKR1675bn (US$16bn) for infrastructure projects, including roads and dams. However, the budget might also change the way in which Federal Excise Duty is applied to cement. Currently the tax is levied at five per cent of retai...

Indonesia: cement sales up 5% in 1Q16

09 May 2016, Published under Cement News

Indonesia's domestic cement sales rose to 14.43Mt in 1Q16, up five per cent from the same period last year of 13.84Mt. The rise appears to be driven partly by the development of government infrastructure projects, power plants and smelter projects. The Head of Indonesia Cement Association (ASI), Widodo Santoso, was quoted by Investor Daily as saying that the rise of cement sales was as expected by ASI. “We hope the sales will increase in the coming months.”

India: UltraTech’s profits rise to US$109m for 1Q16

29 April 2016, Published under Cement News

UltraTech Cement’s quarterly earnings statement for 1Q2016 show consolidated net profit growth of 10 per cent reaching INR7.23bn (US$109m) for the year to March, according to a report in Mint. Capacity utilisation was also higher in 1Q2016, rising by five per cent to 84 per cent. Volume sales rose by 15 per cent YoY, but revenues increased more slowly – by five per cent – due to declining prices. UltraTech’s EBITDA grew by just three per cent YoY despite improvements in cost efficiencies....

Morgan Stanley: cement consumption to grow 4% YoY to 2020

25 April 2016, Published under Cement News

New research from Morgan Stanley predicts that worldwide cement demand excluding China has turned a corner and will grow at an annualised rate of four per cent between 2016 and 2020. The investment firm is particularly bullish about India, South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, all of which it forecasts will see consumption grow by more than five per cent per year over the period (with Indian demand set to expand at 6.7 per cent). However, consumption in China is predicted to fall by 1.2 per ...

South Africa: Cement sales up 7.7% in 2015

19 April 2016, Published under Cement News

Consumption of cement in South Africa rose by 7.7 per cent YoY in 2015 following a drop in sales the previous year. According to figures released by PPC, volumes reached 13Mt in 2015 thanks to strong demand from the construction sector. Responding to the news, Business Day pointed to the positive impact from projects to build new power stations and hydroelectric plants. Sales grew fastest in 1Q15, when they were up 15.6 per cent YoY. Growth in Q2 was slower at 1.5 per cent, with volume...

Kazakhstan: Steppe Cement sales down as demand tumbles

18 April 2016, Published under Cement News

Steppe Cement has seen sales and revenue fall in the first quarter of 2016 as the company predicts that demand in Kazakhstan will be 11 per cent lower this year than it was in 2015. According to a report from DigitalLook, Steppe Cement’s volumes were down one per cent YoY in Q1 2016, falling to 190,953 tonnes. Revenues fared worse, falling by 12 per cent to KZT2.3bn (US$6.8m) over earnings in the same period last year. Ex-factory prices have declined by 13 per cent.  Despite this, Step...

India: Cement stocks rise as demand recovers

14 April 2016, Published under Cement News

Indian cement manufacturers are set to continue the strong performance which has seen their stocks outperform the BSE Sensex by a factor of ten over the past month. In this period, the Economic Times reports, India Cements’ shares are up 23 per cent, ACC is up 18 per cent, JK Cement and JK Lakshmi Cement are up 16 per cent, Ramco Cements is up 14 per cent and Ambuja Cements is up 12 per cent. The market as a whole, as tracked by the Bombay Stock Exchange’s Sensex index, is up just 1.2 per...

China National Building Materials (CNBM)

23 December 2015, Published under Cement News

Cement demand in China usually peaks in the months of September and October but not so in 2015 as numerous infrastructure projects suffered from ongoing delays. China’s cement producers are now hoping that 2016 will bring renewed activity in the country’s construction sector, driving up consumption. Just last week the Chinese president signed an agreement with the UAE to develop a US$10bn joint investment fund to forge closer links between the two countries. The UAE is reportedly seen as ...

Spanish demand to November increases 5%

23 December 2015, Published under Cement News

Spain’s cement market has expanded by 5.2 per cent YoY to 10,573,572t between January-November 2015, according to Oficemen, the country's cement association. In November alone, demand rose by 13.8 per cent to 1,008.789t, helping to boost full-year forecasts. For 2015, the association expects domestic consumption to reach some 11.3Mt, representing an increase of around five per cent YoY. "In line with our forecasts, 2015 it was a year marked by strong volatility in the figures, on a ver...

PT Indocement

29 September 2015, Published under Cement News

According to Reuters, some say that the outlook for domestic cement sales growth in Indonesia could be the worst in a decade. Production capacity has surged over recent years on the back of a promised increase in infrastructure spending. Recent figures put production capacity in the country at 75.5Mta by 2016, up by 67 per cent since 2011. But, in reality, infrastructure spending has been delayed by red tape and the Indonesian economy is growing at its slowest rate for six years.  For PT ...