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UK builders merchant announces cement shortages

10 June 2021, Published under Cement News

Travis Perkins is warning that around 40 per cent of its branch network does not have enough cement to supply UK customers. Travis Perkins Chief Operating Officer, Frank Elkins, predicted that cement shortages were unlikely to ease before the end of the year.  Lead times on bagged cement have extended from around two days to two weeks, and Travis Perkins was now looking at supply chains across Europe to source cement. Builders are being asked to place orders 4-6 weeks ahead to avoid ...

Tanzania cement plants inspected for hoarded cement

26 November 2020, Published under Cement News

Tanzanian Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa on Saturday ordered all regional commissioners to inspect all cement factories in the country and prosecute owners found hoarding the commodity. He said the inspection should also involve cement sales agents and retailers of the commodity across the country. A statement by the Prime Minister's Office in the country's legislative capital Dodoma said  he made the order in a video conference with the regional commissioners. Speaking shortly af...

Tanzania reports cement shortage

19 November 2020, Published under Cement News

Tanzania’s Ministry of Trade and Industry has attributed the country’s recent high cement prices on non-production by four cement manufacturers in the country that had gone into maintenance. A 50kg bag of cement usually retails for TZS15,000 (US$6), but according to the National Bureau of Statistics data for October, the price had risen by 30 per cent to TZS22,000 in parts of the country. The plant maintenance programmes have affected supply, which dropped to 150,000t for October, comp...

Suppliers report cement shortage in Jamaica

05 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement retailers in Manchester and St Elizabeth, Jamaica, are reportedly struggling to meet demand after a sharp dip in supply, according to the Jamaica Observer. As a result, some hardware stores have no cement in stock and others are limiting each customer to 10 bags. The shortage allegedly began last month but has gotten worse recently. However, Norman Horne, executive chairman of cement distributor ARC manufacturing, has stated that he was not aware of a shortage.

Ethiopia invites private sector to address cement shortage

03 September 2020, Published under Cement News

To end the chronic shortage of cement in the market, Ethiopia’s Ministry of Trade and Industry has prepared a new guideline to introduce the private sector to the supply chain. The measure went into effect from 31 August 2020. State Minister of Trade and Industry, Eshete Asfaw, said the guidelines are mainly prepared to sustain the supply chain and allow the private sector to take part in cement supply in the country. Previously the Ministry had decided that only governmental organisatio...

Eswatini faces cement shortage

28 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Significant players in Eswatini’s construction industry have seen projects stall due to a cement shortage, according to The Swazi Observer. Nhlanhla Dlamini, CEO of the Construction Industry Council, has announced that a meeting was convened with the association of builders, manufacturers and suppliers to deliberate on the issue. "We are aware of the cement shortage which has been caused by shortage of supplies’ due to COVID-19 which led to the lockdown," said Mr Dlamini. In the short ...

Cement prices rise in Malawi

27 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement prices in Malawi have reportedly increased by 33 per cent in the past two weeks to MWK8000 (US$10.79) per 50kg bag, with the hike attributed to a shortage, according to The Business Times (Malawi). Cement Products Ltd (CPL) has condemned traders for raising the prices saying the wholesale price has not changed. Meanwhile, the country’s Ministry of Trade has reported that the increase is due to a rise in the price of imported cement from Zambia. "We are in talks with the local ma...

Yguazu stops production due to transformer issues

24 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Paraguay’s Yguazu Cement stated on social media that it stopped production on 12 August 2020 due to an issue with a transformer. The producer continued dispatching cement until 14 August 2020, when its supplies ran out. While it has not yet been able to find a similar transformer locally, it may either rent generators or even import cement, according to reports. The news follows the country’s construction sector recently reporting a cement shortage .

Rwanda's cement shortage sparked by classroom building

21 July 2020, Published under Cement News

Cimerwa is seeing a sharp rise in cement prices in Rwanda, following a cement shortage that has been driven by the Ministry of Education's programme for 20,000 classrooms to be built before September in the country. Cement prices have climbed from RWF8500 (US$8.92) to RWF13,000 (US$13.64) in recent days. Cimerwa's retail prices for cement are lower at RWF8800 for Surewall, RWF9800 for Surecem and RWF10,800 for Surebuild. The company expressed displeasure at traders selling cement at h...

Zimbabwe's construction contracts in 4Q18

12 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Zimbabwe's construction industry contracted by 6.3 percentage points last year. A Treasury report cited cement shortages and high prices of construction materials for the slowdown. The construction sector registered 7.7 per cent growth in 4Q18 having been revised down from a Treasury forecast of 14 per cent growth. "The construction industry boom that was being experienced in the economy during the1H18 suffered a huge setback following acute cement shortages and unsustainable prices of c...