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Holcim Bulgaria awarded 35-year concession

08 December 2022, Published under Cement News

The Bulgarian government has granted Holcim Bulgaria a concession for the Marudnicite West sand and gravel deposit near Sofia for 35 years. The deposit is located between the villages of Negovan and Chepintsi on the northeastern outskirts of the city. Holcim Bulgaria plans to invest over BGN2.6m (US$1.4m) to ensure extraction and pre-production activities at the site for the duration of the concession, reports SeeNews. The company is expected to pay out more than BGN5m in concession pay...

Akmenes Cementas to import SRF

31 August 2022, Published under Cement News

Akmenes Cementas , Lithuania’s only cement producer, plans to import up to 200,000t of solid recovered fuel (SRF) for use in the second half of 2023. Last year the company received EUR4.34m in funding under the Climate Change Program towards the EUR20m bill to install SRF burning equipment. The aim is to replace 75 per cent of the coal used by Akmenes with SRF next year. The company saw its cement production advance by 11 per cent YoY in 2021 to 1.35Mt, with cement sales over the same perio...

Holcim acquires General Beton Romania

08 July 2022, Published under Cement News

Holcim has acquired General Beton Romania, a leading player in the Romanian ready-mix concrete (RMC) market with estimated 2022 net sales of EUR45m. The move is designed to expand Holcim's RMC portfolio across Romania's major urban centres and help Holcim reach its target of 25 per cent of RMC sales coming from ECOPact. With the addition of General Beton Romania's eight RMC plants, Holcim Romania will now operate 27 RMC facilities in the country. Miljan Gutovic, region head of Europe, Mid...

Schwenk Latvija opens new grinding plant

01 July 2022, Published under Cement News

Schwenk Latvija has opened what it calls “one of Europe’s most sustainable grinding plants”. The new works at Brocēni  was commissioned in June 2022 and took just 20 months to complete. The grinding circuit, which was supplied by Christian Pfeiffer, produces high-quality cement such as CEM I 52.5R with up to 5600 Blaine.  

Schwenk Latvija reports 5% increase in turnover in 2021

27 June 2022, Published under Cement News

Schwenk Latvija has reported a 4.9 per cent YoY increase in turnover in 2021. The company's turnover reached EUR96.455m, while profit came in at EUR16.118m, up 31.9 per cent YoY, according to Firmas.lv. 2021 saw Schwenk Latvija sell more than 1Mt of cement, of which over 75 per cent was exported, mainly to Finland, Estona and Sweden, reports Baltic Business Daily. Capex in 2021 stood at over EUR23m, up 16 per cent on the 2020 figure. According to the company's annual report, despite the nega...

Holcim to acquire Izolbet of Poland

16 May 2022, Published under Cement News

Holcim has entered an agreement to acquire Izolbet, one of the leading players in the specialty building solutions market in Poland.   Izolbet has delivered double-digit growth in sales and EBITDA over the last three years. The acquisition will strengthen Holcim’s footprint in the highly attractive market for renovation, thermal insulation and finishing, and will complement Holcim’s recent investment in a new production facility for dry mixes in Kraków. Miljan Gutovic, EMEA regi...

Cement Hranice sees 4% uptick in net profit in 2021

25 April 2022, Published under Cement News

Czech cement producer Cement Hranice , owned by Dyckerhoff AG, increased its sales by 13.4 per cent to CZK2.037bn (US$89.8m) in 2021 when compared with sales posted in 2020. The company’s net profit advanced by four per cent YoY to CZK585.7m. "The past year was marked by increased demand for cement sales. Especially at the end of the year, we were forced to reduce our clinker and cement stocks to the lowest possible level, but we still had to slightly reduce deliveries to our customers," a...

Serbian cement industry faces fuel challenge

22 April 2022, Published under Cement News

Serbia’s cement industry is being considerably impacted by the Russia-Ukraine war as the sector depends on high-calorie coal imports from both Russia and Ukraine for more than 50 per cent of its fuel requirement. Moreover, the alternative fuels used by the industry are insufficient to safeguard business continuity, particularly in the currently expanding market. The supply chains from Russia and Ukraine have almost stopped, presenting a serious challenge to the industry, according to Associ...

Polish cement sales forecast to decline

22 April 2022, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in Poland are expected to decline to 19Mt in 2022 from 19.3Mt in 2021, according to the Polish cement association, SPC. However, the association predicts that sales could return to their upward trend in 2023, when it projects sales of 19.4Mt.

Feeling the heat of mercury

21 February 2022, Published under Cement News

Cement kiln operators, particularly in cases of co-incineration, may feel the heat when considering upcoming government regulations regarding mercury emissions. Therefore, it is recommended to invest in upgrading mercury monitoring systems if existing ones use out-of-date technology that no longer complies with mercury monitoring standards. By Gasmet, Finland. Continuous mercury monitoring systems help cement plants avoid over-the-limit emissions In an effort to decrease fossil ...