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Siam Cement sees 10% rise in domestic demand, Thailand

14 September 2012, Published under Cement News

Siam Cement Group (SCG) expects domestic cement consumption to be double than its earlier forecasts for 2012 as demand is on the path of recovery. Kan Trakulhoon, the president and chief executive, said capacity utilisation at SCG, the country's largest cement maker, this year will be on a par with last year at 18Mt or 78 per cent of its overall production level. He said the company aims to achieve maximum cement production capacity of 23Mt within the next three years thanks to recover...

Brazilian monthly sales up 7.3 per cent YoY

13 September 2012, Published under Cement News

Cement consumption in the Brazilian market totaled 6.3Mt in August, representing a rise of 7.3 per cent YoY, data from Sindicato Nacional da Indústria de Cimento (SNIC) shows. August 2012 sales were up 4.2 per cent on a month-on-month basis from July 2012. Total domestic shipments for the first eight months of 2012 reached 45.17Mt, representing a YoY increase of 8.5 per cent, the association data showed.

Argentina sees August declines

13 September 2012, Published under Cement News

In August 2012, Argentina cement producers shipped 860,601t, including exports, a decrease of 5.6 per cent from July and down 16.5 per cent on August 2011. The latest data from Asociacion de Fabricantes de Cemento (AFCP) shows domestic shipments in August reached 841,124t, representing a decline of seven per cent from the previous month and a fall of 16.6 per cent compared to August 2011.    

Steppe Cement posts first half loss, Kazakhstan

11 September 2012, Published under Cement News

Kazakhstan-based cement producer Steppe Cement Ltd posted a consolidated loss after tax of US$0.1m for the six months ended 30 June 2012. Revenue six months ended June 30 were US$52.16m (2011: $43.06m) while pretax profit was US$391,000 (2011 loss: US$2.84m). The company’s sales volumes increased by two per cent to 615,838t and the average sales price increased from USD72/t to USD86/t during the period.   Production costs per tonne increased by 11 per cent in US dollar terms. The hike was...

Colombian production drops, shipments ahead

11 September 2012, Published under Cement News

Colombian production fell 1.4 per cent in July 2012 compared to the same month in 2011, while shipments for the period were ahead by 3.3 per cent. The country’s statistical office, Dane, shows that shipments for July 2012 were 879,000t. By departments, Cundinamarca continues to lead the rankings with 52.7 percent of demand, followed by Santander, with 30.7 per cent, and Bolívar, with 20.6 per cent. In contrast, the main decrease occurred in Bogotá, down 14.4 per cent, which is attributed b...

Cement Hranice 2012 outlook, Czech Republic

10 September 2012, Published under Cement News

Despite reporting an increase in 2011 cement sales, Czech cement producer Cement Hranice company expects a decline this year the Euro zone sovereign debt crisis and a continuing fall in construction output. Last year the company increased sales by 14.5 per cent last year to CZK1.69bn (EUR69m) following two years of declining sales due to a downturn in the domestic construction industry. Net profit in 2011 reached CZK499m, an increase of 10 YoY. Cement Hranice's results improved last ye...

Competition mounts for East Africa market share

07 September 2012, Published under Cement News

Public sector infrastructure projects and the rapidly growing middle class in the East Africa region will be the main drivers of cement consumption as competition is set to intensify with the arrival of new market entrants. S peaking to AllAfrica press, Kephar Tande, chairman of the East African Cement Producers Association, said Friday that the ongoing regional trade integration and an expected surge in housing demand will be the new battlefront for market share as new players enter the ma...

Pakistan capacity utilisation drops to 10-year low

06 September 2012, Published under Cement News

Capacity utilisation of the Pakistan cement industry declined to 68.29 per cent in the first two months of the current fiscal (FY12-13), the lowest level in a decade figures from the All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA) show. The drop is attributed to falls in domestic demand during July and August mainly due to Ramazana and heavy rains in the country, as well as a decline in exports. APCMA data shows that total cement dispatches were down 1.64 per cent and 2.82 per ce...

US first half shipments rise 15 per cent

06 September 2012, Published under Cement News

Total shipments of Portland and blended cement in the USA and Puerto Rico for the six months to June reached 37Mt, up by about 15 per cent, according to the latest data from the US Geological Survey. The leading producing states in June were Texas, Missouri, California, Michigan, and Florida, in descending order and accounted for 42 per cent of total output. The leading consuming states (Texas, California, Florida, Ohio, and Illinois, in descending order) received about 35 per cent of the J...

Lafarge Pakistan Cement swings to profit

05 September 2012, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Pakistan Cement reported profit after tax of PKR498.916m (US$5.3m) in the first half of calandar year 2012 compared to losses of PKR17.539m in same period last year, boosted by a rise in domestic sales and cost optimisation. Net sales for the period stood at PKR4.784bn against PKR3.684bn in 2011. Its administrative and financial cost increased to PKR278.6m and PKR604.662m from PKR221.613m and PKR481.564m, respectively 1H11. Distribution costs also increased to PKR115.625m from PKR...