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Caribbean Cement may resume exports soon

18 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Jamaica-based Caribbean Cement Co Ltd is awaiting the right conditions to resume cement exports. The Rockfort plant has excess capacity, despite sustained local demand for cement even during the pandemic. "Export is something we will be considering, but it will always come behind the local market, which we prioritise," said General Manager, Yago Castro. "The good thing is that we have some production capacity surplus, so, eventually, if the local market allows us, then we can allocate diff...

Petcoke markets and the cement industry

11 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Conventional fossil fuels account for around 80 per cent of fuels used in cement kilns worldwide, of which petcoke accounts for a 40-45 per cent share. Ahead of the Argus Petcoke Live virtual conference, we share some insights into the petcoke and refining market alongside views from the cement industry and the positive steps it is taking on environmental initiatives. Interview with Steve Weber, VP of Americas Consulting, Argus How has the refining sector been hit by COVID-19 and oil pri...

Cemex commences 'Operation Resilience'

11 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Cemex has outlined its 'Operation Resilience' programme, its business strategy from 2020-23 on a risk-adjusted basis. The company announced a need to focus on its core US and European markets as well as in metropolises where market demand is growing.   Fernando A González, Cemex's CEO, said the company will look to grow the profitability of the business through cost reductions and optimising the portfolio through divestments while redeploying its assets in new investments in its core busines...

Gypsum availability and dollar prices impact Dangote Zambia's production costs

09 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Dangote Cement Zambia Ltd (DCZL) says the closure of Chambeshi Metals has deprived the company gypsum for cement manufacture. DCZL CFO, Bright Tembo, also said the depreciation of the kwacha has impacted on costs of imported materials. "The closure of Chambeshi Metals has deprived DCZL of a reasonably priced Gypsum…We have local suppliers who are quoting in dollars and demanding payment in dollars. The depreciation of the kwacha has severely impacted on our costs of imported raw materials,"...

Cemex reaffirms commitment to improving air quality

09 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Following up on the celebration of the United Nations "International Day of Clean Air for blue skies" Cemex has reaffirmed its commitment to the goal of improving air quality in cities and surrounding areas. Cemex has invested over US$280m since 2013 in technology to measure, control, and mitigate the gas and particle emissions in its operations. Through this continuous investment, the company has introduced international standards consistent with the world's strictest emissions regulation...

Ghana sees 4% drop in sales in 1Q20

01 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Total cement sales in Ghana have fallen 3.9 per cent YoY in the first quarter of 2020. The 1Q volume in 2020 reached 814,979t, when compared with 848,259t in the 1Q19. The drop in cement sales has been attributed by the Bank of Ghana due to a slowdown in construction activity due to the coronavirus pandemic. Cement prices in Ghana have been affected by the sharp fluctuations int he Ghanaian cedi in comparison with the US dollar.

CRH revenues expected to recover in 3Q20

28 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Following the release of CRH's 2020 interim results last Friday, ICR now takes a deeper look at what the underlying trends have been for the company's trading performance during this challenging period. First-half sales for the group were five per cent behind, with like-for-like (LfL) sales three per cent behind the 1H20, as a positive performance in the first quarter was followed by significant disruption in the second quarter. EBITDA of US$1.59bn down when compared with 2019 (1H19: US$1.6...

FLSmidth's revenue guidance for 2020 is DKK15.5-17bn

28 August 2020, Published under Cement News

FLSmidth's revenue in 2020 is forecast to be DKK15.5bn-17bn (US$2.48bn-2.72bn), says the company. EBITA margin is expected to be 4.5-6 per cent, which takes into account around DKK210m of implementation costs related to business improvement activities. On 23 March FLSmidth's financial guidance for 2020 was suspended due to the global uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. On 28 April the company announced that full-year results were expected to be below the initial guidance. Visibilit...

Bangladesh producers seek advanced income tax refund of BDT7500m

28 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Bangladeshi cement manufacturers have requested that the National Board of Revenue makes payment of BDT7500m (US$88,47m) as a refundable advanced income tax to help them recover some of their losses from the coronavirus pandemic. Previous attempts to seek similar demands in the national budget were turned down. "We need a fresh injection of capital to recover the losses incurred due to pandemic. We have fallen in capital shortage as well. So, the government should refund our adjustable fund...

Adelaide Brighton returns to profit in the 1H20

26 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Australia’s Adelaide Brighton has posted a net profit after tax of AUD29.1m (US$20.95m) in the first half of 2020, compared with a net loss of AUD17.9m in the year-ago period. The company’s revenue declined seven per cent YoY to AUD700.7m. The company has reported that COVID-19 left operations largely uninterrupted, while the mining sector and the company’s increased exposure to the infrastructure market supported sales. However, overall cement sales decreased six per cent, although vol...