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Ciments du Maroc sees turnover down 10% in 1Q20

22 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Ciments du Maroc (HeidelbergCement) reported a 9.9 per cent YoY drop in cement sales volumes in the first quarter of 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic affected the market.  The company’s turnover declined 9.8 per cent YoY to MAD869m. Investments in the 1Q20 reached MAD14.8m, up 43.4 per cent when compared with the 1Q19.

UltraTech Cement Ltd records net sales of INR105.8bn in 4QFY19-20

21 May 2020, Published under Cement News

UltraTech Cement Ltd (Aditya Birla Group) announced its financial results for the 4Q and full year ended 31 March 2020. 4QFY19-20 Consolidated net sales reached INR105.8bn (US$1.39bn) vis-à-vis INR121.7bn in the corresponding period of the previous year. Profit before interest, depreciation and tax was at INR26.4bn versus INR26.72bn in the year-ago period. Profit after tax was INR32.43bn compared to INR10.64bn in the 4QFY18-19. Full-year results For the full year, consolidated net s...

LafargeHolcim's CEO targets low-carbon and sustainable recovery

20 May 2020, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim's CEO, Jan Jenisch, has updated customers on the company's low-carbon cement initiatives and preparing for the gradual pick-up in business as the world tries to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. "As markets are gradually reopening around the world, we are ramping up our production to best support our customers and help the world economy recover as quickly as possible," said Mr Jenisch. We are doing this by putting sustainable construction at the heart of the recovery. "Buil...

Taiwan Cement expects stronger 2H20

20 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Taiwan Cement Corp gave a positive outlook for its core businesses this quarter as the cement market appears to have emerged from the shadows of the COVID-19 pandemic in China. Chinese construction started to resume in March and appeared to have mostly returned to normality last month, bolstering the company’s selling prices and output in the current quarter to levels similar to the same period last year, said Taiwan Cement President, John Li. The second quarter might turn out stronger t...

Paraguay sees unexpected uptick in demand

19 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Paraguay-based Industria Nacional del Cemento (INC) saw an unexpected surge in demand between 4-8 May 2020 with average sales of 79,755 bags/day as distribution companies collected a backlog of deliveries and bought extra volumes as they anticipated the easing of lockdown measures. INC had to buy 40,000t of imported clinker recently, according to Esmerk Latin American News. In April 2020 sales plummeted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

BCMA reports 46% fall in domestic cement sales

18 May 2020, Published under Cement News

The current demand for cement in Bangladesh has declined drastically as construction projects have been halted following COVID-19 lockdown, according to the Bangladesh Cement Manufacturers Association (BCMA). Cement sales dropped around 46 per cent in April following serious disruption in construction, according to the BCMA. The manufacturers saw a severe fall in sales, despite expecting double-digit growth in 2020 after achieving above seven per cent growth in previous year. BCMA Presid...

Puerto Rican cement sales decline 61% in April

18 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Sales of cement in Puerto Rico fell 55.1 and 60.6 per cent in March and April 2020, respectively, according to the country’s Instituto de Estadísticas. In March 2020 526,500 bags of 94lb, or 22,496t were sold while in April the offtake reached 451,300 bags or 19,283t. The drop in sales was attributed to the lockdown and the production stop due to the coronavirus. Cement production fell 59.2 per cent to 493,300 bags (21,077t) in March and 49.5 per cent to 377,200 bags (16,117t) in April.

Boral announces new measures to control inventory levels

18 May 2020, Published under Cement News

The chief executive of Australia’s Boral Ltd, Mike Kane, has commented on the reduction of new orders in the Australian and US construction industries, and also announced new measures to stop the build-up of inventory levels in this environment. The company will now close its Berrima cement kiln in New South Wales (NSW) for three weeks in June, as Mr Kane noted it was not possible to run a kiln at partial strength. "You need to turn the kiln on or off,'' he said. The company is now exp...

Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe Ltd expects 30% decline in cement volumes in 2Q20

18 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe Ltd said business volumes had declined considerably due to low demand amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The LafargeHolcim subsidiary said the lockdown will have an inevitable impact on volumes for the second quarter in 2020. "It is projected that 2Q2020 volumes will decline by 30 per cent with the possibility of spill over risks impacting the second half of the year," the company said in its first quarter trading update for 2020. "The ripple effects of the lockdown and b...

AfriSam now permitted to supply certain customers

15 May 2020, Published under Cement News

As South Africa has lowered its national coronavirus lockdown to Level 4, the supply of cement and other construction materials can now reach specific markets, according to Engineering News.  "With the lowering . . . to Alert Level 4, the new regulations permit AfriSam to resume some of its production and to supply certain customers," said AfriSam sales and marketing executive, Richard Tomes. AfriSam is now reportedly set to supply cement, aggregates and ready-mix to permitted Level 4 cus...