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Cementos Argos reopening Colombian plants

16 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Cementos Argos announced it will be partially reopening its operations in Colombia to supply the public works that were given the go-ahead by Decree 531 of April 2020. The Rioclaro works in Antioquia as well as a limited number of concrete plants will open, in line with health and safety guidance defined by the authorities, according to Valora Analitik. "The company is ready to scale up its operation in the country once the activity of construction of buildings and the commercialisation of...

Dungsam Cement reports impact of lockdown

16 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Bhutan’s Dungsam Cement Corp has been adversely affected by the lockdown in India, according to Sonam Jigme, CEO. No export volumes or revenue have been recorded from 21 March to 12 April, compared to around 75,000t sold and BTN323m (US$4.2m) of revenue last year. Around 81,280t had been sold domestically from 1 January to 21 March, earning BTN488m. However, only 24,233t has been recorded after 21 March. Mr Jigme said that although there is domestic demand, sales have considerably fall...

Gujarat Sidhee Cement resumes cement production

16 April 2020, Published under Cement News

India’s Gujarat Sidhee Cement started up the production of cement again yesterday, in compliance with permission received from the government. The company will comply with directives being issued by the central and state government, as well as local administration, for the safety and wellbeing of its workers. However, the overall impact of the coronavirus upon the company's operations is difficult to assess at present.

Lehigh Cement releases 54 employees at Glen Falls plant

16 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Lehigh Cement has laid off 54 of its 90 employees at its Glen Falls plant, New York state, USA, in the wake of a construction slowdown attributed to the spread of COVID-19. The company plans to discontinue most of its cement production at its Glens Falls plant, as well as operations at its quarry in Moreau, said David Dreyer, the plant manager. "The layoffs are expected to be temporary and will take effect over the next two weeks," Dreyer added. "Lehigh will begin paying 100 per cent of af...

Titan publishes its 2019 annual report

15 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Titan has published its 2019 annual report outlining the group's financial, environmental and social performance. While Titan delivered another solid financial performance and made good progress on its 2020 environmental and social targets, responding to climate change and the digital revolution, the coronavirus broke out during the writing of the report. TITAN has mobilised to take measures to protect its staff. An assessment of the impact of COVID-19 is included in the report. Dimi...

Brazil's cement demand stable in March

15 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Following a good first half to the month, Brazilian cement consumption saw a sharp decline in the second half of March, according to the country’s cement association, SNIC. The fall was attributed to the circulation restrictions and a reduction in the pace of works as public transport, trades and support services near the buildings were limited. Therefore, cement sales in March remained stable when compared to March 2019 and slipped 0.5 per cent MoM to 4.1Mt. However, when cement sales per ...

State Bank of Pakistan reviews cement industry performance in 1HFY20

15 April 2020, Published under Cement News

The State Bank of Pakistan has released its second quarterly report of FY20 (July 2019-June 2020) on the state of Pakistan's economy on 14 April. The report reviewed the performance of all sectors and appreciated the cement industry's progress, but pointed out the challenges of the coronavirus on all industries.   According to the report, the global and domestic spread of COVID-19 has brought an exceptional set of challenges for the country. The spillovers from the global economy and the in...

Indian industries look for lockdown exit strategy

15 April 2020, Published under Cement News

While many Indian industries were preparing strategies for a partial lifting of the country’s lockdown, some members of the cement industry were reportedly aiming to wait an additional week before deciding whether to resume operations. "There are two issues – demand for cement is not there as construction is put on hold and all expenses of capex are getting deferred. Secondly, there is a big issue on logistics," said H M Bangur, managing director of Shree Cement. In addition, Mr Bangur not...

Akhangarancement completes kiln housing installation

15 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Eurocement has completed the installation of the rotary kiln housing at its 3Mta Akhangarancement project in Uzbekistan, according to a press release. Internal and external welding work was carried out on parts of the kiln body, bandages and support rollers, while the main and auxiliary drives were also installed. The rotary kiln is equipped with high-tech sensors, scanners, gas analysers and manometers, which ensure high energy efficiency and minimise environmental impact, states the com...

Eagle Materials supplies business update amid COVID-19 uncertainty

15 April 2020, Published under Cement News

US-based Eagle Materials has announced that it intends to continue operations as an essential business and deliver products to its customers, since its primary manufacturing facilities span across the country’s heartland in areas where construction has generally been deemed essential by government authorities. Although market conditions for the company’s construction materials have reportedly remained robust, there is uncertainty about the level of mid-term demand sustainability. Therefore...