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Holcim Philippines closes Davao cement plant

06 April 2020, Published under Cement News

The Philippines' leading cement-maker Holcim Philippines has suspended the operation of its manufacturing plant in Davao as the city was locked down until 19 April to contain the COVID-19 pandemic. The suspension of operations in Davao is in compliance with Mayor Sara Duterte's order to impose an enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) within Davao City starting 4 April. "While our Lugait plant in Misamis Oriental will continue to operate and serve the requirements of our business partners and...

DG Khan Cement resumes production at Khofli site

06 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Pakistan will decide on 14 April, whether to allow the gradual opening of non-essential industries under full preventive measures to prevent the spread of the coronavirus. Provincial governments are also contemplating opening of part of their industry. However, the country's cement industry has already received the government's go-ahead to start production.   The cement industry had been hit hard by measures taken by federal and provincial governments to stop the spread. As a result, some m...

CMIC state president calls for construction industry to be classed as essential

03 April 2020, Published under Cement News

As previously announced, the cement mills that make up Mexico’s National Cement Chamber will suspend operations due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic . The president of the Mexican Chamber of the Construction Industry (CMIC) for Querétaro state, Alvaro Ugalde Ríos, has noted that the shutdown would lead to the construction sector stopping with a week or two. Therefore, the state president has reportedly called for the construction industry to be classed as an essential industry and for the...

Devki Group's Narendra Raval donates KES100m for oxygen

03 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Kenyan cement and steel businessman, Narendra Raval, CEO of the Devki Group, has donated KES100m to supply oxygen to government hospitals in the fight against COVID-19.  The COVID-19 outbreak has already killed 110 people in Kenya. "I hereby confirm the pledge to donate oxygen worth KES100m to all government hospitals throughout the country. Oxygen will be collected from our Mombasa, Ruiru, and Athi River Devki Steel Mills Ltd Factories in exchange of empty cylinders," he said in a letter...

Adelaide Brighton pulls 2020 profit guidance

02 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Australia’s Adelaide Brighton has pulled its 2020 profit guidance due to the economic uncertainty resulting from the coronavirus pandemic, but noted it has AUD450m (US$274.55m) in cash and undrawn bank facilities. According to the company’s webpage, it still has no known cases of COVID-19 across its business. "All our 130+ locations remain open for business and we are well stocked with raw materials to meet the needs of all our valued customers. We’ll continue to meet with our customers to...

Mexican cement plants to close due to coronavirus

02 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Mexico’s National Cement Chamber (CANACEM) has announce that cement plants are ceasing operation. However, cement companies will carry out dispatches until 3 April and halt supplying public works and 62,000 hardware stores from 4 April onwards. The measure has been taken due to the spread of COVID-19. "It is necessary to carry out technical, operational and administrative actions in each of the plants whose activity will be suspended in order to be able to completely stop operations in a s...

Lehigh Hanson delays Mitchell expansion project

02 April 2020, Published under Cement News

US-based Lehigh Hanson Inc has delayed the start of the US$600m expansion project at its Mitchell plant in Lawrence County, Indiana. Construction may be delayed by up to a year due to uncertainties resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.  The plant will reportedly continue to finalise the engineering and delivery of equipment but will limit the amount of site work during 2020 and will move it into early 2021. Therefore, the projected start-up date has been moved from September 2022 to the 3...

Breedon Group closes operations in Ireland

01 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Breedon Group has announced the temporary closure of its plants in the Republic of Ireland, including its Kinnegad cement plant, with the exception of those serving health projects or critical road and utility infrastructure. The closure is in addition to other measures announced last week and follows the Irish government introducing restrictions on non-essential businesses from 27 March. "Our priority remains the health and wellbeing of our colleagues, subcontractors, customers and co...

Qatar National Cement to shut two plants this week

01 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Qatar National Cement has announced that it will shut down two plants from 1 April to slow the spread of coronavirus and as an impact of lower demand in the local market. Therefore, the company’s board will close factories four and five until further notice, according to a statement.

Bangladesh construction and cement sectors meet COVID-19 challenges

01 April 2020, Published under Cement News

The Bangladeshi cement and construction industries have been directly and indirectly affected by the ongoing measures taken by the country's government to control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The country, which has been on holiday since 26 March, is likely to see its time off extended by five additional days to 9 April as a result. This is expected to impact the cement supply chain and continue to disrupt the implementation of large projects, according to local media reports.   Th...