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Financial ratio analysis

23 February 2021, Published under Cement News

Cement producers should use financial ratio analysis to compare their performance with others around the world. However, this must be combined with peer group analysis to account for differing operational circumstances. Figure 1: EBITDA profit margin Financial ratio analysis is used to assess the condition and performance of cement companies based on the performance published in their financial statements, such as their income statement (profit and loss), statement of financial ...

C’est la Vicat

15 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Since Louis Vicat discovered artificial cement in 1817, the France-based Vicat group has expanded to be a major cement producer in 12 countries. The family-owned business was founded in 1853 when it launched its first dry-process plant. More recent investments have focussed on Vicat structuring its business around the circular economy, the regeneration of the Ragland plant in USA, the acquisition of Ciplan in Brazil, and greenfield expansion in India and Africa. Supporting revenues also cont...

Buzzi Unicem: Italy and beyond

26 May 2020, Published under Cement News

The growth of Buzzi Unicem into a major multinational has taken more than a century. While its operations span the Atlantic and stretch to the Russian Urals in the east and the Mediterranean Sea and Middle East to the south, the company remains a family business with a fascinating history of cement, ready-mix and aggregate production. In its home base of Italy, Buzzi Unicem operates around 13Mta of cement capacity, including the Vernasca plant pictured Buzzi Unicem’s roots date ...

Buzzi Unicem: Italy and beyond

26 May 2020, Published under Cement News

The growth of Buzzi Unicem into a major multinational has taken more than a century. While its operations span the Atlantic and stretch to the Russian Urals in the east and the Mediterranean Sea and Middle East to the south, the company remains a family business with a fascinating history of cement, ready-mix and aggregate production. In its home base of Italy, Buzzi Unicem operates around 13Mta of cement capacity, including the Vernasca plant pictured Buzzi Unicem’s roots date ...

Eagle Materials spreads its wings

15 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Eagle Materials Inc has grown from its early beginnings as part of Centex Corp into a multi-product building materials company. It is the largest US-owned cement firm, trades on the New York Stock Exchange and is developing solutions to introduce carbon capture at its cement plants. The recent acquisition of Kosmos Cement has boosted the company’s capacity by approximately 25 per cent and extends its reach in key US markets. Meanwhile, an ongoing strategic por...

Identifying and managing risk

06 April 2020, Published under Cement News

When developing cement plant projects, it is not possible to address every aspect of risk theory, nor every possible specific risk to be encountered. This article, however, offers considerations from the perspective of a cement industry consultant on behalf of the owner to identify, address and resolve project development risk to ensure the safe, responsible development and best operation of cement plants. By Thomas D Box, Box International Consulting, USA. Box International Consultin...

Rock solid contribution

12 November 2019, Published under Cement News

With limestone, dolomite and gabbro deposits totalling a combined production of over 80Mta and reserves of over 4.5bnt, Stevin Rock is a key global producer of crushed rock. Its quarries in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) supply in a sustainable way a wide range of products to a multitude of customers across the world. By Stevin Rock, UAE. Stevin Rock’s Khor Khuwair quarry has a production capacity of over 60Mta Together with its sister company RAK Rock, Stevin Rock is one of the...

HeidelbergCement: strong builder of carbon neutrality

15 July 2019, Published under Cement News

HeidelbergCement recently announced its intent to become a carbon-neutral cement producer by 2050. To achieve this ambitious objective, the company has not only developed its Vision 2050 programme but has also formulated a strategy and operational portfolio to match its aspirations. By Jan Theulen, HeidelbergCement, Germany. Figure 1: HeidelbergCement’s Vision 2050 is key to the company’s goal of achieving carbon neutrality by 2050 Society at global, regional and national levels...

Algorithmic demand forecasting

09 July 2019, Published under Cement News

The use of advanced analytics is now common practice in many industries. It is not only the tech giants such as Google, Amazon and Facebook that apply algorithms to make smarter, faster and unbiased decisions. Players in industries such as natural resources, materials processing and building materials have also started to apply advanced analytics to improve their business performance. A recent publication by the Boston Consulting Group 1 (BCG) makes the case that cement producers need to em...

The power of networks

13 February 2019, Published under Cement News

Newcomer Cem’In’Eu is rapidly building a network of cement grinding plants across Europe to meet local market demand. Its first plant, operating as Aliénor Ciments, was recently inaugurated at Tonneins, strategically located between the markets of Bordeaux and Toulouse, France. The new Aliénor Ciments plant at Tonneins was recently inaugurated – from left to right: Vincent Lefebvre, chairman of Alienór Ciments; Dante Rinaudo, Tonneins Mayor; Thierry Constans, Mayor of Gontaud-de...