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AI boost to core assets

04 February 2019, Published under Cement News

Artificial intelligence (AI) can boost the performance of cement companies’ heavy assets, such as cement mills and kilns, and increase the profit per hour. McKinsey highlights how these improvements can be made. By Robert Feldmann, Patrick Schulze and Thomas Czigler, McKinsey, Germany, and Eleftherios Charalambous, McKinsey, Greece. Figure 1: many heavy manufacturing sectors, including cement, are late adopters of artificial intelligence and are only starting to catch up In v...

Turkey’s overseas view

18 October 2018, Published under Cement News

The Turkish cement industry has seen its export volumes rise from year on year, making it Europe’s largest cement exporter and the third-largest in the global rankings. Key exporters include Batiçim, Nuh Cement and Medcem, all of whom benefit from well-equipped export operations in strategic locations. By Turkish Cement Exporters’ Association, Turkey. Turkey’s surplus capacity has enabled the country to build an extensive export base Turkey’s total domestic cement sales reached ...

A path towards value creation - part 2

08 March 2018, Published under Cement News

Following on from the first part of this article (ICR February 2018/ CemNet 28 February 2018 ), McKinsey & Co establishes the four strategic levers for value creation and explains why now is an ideal time to be planning a greater market presence, either as a multinational or regional cement producer. By Michael Birshan, McKinsey & Co, UK, Patrick Schulze & Thomas Czigler, McKinsey & Co, Germany, and Siddharth Periwal, McKinsey & Co, India. Figure 1: portfolio attractiveness explains a...

A path towards value creation

28 February 2018, Published under Cement News

In the first instalment of this two part article, McKinsey & Co reveals how the large, multinational players have failed to create value for their investors and have been outperformed by their regional counterparts. Can the emerging regional champions offer a new path to sustained value creation? By Michael Birshan, McKinsey & Co, UK, Patrick Schulze & Thomas Czigler, McKinsey & Co, Germany, and Siddharth Periwal, McKinsey & Co, India. Figure 1: overview of cement industry performance...

Consolidation is the key

25 September 2017, Published under Cement News

Recent acquisition activity in the Italian cement industry is being seen as a welcome step towards improved utilisation rates, higher pricing and better company earnings. But with the industry still highly fragmented it is widely believed that another round of industry restructuring is needed to reduce the number of plants and make the industry sustainable over the long term. While the Italian cement industry has seen a number of changes in ownership in recent times, there’s still ...

Cementos Lemona’s centennial

09 August 2017, Published under Cement News

This year marks the 100th anniversary of Cementos Lemona, a company that has evolved from its humble beginnings as an independent producer in a small town in the Basque Country, northern Spain, to developing a sizeable export business, a network of operations spanning the building materials sector and now being part of international major CRH. By Cementos Lemona, Spain. Over its long history, Cementos Lemona has continuously improved its operations to accommodate customer needs, ad...

Winning commercial strategy

26 July 2017, Published under Cement News

Challenges in creating and implementing a coherent commercial strategy is one of the key factors why cement companies do not always see satisfactory returns on invested capital. McKinsey highlights the five essential elements in developing a successful commercial strategy to help cement companies create value. By Patrick Schulze, Kedar Naik, Alexander Kaulfersch and Thomas Czigler, McKinsey, Germany. Figure 1: thinking through a commercial strategy for cement Chronic underperfor...

New thinking as trademark

26 June 2017, Published under Cement News

The world’s fifth-most populous nation with strong medium- and long-term economic prospects, Indonesia’s demand for building materials is huge. Delivering cement, aggregates or ready-mix concrete to the customer in a country with thousands of islands and heavy traffic in its urban centres is a challenging task. By Holcim Indonesia, Indonesia. To improve access to the Sumatran market, Holcim Indonesia built a new cement terminal in Lampung Part of the LafargeHolcim Group and empl...

Exshaw’s epic expansion

24 May 2017, Published under Cement News

This year’s IEEE plant tour will be held at the Lafarge Canada Exshaw Plant, a member of LafargeHolcim. The cement works recently completed a major upgrade, which saw the facility not only increase production capacity by 60 per cent, but also improve plant efficiency and reduce emissions. The project included the installation of a new kiln. By ICR Research, UK, Lafarge Canada Exshaw Plant, Canada, KHD Humboldt Wedag and Gebr Pfeiffer Inc, USA. The IEEE plant tour will be conducted at ...

Heidelberg's European bet

22 October 2015, Published under Cement News

Following the completion of the LafargeHolcim merger in mid-July, less than a fortnight later, HeidelbergCement announced its intention to buy Italcementi. The acquisition would consolidate HeidelbergCement’s no 2 position in the cement industry and regain its market leadership in the aggregates sector. ICR examines the drivers behind this latest M&A activity in the cement industry. With the Italcementi acquisition, HeidelbergCement takes a punt at the forecast Mediterranean recovery ...