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German cement demand reaches 26.6Mt in 2015

18 March 2016, Published under Cement News

German cement consumption reached approximately 26.6Mt in 2015, some 2.2 per cent less than the previous year, according to German Cement Works Association (VDZ). The outlook for 2016 is more optimistic with the VDZ expecting positive market developments. "The persistent low level of investment in trade and industry has had a noticeable effect on the cement market", said Gerhard Hirth, President of VDZ. Despite the generally positive economic climate, no additional demand impetus came from ...

Court annuls information request by EC into cement company competition probe

14 March 2016, Published under Cement News

The European Court of Justice has annulled a request for information the European Commission had made to several cement makers in a cartel probe. The European Commission in 2010 opened an investigation into several cement makers – including HeidelbergCement, Holcim and Lafarge – saying it suspected the companies of possibly restricting imports into the EU, divvying up markets and coordinating prices. A year later, the commission sent lengthy questionnaires to the companies, requesting...

CEMBUREAU 4Q15 Economic Report: modest growth across EU, some clouds on horizon

10 March 2016, Published under Cement News

CEMBUREAU's Quarterly Economic Report for 4Q15, published yesterday, shows that no EU countries experienced recession in 2015. However, the latest quarterly data revealed that economic growth did not gain momentum in 4Q15 on a quarterly basis, with very modest growth rates recorded in all major EU economies, ie 0.3 per cent in the EU28 and Germany, 0.2 per cent in France and 0.1 per cent in Italy. The European cement association warns that there are growing fears of a deterioration in the...

European cement industry carbon costs cannot be passed onto customers

15 February 2016, Published under Cement News

One of the issues during the debate on the future of the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU-ETS), is the ability (or not) of a sector to pass on to their customers costs arising from to the purchasing of CO2 allowances. “Based on a recent study commissioned to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), it is clear that the European cement industry cannot pass through these additional carbon costs onto its customers,” according to European cement association, CEMBUREAU. “This is demonstrated by both econo...

New Holcim Romania CEO appointed

10 February 2016, Published under Cement News

Sofiane Benmaghnia has been appointed the new CEO of Holcim Romania, effective 1 April 2016. He replaces François Petry who took over as CEO of Aggregates Industries, the UK subsidiary of the recently-formed LafargeHolcim group. Algerian-Canadian Mr Benmaghnia joined LafargeHolcim in 1999 as a financial analyst. Since then, he has built his career within the group, working in several markets where LafargeHolcim operates (North America, Middle East, Africa and Europe). He has over 16 years o...

Construction output 0.8% in euro area

21 January 2016, Published under Cement News

In November 2015 compared with October 2015, seasonally-adjusted production in the construction sector increased by 0.8 per cent in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.7 per cent in the EU28, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In October 2015 production in construction grew by 0.6 per cent in the euro area and by 0.2 per cent in the EU28. In November 2015 compared with November 2014, production in construction expanded by 2.1 per cent in the ...

Production in construction up by 0.5 per cent in euro area

31 December 2015, Published under Cement News

In October 2015 compared with September 2015, seasonally adjusted production in the construction sector increased by 0.5 per cent in the euro area (EA19) and by 0.1 per cent in the EU28, according to first estimates from Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union. In September 2015, production in construction fell by 0.7 per cent in the euro area and by 0.2 per cent in the EU28. In October 2015 compared with October 2014, production in construction grew by 1.1 per cent in the eu...

Polish monthly cement production up 3.1%

08 December 2015, Published under Cement News

Cement production in Poland decreased by 3.1 per cent YoY to 1.22Mt in November, while sales rose by 3.6 per cent to 1.24Mt, Poland's Cement Producer Association said in a statement. Year-to-date production grew 0.6 per cent YoY to 14.65Mt. Meanwhile sales over the period rose by 1.1 per cent to 14.95Mt.

Moody's: Stronger demand in US, UK and Egypt supports EMEA building materials stable outlook

03 December 2015, Published under Cement News

The outlook for the European building materials industry will remain stable in 2016 due to increasing cement demand in the US, UK and Egypt and the resulting uptick in pricing, says Moody's Investors Service in a report published today. Overall demand in Europe is likely stabilise in 2016 but oversupply could pressure prices as new capacity comes on line in India and Indonesia. Moody's report, titled " Building Materials - Europe : 2016 Outlook - Stable, Supported by Cement Volumes and Pri...

CEMBUREAU welcomes positive steps forward in circular economy package

03 December 2015, Published under Cement News

CEMBUREAU has said it welcomes the circular economy package published by the European Commission yesterday. The European cement association said the regional industry, which uses alternative fuels for 38.8 per cent of its fuel mix, is pleased to see recognition granted to material recycling which occurs at the same time as energy recovery. Indeed, by taking into consideration material recycling in the cement industry it is possible to boost the recycling rate of certain municipal waste. ...