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Pakistan: producers eye northern construction growth

10 June 2016, Published under Cement News

This week saw further evidence of resurgent growth in Pakistan’s cement industry as dispatches rose 10.6 per cent YoY. With the All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA) relating that the growth in cement sales was solely down to higher domestic demand, there is much for the country’s cement producers to be enthusiastic about going forward, especially if they have strong representation in the north. Overall, per capita cement consumption is one of the lowest in Asia at 166kg, off...

Mongolia explores export to Russia

03 June 2016, Published under Cement News

With Mongolia’s cement production on the rise, the country may start exporting its surplus to countries such as Russia. National producers are currently studying the possibilities, according to local news reports. Demand in the country has risen with growing housing and infrastructure requirements. Mongolia’s cement production currently meets about 90 per cent of the domestic demand, which in 2013 reached 2Mt. With a capacity of 1.9Mta in 2013, the country has been importing cement to ful...

Pakistan cement exports 5Mt in FY15-16

02 June 2016, Published under Cement News

During first 10 months of the current FY15-16, the Pakistan cement industry exported 5.05Mt of cement and earned export revenue of US$274.34m compared to 6.64Mt at US$382.39m in July 2014-April 2015. This translates a fall of 23.86 per cent and 28.25 per cent in terms of quantity and value in dollar respectively on YoY basis, says data released by the Pakistan Bureau of Statistics (PBS).   The average price of cement also fell to US$54.24t from US$57.56t during this period.   In April 2...

Holcim Indonesia to expand exports as domestic competition tightens

30 May 2016, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim subsidiary, PT Holcim Indonesia, plans to boost exports to Australia, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh this year amid unstable domestic demand, reports The Jakarta Post. After the acquisition of Lafarge Cement Indonesia, also known as Semen Andalas, in February and the commencement of operations at Tuban II plant in East Java last August, Holcim's production capacity has risen to 15Mta from 11Mta at the beginning of 2015. "To address this we need to export more while of course also s...

The Mediterranean and beyond

25 May 2016, Published under Cement News

The Mediterranean has always played a vital role in the world economy and international trade. In recent years its bordering countries have been affected by turmoil caused by various factors: the economic crisis, a fall in oil prices, increasing migration and Islamisation, political instability and wars. This uncertainty has affected construction investment and regional cement demand. For Mediterranean cement producers this has meant a need to find new markets and look beyond the usual horiz...

Iraq ban challenges Iran cement industry

19 May 2016, Published under Cement News

The Iraqi government has passed a bill banning the imports of Iranian cement to protect its domestic cement industry. Mohammad-Reza Lotfi, the deputy head of the Association of Cement Industry Entrepreneurs, said that Iran's cement exports to Iraq amounted to some 7Mt or around 60 per cent of Iranian exports last year. Mr Lotfi said that the only solution is to look for new markets, such as Azerbaijan, Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Saudi Arabia: lifting of export ban to provide little cheer for cement producers?

18 May 2016, Published under Cement News

The much-anticipated lifting of Saudi Arabia's ban on cement exports, first implemented in 2008 and extended in 2012, is expected to provide little relief for the country's cement producers, according to emerging market investment bank Arqaam Capital. Mohammed Kamal, executive director of equity research at Arqaam Capital said that export volumes would likely be capped at 20 per cent of output and potentially subjected to an export tax. The net effect should be margins erosion, which part...

Peru: cement market expands 1.8% YoY in April

17 May 2016, Published under Cement News

Peru’s cement demand increased 1.8 per cent YoY in April to 781,000t, according to the country’s cement association, Asocem. This reversed the previous month’s fall of 1.4 per cent. Cement output in April expanded by 7.5 per cent YoY to 831,000t. Some 29,000t of this volume was exported, reflecting an eight per cent decrease when compared with April 2015. In addition, 23,000t of clinker was exported – some 17 per cent below the April 2015 level.

Iran: cement exports down 20%

11 May 2016, Published under Cement News

Iranian cement and clinker exports have fallen by 20 per cent over the past Iranian year (1394), an official said on Tuesday. The secretary of the Association of Cement Industry Entrepreneurs, Abdolreza Sheikhan, said that Iran's exports of cement and clinker shrank to nearly 15Mt from 18.5Mt a year ago. Sheikhan stated security concerns in regional countries as a key reason cements and clinker export fell over the past year. He said that in 1394, some 60 per cent of Iranian exports o...

Can China bounce back?

28 April 2016, Published under Cement News

Ahead of the 17th China International Cement Industry Exhibition, which is due to take place in Nanjing, China, on 12-14 May 2016, this article presents an update on important recent developments in terms of domestic cement consumption trends and the pricing environment. Efforts to cut excessive capacity and promote industry consolidation also remain central themes. By Addison Dai, DBS Vickers, Hong Kong. Nanjing will be the setting for the 17th China International Cement Industry Ex...