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Positive outlook for 2017 despite rising energy costs

06 April 2017, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim, HeidelbergCement and CRH are optimistic about their global outlook in 2017, despite the challenge presented by rising energy costs. Positive output forecasts in developing markets such as India as well as Europe are expected to support demand for petcoke and other solid fuels. Ireland-based CRH said in its 4Q16 earnings call that it expects energy prices to increase this year. Around 60 per cent of its cement-related fuel requirements, which includes petcoke, coal and bi...

The world in 2016 and outlook for 2017

10 February 2017, Published under Cement News

This year will be a challenging year for the multinational cement companies, which are now faced by uneven economic performance in the emerging markets, combined with a new era of global political uncertainty that could further destabilise markets. On balance, however, global growth looks set to be anchored by positive trends in the major markets of China, India and the US, more than offsetting the poor performance elsewhere. The large cement majors have spent years diversifying their por...

India: ICRA forecasts cement demand to rise 6% in FY17

30 June 2016, Published under Cement News

Indian-based ratings agency ICRA has forecast that domestic cement demand will rise by six per cent in the 2016-17 financial year, the Economic Times reports. It’s assessment for FY18 is for even more rapid growth of seven per cent. Senior Vice President Sabyasachi Majumdar said: "Cement demand growth will pick up to six per cent in 2016-17 and further to seven per cent in 2017-18... during the current fiscal, it is likely to be driven by the pick-up in the infrastructure segment - primar...

PCA revises down 2016 US consumption forecast

30 March 2016, Published under Cement News

Cement consumption in the United States will continue to rise by 3.4 per cent, according to a report from the Portland Cement Association (PCA). This is down slightly compared to its autumn forecast of five per cent. PCA expects 2017 cement consumption will grow at a rate of 4.3 per cent. “The new forecast reflects the implementation of the new multi-year highway bill, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act,” said Edward Sullivan, PCA chief economist and group vice-presiden...

Cemex outlines 2016 investment spend

08 February 2016, Published under Cement News

Cemex plans to invest US$700m in various maintenance and expansion projects in 2016, according to Fernando González, CEO of Cemex. Of the total sum US$450m will be allocated to plant maintenance while the balance will be invested in expanding its current operations, repositioning of stock and a new plant in Colombia. In 2015 Cemex carried out a cost reduction programme, along with increasing its cash flow and selling assets. This resulted in a gain of US$75m, the first net profit in six ...

SFIC: French cement sector to stabilise in 2016

27 January 2016, Published under Cement News

France's cement sector in 2016 is showing "some signs of optimism" and pointing therefore to a stabilisation of the markets after eight years of decline thanks to a pick-up in the housing segment, said Raoul de Parisot, president of the Syndicat français de l’industrie cimentière (SFIC). In 2015 the market contracted around 1Mt with consumption falling from 18Mt to 17.1Mt. In the 2007-15 demand dropped by around 30 per cent. “Our plants have capacity rates of between 65-70 per cent, which...

Subdued demand recovery outlook after 2015 nadir

06 January 2016, Published under Cement News

While global cement consumption in 2015 contracted, cement producers can look forward in 2016 to modest gains in demand, but the scenario remains mixed with higher demand unable to raise low capacity utilisation and cement pricing power. By John Fraser-Andrews, HSBC, UK. The year 2015 looks set to mark the first reduction in global cement consumption since 1990 (see Table 1), with HSBC forecasting a five per cent contraction in China (which accounts for over 70 per cent of global demand) ...

LafargeHolcim 3Q15 results expected to reflect headwinds

23 November 2015, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim is due to report 3Q15 earnings on Wednesday, Analysts at Davy Stockbrokers said weak 3Q from the building materials giant will not surprise an already cautious market as many of the company’s key end-markets have deteriorated further with little expected in terms of recovery. "Weaker demand and overcapacity are intensifying price pressure at a difficult time for the group. Merging the world's two largest cement producers was never going to be easy, and macro headwinds make th...

Pacasmayo expects 5% sales rise in 2015

25 February 2015, Published under Cement News

Peru’s Cementos Pacasmayo is positive about the year ahead as it expects sales to rise by five per cent. The company’s general manager, Humberto Nadal del Carpio, attributes the increase to the development of several construction projects in the Latin American country. In the north of the country, the Talara refinery, the northern highway and regional projects are predicted to require around 0.5Mt of cement over the next 2-3 years. In addition, around US$90bn of infrastructure projects wil...

The year ahead...

12 January 2015, Published under Cement News

2015 has got off to something of a bumpy start with sharply-declining oil prices (below US$50/bbl at the time of writing), on-going geopolitical risks (eg Russia and Syria), and economic uncertainty in some key regions, most notably the eurozone. China will continue to be the focus of attention as its government tries to engineer a smooth transition from an investment-driven to consumption-led economy. This will have big implications for cement demand, which has been a major beneficiary of ...