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Peru's cement market ends year on positive note

18 January 2018, Published under Cement News

December 2017 was a positive month for Peru's cement production and dispatches, although volumes remained insufficient to reverse the accumulated fall in 2017, according to the country’s cement association, Asocem. In December 2017 the Peruvian cement market expanded 6.3 per cent YoY and 3.8 per cent MoM to 936,000t when compared with 881,000t in December 2016 and 902,000t in November 2017. Deliveries from Peru’s producers slipped 0.7 per cent MoM to 845,000t from 851,000t in November 20...

Haiti bans cement imports by road from the Dominican Republic

17 January 2018, Published under Cement News

This week there was a chaotic scene on the Dominican Republic-Haiti border as over 20 Dominican products, including cement, were barred from entering the French-speaking Caribbean nation. According to Haitian officials, the ban on 23 products from the Dominican Republic is nothing new and they are only banned from entering by road. Haiti's Finance Ministry says the measures are adopted to provide "better quality control and to better ensure the safety of the population" and to enable th...

First cement shipment arrives at Barranqueras port

12 January 2018, Published under Cement News

The first shipment of 3964t of cement was unloaded at the Argentine port of Barranqueras, Chaco region. The Bolivian cement was purchased by Cemento Avellaneda and will be distributed throughout the north of Argentina. Some 50,000tpa of cement was imported into Argentina in 2016 and 2017, according to The Global Cement Report, 12th Edition.

Tajikistan produced 3Mt of cement in 2017

05 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Tajikistan’s cement factories turned out 3Mt of cement in 2017 and exported some 1Mt of this output. Domestic deliveries were primarily used in the construction of hydraulic structures, roads and bridges as well as housing. The country’s demand is estimated at 3-3.5Mta, with imports from Pakistan and Iran covering the domestic supply deficit. Total cement capacity in the country stands at 4.7Mta. Afghanistan is the main export destination, but cement was also dispatched to Uzbekistan a...

Rise in cement consumption prompts expansion plans in Sri Lanka

05 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Cement consumption in Sri Lanka increased by 25.3 per cent YoY in 2016, to 7.99Mt from 6.37Mt. While local cement production also rose by 17.8 per cent to 2.69Mt from 2.28Mt in 2015, imports increased 29.5 per cent to 5.29Mt from 4.09Mt in 2015. This growth in consumption has prompted an expansion plan by Tokyo Cement Company Lanka Plc. In 2017 the company invested over LKR7.3bn (US$47.6m) to increase domestic production by 1Mt. Although no time frame has been announced, the company is al...

Argentina's cement consumption up 7% in December 2017

04 January 2018, Published under Cement News

The Argentine cement market expanded 6.8 per cent YoY in December 2017 with demand at 1,004,332t, according to the latest data by the country’s cement association, AFCP. In December 2016 national demand stood at 940,055t. However, when compared with November 2017, the market contracted by 14.9 per cent. Domestic producers dispatched some 990,472t across Argentina, a YoY advance of 5.8 per cent but a MoM drop of 14.9 per cent. These deliveries were supplemented by 13,860t of imports, more ...

China sees a rise in clinker imports

04 January 2018, Published under Cement News

China imported 184,600t of clinker in the first 11 months of 2017, over four times the amount imported during the year-ago period, according to Caixin Global. These figures have been attributed to a surge in domestic prices making it more cost effective to import the material. The majority of the clinker was imported from Vietnam for companies based in Hainan, Shandong, Zhejiang and Beijing. The rise in domestic clinker prices has been linked to a government campaign to limit the pro...

Turkish petcoke imports uncompetitive compared to domestic producers

04 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Turkish petcoke imports are uncompetitive due to lower prices being offered by domestic producers and high freight rates. The domestic price of petcoke in Turkey is approximately US$107-108/Mt, a lower price than imported petcoke once US$8-10 has been added to cover the added import costs, according to S&P Global Platts. A S&P Global Platts assessment saw Supramax petcoke freight rates from Houston to Aliaga at US$21/Mt on Wednesday, a decrease of 25 cents when compared to the highest pri...

Nepal clinker and cement raw materials shortage continues

02 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Imports of clinker to Nepal along the Parsa-Bara corridor from Raxaul, an Indian town located on Nepal-India border, have ceased since 22 December, after locals complained about air pollution and health hazards due to transportation of the crucial raw material used in production of cement. As an alternative, the Birgunj dry port had allowed traders to import clinker and other raw materials used in production of cement, but the government has since prevented this operation after locals of B...

US Portland and blended cement shipments up 5% in October

22 December 2017, Published under Cement News

Total Portland and blended cement shipments in the USA and Puerto Rico in October increased 4.9 per cent YoY in October 2017, according to data from the US Geological Survey (USGS). Texas, California, Florida, Ohio and New York were the five largest consuming states (in descending order) and accounted for around 37 per cent of national demand. To meet the total demand of 9.424Mt, some 8.284Mt was delivered from domestic plants while the balance of 1.14Mt was imported. The country’s lea...