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Brazil cement sales slip 1.2% in 2018, growth return in 2019

10 January 2019, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in the Brazilian market remained largely stable at 3.964Mt in December 2018 from 3.97Mt in December 2017, according to the latest data from the country’s cement association, SNIC. In the central-eastern part of the country sales advanced 5.5 per cent YoY to 400,000t. Growth was also reported in the key southeastern region (+3.2 per cent), where sales reached 1.882Mt, and the south, which saw sales increase by 1.1 per cent to 646,000t. However, in the northeast a 4.9 per cent Yo...

Sri Lanka's cement output rose 11% in September

08 January 2019, Published under Cement News

Sri Lanka's cement production fell 3.2 per cent to 2.086Mt in the first nine months of 2018, but output picked up in September. Total imports and production was flat at 6.204Mt in the first nine months of the year, against 6.229Mt a year earlier, reports the Central Bank. In September domestic production rose by 11.4 per cent to 262,000t. Imports also increased by18 per cent to 909,000t during the month. Sri Lanka's statistics office said the construction sector grew 2.5 per cent in rea...

China accounts for 15% of Central American cement imports

07 January 2019, Published under Cement News

In the first half of 2018, Central America’s largest importing country was Nicaragua, which purchased cement from overseas sources to the value of US$28m, followed by Guatemala at US$18m. Smaller volumes were imported by El Salvador (US$12m), Honduras (US$7m), Panama (US$6m) and Costa Rica (US$5m), according to CentralAmericaData. YoY the volume of cement imports in the region advanced by two per cent from US$75.6m to US$77.1m in the 6M18 when compared with the year-ago period. Around 15...

Argentina sees dispatches fall 20% in December

04 January 2019, Published under Cement News

Argentina’s cement market contracted 19.5 per cent YoY to 808,887t in December 2018, according to the country’s cement association, AFCP. In December 2017 domestic off-take was 1.004Mt. When compared with 970,181t of deliveries reported November 2018, the decline was around 16.6 per cent. The data include imports of 520t, a sharp drop from 13,860t recorded in December 2017. Argentine cement companies produced 818,939t of cement in December 2018, representing a 17.9 per cent drop when compa...

Bolivia to prohibit poor-quality cement imports

03 January 2019, Published under Cement News

The Bolivian government will verify the quality of imported cement as of the start of this year and if found to be insufficient, the consignment will not be allowed to enter the country, according to Eugenio Rojas, the country’s minister of Productive Development. “We now work to prohibit the import of poor-quality cement. The quality is shown by the drying of the product in less than 30 days, but Peruvian cement has a poorer quality, which is why works are cracked. This cannot be allowed ...

Cement consumption in Peru sees 5% rise in November

20 December 2018, Published under Cement News

Cement consumption in Peru rose by 4.8 per cent YoY in November to 1.017Mt, up from 0.971Mt in November 0217, according to the latest data from the country’s cement association, Asocem. Cement production in November remained largely stable in November at 0.901Mt when compared with the previous month and increased by one per cent YoY. Clinker output saw a 26.1 per cent rise MoM and a 9.6 per cent YoY increase to 0.855Mt in the same period. However, cement imports more than doubled to 102,...

Brazil’s cement sales up 2% in November

19 December 2018, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in the Brazilian market between January and November 2018 totalled 48.7Mt, representing a 1.2 per cent fall YoY, according to the National Union of the Cement Industry (SNIC). Apparent consumption of cement, which includes domestic sales plus imports, slipped 1.5 per cent YoY to 49Mt. In addition, Brazil’s cement producers exported 78,000t of cement during 11M18, up 5.4 per cent when compared with 11M17, when 74,000t were exported. In November 2018 alone, 4.545Mt of cement w...

Azerbaijan hits record high in cement production

19 December 2018, Published under Cement News

Azerbaijan has produced over 3.2Mta of cement in the first 11 months of the year, a record amount in the entire history of building materials in the country, according to Turan Information Agency. Representing a 21.1 per cent YoY increase, it has been attributed to government policies which stimulate local production and see high import duties on cement. In 2017 the country produced 2.954Mta of cement at a value of AZN265.5m (US$156.49m).

Rock Hard Cement loses import tariff judgement

19 December 2018, Published under Cement News

The Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) has ruled in favour of Trinidad Cement Ltd (TCL) and Arawak Cement Ltd over their dispute with importer Rock Hard Cement to have the tariff remain at 60 per cent for imported hydraulic cement to Barbados, rather than being lowered to five per cent. The court is still to determine the classification guidelines for hydraulic cement that Rock Cement imports for its local operations in Barbados.

CeMAP supports DTI safeguards against rising imports

17 December 2018, Published under Cement News

The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has received industry backing to establish safeguards to protect local producers against the rising levels of cement imports in the Philippines. The Cement Manufacturers' Association of the Philippines (CeMAP) supports the safeguards, reporting that cement imports reached 3.4Mt in the first 3Q18. State-owned and subsidised Vietnamese cement producers are stunting opportunities for growth for local Philippine cement manufacturers, according to CeMAP...