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CMA calls for a reduction in excise duty, India

21 February 2013, Published under Cement News

Ahead of the government’s forthcoming Budget, the Cement Manufacturers Association of India has called for a reduction in the current excise duty on cement to bring it more in line with other core industries. It has also requested a revision to duties on imports of cement and on raw materials for cement production. The Economic Times of India published a statement by the CMA stating: “To encourage the cement industry and to bring it at par with other core infrastructure industries, the ex...

Argentina’s cement plants deliver 4.4% more cement in January 2013

20 February 2013, Published under Cement News

Argentine cement plants delivered 913,336t of cement in January 2013, according to the latest data published by the country’s cement association AFCP. The January figure represents a 12.9 per cent increase MoM while when compared with January 2012, cement deliveries advanced by 4.4 per cent. Domestic dispatches, including imports, rose 12.8 per cent to 888,602t on the previous month, while YoY the increase was 3.2 per cent.

Nigeria: managing the surplus

18 February 2013, Published under Cement News

Earlier this week United Cement Company of Nigeria Ltd (Unicem) became the latest domestic producer to announce a new round of investment as it aims to double capacity by 2016. But with the country's recent drive to increase volumes resulting in the present-day overcapacity situation, particularly in the southwest, how will the market deal with the situation and what measures are producers taking to manage the surplus?   The last two years have seen Nigeria come of age, at once becoming sel...

Dangote Cement reopens Gboko plant, Nigeria

04 February 2013, Published under Cement News

Dangote Cement has resumed operations at its Gboko plant in Benue State, Nigeria, due to strong demand. The company closed the plant in December because of a glut in the market caused by cheap, imported cement being sold in the area it serves. “We are reopening Gboko immediately,” Carl Franklin, the London-based head of investor relations, said in a statement. “Demand has been strong since the beginning of the year.” "Since the shutdown of the Gboko Cement Plant, the government has ...

Bolivia expects to double cement imports in 2013

01 February 2013, Published under Cement News

State-owned Insumos Bolivia (IB) expects to double the import of Peruvian Yura cement this year from 1.3m bags in 2012 to 2.5m bags, or 5.9Mt, in 2013. IB director general, Oscar Sandy, said there are a number of possible agreements in the pipeline that would require substantial volumes of cement. Firstly, IB hopes to conclude a deal with the Misicuni company to construct a dam in Cochabamba. The project would require 150,000 bags in the first half of the year. In addition, within the fra...

Cement imports into Algeria almost double

29 January 2013, Published under Cement News

Cement imports into Algeria have almost doubled in 2012, according to the National Customs Centre for Informatics and Statistics (CNIS). The import value of construction cement, which encompasses five types, rose 94.67 per cent in 2012, from US$125.537m to US$244.4m, according to a CNIS report. In terms of volume, there is a 98.37 per cent rise from 1.361Mt to 2.701Mt. The CNIS attributes the increase to a dynamic construction sector and the many housing projects launched by the state...

Government to lobby Caricom for reduction in import duties

16 January 2013, Published under Cement News

The government of Trinidad and Tobago says it plans to lobby the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) grouping for a reduction in import duties following Trinidad Cement Ltd’s (TCL) recently-announced 9.5 per cent price hike. Trade Minister Vasant Bharath, has held talks with the company on whether the hike was based on increased costs of inputs, or due to inefficiencies. In news reports by local media, Bharat said that TCL’s costs include an annual energy cost of US$12m for natural gas, a debt o...

Argentina’s 2012 cement shipments fall 7.8% YoY

15 January 2013, Published under Cement News

Total shipments (domestic and exports) from Argentine cement producers fell 7.8 per cent YoY, according to the latest update from the Asociacion de Fabricantes de Cemento Portland (AFCP). For the 12 months to December 2012, total shipments reached 10.69Mt compared to 11.6Mt achieved in 2011. Sales to the domestic market were down by 8.16 per cent last year to 10.46Mt, compared to 11.39Mt in the previous year. Exports, remained stable in 2012 at 236,807t compared to 235,412t in 2011. ...

US shipments rise 10% from Jan-October 2012

14 January 2013, Published under Cement News

Total shipments of Portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico for October 2012 were about 8.1Mt, almost 10 per cent greater than shipments in October 2011. Shipments for the year through October were 67.6Mt, up by about 10 per cent, latest data from the US Geological Survey (USGS) shows The leading producing States in October were Texas, Missouri, California, Michigan, and Alabama, in descending order. The leading consuming states (Texas, California, Florida, Illino...

Liberia: implications of rice, cement tariff reduction

10 January 2013, Published under Cement News

On 4th January  2013, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, president, issued executive orders Nos 45 and 46 with immediate effect suspending tariffs on rice and cement. The intention is to ensure a simultaneous reduction in the market price of rice and cement. In the interest of national reconstruction and development the government decided to re-instituting the suspension of the protective tariff on cement by wavering the US$2 protective tariff. It also aims at encouraging the establishment of local in...