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Oman announces measures to ensure cement supply

18 March 2020, Published under Cement News

Oman's Ministry of Commerce and Industry (MOCI) has announced measures to ensure there will be no shortage of cement in the market. "The Ministry will coordinate with Omani cement companies to ensure supply in all governorates and look at an increase in operational capacity to cover shortages, if any," said a notice on social media. The MOCI will also make clearances for imported shipments directly from various outlets. The Ministry confirmed that it had not stopped importing cement pr...

Uzbekistan: time to celebrate?

17 March 2020, Published under Cement News

Following a dramatic rise in construction activity, the Uzbek cement industry has seen local sales surge. To meet this increasing demand, existing producers are expanding their production facilities and the booming market has attracted a flood of interest from Chinese investors. By Annexure Financial Solutions, China. Uzbekistan is carrying out bold economic reforms that have resulted in a strong growth in investment and an increase in consumption, underpinning rising cement demand...

Israel to readmit cement into Gaza

17 March 2020, Published under Cement News

The Israeli authorities have decided to allow the entry of cement in the Gaza Strip through the Kerem Shalom (Karm Abu Salem) commercial crossing, according to the Palestinian Authority. Israel had previously blocked the entry of cement into Gaza and hundreds of factories have closed as a result of a lack of raw materials entering Gaza.

Russian market expands 8% in 2019

11 March 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement consumption in Russia increased eight per cent to 57.8Mt in 2019, according to the country’s cement association, Soyuzcement. Exports by Russian producers expanded by 9.6 per cent YoY to 1.1Mt in 2019 on the back of rising volumes to export markets, which include Azerbaijan, the Baltic states, Belarus and Kazakhstan. However, according to industry sources the unfavourable exchange rate of the rouble is affecting the competitiveness of Russian producers when exporting cement and may ...

Argentine cement market contracts 25% in February

06 March 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement demand in Argentina fell 25.4 per cent YoY ad 7.9 per cent MoM to 686,671t in February 2020, according to AFCP, the domestic cement association. There were no imports as domestic cement producers were able to meet the entire volume required by the market. Cement producers manufactured 695,045t of cement with 8374t shipped for export in February 2020. The production volume fell 25.2 per cent YoY and 8.3 per cent MoM. In the first two months of 2020 total cement consumption in the c...

Peruvian cement consumption increases 2% in January 2020

27 February 2020, Published under Cement News

Peru’s cement market expanded 2.1 per cent YoY to 946,000t in January 2020 from 927,000 in the year-ago period, according to the country’s cement association, Asocem. In the prior 12 months (including January 2020) consumption rose by 4.7 per cent YoY to 11.728Mt. In January 2020 domestic cement production increased three per cent YoY but fell 9.4 per cent MoM to 830,000t while in terms of clinker production, volumes were up 12.3 per cent YoY and slipped 10 per cent MoM to 713,000t. Ceme...

Cement demand in Spain falls 9% in January

26 February 2020, Published under Cement News

Spanish cement consumption declined 8.6 per cent in January 2020 to 1,035,484t when compared with the year-ago period. The latest fall represents the third-consecutive month of decreases, not seen since the last quarter of 2016, according to Oficemen. In the rolling year until January 2020 the growth of domestic cement demand slipped 1.4 percentage points to 4.5 per cent YoY. "The beginning of this year maintains the deceleration path initiated in the last half of 2019," explained Oficem...

Indian cement producers expect higher-sulphur petcoke import in 2020

20 February 2020, Published under Cement News

India’s cement sector is expected to increase its imports of high-sulphur petcoke in 2020 as it aims to boost production, according to company executives. Indian use of petcoke as an alternative to coal for the cement industry rose marginally in 2019 after a first-time decline in nearly a decade in 2018. Sanjay Kumar, strategic sourcing director at LafargeHolcim Energy Solutions, said he saw "higher imports of petcoke in 2020". Yagyesh Gupta, chief procurement officer at JK Cement, also s...

Heavy rains impact Brazil's January cement sales performance

19 February 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in Brazil during January 2020 fell by 0.9 per cent YoY to 4.5Mt as heavy rains in the north and southeast impaired performance, the National Union of the Cement Industry (SNIC) has said. When based on the number of working days, domestic sales were also down by 0.9 per cent compared to January 2018. Apparent cement consumption (ie, domestic sales plus imports) totalled 4.5Mt in the first month of 2020, down by 1.3 per cent YoY. The result is a reflection of poor performances...

Ukraine’s cement output slips in 2019

13 February 2020, Published under Cement News

The production of cement in Ukraine decreased by 0.5 per cent in 2019 when compared to 2018 and by 4.9 per cent when compared with 2017. Cement production reached 8.89Mt in 2019. The fall was attributed to the exit of HeidelbergCement from the market as well as the introduction of antidumping duties on Russian and Belarus imports.