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Peruvian cement market expands 5% in March

17 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Peru’s cement consumption advanced 4.8 per cent to 0.931Mt in March 2019 when compared with March 2018, according to the country’s cement association, Asocem. The figure includes 105,500t of cement imports, up 116 per cent from 48,900t in March 2018. Peru also imported 32,500t of clinker, representing a 63 per cent fall YoY when compared 87,400t in the equivalent period of the previous year. Meanwhile, domestic cement production in the South American country increased 4.3 per cent YoY an...

Rwanda Bureau of Standards rejects Hima Cement imports

17 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Rwanda Bureau of Standards (RBS) returned cement imports into Rwanda by Uganda's Hima Cement Ltd (LafargeHolcim group) last month after they failed to meet the country's import quality standards. The cement that was transported in three 30t trucks was returned to Uganda, confirmed Uganda's government paper, New Vision. RBS Director General, Raymond Murenzi, clarified that the goods were subjected to routine standards tests which they failed to meet. The cement packages were found to weigh...

Matsiloje Cement MD claims his company was not protected

16 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Racjit Josh, managing director of the closed Matsiloje Portland Cement (MPC) plant, has said that it would be difficult to reopen the plant without government support to restrict cement imports. The Botswana factory, which is owned by Nortex Textiles, closed in January 2018 due to competition from South African imports and 150 people lost their jobs. In June last year, the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment said that it was in the process of introducing restrictions on the importa...

Trinidad Cement seeks higher taxes on Rock Hard Cement imports

08 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Trinidad Cement Ltd (TCL) has written to the Caribbean Court of Justice to seek higher taxes to be imposed on Rock Hard Cement imports, according to the Nation. TCL wants the final appellate court to raise the tax on imported cement above the five per cent which has been suggested by last month's CARICOM Council of Trade and Economic Development (COTED). Hard Rock Cement has been importing product classified as 'other hydraulic cement' from Portugal, which makes it eligible for the five pe...

Argentina’s cement demand declines 14% in March

04 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Cement demand in Argentina has fallen 13.8 per cent YoY to 940,112t in March 2019 when compared  with 1,091,122t in March 2018, according to the country’s cement association, AFCP. However, MoM consumption edged up 2.1 per cent. Market needs were entirely supplied by domestic producers as imports fell from 17,290t in March 2018 to zero, continuing the trend of the first two months of 2019. In addition to supplying the domestic market, they also exported 10,896t, representing a YoY increa...

US Portland and blended cement shipments slip 1% in December

02 April 2019, Published under Cement News

Total shipments of Portland and blended cement in the USA reached 6.176Mt in December 2018, according to the latest data from the US Geological Survey (USGS). When compared with a volume of 6.244Mt in December 2017, this represents a 1.1 per cent YoY decrease. The leading cement-consuming states were Texas, California, Florida, Ohio and New York, which accounted for 44 per cent of the December shipments. The total includes 838,444t of imports in addition to 5.337Mt delivered by US produce...

Raising expectations

01 April 2019, Published under Cement News

A tightening supply-demand balance, rising prices and record industry profits have raised expectations of an improved scenario for China’s cement producers in 2019. A number of challenges remain on the supply-side, including tighter emissions control standards and the threat of imports into coastal markets, but the outlook for consumption is promising. By Fei (Grace) Chen, China Cement Association, China. China’s cement industry produced 2.177bnt of cement in 2018 China’s cement...

US market improves in the 11M18

29 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Total Portland and blended cement deliveries in the USA and Puerto Rico fell by 5.3 per cent YoY to 7.78Mt in November 2018, according to data by the US Geological Survey (USGS). Texas, California, Florida, Ohio and Illinois were the leading cement-consuming states, receiving 41 per cent of the shipments for the month. Meanwhile, Texas, California, Missouri, Florida and Alabama were the leading states in terms of production. Total clinker output (excluding Puerto Rico) declined 5.4 per cen...

Clinker appetites increasing in Bangladesh

26 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Bangladesh's clinker imports have been growing in the last five years, apart from in FY15-16, According to the Economic Survey of Bangladesh 2018. The country's cement producers imported US$615m of clinker in FY13-14, which rose to US$766m in last fiscal year of 2017-18. It translates to a growth of about 25 per cent in half-a-decade.   Some 80 per cent of the clinker used for cement production in Bangladesh is imported, according to a local cement producer's report. Due to a lack of minera...

Iran reports 4% growth in 11M cement exports

26 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Iran has reported a four per cent YoY growth in cement exports at 12,652,000t in the first 11 months of the last Iranian year (21 March 2018-21 February 2019). However, the value of cement exports fell 14 per cent YoY to around US$398.4m, according to the Islamic Republic of Iran Customs Administration (IRICA). Cement imports also declined during the period, decreasing 21 per cent YoY to around 39,600t.