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Switzerland prepares to lower NOx limits

09 April 2020, Published under Cement News

The Swiss Federal Department of the Environment has published a review of the country’s air protection ordinance, in which it plans to lower the limit values for NO x by more than half – from 500 to 200mg/m 3 . The revision of the legislation is in consultation until 20 August 2020. The step will require the country’s cement plants to adapt their emission control process to meet the new legislation. At Ciments Vigier, Director Oliver Barbery said the industry had been preparing for it fo...

Punjab easing NOC issue for new cement plants

13 January 2020, Published under Cement News

The government of Punjab, Pakistan, is encouraging further investment as timely issuance of no objection certificates (NOCs) and other facilities are being extended to cement industry investors, reports The Balochistan Times. All relevant departments, including irrigation, environment, industries and local government, have adopted a unified strategy to remove unnecessary hurdles in the building of new cement plants, according to the Pakistani newspaper. Moreover, space has been identified ...

PT Indocement

28 October 2019, Published under Cement News

In the first nine months of 2019, PT Indocement has reported cement sales volumes of 12.8Mt. Although this marks a decline of 1.9 per cent YoY, it has still fared better than the Indonesian cement industry as a whole, which has fallen by 2.2 per cent YoY over the same period. However, September this year saw sales advance by 6.2 per cent compared to the previous month. Looking ahead to the final quarter of the year, the company remains confident due to a downward trend in bank interest ra...

PPC Zimbabwe calls on government to protect local cement production

21 March 2019, Published under Cement News

Zimbabwe’s largest cement producer, PPC Zimbabwe, has called on the government to pass legislation to protect domestically-produced cement from imports. Last year, the government lifted a two-year import bank on some basic commodities, including cement, to reduce the shortages that drove the public into panic buying. This has had a negative impact on local cement producer competitiveness, according to PPC Zimbabwe’s Managing Director, Kelibone Masiyane. “What really has rendered us uncom...

Brazil bans 50kg bags for domestic use

21 June 2018, Published under Cement News

The Brazilian cement sector has been given a decade to phase out 50kg bags of cement and replace them with 25kg sacks following an agreement between the country’s cement producers and the government. The step is to protect the health of workers that deliver the bags to work sites and according to the Department of Work “has the aim to bring the Brazilian industry in line with constitutional and international references to protect the health of the worker”. Some 33 companies in the sector,...

Uzbekistan cement only to be sold through exchanges

13 December 2017, Published under Cement News

Uzbekistan’s monopoly enterprises will sell cement only through exchange auctions from 1 January 2018, according to a new resolution of the country’s government on the production and consumption of cement in 2018. It is expected that 8.44Mt of cement will be sold to domestic customers in this way. The volumes not sold during the first trades will be put up for sale again within a month before being sold under direct contracts for export if this proves unsuccessful. The new resolutions ...

Philippines DTI to review cement import rules

04 September 2017, Published under Cement News

Philippine Trade and Industry Secretary, Ramon Lopez, said the country's government plans to review the current rules on cement imports following an ongoing spat among importers and producers on a proposed preshipment inspection. A draft DTI order is considering preshipment inspection as substitute for testing cement imports upon arrival in the Philippines. Several cement producers, including Eagle Cement Corp, Taiheiyo Cement Philippines, Cemex Philippines, Republic Cement and Northern C...

Philippine Trade Secretary defends import order

24 July 2017, Published under Cement News

Philippine Trade Secretary, Ramon Lopez, has defended the legality and fairness of the recently-issued administrative order on cement importation following attacks on the order by importers. “The only reason post import standard is being done is only to ensure consumer protection. This is being done in other countries. We need to protect consumers from possible substandard imported cement. Lives can be endangered if substandard cement gets into the market,” Mr Lopez said. The order, ...

PT Indocement

19 October 2016, Published under Cement News

PT Indocement, along with Indonesia’s other cement producers, is waiting on new regulations from the country’s government designed to curb expansion of the cement sector. The number of cement producers in Indonesia has risen from nine in 2012 to 19 this year, causing total annual cement production to jump from 59.3Mt in 2012 to 92.7Mt in 2016, while demand remains around the 65Mt mark. According to Fitch Ratings, capacity utilisation, which was approximately 85 per cent over the last three t...

EU reaches agreement on stricter air pollution limits

20 September 2016, Published under Cement News

The European Council and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement on a directive to reduce emissions of air pollutants on 30 June 2016. The new National Emissions Ceiling Directive (NECD) sets stricter national limits on the emissions of several hazardous pollutants, including SO2, NO x and fine particulates and aims to cut the number of premature deaths from air pollution by around half across member states. The time horizon is from 2020 to 2029 and from 2030 onwards. ...