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Spotlight on the Sun Belt

03 April 2013, Published under Cement News

The global economic downturn hit the southern US cement markets hard but to varying degrees with new capacity additions compounding the issue. As the region begins to slowly recover, this article looks at the prospects for cement demand in light of economic fundamentals, as well as the outlook for cement utilisation rates and recent constraints on pricing. By Rob Roy, ROI Economic Consulting, USA. The South and West’s expected population growth and attractive low cost of living put th...

Morocco: primed for growth

06 February 2013, Published under Cement News

Morocco’s cement industry is poised to become a leading manufacturing hub in North Africa. Sustained economic growth has opened opportunities for cement producers that are looking to tap into the government’s plans for new housing, sea ports and highway developments. Cemtech Middle East and Africa 2013 will be held in Marrakech, Morocco, between 10-13 February, at the Four Seasons Resort. For more information visit: www.Cemtech.com/MEA2013 Morocco’s political and economic e...

Stepping towards sustainability

16 January 2013, Published under Cement News

South Africa has a strong cement industry that is now remodelled with many new plants and high standards of cement production. Cheap imports, skilled labour shortages and a lack of government funding still frustrate local producers, but research into lower emissions and more sustainable products continues. By Hanlie Turner, Cement & Concrete Institute, South Africa. The thriving metropolis of Cape Town, South Africa The Cement & Concrete Institute (C&CI) has reported YoY growth ...

Pakistan: the road ahead

24 October 2012, Published under Cement News

With a low per capita domestic demand, plenty of potential for infrastructure development, post-flood reconstruction and export opportunities, Pakistan’s cement sector appears on track towards a better future. By Galadari Cement, Pakistan. The thriving city of Lahore, Pakistan Bordering Afghanistan, India and China, Pakistan holds a very strategic geographical location. Home to more than 180m people, the country also has close linkages with the Arab world. Its economy rank...

Libya: a new start

17 October 2012, Published under Cement News

Asamer Holding operates three cement plants in Libya under the Libyan Cement Company (LCC). These factories were suddenly taken out of production some 18 months ago when protests against the Gaddafi regime intensified into armed conflict and civil war. The task to restart the facilities has been a difficult but rewarding journey. Robert Solomon, CEO of Asamer Holding/Libyan Cement Co, explains. Asamer was eager to restore operations as quickly as possible after returning to Libya in N...

Europe: the story so far...

24 September 2012, Published under Cement News

The first half of 2012 has continued to be difficult for European cement markets with the sovereign debt crisis casting its shadow over construction activity and poor first-quarter weather affecting a number of markets. However, with an improvement in prices being witnessed in some areas and energy costs expected to rise at a slower rate than last year, the second half of the year could prove less challenging. An overview of first-half 2012 European cement market activity Contin...

Switzerland: beyond natural limits

17 September 2012, Published under Cement News

As a prelude to our Cemtech Europe 2012 event to be held in Geneva, Switzerland, ICR gives an update on the local cement industry and its innovative outlook on improving all aspects of cement production. One of the most modern cement industries in Europe, Swiss cement producers continue to respond to the challenging limits of sustainable development. Holcim’s Eclépens cement plant operates with a precalciner and tertiary air system The Swiss economy is performing better than exp...

Brazil pumps up the volume

13 August 2012, Published under Cement News

Brazil’s cement market has blossomed in recent years. Sales exceeded 64Mt in 2011, an increase of 7.6 per cent YoY. Cement manufacturers continue to add new capacity, but the economy has begun to slow and the government has been forced to further supplement its public spending on construction. Workers take a break at Lafarge’s Arcos cement factory with the Polysius kiln pictured behind ‘Make hay while the sun shines’ is an apt phrase to describe Brazil’s cement market. Cement sa...

Costa Rica: investors welcome?

01 August 2012, Published under Cement News

FICEM-APCAC’s cement congress and exhibition is being held in San José, Costa Rica, between 3-5 September 2012. Costa Rica’s attractive location in Central America should see a busy event and ICR provides an outlook on the country’s cement industry. Cemex’s Colorado de Abangares cement plant Little is said in terms of the cement industry in this Central American country, but recent developments have been fairly traumatic with the loss of a cement producer and the slow developmen...

Chile targets reconstruction

19 June 2012, Published under Cement News

Chile is modernising its infrastructure base, building new office and retail space and constructing homes in the wake of the 2010 earthquake and tsunami. Cement producers will expect a rise in demand as the country rebuilds and last year the industry saw a pick-up in cement sales. Valparaíso is one of Chile’s largest cities that is currently undergoing a major housing development programme and improved infrastructure construction following the events of 2010 The republic of C...