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Searching for Mediterranean sun

03 July 2013, Published under Cement News

The Mediterranean delivered a mixed bag of results in 2012. While southern Europe (France, Greece, Italy and Spain) tightened their belts as the eurozone crisis hit home and recorded an average 21 per cent drop in cement consumption, the Egypt and Levant area fared better. The two heavyweights in the eastern Mediterranean, Egypt and Turkey, noted five and 3.8 per cent demand increases, respectively. The Maghreb countries of Algeria, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia recorded an overall 8.7 per cent...

Indonesia to spur Asian growth

24 June 2013, Published under Cement News

Cemtech Asia 2013 will welcome international cement delegates to its conference and exhibition this month in Jakarta, Indonesia. Ahead of this leading regional industry event, ICR highlights recent developments and assesses future prospects for this thriving market. PT Semen Indonesia’s Tuban IV plant is one of the first high-profile new kiln line projects in Indonesia to be completed The Republic of Indonesia consists of 17,508 islands (of which about 6000 are inhabited). The c...

Latin American moves

13 June 2013, Published under Cement News

Latin America is a region that is witnessing increasing cement demand and renewed investment in cement plant capacity. In the second part of a Latin American round-up, CemNet looks at the latest developments in the cement markets of Mercosur associates Colombia, Chile and Peru. Cementos Yura SA has once more decided to place an order with Loesche America for a clinker/additives grinding plant which will be installed in Arequipa, Peru, at 2600m above sea level Colombia Bri...

Latin American shake-up

05 June 2013, Published under Cement News

Latin America is providing cement manufacturers a reason to smile. Demand is increasing, gaps in supply are emerging and several new plants are being constructed across the region. Looking ahead, established players look set to expand capacity and engage in M&A deals as they seek to boost their market share and internationalise their operations. In the first of a two-part series CemNet looks at the latest developments in the cement market of the Mercosur member states – Argentina, Bolivia, B...

India: brighter times in sight?

20 May 2013, Published under Cement News

The Indian cement sector continues to face a number of issues which have been heightened by weaker-than-expected demand following the monsoon season. This article brings recent developments to the forefront and explores whether an improved outlook can be anticipated. After an encouraging start to 2012, India saw a disappointing 2H performance India’s cement industry has once again hit the stumbling blocks. Despite an encouraging start to 2012, cement demand during the post-monso...

Opportunities in new Africa

01 May 2013, Published under Cement News

Africa is a land of opportunity, rich in potential and certainly the next challenge for many cement producers. The sub-Saharan region is changing rapidly and the race is on to be a part of the growing market. Harpreet Duggal of Binani Cement, and former secretary of the East Africa Cement Producers Association, provides an optimistic overview of this important region. By Harpreet Duggal, Binani Cement, UAE. Lafarge Hima cement works, Uganda Africa is changing and at a very fast ...

Russia: status and prospects

17 April 2013, Published under Cement News

The Russian cement industry is ranked in the world top 10 in terms of cement capacity. Amongst the BRIC nations, Russia is second only to China in terms of per capita cement consumption. In recent years, the industry has witnessed a real turning point with consumption continuing to climb and new capacity being installed. But what does the long-term future hold? By CMPro, Russia. A view of Moscow’s city centre. The capital has developed into modern and bustling city, as the many new...

Vietnam market remains sluggish

29 March 2013, Published under Cement News

The Vietnamese Ministry of Construction said that cement consumption was estimated at 3.7Mt in February, accounting for 7.4 per cent of this year’s plan. The cement market remained subdued though producers continued to offer 3-5 bags of cement for free on 100 bags of cement. The Ministry’s plan foresees a cement demand of around 56-57Mt, of which the domestic market is expected to absorb 48.5-49Mt. The remaining 7.5-8Mt. is earmarked for exports, which in February touched 0.52Mt. ...

Moroccan cement market down 18% in 2M13

29 March 2013, Published under Cement News

Cement demand in Morocco during the first two months of the year fell by 18 per cent as the recovery of the construction sector remains out of reach. Total cement consumption over the two months is 2.4Mt. Public works are feeling the pinch as is the new tax regime on the sale of undeveloped land. Capital gains on these sales have seen an increase in tax rate from 20 to 30 per cent on land held for more than five years. Meanwhile, cement prices remain stable at MAD1100.

China’s transition underway

27 March 2013, Published under Cement News

The speed of China’s cement industry restructuring was always going to be a drawn-out affair. The scale of the market and ambitious modernisation plans of a government intent on reshaping the industry in a relatively short space of time have presented challenges, but there is no turning back and reform is well underway as the country’s legendary cement market matures. ICR looks forward to meeting delegates at the China International Cement Conference, 24-26 April 2013, Beijing Exhi...