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Bangladesh: robust and stable

16 January 2019, Published under Cement News

Large-scale infrastructure, growing urbanisation and strong foreign direct investment are fuelling rising cement demand in Bangladesh. But will it be enough to utilise production capacity as new plants come on-stream and existing works are upgraded and modernised? Bashundhara Cement’s Mongla plant has a production capacity of 2.65Mta, which, along with its 2.4Mta works in Madangonj, makes the company one of the largest producers in Bangladesh Bangladesh’s aspirations to becom...

VICEM targets further growth in 2019

08 January 2019, Published under Cement News

Vietnam Cement industry Corp (VICEM) has reported a 10 per cent YoY increase in revenue to VND37trn (US$1.59bn) for 2018. The company also saw an 11 per cent rise in pretax profit to VND2.8trn. VICEM expects to push this even further by reaching a revenue of VND40trn in 2019. According to Bùi Hồng Minh, general director of VICEM, pretax profit is expected to hit VND3.2trn in the year ahead. To achieve these goals, the company will produce and consume 31Mt of coal. It will also invest in ...

Cement in 2019

07 January 2019, Published under Cement News

While global economic growth is expected to continue in 2019, uncertainty will affect the expansion of key cement markets in the year ahead. As a result a mild contraction is forecast although there will be regional differences in cement demand with the developed markets registering limited growth while emerging markets will be more robust. By Arnaud Pinatel and Yassine Touahri, On Field Investment Research, UK. Figure 1: changes in regional cement demand, 2017 vs 2018. Source: OFIR e...

Pakistan’s gateway to expansion

17 December 2018, Published under Cement News

With a newly-elected President, strong housing demand and infrastructure investment flowing in from China, Pakistan is at the gateway to a new beginning. The cement sector is thriving, rapidly adding new capacity and enjoying stellar demand growth. However, the continuing pace of investment could risk oversupply if demand expectations are not met. Anticipating considerable growth in demand thanks to housing programmes and large-scale infrastructure projects, the Pakistani cement in...

Fit for the future

10 December 2018, Published under Cement News

With US$18bn invested over the past 10 years, the cement industry in the Eurasian Economic Union (EEU) countries has already addressed major challenges in terms of energy efficiency and sustainability. ICR speaks with Mikhail Skorokhod, chairman of cement producers’ association SoyuzCement and president of Eurocement Group, to find out what further lies ahead for the EEU cement industry. Mikhail Skorokhod, chairman of SoyuzCement and president of Eurocement ICR: Can you tell us...

Jordan: seeking opportunities

21 November 2018, Published under Cement News

In an interview with Khaled Huraibat, chairman of the Jordan Cement Producers’ Association, ICR finds out more about the latest developments in the country’s cement sector ahead of the 23rd AICCE, which takes place between 20-22 November in Amman, Jordan. Mr Huraibat highlights the challenges for the cement sector and provides his view on possible solutions. Khaled Huraibat, chairman of the Jordan Cement Producers’ Association ICR: The IMF has forecast economic growth of 2.5 pe...

India’s changing trajectory

07 November 2018, Published under Cement News

After a period of abnormally-high growth, India’s cement sector has begun to moderate and return to normal levels. Meanwhile, rising fuel and power costs have impacted the profitability of the major producers. Furthermore, the country’s capacity utilisation is at risk as new investments may push the supply-demand imbalance further. Mumbai is expected to benefit from several large-scale infrastructure projects, including a US$2.4bn airport and a new INR180bn Trans-Harbour Link bridg...

FLSmidth reports 71% order increase in 3Q18

07 November 2018, Published under Cement News

FLSmidth has released its interim 3Q18 report and recorded a 71 per cent order increase to DKK7.164bn (US$1.102bn), on the back of two large cement plant orders in Central America at a combined value of DKK1.9bn. This brought the order backlog to DKK17.2bn, the highest level in three years. "It makes us proud each time a customer selects us to deliver and install mission critical equipment or grants FLSmidth an important service contract to enhance productivity. At the same time, our stron...

Turkey’s overseas view

18 October 2018, Published under Cement News

The Turkish cement industry has seen its export volumes rise from year on year, making it Europe’s largest cement exporter and the third-largest in the global rankings. Key exporters include Batiçim, Nuh Cement and Medcem, all of whom benefit from well-equipped export operations in strategic locations. By Turkish Cement Exporters’ Association, Turkey. Turkey’s surplus capacity has enabled the country to build an extensive export base Turkey’s total domestic cement sales reached ...

Europe’s positive prospects

24 September 2018, Published under Cement News

Political developments across Europe have created considerable market uncertainty, due to potential policy changes unsettling the construction market. However, prospects for the region look widely positive as the majority of leading countries continue to recover. ICR considers the current state of the European cement industry. Germany’s housing sector is expected to be the key in driving construction demand in Europe’s largest cement market Europe’s economy is showing modest but...