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Ready to rise again?

20 August 2018, Published under Cement News

Following the country’s recent presidential election, the economy of South Africa has returned to positive growth. ICR looks at the impact this has had on its highly-competitive cement industry and how other factors such as overcapacity mean that it remains a challenging environment for producers. Cement consumption in South Africa is set to stabilise following the recent political developments The election of Cyril Ramaphosa as the South African president following the resigna...

India: fast forward

30 July 2018, Published under Cement News

India’s 425Mta cement industry, now in its 104th year of existence, plays a pivotal role not only in the country’s growth but also on the global stage. With an output of 280Mta in 2017, it is the world’s second-largest producer and supplies the second-most populous country. How does it view its future? By Ashutosh Saxena, National Council for Cement and Building Materials, India. The NCB’s Acting Director General, Ashutosh Saxena, highlights the positive expectations for the Indian ce...

Embracing a new world

25 July 2018, Published under Cement News

Jan Kjærsgaard, recently appointed as FLSmidth’s Cement President, shares his views on the challenges and opportunities facing the cement production industry. He discusses how FLSmidth is taking bold steps to help the industry address some of the most pressing issues, highlighting the need for greater simplicity, more focus on the full lifecycle, and embracing the inevitability of digital. Jan Kjærsgaard, FLSmidth’s recently-appointed Cement President, shares his views ICR: Wha...

Managing change

18 July 2018, Published under Cement News

HeidelbergCement’s acquisition of Italcementi in 2016 has accelerated the growth of this major global cement and aggregates giant, which is now ranked as the fourth- largest player worldwide with 195Mta cement capacity across 44 countries. Much of the company’s success is down to agile management and the financially-astute leadership of Dr Bernd Scheifele, widely regarded as one of the best CEOs in the business. In this revealing interview, Dr Scheifele discusses the rationale for the Italce...

Emerging from the clouds?

12 July 2018, Published under Cement News

Following the recession that significantly impacted the Brazilian cement industry, recent months have seen a more positive picture emerge as the domestic economy recovered. While political uncertainties continue to cloud the industry’s prospects, the country’s high housing deficit and urgent need for better infrastructure provide some rays of hope. By Sindicato Nacional da Indústria do Cemento (SNIC), Brazil. Following three years of challenging market conditions, Brazilian cement pro...

Sustainability 2050

09 July 2018, Published under Cement News

Since its inception 20 years ago, the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) has proactively identified, analysed and managed the key issues at stake for the sector. By developing global Key Performance Indicators (KPIs), common reporting methodologies and guidance documents, the CSI has enabled the global cement industry to rapidly enhance its sustainability performance. In this report, the CSI presents the revised 2018 technology roadmap setting out an action plan for the industry to 2050....

ICR interviews thyssenkrupp's Frank Ruoss

06 July 2018, Published under Cement News

In the July issue of ICR, equipment specialists throughout the cement sector reflect on their achievements in the past three decades and look to what the cement industry can expect from them going forward. In this interview, ICR speaks with Frank Ruoss, CEO of Cement Technologies, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions. ICR What is thyssenkrupp/Polysius’ single most significant achievement? Frank Ruoss (FR) In the late 1920s our company developed a process called ‘lepol’ which revolution...

ICR interviews Cementir's Francesco Caltagirone Jr

05 July 2018, Published under Cement News

In the July issue of ICR, cement associations and producers reflect on the past three decades, highlight the industry’s achievements and look at the way ahead as climate change and other challenges drive changes in the industry. In this interview, ICR speaks with Francesco Caltagirone Jr, chairman & CEO, Cementir Holding SpA. ICR How has your company evolved over the last 30 years and what has changed most, at a plant or company level, over that period? Francesco Caltagirone Jr (FC) C...

Agents of change

04 July 2018, Published under Cement News

Like the steel and automotive sectors, the cement landscape has experienced a far-reaching transformation over the last 30 years. In the mid-1980s, local players outgrew their local markets and seized the opportunity to expand beyond national borders to gradually take control of worldwide markets. However, this untouchable leadership imploded as globalisation took hold and the centre of gravity of construction demand shifted to the emerging markets. This article looks back at the events and ...

Going to Graceland

02 May 2018, Published under Cement News

The 2018 IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference will be held between 6-10 May in Nashville, Tennessee. Therefore, the timing is right for ICR to visit Graceland and examine the recent developments in the nearby southern US cement markets. By Rob Roy Economic Consulting, USA. Lehigh Portland Cement Co’s 3.5Mta plant in Union Bridge is one of Maryland’s two integrated cement facilities and the country’s second-largest after LafargeHolcim’s Ste Genevieve works, Missouri ...