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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 ...

Opportunities, challenges and choices

23 April 2018, Published under Cement News

As chairman of the US Portland Cement Association (PCA), Allen Hamblen speaks with ICR about the upbeat expectations of the industry in view of recent domestic tax and regulatory reforms by the current US administration. In addition, the sector puts its faith in a fully-funded public infrastructure investment package. Allen Hamblen, chairman of the Portland Cement Association and president/CEO of CalPortland Co ICR: The US economy has been picking up and there seems to be great...

PCA forecasts 3% growth in cement consumption for 2018

06 April 2018, Published under Cement News

The USA-based Portland Cement Association (PCA) has released its Market Intelligence Spring Forecast and envisions modest growth for cement consumption over the next two years, increasing by 2.8 per cent in 2018 and 2019. In 2020 consumption is expected to rise four per cent as positive impacts from potential federal infrastructure spending are likely to come into effect, according to the PCA report. The PCA analysis suggests that infrastructure spending is not likely to occur until the 4...

Huaxin heads for excellence

05 April 2018, Published under Cement News

With a clinker capacity of 60Mta and a cement capacity of 90Mta, Huaxin Cement is a major player in the global cement industry. ICR spoke with Li Yeqing, CEO of Huaxin Cement, to find out more about the company’s plans going forward. Huaxin Cement’s Yangxin works in Hubei, China, is part of the company’s 59-plant strong domestic network of cement production facilities Huaxin Cement has 146 facilities, including 59 cement plants, in 10 provinces and cities. Its Chinese works ...

Changing world, changing industry

28 March 2018, Published under Cement News

How much influence do modern-day global trends such as climate change, shifting economic power and urbanisation exert on the cement sector? This article looks at several key megatrends and their impact on decisions for the cement industry of the future. By Dr Adrian Vaida, independent researcher, Australia. In today’s rapidly-changing world the cement industry must adapt its practices and products to successfully navigate the challenges and opportunities ahead Business in gen...

NCB holds 15th seminar

05 February 2018, Published under Cement News

The 15th NCB International Seminar on Cement, Concrete and Building Materials held between 5-8 December 2017 at the Manekshaw Centre in New Delhi, India, was attended by over 1000 delegates. The technical programme featured 200 papers delivered on a diverse range of topics relevant to the industry, whilst an exhibition consisting of 90 companies highlighted the latest manufacturing technology. Some 90 companies participated in the NCB’s exhibition at the Manekshaw Centre in New Delhi,...

Pakistan cement sales expected to rise 22%

02 February 2018, Published under Cement News

Pakistan cement sales are expected to post a 22 per cent YoY growth for January 2018. This translates to an increase of 3.7Mt from the year-ago period, mainly supported by high local demand, reports The News International. "We attribute this (increase) to higher demand coming from ongoing development projects and housing schemes," said Nabeel Khursheed, an analyst at Topline Securities, in a financial report. "Local dispatches are expected to post growth of 26 percent on yearly basis,...

Cauldon’s six decades

10 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Last year saw Aggregate Industries celebrate six decades of cement production at the Cauldon plant, the first dry-process cement works in the UK. Ignacio Mirasol, plant manager at Cauldon, takes us through the plant’s history and how it has changed during this time to meet today’s market requirements. Aggregate Industries’ Cauldon plant celebrates six decades of history ICR: What was the cement plant’s initial capacity in 1957 when it became the UK’s first dry-process cement pl...

Pakistan receives a mixed outlook for 2018

03 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Pakistan’s cement industry is expected to face a series of challenges in 2018 such as decreasing profitability, high interest rates and an increase in coal prices. These factors make a high profit margin for the sector unlikely in the coming years. Reports show that cement bag prices have been placed under pressure by the opening of Cherat Cement’s second production line in the northern region. Alongside this, international coal prices rose by 23 per cent in the first quarter of FY2018 to...