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Turbulent times for Africa?

17 September 2019, Published under Cement News

For the cement sector, turmoil has probably come to a head in many parts of Africa. Cement demand has slowed or fallen back into the red in many African countries, while overcapacity and low utilisation rates are characteristic of many markets. However, much of this turmoil is self-inflicted. Tony Hadley provides an uncompromising assessment of the industry on the continent and examines the root causes of business failure in some key markets. By Tony Hadley African Advisory. A perfect...

Nepal's cement producers call on government to find export markets

14 August 2019, Published under Cement News

Nepal's cement producers are demanding that the government supports them in attempts to find export markets for cement and clinker as overcapacity in Nepal is expected to rise steeply in the next few years. The country's cement industry has a total of some 40 production facilities with a cumulative cement capacity of 15Mta, while domestic demand is currently below 10Mta. A further 21 plants are reportedly preparing to start up in the next two years, says Online Khabar. By mid-2021 Nepal'...

Tourah Cement halts production due to oversupply

18 June 2019, Published under Cement News

Egyptian cement producer Tourah Cement, owned by Heidelberg Cement, has suspended production as a result of oversupply in its domestic market. The company is considering liquidation. “Estimated cement consumption during 2019 will end at around 50Mt while total capacity of all competitors stands above 85Mt,” Tourah Managing Director, Jose Maria Magrina, said in a letter to employees last week and seen by Reuters. “This extra capacity is more than the total consumption in one year of countri...

Tanzania Portland Cement reports increased profits for 2018

12 June 2019, Published under Cement News

Tanzania Portland Cement (TPC PLC), also known as Twiga Cement, recorded a 28 per cent YoY increase in operating profit for 2018, rising to TZS80.06bn (US$34.8m) from TZS62.67bn. The growth in profit has been attributed to a 28 per cent increase in revenue and higher clinker production, despite that selling and administrative expenses were also up nine per cent YoY. "2018 was also critical to consolidate the processes and the organisation at country level, but also a good opportunity for T...

ACC expects Indian demand to increase by 7% in 2018

18 June 2018, Published under Cement News

India’s ACC expects the country’s cement demands to grow by seven per cent this year, assisted by infrastructure projects and the continued focus on rural development and affordable housing schemes. However, intense competition and insufficient consumption will lead to excess capacity, according to the producer. "The cement industry had a growth of six per cent in 2017 as against 5.1 per cent in the previous year. Around 66 per cent of its demand came from the housing sector, followed ...

Xinjiang cement industry returns to profit

19 October 2017, Published under Cement News

The cement industry in Xinjiang province is faced with higher rates of overcapacity than any other part of China, making losses in three consecutive years. However, sector reform is expected to return the industry to profit, according to a government official. Cement makers in Xinjiang have taken on a staged approach to operation, under which they stop production during the winter heating period and pick back up in the spring, which has played a positive role in reducing overcapacity. ...

PT Indocement

19 October 2016, Published under Cement News

PT Indocement, along with Indonesia’s other cement producers, is waiting on new regulations from the country’s government designed to curb expansion of the cement sector. The number of cement producers in Indonesia has risen from nine in 2012 to 19 this year, causing total annual cement production to jump from 59.3Mt in 2012 to 92.7Mt in 2016, while demand remains around the 65Mt mark. According to Fitch Ratings, capacity utilisation, which was approximately 85 per cent over the last three t...

Morgan Stanley: cement consumption to grow 4% YoY to 2020

25 April 2016, Published under Cement News

New research from Morgan Stanley predicts that worldwide cement demand excluding China has turned a corner and will grow at an annualised rate of four per cent between 2016 and 2020. The investment firm is particularly bullish about India, South Asia and sub-Saharan Africa, all of which it forecasts will see consumption grow by more than five per cent per year over the period (with Indian demand set to expand at 6.7 per cent). However, consumption in China is predicted to fall by 1.2 per ...

PT Indocement

26 January 2016, Published under Cement News

Despite cement sales in Indonesia being forecast to rise by around 10 per cent YoY in 2016, increased competition and rising production capacity will have an adverse effect on cement producers’ profit margins, according to Indonesian securities brokerage firm Ciptadana Securities. At least seven new plants are expected to push the country’s installed production capacity to over 90Mta by the end of this year, compared to 77Mta at the start of 2015. 2015 was a disappointing year for the cou...

Shanshui Cement issues first-half profit warning, China

17 August 2015, Published under Cement News

Shanshui Cement on Friday said it expects to record a loss in net profit for the six months ended 30 June 2015 compared to the net profit of the same corresponding period in 2014, adding that the loss is expected to be "relatively significant." Management attributes the loss to two main factors. Firstly, the group has seen sluggish cement demand in the regions where it operates, particularly in the northeastern and Shanxi regions. Secondly, severe overcapacity led to a "substantial" decr...