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Assam cement producers cut prices, India

17 July 2012, Published under Cement News

Cement producers in the northeastern Indian state of Assam have cut prices by 7-8 per cent per bag, according to reports in the Economic Times of India. The newspaper writes that manufacturers based in Assam have been criticized for not lowering prices despite enjoying subsidies under the North East Industrial and Investment Promotion Policiy (NEIIPP) 2007. Cement prices have now dropped in the range of INR25-30/bag. Leading cement companies – which have been selling cement at INR370 /...

Cemex to increase Mexican cement prices

16 July 2012, Published under Cement News

Cemex announced that it is to increase cement prices in Mexico by an average of six per cent per bag as of today. The company said the hike, which was announced last week, is due to rising input costs. "In order to compensate for the constant increase in rates and prices of major inputs, Cemex announced its dealers an average price increase of MXP120 /t (US$9) of grey cement, equivalent to an increase of six pesos per bag, from next Monday 16 July." Increases in petcoke, fuel oil and ...

Steppe Cement first-half sales edge ahead, Kazakhstan

16 July 2012, Published under Cement News

Kazakhstan-based cement producer Steppe Cement has reported a rise in cement sales for the first half of 2012 and sees domestic demand increasing by low double-digits for the full year. For the six months to June 2012, Steppe Cement sold 615,838t, a rise of two per cent compared to the same period of last year. Sales revenue during the period rose 23 per cent to KZT7728m (US51m). The average price for the current period for delivered cement, exculding VAT, was KZT12,549/t (US$84) compa...

Court puts industry fine on hold, Argentina

13 July 2012, Published under Cement News

Argentina’s Supreme Court has put on hold a ARS$300m (US$66m) fine imposed on cement companies in 2005 by the competition authority CNDC based on evidence of alleged collusion and dividing the market between them. The cement companies listed are Loma Negra, Cemento San Martin, Juan Minetti, Cementos Avellaneda and Petroquimica Comodoro Rivadavia that have been contesting the ruling since.

Pakistan cuts Indian cement export prices

10 July 2012, Published under Cement News

Pakistan cement producers have cut export prices for India by 13 per cent due to currency movements. The Business Recorder of Pakistan reports that due to the depreciation of the Pakistan rupee, cement producers have reduced export prices by US$/9/t. As such, cement is now being exported to India at an average price of US$60/t compared to US$69/t previously. Market sources said this will help capture the Indian export market which holds much potential despite challenges such as transpo...

Ghacem responds to World Bank comments

28 June 2012, Published under Cement News

Ghana’s leading cement producer, Ghacem, has refuted a report by the World Bank that the company is enjoying dominance over the domestic construction sector. The World Bank is reported to have expressed concerns over the control of Ghacem and Diamond Cement over the local building sector, thus suppressing competition which is having a negative impact on cement prices and supply. However, Ghacem’s strategy and corporate affairs director, Dr George Dawson-Ahmoah has denied these criticis...

Argentinian Court of Appeal rejects cartelisation appeal

25 June 2012, Published under Cement News

Argentina’s Court of Appeal has rejected the appeal made by Loma Negra, Juan Minetti, Cementos Avellaneda, Petroquímica Comodoro Rivadavia and Cemento San Martín, upholding the previous price-fixing ruling and the multi-million peso fines attached. The companies were awarded fines of ARS300m (US$66.5m) as penalty for anti-competitive practices between 1981-99. Loma Negra will be expected to pay ARS138.7m, Juan Minetti ARS100.1m, Cementos Avellaneda ARS34.6m, Cementos San Martín ARS28.5m...

BNP Paribas maintains 'deteriorating' outlook on Indian cement sector

25 June 2012, Published under Cement News

BNP Paribas has maintained its ‘deteriorating’ outlook on the Indian cement sector given its weak macroeconomic outlook, high interest rates, continuing oversupply situation, cost inflation and ongoing regulatory overhang. The Economic Times of India reported that cement stocks have been witnessing pressures since the Competition Commission of India (CCI) imposed a penalty of US$1.1bn on 11 cement companies last week. The fines is 50 per cent of the companies’ net profit for FY10 and FY...

Holcim to contest Indian price fixing fine

22 June 2012, Published under Cement News

Holcim has said will defend the position of its two Indian units on the penalties imposed by the Competition Commission of India (CCI) for price fixing. Yesterday, the CCI announced that it would fine 11 Indian producers a total of US$1.1bn, stating that they had created an artificial cement shortage “so as to reduce supplies and raise prices in times of higher demand," it said in its judgment. The ruling applies to Holcim group companies ACC and Ambuja Cements (ACL), which have been fi...

Concerns over Ghana’s cement duopoly

22 June 2012, Published under Cement News

The World Bank has expressed its concern over the dominance of Ghana Cement Company (Ghacem) and Diamond Cement Company in the sale of cement in the country, local press report. The bank is worried that the two companies control more than 80 per cent of the market and suppress competition in the sector with negative consequences on the prices and supply of cement to the building and construction industry. It has therefore called for urgent steps that would liberalise the market “to eng...