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Investing in Iranian cement production

29 January 2013, Published under Cement News

Iran’s Bank of Industry & Mine, a specialised government-owned bank which aims to increase economic growth through the development of the industry and mining sectors, has allotted around EUR400m to fund 15 cement projects over the past three years, IRNA News Agency has reported. Latest figures on the cement sector show that Iran's cement output will reach 75Mt, by the end of current Iranian calendar year (19 March 2013), according to Deputy Iranian Industry, Mine, and Trade Minister, Vaj...

Congo’s SONOCC aims for 300,000tpa output

24 January 2013, Published under Cement News

Société Nouvelle des Ciments du Congo (SONOCC) plans to increase its annual output after completing an expansion project last week which is expected to alleviate a cement shortfall and help bring down prices. The cement producer plans to lift output from 72,000t to 300,000t. The higher volumes are forecast to reduce the cement deficit in the country as well as support national construction efforts. It is also expected to bring down the price of a bag of cement, which currently stands at X...

Bolivia’s Fancesa announces 0.66Mta capacity expansion by 2016

24 January 2013, Published under Cement News

Fancesa celebrated its 54th anniversary by announcing plans for a new factory, enabling the Bolivian cement makers to produce an additional 2000tpd of clinker, equivalent to 0.86Mta of cement. The US$220m plant would enter service by 2016. Meanwhile, from March onwards, Fancesa will be producing an extra 1000tpd following the completion of a new clinker line at its Sucre works which will enable a 40 per cent capacity rise. The US$35m investment made so far is financed entirely with equi...

Udayapur Cement production levels increased

24 January 2013, Published under Cement News

Udayapur Cement, the largest cement producer in Nepal has resumed higher levels of production which had recently been scaled back because of technical difficulties. The company’s cement plant has a capacity of 800tpd but due problems with equipment the plant had only been producing 450tpd. However, general manager of the plant Dr Surendra Prasad, has since told The Himalyan newspaper that the issues have been rectified and production has been increased to 550tpd.

Algeria’s Oggaz plant hits production record

21 January 2013, Published under Cement News

The Lafarge-owned Oggaz cement plant, in Mascara, Algeria, achieved a new production and sales record for grey cement in 2012. Meanwhile, increased output of white cement reduced imports of the product by nearly one-third. In 2012, around 3.1Mt of grey cement left the factory gates, according to the company. Lafarge Algeria CEO, Luc Callebat, said: “The Oggaz plant is only five years old but managed to reach the historical result of 3.1Mt of grey cement sold in 2012. It is the countr...

Latin America market movements

21 January 2013, Published under Cement News

Three major Latin American countries, Brazil, Peru and Argentina, released full-year consumption figures for 2012 this week with two showing YoY gains while demand in the third faltered. Brazil With Brazil's economy continuing its lull, construction activity is expected to have grown by five per cent last year, thus underperforming its significant potential. Fundamentally, the opportunities for the construction sector are immense given the country's housing and infrastructure needs and...

Vietnam output reaches 47Mt in 2012

18 January 2013, Published under Cement News

Vietnam-based cement manufacturers produced more than 47Mt of cement in 2012, meeting 85.5 per cent of their full year target, according to an announcement by the Ministry of Construction (MoC) on its website. Total dispatches for the year were 53.61Mt, including domestic sales of 45.5Mt – down 7.1 per cent YoY. Cement and clinker exports, however, rose by 30 per cent to 8.1Mt. The MoC underlined the challenges faced by the local cement sector this year including a huge cement inventor...

INC suspends clinker production but assures supply continues, Paraguay

15 January 2013, Published under Cement News

Paraguay’s Industria Nacional de Cemento (INC) announced it will suspend clinker production for 45 days but assured the market it will not reduce supply during the programmed stop. The shutdown of the clinker line is necessary to change refractories and carry out maintenance on the precalciner as well as repair the roofs in the third and fourth stage of the cyclones. Meanwhile, proper planning will ensure the provision of cement during the maintenance period. It is reported that INC...

US shipments rise 10% from Jan-October 2012

14 January 2013, Published under Cement News

Total shipments of Portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico for October 2012 were about 8.1Mt, almost 10 per cent greater than shipments in October 2011. Shipments for the year through October were 67.6Mt, up by about 10 per cent, latest data from the US Geological Survey (USGS) shows The leading producing States in October were Texas, Missouri, California, Michigan, and Alabama, in descending order. The leading consuming states (Texas, California, Florida, Illino...

Morroco to add 5.9Mta of new capacity by 2017

14 January 2013, Published under Cement News

Competition is intensifying in the cement sector in Morocco, as existing players gear up for another phase of capacity development. While cement demand cooled in 2012 following double-digit growth the year before, the mid-term outlook is positive, and domestic players are now planning new facilities in a bid to maintain market share.   Ciments de L'Atlas (CIMAT) has confirmed plans to build a third cement plant close to Nador in the north of Morocco as part of its strategy to maintain a 14 p...