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Argentine cement consumption advances 11% in September

07 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement demand in Argentina increased 10.5 per cent to 1,037,499t in September 2020, as shown by the monthly report of the country’s cement association, AFCP. This demand was entirely served by domestic producers with no imports recorded. In addition, the country’s cement producers exported 6133t of cement, down 33.6 per cent from 9234t. Total production in Argentina increased 10.1 per cent YoY to 1,043,632t. January-September 2020 However, in the first nine months of the year, cement cons...

Colombian cement market contracts 4% in August

06 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement dispatches in Colombia slipped 4.3 per cent to 1.052Mt in August 2020 from 1.099Mt in August 2019, according to the country’s statistics office, DANE. The fall in consumption was mainly driven by an 18 per cent drop in the offtake by ready-mix concrete companies, also reflected by a 11.8 per cent decrease in bulk dispatches. Bagged sales slipped by 0.7 per cent, driven by a 13.1 per cent decline in sales to the construction and contractors segment. Sales to the retail sector edged u...

Germany: leading the recovery

05 October 2020, Published under Cement News

The German cement sector has fared better than most during the pandemic. Cement demand is forecast to remain stable this year, with a more cautious outlook for 2021. Meanwhile, producers are embracing the latest technology for a leaner, greener manufacturing base. HeidelbergCement’s plant at Burglengenfeld, Germany, was modernised in 2017-18 with a new kiln, baghouse and SNCR system Germany’s economic growth slowed to 0.6 per cent in 2019 from 1.5 per cent the previous year,...

Iskitim Cement produces 684,000t in the 8M20

02 October 2020, Published under Cement News

Russia’s Iskitim Cement (Sibcem) produced 684,000t of cement in the first eight months of 2020, down 13 per cent compared to the target of the company. By late 2020, the company is expected to reach 90 per cent of its targeted volume for the year. Managing Director of Iskitimtsement, Vladimir Skakun, noted that the decline in production volumes was influenced by the suspension of all construction projects due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Ukraine’s cement industry pins hopes on new road construction programme

15 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Ukraine’s Big Construction programme and plans to increase the share of concrete roads in the country provide hope for the domestic cement industry to expand, says Roman Skilsky, executive director of UkrCement, the country’s cement association. “The main reason for optimism is the Big Construction program… This will mean a noticeable increase in demand for cement, which will allow domestic companies to increase the number of idle reserve capacities,” he said. In early August, the Shulgin St...

Puerto Rican cement sales up 24% in August

15 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in Puerto Rico increased 24.4 per cent to 59,295t in August 2020 when compared with August 2019, according to data provided by Cemex Puerto Rico and Argos San Juan Corp to the Instituto de Estadisticas of Puerto Rico. Output fell 14.9 per cent to 38,551t in August when compared with the year-ago period, as compiled by the country’s Banco de Desarrollo Económico. In the year to date, 364,839t of cement was dispatched, down 6.1 per cent YoY. Cement production declined 11.6 per...

Cement dispatches in Peru largely stable

14 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement dispatches in Peru slipped 0.1 per cent YoY but increased 12.9 per cent MoM to 0.933Mt in August 2020, according to the country’s cement association, Asocem. Domestic producers dispatched 0.944Mt including exports. This represents a 0.3 per cent decrease in volume when compared with August 2019 but a 13.3 per cent rise when compared with July 2020.  Cement production in Peru increased 4.5 per cent YoY and 18.9 per cent MoM to 0.977Mt while clinker output fell 31.5 per cent YoY but...

China’s cement production up 4% in July

14 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Chinese cement output increased 3.6 per cent in July as a pick-up in the economy drove cement consumption, according to data from the Ministry of Industry and Information technology. China produced 220Mt of cement in July 2020 when compared with July 2019. In the first seven months of 2020, production declined by 3.5 per cent YoY to 1.22bnt. The sector’s total revenues fell 5.5 per cent YoY to CNY510.9bn (US$74.7bn). Its total profits reached CNY92.6bn.

Creating France’s post-COVID-19 landscape

14 September 2020, Published under Cement News

While the coronavirus pandemic has affected France’s construction sector, going forward there are new opportunities for domestic cement producers as they support a shift in focus, creating a different landscape to address climate change. By Syndicat Français de l’Industrie Cimentière (SFIC), France. Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19 in France, domestic cement output had increased by 4.4 per cent in January and market growth accelerated to 5.2 per cent in February, according to I...

Indonesia's cement production forecast to fall 17% YoY

11 September 2020, Published under Cement News

Indonesia's cement production is likely to fall further in 2020, as a result of Jakarta's second lockdown, according to the Japanese investment bank, Nomura. The bank has cut its 2020 cement production estimates for Indonesia and now expects it to fall 17 per cent YoY. Halted construction activity could also indicate a longer recovery period for the cement sector. However, investors could take advantage of the pullback in stock prices and accumulate cement stocks before the next recovery c...