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Algeria to become net exporter?

06 August 2014, Published under Cement News

Algeria's cement imports have increased by 30 per cent to US$283.9m in 1H14, according to the country's Customs Office. In terms of volumes, imports reached 3.086Mt in the six first months of 2014, up 26.6 per cent when compared with 2.438Mt in 1H13, said the National Information and Statistics Office. However, Algeria's current cement shortage could be reversed in the next few years as several new plants enter service. The most recent project, funded by the National Investment Coun...

Nordic warm-up

06 August 2014, Published under Cement News

In 2013, the Nordic region registered gains of varying levels in its cement demand with all countries, except Finland and Sweden, enjoying an upturn. With GDP growth rates generally set to improve this year, cement producers can perhaps expect a wider recovery of cement consumption throughout the area although market expansion appears somewhat elusive. Can Nordic cement producers expect cement markets to follow the predicted economic upturn? (Pictured: Aalborg Portland’s Rørdal pla...

Vietnam cement production rises 6.5%

31 July 2014, Published under Cement News

Vietnam produced 4.9Mt of cement in July, up 6.5 per cent from both June 2014 and from the year-ago period, the government’s General Statistics Office (GSO) said. In the first seven months, domestic output is likely to have increased by 4.6 per cent from a year ago to 33.6Mt. However, the GSO has revised down the country’s cement output in June to 4.6Mt from the earlier estimated figure of 5.4Mt.

India: gateway to a new era?

30 July 2014, Published under Cement News

As India is set for a new government in New Delhi led by Narendra Modi following the recent elections, the country’s 350Mta cement industry hopes for a new era following a year of limited growth. Recent trends appear to indicate some improvement, although it is too early to call a market revival. Following India’s latest election, will the country’s new government offer crucial support to the cement industry? (© Jörg Hackemann) Pre-election hopes for the cement sector faded a...

China's first-half output growth slows

30 July 2014, Published under Cement News

Cement output rose 3.6 per cent YoY to 1.14bnt in the first half of 2014, slowing 6.1 percentage points from the expansion seen during the same period last year, according to latest data from the National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) posted on its website.

Nigeria: West Africa's fastest-growing market

21 July 2014, Published under Cement News

With 180m inhabitants, Nigeria is Africa’s most populous country. In the last decade, the country has achieved positive economic development. The government is implementing policies to attract foreign investors with emphasis on local manufacturing to replace the import of finished products such as cement. Compared to other West African countries, Nigeria has a well-developed and regulated stock exchange and a dynamic banking sector to support investment projects. Also, compared to other coun...

Paraguay: Yguazú risks production halt due to flooding

08 July 2014, Published under Cement News

The flooding of the Paraguay river and the Confuso river, which broke its banks, is presenting a risk to the continued production at the Yguazú cement plant in Paraguay, according to the Ultima Hora news service. The plant’s quay was out of action for about 20 days before the advance of the water as the flooding necessitated cutting off the power used to operate the crane used for unloading clinker and raw materials delivered to the works by barges. If the water reaches the electrical ...

Vietnam first-half cement output rises 7%

02 July 2014, Published under Cement News

Vietnam produced 29.5Mt of cement in the first half of this year, up seven per cent YoY, the government’s General Statistics Office (GSO) has said. The figure includes 5.4Mt sold in June, up 19 per cent, the office added. The GSO has, however, revised down the country’s cement output in May to 5.4Mt from the earlier estimated figure of 5.5Mt. In 2013, Vietnam’s cement output hit 56.84Mt, according to the revised figure.

A bumpy recovery

02 July 2014, Published under Cement News

While Central America offers a healthy potential for infrastructure development and housing construction, limited economic growth and investment are expected to hinder a corresponding rise in cement demand going forward. In addition, the rapid build-up of capacity has resulted in lower utilisation rates across the region. By Rob Roy, ROI Economic Consulting, USA. Panama (pictured) is the fastest-growing cement market in Central America, followed by Guatemala Central America has ...

Azerbaijan cement output increases 40% YoY

30 June 2014, Published under Cement News

In the first five months of the year, Azerbaijan produced 1.1Mt of cement, a 40 per cent increase compared to the same period of 2013. The rise in domestic output has been attributed to the entry of new players in the local market and declining imports. Imports in the first five months of the year amounted to US$50m compared to US$61.5m, a drop of 19 per cent YoY. Going forward, the dependence of imports is expected to fall by 20 per cent in 2014-2015, according to industry sources.