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South Central Railway looks to boost cement freight in FY18-19

28 January 2019, Published under Cement News

India’s South Central Railway (SCR) has set a new target to boost its cement freight to 27.5Mt in the FY18-19, up from 25.82Mt of the previous year. The company has already transported 20.49Mt in the first three quarters of the financial year. As a whole, Indian railways transported 114.18Mt of cement during the FY17-18, with South Central performing highest amongst all zonal railways at 22.7 per cent of the total. To meet the higher target, Mr Madhusudhana Rao, SCR chief operations manag...

India’s coal shortage likely to continue until the end of September

17 September 2018, Published under Cement News

Shortages of coal for India’s non-power sector are likely to continue until the end of the September, according to Coal India Ltd (CIL). A surge in power demand at the start of summer has led to the coal giant diverting supplies from cement, aluminium and other sectors. This resulted in a rise in fuel costs for cement producers as they needed to import coal to continue operating their plants. Moreover, the ministries of railways and coal had diverted most of the available rail wagons to pow...

Russian cement companies delivered 4.43Mt of cement by rail

01 May 2018, Published under Cement News

In the first quarter of 2018, Russian cement companies supplied 4.43Mt of cement to their customers by rail. EuroCement Group accounted for a 34.5 per cent share of this total, down from 37.5 per cent the previous year, according to Esmerk Russian News. The top five suppliers by rail transport are Novoroscement with 405,950t (+18.3 per cent), South Ural Mining And Processing Company with 348,500t (+35.4 per cent), Mordovcement with 338,250t (-25.8 per cent), Sukholozhskcement with 295,2...

Shree Cement to acquire railway siding operator

01 May 2018, Published under Cement News

The board of India’s Shree Cement Ltd has approved the acquisition of Raipur Handling and Infrastructure Pvt Ltd, a private railway siding operator, for INR590m (US$8.8m). The acquisition will help the company improve the management of goods transportation on the railway network, according to a stock exchange disclosure. While the deal is subject to the approval from railway authorities, it is expected to be completed within three months of the execution of a definitive agreement, accordi...

McInnis Cement can transport more cement by rail

25 April 2018, Published under Cement News

The number of rail wagons transported by McInnis Cement across the Cascapedia bridges in Richmond may be increased, according to Radio Gaspésie. A recent review of the ultrasonic structure has shown that the bearing capacity of the bridges is higher than was estimated. The Canadian Department of Transport will allow McInnis Cement to increase the number of wagons that can cross from 10 to 25 per week. Although CAD100m (US$78m) investment was announced to overhaul the railway system al...

McInnis Cement faces rail limit

22 February 2018, Published under Cement News

Canadian cement producer McInnis Cement faces a new challenge in distributing its cement. The Quebec Ministry of Transport is imposing a 10 rail cars/week limit on cement transportation between Matapédia and Caplan due to the dismal state of the rail line. While 90 per cent of its 2.3Mt cement output is shipped, McInnis Cement had planned to increase rail transport of its products to Canadian and US customers to 40 cars per week by next summer. In May 2015 the Quebec Ministry of Transp...

Indian Railways to cut fees to win back cement business

13 April 2017, Published under Cement News

In response to cement producers shifting away from transporting their output by rail, Indian Railways has announced that it plans to reduces charges for firms that can guarantee that at least a specified volume of freight goes by rail, Mint reports. In January 2017 Indian Railways carried around 6Mt of cement, down 15 per cent YoY. Higher freight charges have been blamed for the decline, with producers shifting transport onto the roads as a result. To combat this, the Ministry of Railw...

Swiss cement demand advances 4.2% in 2016

09 January 2017, Published under Cement News

Swiss cement producers dispatched 1,076,007t of cement in 4Q16, up 1.6 per cent from 1,058,619t delivered in 4Q15, according to the latest data of the country's cement association, Cemsuisse. The figures include dispatches to Liechtenstein. In 2016 total cement deliveries reached 4,397,180t, a 4.2 per cent increase from 4,219,466t when compared with the previous year. Around 52.1 per cent of deliveries were carried out by rail. Ready-mix concrete plants accounted for 73.5 per cent of ...

Rwanda: rail and energy projects to boost cement demand

23 May 2016, Published under Cement News

The Rwandan government’s announcement of two major infrastructure projects is set to be a boon for the country’s cement producers, the Mail and Guardian Africa reports. The KivuWatt gas-water extraction project will take gas from Lake Kivu to generate 100MW of electricity by 2019, while the Dar es Salaam-Isaka-Kigali/Keza-Musongati (DIKKM) standard-gauge railway will link Rwanda with ports in neighbouring Tanzania. Busi Legodi, CEO of PPC Rwanda, has welcomed the new initiatives, notin...

Sri Lanka: Holcim Lanka inaugurates new transport model

11 May 2016, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim subsidiary Holcim Lanka has begun operations of a new ship-to-rail road hybrid model for the transportation of its raw materials. The state railway will transport Holcim cement related raw materials by rail from the Eastern port of Trincomalee to the Mahawa railway station where the company's dedicated trucks will then transport the materials to the Puttalam Cement Works Plant. Holcim Lanka Procurement and Logistics Director, Charith Wijendra, said: "It is critical we pro...