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Vietnamese cement consumption falls 27% in July

18 August 2022, Published under Cement News

Cement consumption in Vietnam came in at 5.95Mt in July 2022, down 27 per cent compared to July 2021, according to data from the Department of Building Materials under the Ministry of Construction. Domestic consumption in July reached 4.85Mt while exports stood at around 1.1Mt. For the first seven months of 2022, cement consumption was an estimated 54.99Mt, a decline of 17 per cent YoY, with domestic consumption down three per cent over the same period to 36.84Mt. According to the Departm...

Steep fall in Pakistan cement exports in July 2022

17 August 2022, Published under Cement News

Pakistan began the new fiscal (July 2022) by registering lower cement and clinker exports in value and volume terms, with declines seen on both a MoM and YoY basis. Experts attribute the decline to the global economic slowdown, supply chain disruptions and higher sea freight charges.  Low export prices coupled with increasing coal prices made exports unattractive during the first month of the new fiscal, according to AKD Research. The negative trend was also observed last year, and domest...

Indian producers turn to Venezuela for petcoke supplies

17 August 2022, Published under Cement News

The surge in global coal prices has prompted Indian cement producers to turn to petcoke instead with the country importing significant volumes from Venezuela for the first time. According to Live Mint, trade data shows that India imported at least four shipments of 160,000t of petcoke from Venezuela, arriving in India between April-June 2022. A further 50,000t cargo is due to reach Mangalore, India, over the coming days and a 30,000t shipment is expected to depart Venezuela for India later t...

Bangladesh expects a 15% growth in cement exports in FY22-23

12 August 2022, Published under Cement News

Bangladesh has set an export target for the cement industry at US$11m during the 12 months of the ongoing financial year, ending 31 June 2023, compared to US$9.57m earned in FY21-22. This translates to expected growth of 15 per cent YoY, according to the Bangladesh Export Promotion Bureau (EPB) data. Meanwhile, the first month of FY22-23, ie July 2022, started with bringing home US$0.72m of earnings on account of cement exports, up by 94.6 per cent over the same month last year. The figur...

Higher inflation and fear of recession impact energy complex

04 August 2022, Published under Cement News

Since ICR’s most recent energy report , the energy complex is trending lower due to higher inflation and the fear of recession. Higher interest rates are fuelling demand destruction. Russia is offering discounts to non-sanction countries, affecting the price of oil and coal. The price of oil was down sharply following the IEA report on falling demand, combined with the OPEC+ plan to increase production in August. Increased demand for coal in the EU is supporting the price of coal with highe...

Pakistan cement dispatches dwindle in July 2022

03 August 2022, Published under Cement News

Pakistan dispatched a 2.039Mt of cement during July 2022, down 47.7 per cent from 3.899Mt during the same month of the last fiscal year. According to the data released by the APCMA, local cement dispatches by the industry during July 2022 were 1.88Mt compared to 3.44Mt in July 2021, showing a decline of 45.3 per cent. Export dispatches also suffered a massive decrease of 66.1 per cent as the volumes reduced from 452,777t in July 2021 to 153,517t in July 2022. As a result, capacity ut...

Pakistan to report weaker cement dispatches in July 2022

01 August 2022, Published under Cement News

Pakistan's two leading research houses, AHL Research and Topline Securities, while taking account of provisional cement data of July 2022, the first month of the FY22-23, depict a considerable decline in local/export sales due to the Eid holidays, monsoon rains across the country, and a fall in land and sea routes dispatches. However, the All Pakistan Cement Manufacturer Association (APCMA) is yet to release official data in the first week of next month. According to a report by AHL Rese...

Song Lam Cement exports 2.28Mt of cement in 1H22

27 July 2022, Published under Cement News

Vietnam-based Song Lam Cement JSC , part of the Vissai Group , exported 2.28Mt of cement in the first half of 2022, according to local media.   The Philippines was the largest off-taker of Song Lam cement, importing 713,000t. Other sizeable volumes were bought by China (640,000t) and the USA (628,500t). A further 101,000t was shipped to France and 5000t to Singapore. In terms of production, Song Lam Cement produced 2.53Mt of clinker and 2.84Mt of cement in the 1H22. The company achieved...

Petcoke discounts higher as coal rises on EU sanctions and petcoke falls as demand-supply eases

22 July 2022, Published under Cement News

By Frank O. Brannvoll, Brannvoll ApS, Denmark Energy markets are kept between higher prices due to supply distress, including strikes in refineries for higher wages and the impact of sanctions on Russia. In addition, pressure from inflation rates at 40-year highs is leading to higher lending interest rates and a potential recession. This will lead to lower demand in the cement and other sectors. The US Federal Reserve increased rates by 0.5 per cent and more hawkish actions are likely...

Carbon price in range with new changes to EU-ETS and increased coal demand supporting prices

21 July 2022, Published under Cement News

By Frank O. Brannvoll, Brannvoll ApS, Denmark Carbon prices remained as expected inside the uptrend channel of EUR82-95 with high daily volatility. Russian cuts in natural gas deliveries sent gas prices sharply higher, increasing compliance buying for higher coal burn. The EUA has seen new negotiations on the reform to the EU-ETS system all being bullish. The main elements now to be discussed in the European Council are: • increase in the linear reduction factor (LRF) to 4.2 from 2.2 ...