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Raysut Cement preparing to invest US$700m in India
India: Oman s Raysut Cement plans to invest around US$700m in India by 2022. Joey Ghose, the chief executive officer (CEO) of the company, said that about US$200m has been set aside to buy majority stakes in two local producers in early 2019, according to the Hindu newspaper. Raysut Cement wants to increase its total cement production capacity to 20Mt/yr. The investment will be funded by internal revenue and loans. The cement producer is holding talks with companies in Chhattisgarh and the coastal region of Gujarat respectively. Each company has a production capacity of around 1.2Mt/yr. Raysut Cement also intends to invest up to US$500m in these companies following their acquisition by 2022, bringing their capacity up to 5Mt/yr. Outside of India, Raysut Cement also says it is interested in buying a 70% stake in Kenya s ARM Cement for US$100m. It is also in discussions to acquire buy cement producers in Uganda and Djibouti. It currently has projects in development in Somaliland and Somalia. The company also holds a majority stake in Pioneer Cement Industries Georgia. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Dec ,04 ,2018

Eurocement and Dry Building Mixes Manufacturers Union sign deal on white cement
Russia: Eurocement has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Dry Building Mixes Manufacturers Union about using white cement. The deal was signed by Jaroslav Stoupa, the president of production and technical development at Eurocement, and Roman Borisov, the head of the Dry Building Mixes Manufacturers Union, at a trade conference in Moscow. The agreement connects the producers and users of white cement and it allows for the technical exchange of data about the product’s market requirements. It follows Eurocement’s plans to develop a white cement production line at its Zhigulovskiye Stroymaterialy plant in Samara in mid-2019. /global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Dec ,03 ,2018

LafargeHolcim preparing for slow sales growth but higher earnings in 2019
Switzerland: LafargeHolcim is expecting its sales growth to slow in 2019 but earnings to grow as its ‘Strategy 2022’ management plan takes shape. Net sales are forecast to grow by up to 6% year-on-year in 2018 yet by only 5% in 2019. However, recurring earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) are predicted to rise by up to 5% in 2018 and then by at least 5% in 2019. “With the recent divestment of our Indonesian operations we reached a major milestone in focusing our portfolio which allowed us to accelerate deleveraging. At the same time we aggressively move forward in Aggregates and Ready-Mix Concrete. These results are strong proof points for our Strategy 2022 and we will continue delivering across all value drivers," said chief executive officer (CEO) Jan Jenisch. The group has made the forecasts as part of its Capital Markets Day taking place at Bardon Hill near Birmingham, UK. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Nov ,29 ,2018

Union criticises management at Meghalaya Cherra Cement
India: The employees union of state-owned Meghalaya Cherra Cement has given the government two weeks to pay back salary from 2015 to 2016 and overtime payments since 2013. Union president S Diengdoh criticised the state-owned plant for poor management and low production, according to the Sentinel newspaper. The union alleges that the plant has an utilisation rate of only 30% and poor levels of safety.
UAECEMENT.COM - Nov ,26 ,2018

Saudi Arabian cement despatches drop 5.4% so far in 2018
Saudi Arabia: Cement despatches dropped by 5.4% year-on-year to 37.3Mt in the first 10 months of 2018 from 39.4Mt in the same period in 2017. The local industry s utilisation rate has declined in consecutive months since October 2017 to just 54.8% in October 2018, according to Aljazira Capital. At the same time clinker inventories increased by 1.6% month-on-month to 41.6Mt in October 2018.
UAECEMENT.COM - Nov ,26 ,2018

Cement packaging in Mozambique to include expiry date
Mozambique: The National Inspectorate of Economic Activities (INAE) says that all cement producers must include an expiry date on cement packaging. The decision follows a study looking at the production, labelling, sale and transport of cement, according to the Mozambique News Agency. The ruling applies to both locally produced and imported cement. INAE has requested that any cement should be sold at least three weeks prior to its expiry date. It is intended to give consumers consistent information about the date of production, the type of cement, the quality and the price. The central government agency is also hosting talks with local government to help provide warehouse space to distributors and retailers selling cement. It aims to stop the sale of cement on the street. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Nov ,20 ,2018

World Cement Association opens Beijing and President’s Office
The World Cement Association (WCA) announced today the opening of its World Cement Association Beijing and President s office. The facility will be an addition to the association s headquarters in London and will be located at the building of China National Building Material Group (CNBM). “We are delighted to further expand our presence in China by opening our World Cement Association Beijing and President s office”, said Norman Greig, Secretary General of the World Cement Association. “As the producer of more than 50% of the world s cement, China plays an important role in the global cement industry, so I am very pleased that CNBM is giving us the opportunity to open an office in China.” The office will also include the WCA Technology Centre, the WCA Research Institute and WCA Climate Change liaison. The Beijing site will allow the association to deepen its ties with Chinese cement producers and other stakeholders and to build links and share best practice with surrounding markets. The WCA will hold its General Assembly and WCA World Cement Conference in association with Intercem at the Royal Garden Hotel in London on 5 December. WCA members and stakeholder will come together to discuss future challenges for the industry, such as digitalisation, demand and supply and climate change. /WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Nov ,20 ,2018

Anti-corruption investigation muzzled from taking criminal action against heads of DG Khan and Bestway Cement
Pakistan: The Supreme Court has restrained the Punjab Anti-Corruption Department from launching criminal proceedings against the heads of DG Khan and Bestway Cement. The decision was made following a review petition filed by DG Khan Cement, according to the Statesman newspaper. It follows an investigation initiated by the Supreme Court to look into the setting up of cement plants in the Potohar region. The probe alleges government and corporate corruption. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Nov ,14,2018

State minister blames poor roads for keeping investors away from Chamba cement plant project
India: Industries minister of Himachal Pradesh Vikram Sing has blamed poor road networks for the state government’s failure to find investors for a proposed cement plant project at Sikridhar in the Chamba district. The ministry is now proposing that the state build a road to the project site as an incentive, according to the Times of India newspaper. The local government received no bids for the project in the latest round of bidding. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Nov ,14,2018

New building materials hub takes shape
Eurocement Group and Uztroymaterialy JSC have agreed to establish a new industrial cluster focused on building materials on the site of Eurocement s Akhangarancement cement plant. The agreement provides for an investment of US$200 million and was signed by Eurocement Group President, Mikhail Skorokhad, and Uztroymaterialy Chairman, Botir Zaripov.The new industrial cluster will be based around the construction of a new 3 million tpy cement plant at Akhangarancement. This will be bring total capacity of the plant to 5 million tpy – more than a third of the projected consumtion of cement in Uzbekistan by 2020.The site also houses a production line for refractory bricks used in the cement and metallurgical industries, which launched in 2017. In 2019, production of mineral wool products and high-quality concrete and reinforced concrete products will begin.
UAECEMENT.COM - Oct ,27,2018

Gebr. Pfeiffer wins another order in Nepal
The Indian subsidiary of Gebr. Pfeiffer, Gebr. Pfeiffer (India) Pvt Ltd, has received an order from the Himalayan state of Nepal to supply another mill. A new kiln line will be built by Samrat Cement Company Pvt Ltd, in the Dang region of southern Nepal. KHD will supply the new cement rotary kiln, which, together with the calciner, will be fired with pulverised coal. To produce this pulverised coal, KHD has ordered a grinding plant with a MPS 225 BK from Gebr. Pfeiffer. With a drive power of 370 kW, the mill will grind 35 tph of coal to a product fineness of 15% R 90 µm. Simultaneously, the coal, which may have a feed moisture of up to 10%, will be dried in the mill. The ground coal will be separated into fine product and coarse product by an integrated high-efficiency classifier, type SLS 1800 BK. The coarse product is then returned to the grinding zone for further grinding. The classifier also allows petroleum coke to be separated to a fineness degree of less than 1% R 90 µm. In this deal, Gebr. Pfeiffer will not only supply the main machine, which is the mill but also the grinding plant’s equipment. The company will also supply the manufacturing drawings for the required ductwork, chutes, and other parts that can be manufactured onsite. KHD’s Indian subsidiary, Humboldt Wedag India Pvt Ltd, will process the order for the Pfeiffer coal mill, showing KHD’s confidence in Gebr. Pfeiffer technology. The Indian subsidiaries of Gebr. Pfeiffer and KHD will now act jointly on further projects. This order marks Gebr. Pfeiffer’s fifth contract for mills in Nepal in less than 17 months, for the grinding of cement raw material, coal, and mixed cements.
UAECEMENT.COM - Oct ,27,2018

Government fixes price of cement in Senegal
Senegal: The Ministry of Commerce has fixed a maximum price of cement to protect consumers. The ministry said it had made the decision following exports of a rise of the price of cement in early October 2018, according to the L Agence de Presse Sénégalaise. The minister said that he invited all cement plant in the country to comply with the new regulations.
UAECEMENT.COM - Oct ,22,2018

Cement Manufacturers Association of Ghana calls for investigation into Chinese cement imports
Ghana: The Cement Manufacturers Association of Ghana (CMAG) has appealed to the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) to investigate the quality of Chinese cement imports. In a letter of the GSA George Dawson-Ahmoah cited two companies in Tema and Ejisu that allegedly sell cement products of ‘questionable’ quality, according to the Business and Financial Times newspaper. He also posited that samples of cement from these companies were ‘alarming’ and that this explained why their prices were ‘ridiculously’ low. CMAG consists of Ghacem Limited, Diamond Cement group, CIMAF Ghana and CBI Ghana Limited. However, when asked by the local media why Chinese companies supplying Ghana were not part of the association, Dawson-Ahmoah said that they had been invited. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Oct ,22,2018

AUMUND Beijing to assemble a large machinery package for Limak Çimento Kilis
Sinoma EE Overseas Development has awarded AUMUND Beijing a substantial machinery order for supply to Limak Çimento Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S., at Kilis in Turkey.The order includes three belt bucket conveyors, five chain bucket elevators, seven pan conveyors, and five drag chain conveyors, all of which are designed and will be installed by AUMUND. The machines are planned for dispatch in 4Q18.The belt bucket elevators will be able to convey with a capacity of 500 tph and the chain bucket elevators will convey various types of hot or abrasive bulk materials, with centre distances of more than 30 m. The bucket elevators will have forged central chain and will be in operation continuously, for 24 hours each day. They will have a conveying capacity of more than 700 m3/hour.In addition, seven AUMUND pan conveyors will have centre distances of between 60 and 104 m and will be designed to convey a capacity of 500 tph. Finally, the AUMUND drag chain conveyors (type LOUISE) will have a capacity of 40 tph and will be used for the extraction of clinker dust.Limak Çimento is currently in its 18th year and has built up investments and shareholdings in Turkey, Mozambique, the Ivory Coast, and Dubai. The expanding group of companies currently holds 11 cement plants, which have a joint capacity of 8 million tpy.The AUMUND Group are conveying and storage specialists with expertise in dealing with bulk materials. The group is active worldwide.
UAECEMENT.COM - Oct ,17,2018

Dangote Cement starts building 2.5Mt/yr plant in Niger
Niger: Nigeria s Dangote Cement has started building a 2.5Mt/yr cement plant at Keita, near Tahoua. The project has a cost of US$275m, according to the Agence France Presse and local media. Construction is expected to last until the end of 2020. The unit will also include a 100MW captive coal-fired power plant.The new plant is expected to reduce the price of cement locally, as the country mostly imports cement from Nigeria and Benin. Nouvelle Cimenterie de Niger (NCN) has been intermittently building an integrated plant at Malbaza since 2011. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Oct ,17,2018

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