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New grinding plant in Mali
Mali: Ciments et Matériaux du Mali has revealed plans for a 0.5Mt/yr grinding plant in the Kati commune. Agence Ecolfin has reported that the plant, to be supplied by the nearby Sonityeni quarry, will employ 150 Malians and contribute to Mali s cement self-sufficiency.’ Construction of the US$33.6m facility is set to begin in October 2019. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,08,2019

Raysut Cement announces US$30m grinding plant plans
Oman: Raysut Cement is planning the construction of a 1Mt/yr grinding plant in the port town of Duqm. The project has a cost of US$30m, with work set to begin on 19 September 2019. Oman Cement has been building a 1.8Mt/yr integrated cement production plant at Duqm since December 2018. The new grinding plant is Raysut Cement’s first development project since it received US$50.7m in funding from the Omani Bank Nizwa. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,05,2019

Uzbekistan imports 32% more cement year-on-year in the first half 2019
Uzbekistan: Uzbekistan s cement imports totalled US$105.6m over the six months to 30 June 2019, up by 32.3% from 2018. Chinese investment in Uzbek domestic cement production saw two cement plants of 1.2Mt/yr and 2.4Mt/yr capacity enter development in 2018. Huaxin Cement s Zafarabad plant is expected to become operational in December 2019, with Gansu Hengya Cement s Kattakurgan plant also due to enter operation in the coming months. /globalcement
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,02,2019

Suez Cement adds to list of loss-making Egyptian producers
Egypt: Suez Cement made a loss during the first half of 2019. Its net loss reached US$17.7m over the six month period, from a profit of US$14.4m in the first six months of 2018. The company generated US$199m in revenue during the first six months of 2019, compared to US$238m a year earlier. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,18,2019

Domestic operations drag on Dangote Cement’s sales in first half of 2019
Nigeria: Dangote Cement s sale revenue fell by 3% year-on-year to US$1.30bn in the first half of 2019 from US$1.34bn in the same period in 2018. Its earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) dropped by 11.4% to US$605m from US$683m. Cement sales volumes decreased slightly to 12.3Mt. Revenue, earnings and sales volumes all fell in Nigeria but only earnings fell for its operations outside of the country. “Group sales volumes were only slightly down on last year and this was a solid performance against the impact of delayed elections and increased competition from new capacity in Nigeria, as well as operational and economic challenges in key territories such as Ethiopia and South Africa. However, we saw a stronger performance from Tanzania, which is now running on gas turbines, and also from Senegal, where our sales volumes are more than 100% of our rated capacity,” said Joe Makoju, the group chief executive officer of Dangote Cement. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,01,2019

Australia construction industry to regain growth momentum
According to GlobalData, Australia s construction industry, which is currently facing a troubled period, is set to regain growth momentum from 2020. This is on the back of major infrastructure development programmes and projects. GlobalData s report Construction in Australia – Key Trends and Opportunities by State and Territory to 2023, reveals that Australia s construction industry s output value, measured at constant 2017 US dollar exchange rates, declined from US$171.6 billion in 2017, to US$165.3 billion in 2018, reflecting a sharp drop in activity in the oil and gas sector as major projects were completed. According to the report, the industry is expected to remain weak in 2019, contracting by 2.4% in real terms, an outturn that partly reflects a lull in activity in the construction of major energy projects, but also a downturn in the residential sector. Highlighting the gloomy outlook for the residential sector, the total number of dwelling units approved in the country decreased by 22% y/y in the first four months of 2019, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, following declines of 5.8% in 2018 and 4% in 2017. However, the industry s output value in real terms is expected to rise at a compound annual growth rate of 2.14% over the forecast period (2019 – 2023), compared to -1.59% during the review period (2014 – 2018). “Residential construction accounted for 36% of the Australian construction industry s total value in 2018,” said Danny Richards, Construction Analyst at GlobalData. “The residential sector has been expanding rapidly in recent years, but the consequent oversupply of residential buildings, as well as tighter lending conditions, will hamper the sector in the coming years, and by 2023 it will account for less than 32% of the industry s total value. “Australia s construction industry will regain growth momentum from 2020. The improvement will be driven by investments in transport infrastructure, with the government planning to invest US$58.9 billion to develop the country s transport infrastructure by 2027 – 2028. Commercial and industrial projects and an improvement in consumer and investor confidence will also provide support, offsetting the downturn in residential construction.” /WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,29 ,2019

Amubja Cement cuts costs to grow earnings in first half of 2019
India: Ambuja Cement s net sales increased by 5% year-on-year to US$834m in the first half of 2019 from US$824m in the same period in 2018. Its earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose by 3% to US$168m from US$164m. However, its sales volumes of cement dropped by 3% to 12.2Mt from 12.6Mt. Bimlendra Jha, the managing Director and chief executive officer (CEO) of the subsidiary of LafargeHolcim, said that the company managed to optimise its logistics, raw material and fixed costs.
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,27 ,2019

ACC counteracts modest cement sales with earnings boost in first half of 2019
India: ACC s net sales grew by 8% year-on-year to US$1.15bn in the first half of 2019 from US$1.06bn in the same period in 2018. Its operating earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) increased by 18% to US$191m from US$162m. Its cement sales volumes rose by 2% to 14.7Mt from 14.4Mt and its ready-mixed concrete (RMX) sales volumes jumped by 15% to 1.79Mm3 from 1.56Mm3. “I am pleased that EBITDA improved significantly on account of better realisations, operational efficiencies and supply chain efficiency improvement. Despite subdued cement demand, our strong customer relationships, loyal channel network and range of innovative products have helped us deliver a robust quarter,” said Neeraj Akhoury, the managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) of ACC. He added that the company s concrete business grew strongly due to eight new RMX plants it added in the second quarter. Altogether the company operates 82 operational. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,22 ,2019

UltraTech Cement to complete merger with Century Cement by September 2019
India: UltraTech Cement plans to complete its merger with Century Cement by September 2019. Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla said the company has approval from shareholders, the Competition Commission and stock exchanges, according to the Mint newspaper. However, it still needs permission from the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT). The merger, which was first announced in May 2018, is a long running reorganisation of assets belonging to the Birla family. Once complete it is expected to give UltraTech Cement dominance in all regional markets with the addition of 13.4Mt/yr of production capacity in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,20 ,2019

Savannah Cement set to complete upgrade to grinding plant by end of 2019
Kenya: Savannah Cement is set to complete US$50m upgrade to its grinding plant at Athi River by the end of 2019. It is installing a second 1.2Mt/yr mill at the unit supplied by Denmark s FLSmidth, according to the Kenya Broadcasting Company. Contractors are also installing belt conveyors, storage silos, a packing plant and dust filters as part of the new vertical roller mill line. The cement producer made the announcement at an event celebrating its seventh anniversary. The existing mill at Athi River has a production capacity of 1.2Mt/yr.
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,16 ,2019

Iraqi government approves measures to support cement industry
Iraq: The government has approved a series of recommendations from the Ministerial Economic Council to support the growth of Iraq s cement industry and to ensure that production capacity continues to meet domestic demand. The cabinet approved a loan agreement between the Republic of Iraq and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development for an electricity services reconstruction and enhancement project. It also approved a recommendation from the housing consultative group that investors in housing projects need to complete a percentage of the planned building work before they are allowed to own the land.
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,08 ,2019

The Global Cement and Concrete Association launches presence in India
India/UK: The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) has launched GCCA India. As part of GCCA s strategic partnership with the World Business Council on Sustainable Development the new office, based in Mumbai, will take over the work of the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) India, which formerly served as the sector s sustainability alliance. GCCA India plans to ensure that, from a sustainability angle, innovation in technology and manufacture, and collaboration across the wider built environment, the Indian cement sector can play a key leadership role. It will develop a work program that will focus on the wider global GCCA priorities but with practical application across the Indian built environment.
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,04 ,2019

ASEC completes commissioning of Mozambique plant
ASEC has announced the successful commissioning of a tile adhesive full production line in Cimento Nacional Ltd (CNL), Mozambique, under the company s supervision and management. CNL has embarked on the new investment to cater for the market demand for various types of tile adhesive products. The project comprises a feeding and drying system, a double shaft mixer, and a packing plant. The ASEC O&M team has provided technical assistance onsite since 2014, and was assigned the new project s planning, supervision, erection, and commissioning. Modifications introduced by the team added sand grinding capacity to the production line, which has served in the widening product range to include three distinct types of adhesives: grouts, dry mix, and concrete mix. Following the commissioning of the project, ASEC was additionally entrusted with the operation of the new production line, as well as the technical training of the local team for proper handover. /WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,01 ,2019

UltraTech Cement in talks to buy stake Emami Cement
UltraTech Cement is in talks to buy a stake in Emami Cement for up to U$800m. Sources quoted by the Economic Times newspaper say that UltraTech Cement is working with private equity companies, including KKR and Temasek Holdings, on the potential deal. Emami Group is reportedly still deciding whether to sell its entire cement business, a stake or selected assets. Emami Cement operates a 2.5Mt/yr integrated plant at Risda in Chhattisgarh and a 2.5Mt/yr grinding plant at Panagarh in West Bengal. It acquired a 0.6Mt/yr grinding plant at Bhabua, Bihar in September 2018. In addition, the firm has mining assets in Guntur in Andhra Pradesh and near Jaipur in Rajasthan. Its main markets are in West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. It markets its products under the Double Bull brand. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,01 ,2019

Ukraine adds tariffs to cement imports from Russia, Belarus and Moldova
Belarus/Moldova/Russia/Ukraine: The Ukrainian interdepartmental commission for international trade has imposed antidumping tariffs on imported clinker and Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) from Russia, Belarus and Moldova. It has set duties of 115% for goods originating in Russia, 57% for goods from Belarus and 94% for goods from Moldova, according to Interfax. The tariffs will have a duration of five years. Previously the government had embargoed OPC, alumina, slag, sulphate-resistant cement and similar hydraulic cements, including clinkers, from Russia. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,23 ,2019


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