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The Concrete Roads Congress and Exhibition takes place in Ankara, Turkey
The first Concrete Roads Congress and Exhibition was held at the Ankara KGM Halil Rifat Pasa Conference Hall under the auspices of the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure, and with technical support from the General Directorate of Highways (KGM), the Turkish Cement Manufacturers Association (TÇMB) and the European Concrete Paving Association (EUPAVE). The first Concrete Roads Congress and Exhibition served as a platform for the discussion of every aspect of concrete roads, including the technological developments witnessed in concrete road construction in Turkey to date. The exhibition saw the participation of Enver Iskurt, Deputy Minister of Transport and Infrastructure. In his opening speech, Dr. Tamer Saka, Chairman of the Board of the TÇMB, noted that the adoption of concrete roads, in addition to asphalt roads, would contribute to the country s economy by reducing the current account deficit. Saka said, “Concrete roads are a long-lasting, solid and domestic alternative that require very little maintenance or repair throughout their useful life. As you know, the binder used in asphalt roads, is a by-product of imported crude oil, for which we rely heavily on foreign resources. In contrast, cement and concrete are completely domestic products.” Saka stated that continuously reinforced concrete roads – as a solid and domestic alternative to asphalt in road and highway construction – are resistant to heavy vehicular traffic loads and have a service life of more than 50 years. He also explained, “Roller compacted concrete roads, that have started to be constructed in rural areas, are 40% more economical in terms of the initial construction cost, and last 3-4 times longer.” It was also highlighted that concrete barriers reduce mortalities from road traffic accidents by around 20%, and are in wide use across Europe. In his opening speech at the Congress, Nihat Özdemir, Member of the Board of the TÇMB, said, “If 50% of the highways and state roads, 10% of provincial roads and 20% of the local administration road networks were to be constructed from concrete, we could save US$700 million in initial construction costs. We will thus save up to US$8.1 billion in 10 years, including maintenance and repair costs, as is the case in developed countries, and will have generated longer-lasting and even permanent solutions.” The Concrete Roads Congress and Exhibition saw the participation of more than 1000 people, including managers and technical officials from domestic and foreign public institutions, municipalities and special provincial administrations, as well as academicians and representatives of the private sector. Participants from various countries, including the US, Germany, Belgium, Chile, Poland and France, spoke about concrete road applications in their own countries, and specialists and academicians delivered a total of 24 presentations during the technical sessions. /WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Dec ,02,2019

Lehigh Cement partners with International CCS Knowledge Centre for Edmonton plant CCS installation
Canada: HeidelbergCement’s Canadian subsidiary Lehigh Cement is trialling the cement industry’s first full carbon capture and storage (CCS) installation at its 1.4Mt/yr integrated Edmonton plant in Alberta in partnership with Canada’s International CCS Knowledge Centre. The installation will have a CO2 capture rate of between 90% and 95% and receive an investment of US$1.4m from the state government body Emissions Reduction Alberta (ERA). “We are part of HeidelbergCement’s vision of CO2-neutral concrete by 2050 and are committed to leading global change for CCS in our industry,” said Jeorg Nixdorf, Lehigh Hanson Canada regional president. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Dec ,01,2019

China set to expand its influence in infrastructure across emerging Asia
According to GlobalData s report, China s Involvement In Global Infrastructure , the total value of infrastructure projects in which Chinese contractors are at least partially involved stands at US$235 billion, while in South Asia the project values total US$191 billion. China launched Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) in 2013 to develop the modern-day versions of the land-based Silk Road Economic Belt and the Maritime Silk Road of the 21st Century . Under the initiative, China is seeking to improve in-frastructure in emerging markets across the world, facilitating economic devel-opment through the companies that are able to transport goods more easily and cheaply between countries along various routes. Danny Richards, Lead Economist at GlobalData, comments, “Although wari-ness has been increasing among the governments in emerging markets over the risks of relying heavily on China for funding and construction contracts, the opportunities provided under the BRI can be attractive for governments with limited funding capacity and rising infrastructure needs.” In Asia, reflecting political challenges and concerns over the build-up of debt, new governments in Pakistan, Malaysia, and the Maldives, in particular, have been challenging contracts that had been signed with China or have been de-laying progress on existing projects. Nevertheless, it is clear that China is heavily influencing the development of infrastructure in Asia s emerging markets. Based on GlobalData s analysis, if all infrastructure projects in the pipeline proceed as planned, spending on projects involving Chinese contractors could reach US$64 billion in 2020, up from US$23 billion in 2014.
UAECEMENT.COM - Nov ,27,2019

Siguaney cement plant re-enters production
Cuba: Following 18 months of reduced operations in which time maintenance and repairs on its grey cement kilns were carried out, Corporacion Cementos Cubanos’ 0.7Mt/yr Siguaney plant is once more fully operational across its four wet lines. Esmerk has reported that the company hopes to re-open its white cement kiln at the nearest possible date./GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Nov ,25,2019

Eurocement upgrades Karachay plant
Russia: Eurocement Group s subsidiary Kavkazcement has installed a gas-piston power plant at its 4Mt/yr clinker production plant in Karachay in the Karachay-Cherkass republic. The US$20.4m project forms part of a US$39.2m investment in the plant by the company and regional government, which includes the construction of an automated packing and shipping facility. Eurocement Group president Mikhail Skorokhod spoke of the impact of the power plant in terms of ‘improving energy efficiency and environmental friendliness, as well as cutting production costs. /Global Cement

LafargeHolcim partners with Russian Direct Investment Fund
Russia: Swiss-based LafargeHolcim has signed a cooperation agreement with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) for the purposes of supporting market growth and attaining to international quality, sustainability and energy efficiency standards. Contify Investment News has reported that LafargeHolcim, whose total integrated capacity of 9.4Mt in Russia is spread across four plants, will receive equity co-investments for projects from the Russian sovereign wealth fund. Maxim Goncharov, CEO of LafargeHolcim Russia, said that the partnership facitates the company s global expertise "in solving target issues related to the industry s and society s development,” such as the co-processing of waste as a substitute fuel.

Pakistan s September sales edge up year-on-year
Pakistan: Cement producers in Pakistan dispatched a total volume of 4.3Mt of cement in September 2019, 13% more than the 3.8Mt shifted in September 2018. Domestic consumption stood at 3.5Mt, representing a 13% increase from 3.1Mt in the same month of 2018. The country exported the remaining 0.8Mt, a 14% increase compared to the 0.7Mt exported in September 2018. The Pakistan Observer has suggested that dwindling demand and new legislation requiring sellers of goods over US$319 in value to have a Computerised National Identity Card (CNIC), something which the majority of cement producers do not hold, are placing a drag on growth.

FLSmidth adjusts guidance for 2019
FLSmidth has revised its financial guidance for the full-year 2019.Revenue is now expected to be in the range of DKK 20 - 21 billion (previously expected to be in the higher end of the DKK 19 - 21 billion range).The EBITA margin is now expected to be around 8% (previously expected to be in the lower end of the 9 - 10% range).Return on capital employed is now expected to be 10 - 12% (previously 12 - 14%).In connection with the 2019 half-year results, FLSmidth specified that it expected the full-year EBITA margin to be in the lower end of the range of 9 - 10% due to "a different development in business mix".Despite good momentum in service order intake and a solid performance in Cement, we now expect an EBITA margin of around 8% for the year. The changes are based primarily on lower than expected margin in parts of our Mining capital business, but we also continue to see a more unfavourable business mix for the year. The changed EBITA margin guidance further takes into consideration expected costs related to business improvement initiatives to be announced later in the year.FLSmidth Group CEO, Thomas Schulz, comments: "We see good momentum in the service business, but parts of our Mining capital business are not delivering the planned margin. We have reviewed the project portfolio to ensure a better link between planned and executed margin going forward. A contributing factor has been the weakening business environment which has delayed customer decisions and added costs as it has been difficult to ensure satisfactory progress on some projects. At the same time, we experience that it is becoming increasingly difficult for miners to obtain licenses for new projects.Later in the year, we will inform about mitigating initiatives to improve business performance, which will include an acceleration of ongoing efforts to improve business performance."We will publish our Q3 interim report on 29 October 2019./World Cement

Argentine cement consumption falls by 6% to 8.5Mt so far in 2019
Argentina: Data from the Association of Portland Cement Manufacturers (AFCP) shows that cement consumption fell by 6% year-on-year to 8.5Mt in the first nine months of 2019 from 9Mt in the same period in 2018. Local despatches dropped by 5% to 8.5Mt to 8.9Mt, although exports rose slightly.

Raysut Cement to start building 2Mt/yr plant in Georgia
Georgia: Oman s Raysut Cement is set to start building a new 2Mt/yr integrated cement plant near Tbilisi with an investment of US$200m. Raysut Cement s subsidiary Pioneer Cement is managing the project. It owns a concession to a limestone mine in the country that will be used to support the proposed plant. Construction work at the site is scheduled to start in mid-November 2019. /Global Cement

Dangote Cement targets African cement production capacity of 62Mt/yr
Nigeria: Aliko Dangote, the chairman of Dangote Cement, plans to increase his company s cement production capacity in Africa by 29% to 62Mt/yr. It aims to add 6Mt/yr in Nigeria in 2020 to support exports to grinding plants in Cameroon and West Africa, according to Bloomberg. The cement producer previously said it had a production capacity of 45.6Mt/yr in 2018 from operations in 10 countries. /GlobalCement

Global white cement market to value over US$9.8 billion by 2026
According to FutureWise Market Research, the global white cement market size expansion is steered by rapid growth, especially in the Asia Pacific civil industry. This is similar to portland cement barring its white colour. The raw materials used for preparing white cement contains iron oxide and manganese oxide in low amounts, which gets the product its white colour. While manufacturing white cement, it is necessary to provide special attention to kiln fuels like coal to prevent contamination that would lead to the loss of its whiteness. The product is mostly used for aesthetic civil projects and decorative works. Furthermore, they are used in pigment conjunction to create bright coloured concrete and mortar. Properties such as high strength, superior performance and colour consistency will be some of the important factors responsible for the global white cement market growth over the forecast period. However, the white cement market growth may be impeded by soaring white cement costs when compared to its regular counterparts. This can be credited to the high costs of energy required during the manufacturing of the product. Utilisation of substitutes like plastic materials for construction activities may further restrain the global white cement market growth over the forecast period. Asia Pacific region showcases growth potential The global white cement market will be proliferated by the progressive steps undertaken in the construction industry, particularly in emerging nations. Nations like India, Indonesia, China, Thailand, Brazil, etc. are witnessing rapid growths in the civil sector in their respective countries. Increase in income levels and employment, population rise, rapid urbanisation, and economic development have stimulated the demand for housing in these developing nations. This has resulted in the augmentation of their corresponding construction industry sectors over the last 10 years, thus aiding the global white cement market growth. The commercial segment is projected to proliferate with the fastest white cement market growth rate over the forecast period. White cement that is used for constriction commercial infrastructure assists builders in saving energy and offers heat resistance, thus helping the market growth due to a rising demand from European nations, and it is predicted to increase in the next 10 years due to the initiation of many commercial infrastructure projects like construction of the Tesla Gigafactory in Sweden, which is worth US$4.2 billion. Among the types of white cement, the white portland cement led the market in 2017, due to an increase in white portland cement usage coupled with white aggregates in order to produce white concrete for decorative work and construction projects. Additionally, white portland cement blends with unnatural pigments to produce mortars and concretes that are brightly coloured. /World Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,28,2019

Siemens presents digitalisation study to the Egyptian Ministry of Industry
Egypt: Siemens has submitted an integrated survey of the digitalisation potential of various industries in four zones to the Ministry of Industry (MoI) with a view to improving the competitiveness of the country s products. Daily News Egypt has reported that the Germany-based technology company has already signed contracts for the supply of digital efficiency solutions with El Ameria Cement and Lafarge Egypt. It is also negotiating with Misr Beni Suef for the installation of thermal emission measuring units at its 3.5Mt/yr integrated cement plant in Beni Suef, Maadi. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,28,2019

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

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