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Ambuja Cement to acquire Penna Cement for US$1.2bn
India: Following the news of Adani s multiple acquisition of cement companies, more details have come to light regarding the acquisition of Penna Cement. Adani-owned Ambuja Cement has signed an agreement to acquire Penna Cement Industries (PCIL) for US$1.2bn, aiming to reach a production capacity of 140Mt/yr by 2028. This acquisition adds 14Mt/yr to Adani Cement s total capacity, bringing it to 89Mt/yr, and expands Ambuja s market presence in southern India. The purchase will be fully funded through internal accruals. Ambuja Cement CEO Ajay Kapur said "PCIL s strategic location and sufficient limestone reserves provide an opportunity to increase cement capacity through debottlenecking and additional investment. Importantly, the bulk cement terminals will prove to be a game changer by giving access to the eastern and southern parts of peninsular India, apart from an entry to Sri Lanka, through the sea route." /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jun, 16 ,2024

RAK White Cement encourages shareholders to accept UltraTech Cement’s offer to acquire stake
UAE: The board of RAK White Cement has recommended that its shareholders accept a cash offer from UltraTech Cement for the acquisition of a further stake in the company. Global Cement News reported in May 2024 that UltraTech Cement had offered to acquire 32% of shares in the company. It previously acquired 29% in April 2024. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jun, 12 ,2024

Uzbekistan limestone production doubles
Uzbekistan: Uzbekistan s limestone output reached 0.92Mt in the first quarter of 2024, representing a 50 percent year-on-year increase, according to the Statistics Agency. The country s construction materials sector also saw a rise in exports, to US$153m. The government has ambitious targets for 2024, aiming to produce construction materials valued at US$3bn and a focus on local production, the country aims to become self-sufficient and reduce reliance on imports. The country aims to boost exports to US$1.1bn in 2024. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jun, 1 ,2024

Tanzania launches white cement production in Mkuranga
Tanzania: Fortune Cement Co has initiated white cement production at its new plant in Mkuranga District, Coast Region, aiming to meet both domestic and international demand. The plant, which produces 200t/day of white cement, will bolster employment and increase revenue through exports under the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA). Deputy Minister of Industry and Trade, Exaud Kigahe, said “The Ministry will collaborate to ensure that the products manufactured in this plant cross national borders and reach even the African free market.” He also noted that the new production capacity will reduce imports and create job opportunities for Tanzanian youth while enhancing foreign exchange earnings. Currently, over 50% of the raw materials for the plant are sourced locally, excluding white clinker, which is imported. /Global Cement

Dalmia Bharat launches new mill at Ariyalur
India: Dalmia Bharat has launched a new mill at its Ariyalur manufacturing unit in Tamil Nadu. The new 1Mt/yr cement unit increases the company s total manufacturing capacity to 45.6Mt/yr. This brownfield expansion is valued at US$24.5m and aligns with the company s aim to increase its capacity to 110-130Mt/yr by 2031. Managing director & CEO Puneet Dalmia said "Driven by robust infrastructure development, housing and investments, we anticipate cement demand to rise. This increased capacity will facilitate the growing demand in the southern region." /Global Cement

Southern Province Cement’s profits soar
Saudi Arabia: The net profit of Southern Province Cement rose by 27% year-on-year to US$16.5m in the first quarter of 2024 from US$13.0m a year earlier. However, its revenues fell by 16% relative to the first quarter of 2023, reaching US$66.9m. /Global Cement

JSW Cement to establish cement plant in Nagaur
India: JSW Cement will establish its first cement plant in the north of the country at Nagaur, Rajasthan. The new site will begin with a capacity of 3.3Mt/yr, eventually expanding to a capacity of 15Mt/yr by 2026. Managing director Parth Jindal posted on X "Extremely proud that JSW Cement is entering North India, today we have broken ground at our site in Nagaur, Rajasthan. A new beginning for JSW, one that will see us becoming a pan-Indian cement player by 2026.” /Global Cement

Pakistan cement sales down due to domestic market decline
Pakistan: The cement industry saw a slight decrease in cement dispatches in April 2024, falling to 2.94Mt from 2.95Mt in April 2023, according to data from the All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association. Despite an 8% fall in local sales to 2.33Mt, an increase in exports by 46% to 614,264t in April 2024 partially offset this decline. Specifically, north-based plants saw a 4.8% reduction in dispatches to 2.1Mt in April 2024, while south-based plants experienced a 12.7% year-on-year increase to 854,911t. Export volumes also reflected regional differences, with north-based exports increasing by 73% and south-based by 39%. In the 2024 financial year so far, total cement dispatches have risen by 2.5% to 37.5Mt, driven by a 65.4% increase in export dispatches to 5.72Mt compared to April 2023. However, domestic sales have declined by 4.1% to 31.7Mt. The north-based plants dispatched 26.2Mt domestically, a 3.6% year-on-year decrease, while south-based plants dispatched 5.55Mt, down by 6.5% from April 2023. A spokesman for the All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association said "The government needs to announce industry-friendly measures in the upcoming budget that can boost construction activities in the country. We need to increase our capacity utilisation to bring in economies of scale and to control our operations costs in order to reduce the overall impact on the end consumer.” /Global Cement

East African Portland Cement resumes operations
Kenya: East African Portland Cement (EAPCC) has recommenced operations at its Athi River cement plant after a one-month shutdown for renovations and maintenance. The plant has undergone a US$3m upgrade to expand its capacity in order to meet the increasing regional demand for cement, anticipating an annual production of 1Mt/yr within the next two years. Before the upgrade, the plant’s capacity was 310,000t/yr. Board chairperson Richard Mbithi said critical components used in cement production processes such as filter bags and refractory bricks were replaced during the upgrade. EAPCC also refurbished its grate cooler system, enabling the company to increase its production targets. Mbithi said “With the finalisation of the plant refurbishment and the resultant improved production and efficiency, we are confident that the company will accomplish the production and revenue targets.” The company undertook the first phase of maintenance two years ago and it involved the replacement of the kiln shell which was completed in September 2022. This led to improved clinker and cement production and resulted in a 38% increase in revenues, according to the Star Kenya. /Global Cement

Fecto Cement grows sales in first nine months of 2024 financial year
Pakistan: Fecto Cement recorded US$98.5m in sales in the first nine months of the 2024 financial year (FY24). This corresponds to a year-on-year rise of 26%. The company’s cost of sales was US$87.9m, up by 18% from nine-month FY23 levels. Its profit after was tax was US$2.51m, compared to a loss of US$13.8m. /Global Cement

Pakistan s cement industry launches decarbonisation initiative
Pakistan: On 18 April 2024, the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and the Policy Research Institute for Equitable Development (PRIED) launched two studies focusing on the decarbonisation of Pakistan s cement sector. The initiative focuses on collaboration and technology sharing to reduce the industry s carbon footprint. Professor Muhammad Fahim Khokhar from the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) said "The global CO₂ emissions released from the cement sector are 37.4Gt, which is rising at 1.1% per year." The study by PRIED and NUST on decarbonisation showed a 30% increase in cement sector CO₂ emissions in 2020 relative to 1990-2000, reaching 49.6Mt/yr. The study proposed strategies for cement sector decarbonisation, such as alternative fuels, clinker substitution, renewable energy, process electrification, energy efficiency and carbon capture technologies. According to researcher Saleha Qureshi, the major challenge for decarbonisation is that cement industries in Pakistan rely on over 65% coal in the calcination process. Other challenges identified were lack of regulatory and policy support, absence of performance-based standards, high transition cost and limited incentive available for the transition. /Global Cement

Poor cement market slows CNBM financial results in 2023
China: Poor performance by CNBM’s Basic Building Materials division dragged down the group’s sales in 2023 despite positive performance by the group’s Engineering Technical Services and New Materials segments. Its revenue fell by 10% year-on-year to US$29.1bn in 2023 from US$32.3bn in 2022. Its profit after tax dropped by 33% to US$1.44bn from US$2.13bn. Sales volumes of cement and clinker decreased by 3% to 309Mt from 317Mt. Sales volumes of commercial concrete fell by 5% to 80.8Mm3 from 84.7Mm3. Revenue for the Basic Building Materials division fell by 19% to US$16.4bn. The company blamed this on a fall in the price of cement, concrete and aggregates although an increase in sales volume of aggregates was noted. The group said that in 2023, the cement industry was characterised by ‘insufficient demand, weakening expectations and weakening off-peak season characteristics,’ coupled with and aggravating surplus and high costs. /Global Cement

Udaipur Cement commissions new grinding unit at Udaipur cement plant
India: Udaipur Cement has commissioned a new grinding unit at its Udaipur cement plant in Rajasthan. The unit more than doubles the plant s grinding capacity from 2.2Mt/yr to 4.7Mt/yr. Capital Market News has reported that the Udaipur plant now has an integrated capacity of 3Mt/yr, following the establishment of a second 1.5Mt/yr clinker line there in October 2023. The company said "Udaipur Cement has been a pioneer in the promotion of various green initiatives. The company is the only one in the entire Indian cement industry with a 1MW floating solar power plant at its mines. During the fourth quarter of the 2024 financial year, the company also doubled its Udaipur cement plant s waste heat recovery capacity from 6MW to 12MW. This has enabled Udaipur Cement to achieve a green energy share of more than 50% in total electrical energy consumption." /Global Cement

Fujairah Cement’s loss grows in 2023
UAE: Fujairah Cement s revenue fell by 8% year-on-year to US$93.6m in 2023 from US$102m in 2022. It reported a net loss of US$72.3m, up by 85% from a loss of US$39.2m. The company blamed the situation on higher production costs due to rising coal and fuel prices. It said that it plans to increase its cement sales volumes domestically and internationally to improve its capacity utilisation rate. It operates an integrated cement plant at Dibba in Fujairah Emirate. /Global Cement

Boliden announces upcoming alternative cement plant
Finland: Boliden says it has a developed a 95% reduced-CO2 alternative cement production process based on the use of slag. Nordic Daily News has reported that the process has received verification from ‘established players in the cement industry.’ A preliminary study is underway, wherein Boliden will establish a 250,000t/yr production plant. Additionally, the process extracts usable metal from slag. /Global Cement

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