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Example MSW project comes online in China
Sinoma International Resources Environmental Engineering Co., Ltd and Gezhouba Cement Company s joint venture, Gezhouba Sinoma Clean and New Technology Co., Ltd, has seen the successful completion of a 500 tpd municipal solid waste project. The project was built by Sinoma REE at Gezhouba Laohekou Cement and adopts second-generation co-disposing technology, upgraded from the technology in the Sinoma Liyang Municipal Solid Waste Co-disposing Model. It will be used as an example line for the disposal of MSW in Central China.

The project took only six months to be put into production, having been initiated on 6 March 2015.

UAECEMENT.COM - Oct ,01 ,2015

CHINA - Italcementi Group Disposes of Its 5.24% Stake in West China Cement
Italcementi Group, via its affiliate CimFra (China) Limited S.A.S., has disposed of its 5.24% stake in West China Cement for upfront consideration of HKD 341 million, equivalent to approximately € 38,5 million, subject to later adjustments through a derivative contract with Credit Agricole CIB. The disposal of the minority WCC stake has no impact on EBITDA generation capacity at Group level. For further details on the transaction, please refer to regulatory disclosures made by CimFra (China) S.A.S. with the Hong Kong market regulatory authorities
UAECEMENT.COM - Oct ,01 ,2015

Suez to fuel UK cement plant with recycled waste
French waste and water group Suez has opened a waste facility in Rugby, Britain that will provide energy for a Cemex cement plant, Suez said in a statement on Monday.

Under the 25-year contract, signed in 2012, Suez will use waste that could not otherwise be sorted and recycled and is made up of a mixture of industrial and household waste, primarily wood, plastic, paper and cardboard.

Suez said the process makes it possible to find a use for up to 98 percent of household and industrial waste. The site, owned and operated by Suez, will supply the UK s largest cement kiln with a direct replacement for fossil fuels, manufactured using locally-sourced rubbish.

The site can handle up to 300,000 tonnes of residual waste each year, with nearly 70 percent coming from companies in the region, and the rest from household waste.

One and a half tonnes of the waste will produce the same energy as one tonne of coal. At full production capacity, the plant can consume up to 40 tonnes of the waste per hour.

UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,28 ,2015

Jammu and Kashmir government bans sale of Ambuja cement in state: Minister
The Jammu and Kashmir government has banned sale of Ambuja Cements in the state after a probe found underweight bags and irrational product prices, a state minister said today.

"The sale and operations of Ambuja Cements have been banned in the state. These steps have been taken after the complaints of mal-practices against the company," Minister for CA&PD and Tribal Affairs Choudhary Zulfkar Ali told reporters here.

UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,28 ,2015

Algeria: Gica to invest DZD 154bn to increase cement production
Algerian cement group Gica is investing DZD 154 billion (€1.28 billion/US$1.45 billion) to increase its yearly production by 38% from a current 11.5 million tonnes to 18.5 million tonnes.

This investment will lead to the creation of the Bechar and Oum El Bouaghi cement plants, which are due to be operational by the end of 2017 and will produce a yearly 3 million tonnes, and to the increase in production capacities of the Chlef and Aïn El Kebira cement plants.

The latter, which is run by the Scaek (cement company of Aïn El Kebira), subsidiary of Gica, will receive an investment ranging from DZD 32 billion (€265.82 million/$301.32 million) to DZD 35 billion (€290.74 million/$329.57 million) in order to boost production from 1.3 million tonne of cement currently to 3 million tonnes by the end of 2016 with the installation of a second line of production.

The Chlef plant is expected to double production to 4 million tonnes of cement by the end of 2017.

Furthermore, the Scaek is expected to be listed on the stock exchange by the first quarter of 2016, as 35% of the capital will be open to institutional and individual investors, as well as to part of the workers.

The Gica group operates 12 state-owned cement plants and provides 59% of the cement national market.

UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,28 ,2015

CCI clears Heidelberg-Italcementi deal
Competition Commission of India has approved German firm Heidelberg Cement s proposed acquisition of Italcementi SpA. Heidelberg and the Italian company are into the business of cement and building materials. In July, Heidelberg announced plans to buy Italcementi SpA through a transaction worth about 3.7 billion euros. At first, the German firm would acquire 45 per cent stake and then make an open offer to other stakeholders. Fair trade regulator CCI in a tweet said it has approved "acquisition of Italcementi SPA by Heidelberg Cement AG". Heidelberg and Italcementi have presence in India. CCI keeps a tab on anti-competitive practices across sectors in the market place.

Under the transaction, Heidelberg would initially buy Italmobiliare s 45 per cent stake in Italcementi and subsequently make an open offer to buy the remaining shares. Italmobiliare SpA, a financial holding company is the primary shareholder of Italcementi SpA with 45 per cent stake.
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,26 ,2015

Concrete roads cheaper, more durable – Dangote
The Chairman of Dangote Cement, Aliko Dangote, has reiterated his plea to the Federal Government to urgently adopt concrete roads (made of cement and aggregates instead of bitumen) in the country.

Africa s richest man said it would be to the benefit of Nigerians if the government embraced the option of using concrete for roads in the country. Aside from being very cheap, he said concrete roads were more durable with near zero maintenance cost.

Dangote said, “We are pushing for Nigeria to do concrete roads. It is cheaper to do a concrete road that will last 50 years than to do a bitumen road.

“It will also help in eliminating corruption, because if you go and build a bitumen road, it will have to be adequately maintained unlike a concrete road that is very durable.”

Dangote Cement, according to a statement, has just expanded its frontiers to Asia by constructing a three-million-metric-tonne per annum plant in Nepal as part of its investment of $4.34bn in 10 African countries.

The company is currently in 15 African countries, excluding Kenya, Niger and Mali, which are new projects, the statement added.

Its current total capacity stands at 48mmtpa, out of which Nigeria alone has the largest chunk of 29.3mmtpa.

Dangote had recently said, “We are not only building cement plants in Africa, we have gone far away to Nepal to build a three-million-metric-tonne cement plant capacity and by the time all these our new projects are completed in the next two years, Dangote Cement will have more than 70 million capacity, but we are not going to stop there; hopefully, by 2020, our targets is to get to somewhere around 100 million tonnes capacity.

“I can assure you that Africa will not lack cement now and even in the future. Africa will be self -sufficient rather than be a dumping ground for other manufacturers of cement.”

The new plants for which agreements were signed recently with Sinoma were the 3.0mmtpa in Nepal, 2.5mmtpa in Ethiopia, 3.0mmtpa in Kenya 1&2; 1.5mmtpa in Zambia; 1.5mmtpa in Senegal, 1.5mmtpa in Niger; and 1.5mmtpa each in Mali, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire and Ghana.
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,26 ,2015

Alkhalij Cement Co. to increase Clinker production by 100%
In an effort to fill demand, Alkhalij Cement Company intends investing nearly QAR 800 million on a new production line.

Part of Qatari Investors Group, Alkhalij Cement Company intends to keep up with the growing demand for cement, an official said.

The country s construction market is putting strain on cement supply and Firas Tayssir Ibrahim, chief administration officer of Qatari Investors Group, said the new line is expected to be operational by the first quarter of 2016.

This is anticipated to increase cement production by 50% and doubling clinker production.

Ibrahim s statement was underscored by Alkhalij Cement Company chief operations officer Jose Escalera who emphasised the extraordinary growth in the country s construction sector:

"The unprecedented growth in Qatar s construction remains as the primary motive of all companies to place more efforts in improving their products and services to meet the terms of this growth and support it with emphasis on quality and effectiveness factors.

"This has prompted Alkhalij Cement Company to increase its production capacity to cope with the increasing market demands. While the production of clinker will reach around 2mn tonnes and cement around 3mn tonnes by the end of 2015, our projections show that in 2016 and when our new line is operational, we will need to produce close to 4mn tonnes of clinker and 4.5mn tonnes of cement," Escalera explained.

Speaking at a training workshop for customers, Ibrahim said Alkhalij Cement has organised the event in collaboration with Grey Matters, "to support key and mega projects in Qatar through learning, knowledge sharing, supporting, networking, and humanisation."

Both technical and specialised personnel from the concrete and construction sectors attended the workshop which was intended to inform on quality and effective use of cement and concrete products.

"This workshop comes within the framework of the educational strategy the company has adopted to facilitate advancement of the experience of its customers in order to achieve higher effectiveness and quality in the use of cement and concrete," Ibrahim said.

Rabih Fakih, managing director of Grey Matters and workshop facilitator, said: "The importance of this co-operation between Grey Matters and Alkhalij Cement is to emphasise the educational and awareness aspects of the company s clients and employees to optimise the usage of the products and realise quality."
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,20 ,2015

Pikalevo Cement is preparing to expand its geography of sales
During his working visit to the Leningrad Region, President of the Eurocement Group Mikhail Skorokhod inspected the production process stages of Pikalevo Cement including the site for the construction of dry line.

The President has set the task to increase control over the quality of clinker. Pikalevo Cement traditionally enjoys high trust and reputation among customers and clients.

The President expressed the view that the decision taken recently by the Russian government to introduce mandatory certification of cement will set the barrier to low-quality and counterfeit basic construction material.

Eurocement Group is currently actively pursuing opportunities to expand the geography of sales, including the supply of clinker for export. New technologies have been developed in recent months to improve the indicators of quality of clinker.

Talking about the construction of a new high-tech dry line, Mikhail Skorokhod said that the group intends to consistently implement the modernisation program at its plants.
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,19 ,2015

Major investment in the Middle East and Africa
14 of the major economies in the Middle East and Africa are currently investing, or planning to invest, over US$1.82 trillion in commercial and institutional projects, says a new report by Timetric s Construction Intelligence Centre (CIC). The UAE leads with investment of US$687 billion, followed by Saudi Arabia with US$436 billion and Kuwait with US$158 billion.

Institutional and religious projects, including government buildings and places of worship, predominantly mosques, are valued at US$51.5 billion. With a number of new cities being developed in the Middle East, particularly in the UAE, each will form large-scale mixed use developments, which include residential, retail, offices, educational and health elements, along with the requisite infrastructure.

"With the increase in population in the Middle East and the improving prosperity of Africa, commercial and institutional buildings will be of increasing importance in providing administrative, retail, commercial, health and educational facilities. The MEA countries move from being dependent on hydrocarbons and other commodities will also make investment in the sector of greater significance,” comments Neil Martin, Manager at Timetric CIC.

UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,19 ,2015

Holcim Indonesia launches new cement plant in Tuban, East Java
Indonesia: PT Holcim Indonesia Tbk has launched its new US$800m, 3.4Mt/yr cement plant in Tuban, East Java.

Having started the construction five years ago, the plant is Holcim s first greenfield project in Indonesia. The plant will serve the East Java market and supply Sumatra and Kalimantan. With the new plant, Holcim Indonesia s cement production capacity has grown by 40% to 12.5Mt/yr.

"Currently, Holcim Indonesia is operating in an oversupply market and market slowdown. However, we believe that it is temporary as construction markets in developing countries are cyclical. The overall long-term macroeconomic fundamentals in Indonesia remain strong and the domestic economy will recover with the realisation of delayed infrastructure projects and housing," said Gary Schutz, CEO of Holcim Indonesia. "The new Tuban Plant completes our presence in Java as it will serves our markets better, ensures supplies and secures our position among the three biggest cement players in Indonesia."

UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,17 ,2015

Zambezi Portland Cement on the backfoot following Dangote launch
Zambia: Zambezi Portland Cement (ZPC) says it has been losing US$2.5/bag (50kg) of cement it has sold since Dangote Cement entered the market. Operations director Daniele Ventriglia said that, despite maintaining its market share, the competition in the cement business was stiff.

Ventriglia said that ZPC would invest US$4m in new state-of-the-art block-making machinery, which will provide a higher proportion of value-added products. "The machines are expected to arrive from Italy in the next three months, before the year ends. Production of blocks will increase by 20%. An additional 25 people will be employed," he said. Ventriglia added that ZPC had remained competitive in block production because its product was of high quality and at an affordable price.

UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,17 ,2015

Foreigners keen to trade Iranian stocks
Iran- An increasing number of international investors are preparing to trade Iranian stocks once economic sanctions are lifted, according to the head of the bourse in Tehran.

We had a lot of requests and a lot of visitors from abroad, said Hassan Ghalibaf-Asl, the chief executive officer of the Tehran Stock Exchange, in an interview at his office in the Iranian capital. Some 50 international investors received approval to trade on the exchange in the past six months, and are now awaiting the end of sanctions, he said.

Iran and six countries, including the U.S., ended a 12-year standoff in July by signing an agreement limiting Iran s nuclear program in exchange for the removal of trade and other restrictions. Under the accord, Iran will be freed from economic and financial sanctions once United Nations monitors verify it has curbed its nuclear activities. That could happen by early 2016.

Relief from sanctions may accelerate economic growth in the nation of 77 million people by removing barriers to Iran s oil exports and ending the isolation of its banks from the global financial system. Charlemagne Capital Ltd. is among international investors that has said the opening of the Iranian market is too big an opportunity to miss. It said in April it was working with a firm in Tehran to start a sanctions-compliant fund.

“It s very rare to find an early-stage market with all this infrastructure that s very well developed locally,” Dominic Bokor-Ingram, a portfolio adviser at Charlemagne Capital, said by phone from London. “It s also a very diversified economy, probably one of the most diversified in the world.”

The more than 300 companies on the Tehran exchange have a combined market capitalization of about $91 billion. There are 37 industry groups, with major companies in segments ranging from petrochemicals to banking to autos, cement and telecommunications.

Established in 1967, the Tehran exchange has grown significantly since 2006. Since 2010, foreigners have also been allowed to invest, Bloomberg reported.

The exchange can accommodate “considerable foreign investors” because it s so diversified, Ghalibaf Asl said.

In all, about 360 international investors have sought permission to trade on the exchange since it opened to foreign firms, he said, adding that because of the sanctions, “the portion of the foreign investors in our markets is very low.”

“I know of funds that have already been established to put money in Iran and that are already attracting investor interest,” Charles Robertson, chief economist at Renaissance Capital, said by phone before boarding a plane to Tehran.
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,15 ,2015

Bestway Group announces growth for Bestway Cement and Pakcem
Pakistan: The boards of directors of Bestway Cement and Pakcem have reported that net turnover increased by 5.4% to US$292m for Bestway Cement in the year that ended on 30 June 2015 and by 9.4% to US$53.5m for Pakcem for the six months that ended on 30 June 2015.

In its 2015 fiscal year, Bestway Cement s revenue grew by 4.18% to US$371m, its pre-tax profit grew by 10% to US$121m and its sales volumes grew by 1.2% to 4.42Mt. In the six months that ended on 30 June 2015, Pakcem s revenue grew by 11.5% to US$68.1m, its pre-tax profit grew by 11% to US$15.7m and its sales volumes grew by 8% to 836,000t.

"We are happy to share our annual results for 2014 - 2015 for Bestway Cement and six-month period for Pakcem, with growth in sales of 4.18% for Bestway and 11.5% for Pakcem, said Zameer Choudrey, chief executive of Bestway Group. "This was a transformative year for us, with multiple major initiatives that will shape Bestway for years to come. We closed the year by becoming the largest cement manufacturer in Pakistan. Construction trends are favourable in Pakistan and I am confident that we are particularly well positioned to succeed and accelerate growth through innovation."

Domestic cement demand grew by 8% year-on-year to 28.2Mt. Exports, however, fell by 12% to 7.2Mt, mainly due to sluggish demand and competitive prices. The year 2014 - 2015 posed fierce competition for cement producers. However, Bestway Cement increased its market share in the north zone from 17% to 21.4% and became the largest cement producer in the country with 8Mt/yr of cement production capacity. Additionally, the company continued to be one of the largest cement exporters to Afghanistan and India.

During the year, Bestway Group further reduced its reliance on the national grid by taking energy-saving initiatives and launched two 6MW and 7.5MW waste heat recovery (WHR) power plants at its Hattar and Farooqia oplants. It also plans to inaugurate another 12MW plant at Pakcem Limited.

"We are confident about 2015 - 2016," said Choudrey. "The outlook for Pakistan s economy is positive, but there are still macroeconomic and geopolitical risks. We will continue to benefit from the positive development trend witnessed in infrastructure projects such as Pakistan China Economic Corridor. The considerable drop in global coal prices and lower interest rates will provide us with additional tailwind. In view of our strong positioning, our excellent product portfolio, our production sites in attractive locations and the commitment of our people, we are well-equipped to achieve our goals."

Global cement - Sep ,15 ,2015

LafargeHolcim offers Euro60/share in Lafarge squeeze-out
LafargeHolcim has announced that it will pay Lafarge minority shareholders Euro60/share in a planned squeeze-out. As an alternative, the minority shareholders have the option to receive 9.45 new LafargeHolcim shares per 10 Lafarge shares. The transaction still needs to be approved by France s Financial Markets Authority (AMF). Provided that the regulator approves the process, the squeeze-out will take place in October 2015. Lafarge s shares are then expected to be delisted from Euronext Paris on 23 October 2015.
Global cement - Sep ,15 ,2015

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