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WHR project for Bartin Çimento
Turkey: Shanghai Triumph Energy Conservation Engineering Co Ltd has won a waste heat recovery (WHR) project at Bartin Çimento from Turkey s Sanko Holding, which operates the plant. It will have a recovery capacity of 5MW from the 3700t/day facility. The project will be carried out on an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) basis. Shanghai Triumph plans to install two boilers and one power generation system. It will use two boilers from Mitsubishi Corporation, with the power generator likely to be sourced from Kubota Corporation. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,19,2018

Marine exports from Pakistan on the rise
Pakistan: Cement exports by sea from Pakistan increased by 133.7% from 144,000t in July 2017 to 340,000t in July 2018. The increase in exports via sea offset a decrease in overland exports to Afghanistan and India. Pakistan’s exports to Afghanistan and India decreased by around 44.9% and 44.4% respectively in July 2018. Hence, overall exports increased by 9.3% in July 2018 to 0.53Mt from 0.48Mt in July 2017. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,16,2018

Lafarge Emirates Cement to install FLSmidth burner at UAE plant
Lafarge Emirates Cement has chosen FLSmidth s JETFLEX® PLUS burner for its Fujairah plant in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Sohail Qaiser, Proces Manager at Lafarge Emirates Cement, said: “As the business has shifted towards using low-cost fuels with high-quality clinker, we have made an ambitious decision and chosen the best option on the market – this next generation burner from FLSmidth." Qaiser added: “We expect it will lead to a significant change in fuel mix cost and a more sustainable kiln operation.” The JETFLEX PLUS burner is the first to be installed in the LafargeHolcim Group, and FLSmidth was selected for procurement and supervision of the installation of it. The JETFLEX PLUS burner has rotatable jet air nozzles, allowing for optimal adjustment of the flame as well as the lowest NOx emissions for various fuel types and operating conditions. Simon Jensen, Head of FLSmidth in the Middle East, commented: “This order further strengthens our position in the Middle East and results from our long-standing presence in the United Arab Emirates as well as our close working relationship with customers. By supplying the market s most sustainable and energy-efficient burner solution, we are helping Lafarge Emirates Cement achieve its goal of enhanced productivity.” /WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,14,2018

Chinese plant coming to Bangladesh
China: Energy Engineering Group Guangdong Power Engineering is seeking US$100m of project financing for a cement plant that is being built by the Bangladesh-based Deshbandhu Group, according to company secretary Duan Qiurong. On 2 August 2018 it was announced that Energy China had signed a contract with Deshbandhu to construct a cement plant with a daily production capacity of 1500t/day. Duan said that the company will be responsible for the project s financing. The funding will mainly come from China s policy banks and international policy banks along with the Bangladesh government and international bank consortia. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,11,2018

Orient Cement to expand Adilabad cement plant
CK Birla Group company, Orient Cement, is planning to expand its existing cement plant in Adilabad in the Indian state of Telangana. According to local media reports, the company s Managing Director and CEO, Deepak Khetrapal, recently met with the Telangana Industries Minister KT Rama Rao to discuss the plan, which would see capacity at the plant rise to 7.5 million tpy from the current 3.05 million tpy. The Hindu BusinessLine reported that Khetrapal requested a limestone linkage from the Telangana State Mineral Development Corp. to supply to long-term needs of the plant. Total investment for the project would be INR20 billion. Construction is expected to start after clearance from the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has been received.
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,06,2018

Global Cement and Concrete Association to take over work of Cement Sustainability Initiative
UK: The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) has formed a strategic partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) to facilitate sustainable development of the cement and concrete sectors. As part of the new agreement, the work carried out by the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) will transfer from WBCSD to the GCCA on 1 January 2019 with activities managed out of the GCCA s London offices. The new partnership will also create synergies between work programmes to benefit both the GCCA and WBCSD and their respective member companies. “Transferring the activities of the CSI to the GCCA is a logical step and further underlines the cement and concrete sector s commitment to advance sustainable development across the construction cycle. As the authoritative worldwide voice of the cement and concrete sector, the GCCA is ideally placed to take this work to the next level, building on the strong foundations established by WBCSD,” said Albert Manifold, chief executive officer (CEO) of CRH and GCCA President. The CSI, which was established in 1999 and currently operates under the auspices of WBCSD, is a global effort by 24 major cement producers to advance sustainable development. Over its 19-year history, the CSI has focused on understanding, measuring, managing and minimising the impacts of cement production and use by addressing a range of issues including: climate change, fuel use, employee health and safety, airborne emissions, concrete recycling and quarry management.
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,04,2018

LafargeHolcim to sell US$1.7bn of assets after poor first half
Switzerland: LafargeHolcim s first half profit fell by 43% from Euro561.8m in 2017 to Euro320.3m in 2018. Sales rose by 2.7% to Euro11.45bn. Under new CEO Jan Jenisch, who took over in September 2017, the company has been slashing costs, announcing earlier in 2018 that it will close its head offices in Zurich and Paris and shed around 200 jobs as it aims to save Euro345.2m/yr by the end of first quarter of 2019. Jenisch said he was pleased with the sales growth, particularly the acceleration during the second quarter, when sales increased by 5%, up from a 2.7% rate in the first three months of the year. "Operational issues in some markets have been addressed and we expect to deliver increasing margins as we capture the upward trend in demand through the second half of 2018," said Janisch. "We had a couple of plants where I was not happy that the output was not in line with market demand. We have made sure we can maximise their output in the second half." Sales were supported by strong growth in India, one of the company s largest markets, where its subsidiary Ambuja Cement posted a 27% increase in profit during the second quarter. However, losses in Africa weighed heavily on the firm, with the regional unit reporting a loss after being hit by higher finance charges and losses from its South African business. Jenisch said that the Africa and Middle East region will remain tough, while adding that the company would press ahead with its disposal programme. It aims to raise about US$1.73m from selling cement plants."We are on track here. We have done our portfolio review and will hopefully announce something later this year," said Jenisch. "However, there is nothing I can talk about at this time."
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,30,2018

Sea cement and clinker trade prices remained unchanged in the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea region
An update from CW Research shows that in July, prices for bulk ordinary Portland cement and for prompt deliveries of bulk ordinary grade clinker remained flat in the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea region. In the same period, East African CFR prices for bagged cement improved over 1% when compared to June. "In the Persian Gulf-Arabian Sea region, Pakistan, one of the most important cement exporters, is optimistic in its forecasts for the coming months. The devaluation of its currency has proven to be one of the main drivers," notes Ana Almeida, an analyst with CW Group s European team. CW Research s July update to Persian Gulf – Arabian Sea and East Africa Cement and Clinker price assessment report covers the latest news in the region s trading situation. The monthly report also includes details about shipping indices for dry bulk tendency and its reasons, as well as the latest trend in the bunker oil futures. /World Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,26,2018

Lafarge Africa considering US$248m share sale in Nigeria
Nigeria: Lafarge Africa is considering raising up to US$248m in a share sale. The sale will take place in the fourth quarter of 2018 said chief financial officer Bruno Bayet whilst reporting the company s half-year results, according to Bloomberg. Its sales rose by 5% year-on-year to US$448m in the first half of 2018 from US$427m in the same period in 2017. However, its earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) fell by 25% to US$76.4m from US$102m. The subsidiary of Switzerland s LafargeHolcim blamed its falling earnings on poor performance in South Africa. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,26,2018

Steppe Cement reports positive 1H18
Steppe Cement sold 0.74 million t of cement in the first half of the year, a 14% increase on the same period in 2017. Sales revenues were up 23% year on year. Overall, the cement market in Kazakhstan increased 7% in 1H18. Domestic producers increased shipments by 15% and also benefitted from a more than doubling of exports, which came on the back of favourable exchange rates. Imports – which represent 8% of the market – also rose by 30%. Steppe Cement currently estimates the country’s cement consumption will be 9.4 million t in 2018. Steppe Cement’s local market share increased slightly over the first six months of the year from 15% in 1H17 to 16%. It also exported a slightly larger proportion of its sales. /WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,15,2018

Steppe Cement reports positive 1H18
Steppe Cement sold 0.74 million t of cement in the first half of the year, a 14% increase on the same period in 2017. Sales revenues were up 23% year on year. Overall, the cement market in Kazakhstan increased 7% in 1H18. Domestic producers increased shipments by 15% and also benefitted from a more than doubling of exports, which came on the back of favourable exchange rates. Imports – which represent 8% of the market – also rose by 30%. Steppe Cement currently estimates the country’s cement consumption will be 9.4 million t in 2018. Steppe Cement’s local market share increased slightly over the first six months of the year from 15% in 1H17 to 16%. It also exported a slightly larger proportion of its sales. /WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,15,2018

New cement plant project in Bobo-Dioulasso draws criticism
Burkina Faso: A new cement plant project being built in Bobo-Dioulasso has drawn complaints from local residents and businesses. The unit is being built in an agricultural indstury section of the city and local companies fear that dust from plant might damage their products, according to the Le Pays newspaper. Food from the region is exported to Europe. Morocco s Ciments de l Afrique (CIMAF) announced that it had started building a grinding plant in Bobo-Dioulasso in mid-2016. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,10,2018

Qatar National Cement signs provisional acceptance certificate with Fives
Qatar: Qatar National Cement has signed a provisional acceptance certificate with France’s Fives for the construction of new production line at the Umm Bab plant. The new 5000t/day line is the fifth at the site. It covers the whole equipment from the raw material preparation to the cement dispatch. Previously Fives and Qatar National Cement collaborated on lines two, three and four at Umm Bab.
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,10,2018

Buzzi Unicem celebrates 50th anniversary of YUGcement plant
Joined by company employees, the management of Dyckerhoff Ukraine, partner companies, YUGcement customers and suppliers, and regional representatives from state authorities, Buzzi Unicem celebrated the 50th anniversary of the YUGcement plant. Andriy Navrotskiy, Director of the YUGcement plant, and Sergiy Dudzianiy, Country Manager for Ukraine, welcomed guests. The employees and visitors were also welcomed by Paolo Zelano and Gigi Buzzi, representing the group s management and shareholders, while Pavlo Katschur and Roman Skilski, President and Director of the Ukrcement association, highlighted the huge contribution made by YUGcement to the growth of the Ukrainian cement industry. YUGcement is an important business in the Mykolajiw area and plays a prominent role within the social sphere, providing constant support to the local community, schools, charitable organisations, churches, and many other institutions. The company funds numerous projects, including the construction of the Olshanske school, sponsors the kite festivals, and supports various voluntary associations. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jun ,27,2018

LafargeHolcim to supply concrete for Switzerland’s tallest building
LafargeHolcim has begun delivery of the first materials for the construction of the second Roche Tower in Basel, which will be Switzerland s highest building on completion in 2022. The company is supplying an “integrated solution of difference materials”, according to a press release, including ultra-high performance concrete. The company s solutions offer the high compressive strength and low hydration heat of the concrete used for the massive foundations and core walls: a key requirement to prevent cracks and save on construction costs. The contract follows LafargeHolcim s successful involvement in the construction of the first Roche Tower. LafargeHolcim are to deliver the building materials from local plants via rail to a just-in-time delivery schedule. The company has also introduced a range of measures to reduce noise during transport and application of its products, including a special plastic coating for the trailers of its gravel trucks to ensure a quieter discharging process.
UAECEMENT.COM - Jun ,25,2018


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