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Cement shipments increase in July 2017
USGS has released its Mineral Industries Survey, reporting on cement shipments during July 2017. Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico in July 2017 were about 8.5 million t, up by 3.4% from shipments in July 2016. The leading producing States for portland and blended cement in July 2017 were Texas, Missouri, California, Florida, and Michigan, in descending order, and these accounted for 42% of the month s total sales. The leading cement-consuming States (Texas, California, Florida, Ohio, and New York, in descending order) received about 38% of the July shipments. Shipments for the year through July were 53.2 million t, up by 2.0% from those during the same period in 2016. Masonry cement shipments of about 202 000 t in July 2017 were essentially unchanged from those in July 2016. The leading masonry-cement-consuming States were, in descending order, Florida, Texas, California, North Carolina, and Georgia; these States received 54% of the July shipments. Masonry cement shipments for the year through July were 1.42 million t, up slightly from those of the same period in 2016. Clinker production totalled 7.2 million t in July 2017, up by 4.6% from the output in July 2016 (table 4). The leading clinker producing States in July were, in descending order, Texas, California, Missouri, Florida, and Pennsylvania, and these States accounted for 48% of the month s total production. Clinker production for the year through July totalled 43.0 million t, significantly unchanged from that of the same period in 2016. Data for clinker imports into the Seattle, WA, and the Detroit, MI, customs districts do not include material trucked in from Canada on an informal entry basis. Likewise, imports of cement into the El Paso, TX, district are missing significant informal entries from Mexico. For some time, imports have been increasing at rates generally higher than those for cement sales overall. In part, this reflects the collapse of imports during the recession (hence a low basis for comparison), but also the relatively low cost of imports resulting from a combination of low bunker fuel costs, modest ship chartering rates, increased ship availability, and a strong dollar. In some regions, imports offset domestic production constraints related to difficulties in bringing long-idle extra kilns back online. Also, clinker imports had increased temporarily to maintain cement output at certain plants that were undergoing kiln line upgrades. With the recent completion of one such major project, clinker imports have returned to more normal levels. July 2017 imports of cement and clinker of about 1.4 million t were almost 5% lower than those in July 2016. Imports for the year through July totalled 7.7 million t, essentially unchanged from those of the same period in 2016. The 2017 total is understated by January imports of nearly 28 000 t of gray portland cement imported into the San Francisco Customs district under a tariff code for another commodity. /Source: World Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Oct ,09,2017

Pioneer Cement signs deal to buy Galadari Cement
Pakistan: Pioneer Cement has signed a memorandum of understanding to buy Galadari Cement (Gulf). Galadari Cement has been building its plant at Hub Choki in Balochistan since 1998, according to the News International newspaper. The unit is 50% complete. No amount for the sale has been disclosed but it is estimated to be around US$66m. /Source: Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Oct ,09,2017

Board of Investments clears Eagle Cement for expansion of Bulacan plant
Philippines: The Board of Investments (BOI) has approved Eagle Cement s application to build a third production line at its Bulacan cement plant. The cement producer plans to increase the site s clinker production capacity to 4.2Mt/yr from 2.8Mt/yr and its cement production capacity to 7.1Mt/yr from 5.1Mt/yr, according to the Philippine Star newspaper. The upgrade has a cost of around US$138m. The BOI, part of the attached agency of Department of Trade and Industry, has also approved an application by Eagle Cement s subsidiary South Western Cement Corp. (SWCC) to become a new cement producer on a non-pioneer status but with pioneer incentives.
UAECEMENT.COM - Oct ,03,2017

FLSmidth to supply new mill to India Cements Ltd
FLSmidth will deliver an OK vertical cement mill to The India Cements Ltd, one of the leading cement producers in southern India. The new OK 52-4 mill system will be installed on India Cement s production line in Shankar Nagar in Tamil Nadu. FLSmidth will deliver an OK vertical cement mill to The India Cements Ltd, one of the leading cement producers in southern India. The new OK 52-4 mill system will be installed on The India Cement s production line in Shankar Nagar in Tamil Nadu. The Danish engineering company will carry out system engineering, procurement, and machinery supply. The new mill will have production capacity of 200 tph of ordinary portland cement at 3500 Blaine. The contract also includes the supply of gear units from FLSmidth MAAG Gear. The new contract “reflects the strong position we have had with India Cements Ltd for almost a decade,” said Carsten Riisberg Lund, Country Head of FLSmidth India. According to FLSmidth, the installation of the OK mill will enable the customer to reduce energy costs, as it will replace a ball mill at the plant. The contract will be fully executed by the end of 2018. A previous version of this article referred to the mill as an OK 53-4. It is in fact an OK 52-4. This has been corrected above. /Source: worldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,21,2017

Algeria to stop cement imports in 2018
Algeria: Mohamed Benmeradi, the minister of commerce, says that Algeria will stop importing cement in 2018. He stated on national radio that the country is producing enough cement and is now considering exports, according to the Liberté Algerie newspaper. The government is amending the import licence system to encourage local growth. /Source: Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,21,2017

Attock Cement reports increase in pre-tax profits
Pakistani cement marker, Attock Cement, has reported an increase of 4.9% in pre-tax profits to PKR4.47 billion, as sales for the financial year ending 30 June strengthened. Net sales were PRK14.74 billion, compared to PKR13.92 billion in FY2016, on the back of an uptick in cement dispatches to 2.08 million t. The company s costs were mixed: energy costs rose as the coal price jumped 41% year-on-year in the final quarter. However, the company benefitted from lower transport costs, as more of its cement was sold into the local market, amid a contraction in exports.
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,16,2017

Dangote Cement confirms talks with PPC
South Africa: Nigeria s Dangote Cement has confirmed its interest in bidding for PPC. The company said that its board of directors had communicated to the board of PPC but that the dialogue was at a preliminary stage. The offer follows offers by Canada s Fairfax Financial Holdings with AfriSam and other unnamed bids.
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,16,2017

Pioneer Cement to install four Loesche mills
Loesche is to supply four vertical roller mills (VRMs) for a new cement production line at Pioneer Cement s plant in Chenki/Khushab region of Punjab province, Pakistan. The new line will expand the plant s production to around 8000 tpd. The four VRMs will be used for grinding cement raw meal, clinker, and coal, Loesche said in a press release. The raw meal mill will have throughput of 630 tph; two cement mills will have a processing capacity of 235 tph each; and the coal mill will have a capacity of 60 tph. The raw meal mill will also be supplied with a HURRICLON cyclone technology from Loesche subsidiary, ATEC. According to the German engineering company, “HURRICLON technology plays an important part in reducing the total energy requirement of the plant, due to the low pressure loss and high degree of separation.” In addition, the HURRICLON system reduces the steel construction and installation costs, as a result of its lower weight compared to conventional cyclone technology. Loesche Dynamic Classifier (LDC) is already used in the plant and will ensure appropriate fineness in the cement grinding circuit. “The patented vortex rectifier and optimised flow characteristics [of the LDC] produce significantly lower energy consumption and therefore lower operating costs,” the company said. The order was placed through Chengdu Design & Research Institute, part of Sinoma International Engineering, which has been contracted to install the plant. Following installation of the VRMs, a total of 32 Loesche mills will be located in Pakistan.
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,13,2017

CHP fined by Filipino environmental regulator
CEMEX Holdings Philippines (CHP) has been fined PHP50 000 for violating its environmental permit. The fine relates to September 2015 incident, when heavy fuel oil overflowed its storage tank at CHP s subsidiary, SOLID Cement Corp., during a period of strong winds and heavy rain. The incident was among items disclosed in CHP s prospectus for its initial public offering last year. The fine was imposed by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Despite issuing the fine, the EMB also recognised SOLID Cement s “swift response to the situation. According to the bureau, the spill was cleaned-up within seven days of the incident, while a water sampling test conducted after the spill returned “good results”. The fine will not have a material adverse impact on CHP s operations, liquidity, and financial condition, the company said. CHP is the second largest cement producer in the Philippines, but recently reported a 46% fall in net income in 2Q17, a result of lower prices and volumes, and higher operating expenses. The company was also hit by a longer-than-expected shutdown at its AOP plant in Cebu.
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,10,2017

Mozambique government announces new cement plant for Niassa
Mozambique: President Filipe Nyusi has announced that work on building a new cement plant in Niassa province will start later in 2017. The unit is expected to source many of its raw materials locally, such as limestone and clay, according to the Mozambique News Agency. Once operational the plant is expected to create over 500 jobs. The project follows the reopening of the Cuamba to Lichinga railway in late 2016. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,10,2017

Big investment from Saudi Arabia could boost Egypt’s South Valley Cement
Egypt/Saudi Arabia: The Saudi Arabian Al Sharbatly Group is reported to be looking to invest up to US$3bn in Egyptian interests, including setting up a second clinker line at its South Valley Cement plant. Egypt s Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr said that he welcomed all investors in Egypt after meeting with Sheikh Abdel Rahman al Sharbatly and Sheikh Fahd Al Shobokshy to discuss ways to increase their investments in Egypt. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,31,2017

Qeshm Cement prepares cement exports to Mozambique
Mozambique: Iran s Qeshm Cement Company has prepared its first consignment of cement and clinker for exports to Mozambique. 47,000t of clinker and 3000t of clinker will be shipped on a free on board trade basis, according to the Bourse Press Agency. Hormoz Amiri, an official at Iran s Qeshm Free Zone, added that the trading enclave plans to export 0.2Mt/yr of cement and clinker to Africa in the current Iranian financial year.
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,24,2017

Loesche contributes four mills
Loesche is contributing four of its vertical roller mills to AUNDE s new cement plant in the Turkish region of Soma: one mill for grinding up to 350 tph of raw material for cement manufacture, one mill for grinding up to 30 tph of coal or 27 tph of petcoke, and two additional Loesche mills, each with a throughput of 150 tph, for grinding clinker or granulated blast furnace slag. The scope of delivery includes the tried and tested Loesche additional components, such as water injection, cyclones, slide gates and rotary feeders, as well as an extensive spare parts package for the next two years. The German technology firm, AUNDE, is a newcomer to the industry and is currently in the process of expanding its portfolio with plants for cement and clinker production. The cement plant currently under construction is based in Soma, situated within Turkey s second largest brown coal mining region. This offers excellent conditions for establishing a new cement plant in the future. /Source: World Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,21,2017

Dangote talks up investments in Europe and North America
Nigeria: Aliko Dangote, chief executive officer (CEO) of Dangote Group and Dangote Cement, plans to invest an incredible US$20 - 50bn in the US and Europe by 2025, in industries including renewable energy and petrochemicals. Speaking in a wide-ranging interview with Bloomberg, Dangote said that the group s cement activities account for 80% of Dangote s overall wealth. The new investments would more likely come in renewable energy and agriculture, rather than cement, with an aim to conduct 60% of all investments outside of Africa by 2020.
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,21,2017

Irish producers warn over green energy levy
Ireland: A proposed Euro100m rise in Ireland’s green energy levy threatens the recovery in construction, according to building materials suppliers. The Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) wants to increase the Public Service Obligation (PSO) levy on electricity bills by Euro104m to Euro496.5m from October 2018 to support renewable energy developers and peat-fired power plants. However, cement and concrete manufacturers, whose businesses face high-energy bills, have warned the regulator that such a move could hit jobs and endanger the recovery in construction. In a submission to the commission, manufacturer Kilsaran International said that, "Irish electricity prices are among the highest in Europe and the yearly increases in the PSO levy only serve to undermine the cost base and competitiveness of Irish companies, thereby limiting the potential for growth and job creation.” Many other companies in the industry submitted versions of the same letter to CER analyst Gráinne Black, pointing at the likely cost of the increase to their businesses and its implications for job creation. According to the CER large energy users, which include cement and concrete producers, will pay Euro234.2m of the Euro496.5m total. The charge guarantees the price paid for electricity to wind farms, other renewable energy producers and peat-fired plants. It is meant to implement government policy to support green electricity generation. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,16,2017

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