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Bestway Cement completes plant expansion
Bestway Cement has completed the construction and installation of a brownfield expansion project at its Farooquia plant in Pakistan. The new production has clinker capacity of 6000 tpd and began production on 31 May. Work on the project took only 14 months, the company said. /WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jun ,4,2018

Bestway Cement completes plant expansion
Bestway Cement has completed the construction and installation of a brownfield expansion project at its Farooquia plant in Pakistan. The new production has clinker capacity of 6000 tpd and began production on 31 May. Work on the project took only 14 months, the company said. /WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jun ,4,2018

Losses mount at ARM Cement in 2017
Kenya: ARM Cement’s net loss more than doubled to US$55m in 2017 due to poor demand in Kenya and Tanzania. Its sales fell by 32% year-on-year to US$85m from US$127m. Elections in Kenya reduced cement demand, a coal import ban in Tanzania caused production issues at its Tanga cement plant and both countries saw increased competition. “2017 was the most challenging for the group since the company’s listing on the Nairobi Securities Exchange in 1997. Whilst the management has navigated many business difficulties well in the past, raised capital for expansion, increased net profits and market capitalisation continuously over a 14 year period up to 2015, the challenges of the past year have been unprecedented,” the company said in a statement. The cement producer says it is undergoing a ‘significant’ review of its current operations, asset base and financing structure to address its problems. It has also been cutting staff benefits as part of its plan to save money. UK-government investor CDC Group, which holds a 41% stake in the company, has also replaced its board members Ketso Gordhan and Pepe Meijer with Sofia Bianchi and Rohit Anand. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jun ,4,2018

Losses mount at ARM Cement in 2017
Kenya: ARM Cement’s net loss more than doubled to US$55m in 2017 due to poor demand in Kenya and Tanzania. Its sales fell by 32% year-on-year to US$85m from US$127m. Elections in Kenya reduced cement demand, a coal import ban in Tanzania caused production issues at its Tanga cement plant and both countries saw increased competition. “2017 was the most challenging for the group since the company’s listing on the Nairobi Securities Exchange in 1997. Whilst the management has navigated many business difficulties well in the past, raised capital for expansion, increased net profits and market capitalisation continuously over a 14 year period up to 2015, the challenges of the past year have been unprecedented,” the company said in a statement. The cement producer says it is undergoing a ‘significant’ review of its current operations, asset base and financing structure to address its problems. It has also been cutting staff benefits as part of its plan to save money. UK-government investor CDC Group, which holds a 41% stake in the company, has also replaced its board members Ketso Gordhan and Pepe Meijer with Sofia Bianchi and Rohit Anand. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jun ,4,2018

Losses mount at ARM Cement in 2017
Kenya: ARM Cement’s net loss more than doubled to US$55m in 2017 due to poor demand in Kenya and Tanzania. Its sales fell by 32% year-on-year to US$85m from US$127m. Elections in Kenya reduced cement demand, a coal import ban in Tanzania caused production issues at its Tanga cement plant and both countries saw increased competition. “2017 was the most challenging for the group since the company’s listing on the Nairobi Securities Exchange in 1997. Whilst the management has navigated many business difficulties well in the past, raised capital for expansion, increased net profits and market capitalisation continuously over a 14 year period up to 2015, the challenges of the past year have been unprecedented,” the company said in a statement. The cement producer says it is undergoing a ‘significant’ review of its current operations, asset base and financing structure to address its problems. It has also been cutting staff benefits as part of its plan to save money. UK-government investor CDC Group, which holds a 41% stake in the company, has also replaced its board members Ketso Gordhan and Pepe Meijer with Sofia Bianchi and Rohit Anand. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jun ,4,2018

Losses mount at ARM Cement in 2017
Kenya: ARM Cement’s net loss more than doubled to US$55m in 2017 due to poor demand in Kenya and Tanzania. Its sales fell by 32% year-on-year to US$85m from US$127m. Elections in Kenya reduced cement demand, a coal import ban in Tanzania caused production issues at its Tanga cement plant and both countries saw increased competition. “2017 was the most challenging for the group since the company’s listing on the Nairobi Securities Exchange in 1997. Whilst the management has navigated many business difficulties well in the past, raised capital for expansion, increased net profits and market capitalisation continuously over a 14 year period up to 2015, the challenges of the past year have been unprecedented,” the company said in a statement. The cement producer says it is undergoing a ‘significant’ review of its current operations, asset base and financing structure to address its problems. It has also been cutting staff benefits as part of its plan to save money. UK-government investor CDC Group, which holds a 41% stake in the company, has also replaced its board members Ketso Gordhan and Pepe Meijer with Sofia Bianchi and Rohit Anand. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jun ,4,2018

LafargeHolcim to shut offices in Zurich and Paris
LafargeHolcim has announced the closure of its corporate offices in Paris and Zurich as part of its strategy to simplify its corporate organisation. The move will result in the loss of 200 jobs, including 107 in Switzerland and 97 in Paris. “This painful but necessary simplification step is key to creating a leaner, faster, and more competitive LafargeHolcim,” said Jan Jenisch, CEO of LafargeHolcim. Remaining positions in Switzerland would be moved to the company’s Holderbank site and a new corporate office in Zug. In Paris, remaining positions will move to Clamart in the southwest of the city. The moves should be complete by the end of 2018. The proposals were presented to the works councils on 25 May. They form part of the company’s Strategy 2022, which was launched in March 2018. Strategy 2022 aims to bring the company closer to its customers by reducing levels of management between local organisations and the global leadership. In addition to the closure of the Zurich and Paris offices, corporate offices in Singapore and Miami have already be shut. The company also plans to eliminate one layer of management and almost double the number of its country-level businesses reporting to the Group Executive Committee. The plan remains subject to the “required consultation and regulatory processes in each country”, LafargeHolcim said.
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,29,2018

Cyclone Mekunu shuts down Raysut Cement
Oman: Cyclone Mekunu has forced Raysut Cement to stop production for eight to 10 days. The cement producer said that the storm caused external damage to its plant at Salalah and flooded production buildings and the stockyard. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,29,2018

Cimprogetti making progress on lime plant project for Algerian Qatari Steel
Algeria: Italy s Cimprogetti says it is making progress on a lime plant it is building with Bedeschi for Algerian Qatari Steel. The project is to build a lime plant supporting a steel plant at Bellara in Jijel. It includes the design and supply of the entire lime plant, from the limestone receiving area to quicklime storage, which is directly connected to the Danieli steel mill. The design of power and control systems has been developed by Cimprogetti, including the supply of all electrical panels, medium and low voltage transformers, the diesel generator set and all cables. Cimprogetti is also working with Idom, a Spanish company, on the design and erection phases of the project. The lime plant will use two Flex Reversy 9 kilns with a daily production of 420t/day each, and will be operated with natural gas. The mechanical erection is almost complete and the electrical installation has recently started. The erection works are being checked by Cimprogetti site engineers in collaboration with the end user.
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,19,2018

Senegalese cement production up 5% so far in 2018
Senegal: Cement production rose by 5.6% year-on-year to 1.8Mt in the first quarter of 2018 from 1.7Mt in the same period in 2017. The production rise has been driven by an increase in local sales, according to the African Press Agency. Local sales of cement grew by 50.6% to 1.28Mt from 0.85Mt. However, exports have fallen by 37% to 0.56Mt from 0.90Mt. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,19,2018

Portland Cement Association announces the winners of its 2018 Safety Innovation Awards
The Portland Cement Association (PCA) announced the winners of the Energy and Environment (E&E) Awards, recognising creative safety-enhancing projects in the cement industry. Presented at the 2018 Cement and Concrete Fly-In event, the winners were determined by a panel of judges that evaluated innovative submissions from across the country in the following categories: milling/grinding, distribution, pyroprocessing, and general facility. “The American cement industry cares deeply about employee and workplace safety,” said PCA President and CEO Michael Ireland. “The winners demonstrate every day that safety is a primary concern. We are proud of their effort to pursue excellence in safety innovation for their company and their colleagues.” The following are the 2018 Safety Innovation Award winners: Milling/Grinding Category winner: CEMEX USA — Miami, Florida. Pyroprocessing Category winner: CEMEX USA — Houston, Texas Distribution Category winner: LafargeHolcim US, Corporate Program — Chicago General Facility Category winners: Ash Grove Cement Company — Louisville, Nebraska, and CEMEX USA — Brooksville, Florida.
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,14,2018

Court blocks construction of Fecto Cement’s plant at Palai
Pakistan: The Peshawar High Court has stopped construction of a cement plant by Fecto Cement at Palai in Malakand. Opponents of the project cited environmental and health concerns, according to the News International newspaper. Fecto Cement announced plans for its new 6000t/day plant in February 2018.
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,14,2018

Fake cement bagging operation raided in Odisha
India: Police have raided a factory near Cuttack, Odisha that has allegedly been selling repackaged cement. The unit purchased the franchise of a well-known cement brand and then used cement from damaged bags of the consignment to prepare unapproved mixtures, according to Odisha TV. The cement was then repackaged and supplied along with the original cement packets. Up to 7500 fake cement bags, 300 bags of different cement brands and machinery was seized during the raid. The owner of the factory, Lalit Kumar Jain, was also arrested. He has disputed the allegations.
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,09,2018

United Cement Company resumes importing Saudi cement to Bahrain
Bahrain: The United Cement Company (UCC) has resumed importing cement from Saudi Arabia to Bahrain. UCC chief executive Faisal Shehab said that since the Saudi government lifted cement tariffs in February 2018 it had imported up to 60,000t of cement, according to the Gulf Daily news newspaper. Shehab estimated that his company supplies 70% of the construction market in Bahrain. Imports from Saudi Arabia were disrupted when the Saudi government allowed cement to be exported to other countries in March 2017. However, new tariffs were introduced at the same time. Following the opening of exports the price rose and Bahrain was forced to source cement from other countries including the UAE. Previously, Bahrain had exclusive access to imports of cement from Saudi Arabia.
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,09,2018

Turkish cement production jumps in January 2018
The Turkish Cement Manufacturers Association (TCMA) reported cement production of 4.9 million t in January 2018, a 44.9% rise on the same month last year. Growth was strongest in Central Anatolia, which saw production jump 177.7%. Marmara was the largest regional producer of cement with production up 76.4% year-on-year at 1.56 million t. Domestic sales were up 56.81% at 4.4 million t, offsetting a 26.43% decline in exports. Total sales were 4.8 million t, an increase of 43.2%. Stocks stood at 0.9 million t, a slight rise from December 2017 but down 6.27% year on year. /WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,03,2018


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