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Ukraine adds tariffs to cement imports from Russia, Belarus and Moldova
Belarus/Moldova/Russia/Ukraine: The Ukrainian interdepartmental commission for international trade has imposed antidumping tariffs on imported clinker and Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) from Russia, Belarus and Moldova. It has set duties of 115% for goods originating in Russia, 57% for goods from Belarus and 94% for goods from Moldova, according to Interfax. The tariffs will have a duration of five years. Previously the government had embargoed OPC, alumina, slag, sulphate-resistant cement and similar hydraulic cements, including clinkers, from Russia. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,23 ,2019

Raysut Cement buys Sohar Cement for US$60m
Oman:Raysut Cement Company has signed an agreement to buy Sohar Cement for US$60m. The transfer of ownership for all the shares in the company was completed in mid-May 2019, according to the Oman Daily Observer newspaper. Sohar Cement held a 70% stake in a 1.7Mt/yr grinding plant and UAE-based Fujairah Cement Company owned the rest of the shares. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,23 ,2019

LafargeHolcim calls on US Congress to enact business-led climate change legislation
US: The chief executive officers (CEO) of 13 US companies, including LarfargeHolcim, are lobbying the President and Congress to enact business-led climate change legislation. This initiative, known as the CEO Climate Dialogue, urges the government to put in place a long-term federal policy as soon as possible, in accordance with a set of six guiding principles. The group aims to build bipartisan support for climate policies that it says will, “… increase regulatory and business certainty, reduce climate risk, and spur investment and innovation needed to meet science-based emissions reduction targets.” Companies involved in the CEO Dialogue include BASF, BP, Citi, Dominion Energy, Dow, DTE Energy, DuPont, Exelon, Ford Motor Company, LafargeHolcim, PG&E, Shell, and Unilever. Four environmental groups have also supplied input to the initiative. These are the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, Environmental Defense Fund, the Nature Conservancy and World Resources Institute. The six principles include: significantly reducing US greenhouse gas emissions; allowing an effective timeline for reductions that will help capital intensive industries to adjust in an economically rational manner ; instituting a market-based price on carbon; making the policies durable and responsible; doing no harm to the competitiveness of the US economy with particular attention to carbon leakage; and promoting equity. Specifically the initiative says that US policy should ensure the country is on a path to achieve economy-wide emissions reductions of 80% or more by 2050 with aggressive short and medium term emissions reductions. “Tackling the challenge of climate change is no easy task, and as industry leaders, we have an opportunity to join forces to advocate for climate legislation. It is critical we begin to set durable and achievable goals that help safeguard the environment while reducing our carbon footprint,” said Jamie Gentoso, the CEO for US Cement operations of LafargeHolcim.
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,20 ,2019

Ukraine blocks cement imports from Russia
Ukraine/Russia: The Ukrainian government has imposed an embargo on Russian-manufactured cement and plywood in response to Russia’s ban on the entry of Ukrainian goods to the Russian market. The Ukrainian Economic Development and Trade Ministry recommended to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine that imports be blocked for the following goods: Portland cement, calcium aluminate cement, slag cement, sulphate resistant cement and similar hydraulic cement varieties, pigmented and non-pigmented, finished or clinker, as well as glue wood, lamwood panels and similar materials made from laminated wood. Ukraine imported an estimated US$17m worth of cement products from Russia in 2018. The latest sanctions follow a block by Russia on goods from Ukraine in mid-April 2019. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,20 ,2019

Ambuja Cement customers defrauded by fake website
India: Customers of Ambuja Cement have been deceived by a fake website pretending to take orders for the company. Victims of the fraud have notified the police in Mumbai, according to the Times of India newspaper. The fraudulent website obtained orders, raised invoices and promised delivery following the receipt of advance payment. When the customers failed to receive the goods they approached Ambuja Cement and the deception was revealed. So far around US$2500 has been reported lost.
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,08 ,2019

The economic transportation of cement clinker
Robust apron conveyors (SZFs) are used in cement plants to transport clinker safely and economically from the kiln cooling systems to the silos. BEUMER Group is the only manufacturer to offer a special variant: the belt apron conveyor (GSZF). This uses a belt instead of a chain as a traction element, allowing higher speeds and a slimmer design, while still delivering the same level of performance. The GSZF is therefore particularly suitable for modernisations. In general, clinker comes out of the cooler at 80° plus ambient temperature. But during the process, a so-called kiln flash can occur, caused by a raw meal flash from the preheater tower or by caked clinker coming off the kiln. Within a few seconds, several tonnes of raw meal or clinker shoot through the cooler. The material to be conveyed cannot cool down sufficiently and reaches the conveyor at temperatures of between 500°C and 800°C. With its apron conveyors, BEUMER Group provides robust and reliable solutions. The specific design of the cells allows safe, low-friction transportation of any hot material. Sealed and overlapping side walls and bottom plates in the cells prevent the clinker from exiting and minimise the escape of dust. The traction element in this conveyor is usually a single or double strand sprocket chain. The system supplier is the only manufacturer on the market, which offers apron conveyors with the tried and tested BEUMER steel wire belts from the bucket elevator technology instead of a chain as traction element. Here, the cells are attached to the long-lasting, steel wire-reinforced belt in a way so that the heat of the clinker in the steel cells is not transferred to the belt. Partition plates are attached in the feeding area below the cooler and can be easily removed for maintenance, protecting the belt against hot clinker in case of a kiln flash. One decisive advantage of the belt apron conveyor, with speeds of 0.6 m/sec., is that it can reach double the conveying speed compared to apron conveyors with a chain. This makes it suited for retrofitting and modernisations. If operators want to increase the kiln capacity, for example, they can replace an existing chain apron conveyor with a belt version of the same size. This means double the capacity without having to make any changes to the steel structure of the conveyor bridge. The cement plants also benefit from a new construction application. The thinner, lighter design of the GSZF reduces costs for steel structure and freight. Furthermore, the decreased net weight lowers the static and dynamic loads, which affect the clinker silo and foundations, for example. A new construction project can be designed for a smaller load and is therefore more cost effective to build. The lightweight design also lowers operational costs. Quiet, low maintenance, and reliable The entire belt lies with its surface on the drive and return pulley, which avoids the unwanted polygon effects caused by the chain. The smooth running of the machine also reduces noise emissions considerably. The noise is less than half as loud as conventional SZFs, which is advantageous for both the employees and the environment. The use of a durable BEUMER steel wire belt lowers the maintenance costs and extends maintenance intervals. Chains can break if preventative maintenance is not performed properly, which will lead to the conveyor collapsing. The rubber of the steel wire belt becomes brittle with age, but it would never completely break. Lubrication is also not required for the belt, whereas it is used frequently on chains, if for no reason other than to reduce noise levels. Grease and oil are not only a cost factor, but are also detrimental to the environment and the conveyor. The clinker dust gets stuck on it and settles in the chain links, which accelerates the wear and tear.
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,02 ,2019

Indian cement production rises by 10% to 91.5Mt in first quarter of 2019
India: Cement production grew by 10% year-on-year to 91.5Mt in the first quarter of 2019 from 81.9Mt in the same period in 2018. Data from the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) at the Ministry of Commerce & Industry shows that production sped up in March 2019.
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,02 ,2019

DG Khan s profits down so far in 2019
Pakistan: DG Khan’s sales rose by 30% to US$215m in the nine months to 31 March 2019 from US$165m in the same period in 2018. However, its profit dropped by nearly half to US$18.5m from US$35.1m. Its cost of sales increased by 56% in the reporting period. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Apr ,27 ,2019

Bestway Cement’s turnover stable
Pakistan: Bestway Cement s turnover grew slightly to US$421m in the nine months to 31 March 2019 from US$414m in the same period in 2018. Its profit rose by 9.5% to US$67.4m from US$61.5m. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Apr ,27 ,2019

Pakistani share of cement exports to Afghanistan down to 24% in 2018
Afghanistan/Pakistan: The share of exports of cement from Pakistan to Afghanistan fell to 24% in the first eight months of the current 2019 Pakistan financial year compared to 48% in the 2018 period. The Cement Manufacturers And Export Association has blamed this on Afghanistan opening its market to imports from other countries including Iran, according to the Frontier Star newspaper. It has urged the government to take measures to cut local production costs and force anti-dumping tariffs on Iranian cement imports. The association said that the cement industry in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been most affected by the decline in exports to Afghanistan. Exports from these regions fell by 16% year-on-year in the first nine months of the current Pakistan financial year to February 2019.
UAECEMENT.COM - Apr ,03 ,2019

Katavsky cement plant updated
The Eurocement Group has upgraded the grinding at its Katavsky cement plant. The modernisation of the enterprise has been completed and the implementation of the investment project has allowed the expansion of the company’s range of products. This includes the appearance of high grade cements, as well as the improvement of quality and the increased stability of the cement characteristics. Investments in the modernisation of the grinding station at Katavsky Cement have amounted to over RUB180 million. The capital construction and installation of metal structures and equipment was carried out. The company used equipment from leading Western companies, such as Christian Pfeiffer separators, Aumund elevators, Siemens automation systems and mill grinders, and VEGA grinding bodies. Precommissioning is currently being completed, at the same time as laboratory tests for the products with improved characteristics are being carried out. When implementing this investment project, the synergy effect of the cooperation of enterprises within the Eurocement group was also involved. Thus, employees of the Ural enterprise took over from their colleagues the best practices of working with grinding equipment, as part of training on the basis of the Eurocement Group Mordovian plant. “The main goal of the modernisation was to improve the quality characteristics of our cement for the needs of our construction sector in the Southern Urals,” said Eduard Zvyagintsev, General Director of the enterprise. “At the same time, we paid great attention to environmental safety issues: we conducted an audit repair of equipment and in particular replaced filter sleeves. At Katavsky Cement, modern technologies are applied that meet the highest standards.”
UAECEMENT.COM - Mar ,31 ,2019

International Cement Group planning to expand in Asia and Africa
International Cement Group is planning to build new cement plants in Central Asia, Africa and South-east Asia to complement China’s Belt and Road Initiative. The company, formerly known as Compact Metal Industries, has held a ceremony to mark its listing at the Singapore Stock Exchange, according to the Business Times Singapore newspaper. The company holds a 65% stake in a 1.2Mt/yr cement plant in Tajikistan. This unit’s production capacity was recently upgraded to 1.35Mt/yr. In mid-2018 it said it was building a new plant in Kazakhstan. This project is scheduled for commissioning by the end of 2019. In late 2018 the group said it had failed to buy a majority stake in a partially-built cement plant at Salamanga in Mozambique. In March 2019 the group agreed to buy a majority stake in Namibia’s Ohorongo Cement from Schwenk Namibia for US$104m. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Mar ,31 ,2019

US-China trade tensions continue to cloud US construction industry outlook
According to GlobalData, the ongoing US-China trade war could significantly impact the US construction industry if no deal is reached between the two companies in the coming months. Many Chinese goods, such as steel, aluminium, and Canadian lumber (which is required to construct houses and other buildings in the US) have been subject to a 10% tariff since September 2018. Chinese tariffs on US products could also curtail investment in new construction projects in the US. For example, in October 2018 the construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) export terminal project in Louisiana was put on hold by Australia s LNG Ltd after the Chinese government set a 10% tariff on US LNG exports. Local steel producers are currently not able to increase production to meet the demand that is being met by foreign suppliers. As a result, contractors will experience delays in supplies if they switch to local producers. At the same time, government efforts to reduce regulatory costs are expected to lower construction costs in the long term, but not sufficiently to offset higher costs for building materials. It is a major concern for contractors that they may be forced to find new suppliers and pay higher prices for materials if they cannot source what they expect from existing suppliers. It will be necessary for contractors and subcontractors to incorporate higher prices and price risks into their bids. To avoid raising costs to customers, contractors could also start to cut corners in the building process, comprising the safety and durability of projects. “Any rise in tariff rates will lead to higher costs of imported building materials,” said Dariana Tani, Construction Analyst at GlobalData. “This could result in slower growth and job creation in the construction industry and affect infrastructure spending, disrupting supply chains and companies operations, as well as reducing investment and putting more projects and construction loans at risk. “Around half the value of US imports consists of intermediate goods, such as raw materials, machine parts, industrial inputs, and capital equipment. Most of the Chinese imports currently subject to tariffs fit this category. By increasing the tariff rate on these products, the Trump administration is in effect imposing a tax on US contractors in the form of higher building materials costs. “Even though there are signs that a trade deal between the two countries could be on the horizon, many challenges remain. The longer the existing tariffs remain in place and their effects go on, the more risk the construction industry will experience. In addition, a significant degree of policy uncertainty is threatening growth, investment, and productivity in the industry, as President Trump has not yet specified what the new deadline for raising tariffs will be.” /WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Mar ,24 ,2019

Suez Cemen s Kattameya plant damaged by wastewater flood
Egypt: Suez Cement s Kattameya plant has been damaged by the collapse of a soil barrier around a nearby wastewater treatment lake. The incident caused a flood of 1.5Mm3 of treated water that reached the edge of the cement plant. The plant’s quarry, some power cables and lighting and a road was damaged. No members of staff at the plant were hurt. The subsidiary of HeidelbergCement estimates that the flood caused around Euro0.5m worth of damage. It says that it previously raised the issue of the wastewater treatment lake with its owner in 2010 following a risk assessment. This led to the construction of the soil barriers. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Mar ,17 ,2019

Kuwait Cement makes first delivery of oil well cement to National Petroleum Services
Kuwait: Kuwait Cement has made its first delivery of oil well cement to National Petroleum Services. It is producing the product at its Shuaiba plant, according to the Arab Times newspaper. It holds API Monogram licencing from American Petroleum Institute (API) to produce this type of cement. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Mar ,17 ,2019

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