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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

Saudi Cement posts 12% decline in 2018 net profit as local sales take hit
Listed company says revenue declined by 5.5% amid sluggish cement market conditions in Saudi Arabia Saudi Cement Company saw a double-digit drop in net profit last year, with sluggish local cement demand pushing the firm into red for the year ending 31 December, 2018. According to the firm s financial results on Saudi bourse Tadawul, profits after zakat and tax stood at $106.8 (SAR400.5m), a 12% decline on 2017 s corresponding figure of $120.9m (SAR453.4m). Revenue for year hit $298.6m (SAR1.12bn), a 5.5% dip on 2017 when the group brought in $314.6m (SAR1.18bn) in cash. A “decrease in local sales”, alongside a rise in selling, distribution, and Islamic financing charges, contributed to net profit declines last year, as outlined in the bourse missive by Saudi Cement Co. The firm s 2018 figures mirror recent research by Saudi-based Al Rajhi Capital, whose latest Saudi Cement Sector report noted a 13% year-on-year decline in local sales volumes of cement in Saudi Arabia during Q3 2018. The group claimed that government-backed megaprojects, including the $500bn (SAR1.9tn) Neom, Qiddiya entertainment city, The Red Sea Project, and social housing schemes would likely create an “incremental demand" for cement only in the long term.
UAECEMENT.COM - Mar ,03 ,2019

FLSmidth appoints two new members to its Group Executive Management
Annette Terndrup, Head of Group Legal and Strategy, and Cori Petersen, Head of Group HR, have joined FLSmidth s Group Executive Management.Terndrup joined FLSmidth in 2004 as corporate counsel. She was appointed to Group General Counsel in 2013 and her role was expanded to include Group Strategy and M&A in 2016.Petersen joined FLSmidth in 2016 as the leader of Human Resources (HR) for the US. Shortly after this, her role expanded to leader of HR for North America. In April 2018, she was appointed to the role of Head of Group HR.From 1 March, FLSmidth s Group Executive Management will consist of Thomas Schulz as Group CEO, Lars Vestergaard as Group CFO, Jan Kjaersgaard as Cement President, Manfred Schaffer as Mining President, Mikael Lindholm as Chief Digital Officer, Annette Terndrup as Head of Group Legal and Strategy, and Cori Petersen as Head of Group HR. / WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Mar ,03 ,2019

Cement market drives Boral Australia s half-year results
Australia: Boral Australia s revenue grew slightly to US$1.31bn in its half year to 31 December 2018. This was supported by growing revenues from its cement, quarry and asphalt businesses. Its earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) fell by 8% year-on-year to US$194m from US$210m. This was blamed on lower concrete sales volumes and rising fuel costs. “Boral s half year results reflect strong underlying businesses, which were impacted by adverse weather, particularly in North America, as well as project-related volume delays in Australia. We expect to deliver growth in the second half,” said chief executive officer (CEO) and managing director Mike Kane. Overall, the group s revenue rose but its EBITDA fell.
UAECEMENT.COM - Feb ,26 ,2019

Jah Oil says it has enough cement to supply the Gambia
The Gambia: Sherif Faye, the operations manager of Jah Oil, says that the company has enough cement to supply The Gambia. He made the comment at a press event held in response to public outcry over a local cement shortage, according to the Point newspaper. The company has experienced delays to its inbound shipments due to poor weather in Europe. However, he confirmed that two ships carrying cement had recently arrived in the country. The subsidiary of Jah Group sells its Tiger Cement 42.5 grade brand product in 50kg bags. The cement is imported from Spain and Algeria and bagged locally. Jah Oil has a bagging capacity of 108,000 bags/day.
UAECEMENT.COM - Feb ,26 ,2019

Georgian prime minister officially opens upgrade to Kaspi cement plant
Georgia: Mamuka Bakhtadz, the prime minister of Georgia, has officially opened a US$100m upgrade to HeidelbergCement s Kaspi cement plant. Work on the new dry production line at the site started in mid-2016. A filtration system and equipment for continuous emission control were installed to allow for online monitoring of the plant s dust and emission volumes. The project was supported by the Georgian Co-Investment Fund and Honeywell Partners.
UAECEMENT.COM - Feb ,12 ,2019

Intercem wins order for cement grinding plant in Guinea
Guinea: Germany s Intercem has won an order to build a new 500t/day cement grinding plant for Les Cimenteries de la Basse-Guinée. Ground breaking is scheduled for the start of March 2019. Cement production is expected in mid-2020. No value for the contract has been disclosed. The contract includes: a raw material storage with a capacity of 12,000t; a 70t/hr cement grinding plant with a vertical roller mill with four rollers and installed power of 1.25kW and a high efficiency separator; the transport to two 1000t cement silos; two truck loading stations for bulk cement; a packing plant with eight-spout rotary packer and two loading stations for bagged cement; the sub-systems; the electrical equipment; the complete engineering; the supervision of the erection; and the commissioning. All the equipment will be delivered from European manufacturers.
UAECEMENT.COM - Feb ,11 ,2019

Raysut Cement in deal to upgrade Oman clinker cooler line
Raysut Cement Company (RCC), Oman s largest cement manufacturer, has signed an agreement with Ayoki Engineering for the upgradation of the company s clinker cooler line 3 at Salalah region of the sultanate. As an EPC (engineering, procurement and construction) contractor, Ayoki will source all the equipment for the clinker cooler upgrade from IKN GmbH, Germany, said a statement from Raysut. Under the agreement with Ayoki, the existing grate cooler at its Salalah plant will be replaced by IKN Pendulum clinker cooler designed for 4000 TPD with a guaranteed capacity of 3500 TPD clinker production, it added. On the deal, Group CEO Joey Ghose said: "The upgrade of clinker cooler is in line with Raysut s strategic plan to install the latest in production technology to reduce costs as well as to scale up its plants with state-of-the art equipment." "The project scope includes civil works, supply and installation works of mechanical and electrical works related the clinker cooler upgrade. Sourcing and installation of the refractory will also be under the responsibility of EPC contractor through IKN," stated Ghose. Final installation of the project will be planned during fourth quarter of 2019 and is scheduled for 35 days flame off - flame on, he added
UAECEMENT.COM - Feb ,03 ,2019

CNBM and Fives sign collaboration agreement
China s CNBM and France s Fives have signed a cooperation frame agreement for future collaboration. The cement plant equipment manufacturers will explore projects together, in plant upgrade, plant expansion and new plants to implement Fives technologies, such as the FCB Horomill grinding system, the FCB Pyro-line and Pillard burners on an international basis. The signing ceremony of the agreement took place in late January 2019 bringing together Song Zhi Ping, the chairman of CNBM and Frédéric Sanchez, the president of Fives. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Feb ,03 ,2019

Eurocement plans upgrades for Kavkazcement plant in 2019
Russia: Eurocement is planning a second phase of upgrades for its Kavkazcement plant in 2019. These include starting to generate its own electricity, modernising its cement grinding mills, completing a maintenance campaign and moving to solely operating rotary kilns. The first phase of the upgrade project saw the plant build a slurry pipeline, construct the building for a captive power plant and purchasing monitoring equipment.
UAECEMENT.COM - Jan ,26 ,2019

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