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Uzbek government lifts cement import ban
Uzbekistan: Imported cement has begun to enter Uzbekistan after the government ended a ban on the ‘import of cement products’ on 23 May 2020. Uzbekistan Daily News has reported that the protectionist measure was lifted due to a spike in cement demand from the construction sector following an easing in the country’s coronavirus lockdown. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - May, 26,2020

Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe predicts 30% demand drop in 2020
Zimbabwe: Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe has predicted a 30% year-on-year decline in sales volumes in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic. All Africa News has reported that Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe is expecting to rely on foreign investment-led projects to stimulate a base level of cement demand to sustain the company s operations. Lafarge Cement Zimbabwe said, "The ripple effects of the lockdown and border closures are still to be fully quantified, but the business expects to continue to feel the effects of the Covid-19 outbreak into the second half of 2020."
UAECEMENT.COM - May, 21,2020

Saudi Cement boosts first-quarter profit by 12% year-on-year
Saudi Arabia: Saudi Cement has reported sales worth US$39.3m in the first quarter of 2020, up by 12% year-on-year from US$35.3m in the corresponding period of 2019. Sales grew by 15% year-on-year to US$120m from US$104m. The company attributed the increased profit margin to greater demand, which offset higher general, administrative, selling and distribution expenses. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - May, 19,2020

Topkinsky Cement launches three new cement products
Russia: Sibtsem Holding subsidiary Topkinsky Cement has launched three new cement products: a CEM-III slag Portland cement for the construction of monolithic large-scale concrete and reinforced concrete structures; a sulphate-resistant CEM-I ordinary Portland cement for the construction of underground and underwater concrete and reinforced concrete structures, with corrosion resistance against sulphates; and a CEM-II special Portland cement for the manufacture of concrete foundations for roads. The producer has also issued a compliance declaration for the CEM-II special Portland cement in accordance with Eurasian Customs Union (EACU) road safety regulations. Topkinsky Cement managing director Alexey Ospelnikov said, “The expansion of the product range is based on the needs of the market. Certification of new types of cement will expand the capabilities of the plant s existing partners and attract new ones.” High-importance infrastructure projects and the development of the transport network have continued in many regions throughout the coronavirus outbreak. Topkinsky Cement said that it would continue to supply cement suited to the needs of consumers. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - May, 17,2020

Hwanchon Plant Construction Company plans Karakalpakstan plant
Uzbekistan: South Korea-based Hwachon Plant Construction Company has shared plans for an integrated cement plant in Karauzyak, Karakalpakstan Autonomous Republic. Uzbekistan Daily News has reported the value of investment in the project as US$380m. Hwachon Plant Construction Company chair Sin Cheol Sik met with Uzbekistan Council of Ministers deputy chair Bakhitzhan Habibullayev via videoconference to discuss funding for the project, which will commence at the earliest possible date. Sik said that he was hopeful of, “a speedy resolution to the coronavirus pandemic and resumption of regular flights between Uzbekistan and South Korea, whereupon Hwachon Plant Construction Company will start work. Both parties agreed that until that time planning will continue via videoconference.” /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - May , 14,2020

Cement dispatches fall by 24% year-on-year in April 2020
Pakistan: Producers dispatched 3.52Mt of cement in April 2020, down by 24% year-on-year from 4.61Mt in April 2019. Domestic consumption was 3.27Mt, down by 19% from 4.04Mt due to the coronavirus outbreak. The Business recorder newspaper has reported that cement producers were already struggling to survive due to extremely high input costs. The All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA) said, "The decline in construction activities around the world, including in Pakistan, contributed to a downfall in demand, however, the cement sector even otherwise was operating under acute distress."
UAECEMENT.COM - May , 09,2020

Sinoma International Engineering completes Bayah II integrated line
Indonesia: China-based Sinoma International Engineering has completed the installation of a 10,000t/day integrated cement production line complete with raw material processing and clinker storage capacity at Gama Group subsidiary PT Cemindo Gemilang’s integrated Bayah II plant. China Daily News has reported that the Sinoma International Engineering Team worked overtime in order to complete the commission ahead of its scheduled date in May 2020. Project manager Wang Xiaojun said, “The covid-19 outbreak had a severe impact on on-site construction.” /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - May , 02,2020

China to experience sharp decline in construction output
Due to the severe impact of COVID-19, construction output growth in China is expected to grow by just 1.9% in 2020. The disruption in the first quarter of 2020, when the outbreak was at its peak and the lockdown was widely enforced, is illustrated by the 17.5% year on year decline in construction activity during that period. Total investment in real estate development was also down by 7.7%, and private fixed asset investment declined by 18.8%. The government will accelerate the disbursement of funds for infrastructure, which will be a recovery step for the construction activities in the coming quarters, says GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. Danny Richards, Lead Economist at GlobalData, comments: “The construction work on major commercial projects in key cities has been greatly affected. The disruption caused by the epidemic is likely to be prolonged in the leisure and hospitality buildings sector, reflecting the likely downturn in both domestic and foreign tourism, which could reduce investment in new hotel projects. The residential sector is facing a high risk of a sharp downturn with major developers recording sharp drops in new sales.” Richards adds: “Although underlying drivers of growth include ongoing urbanisation and the government’s efforts to renovate aging urban residential buildings, years of high levels of investment in real estate have resulted in oversupply, undermining the demand for new space. In January – March 2020, real estate investment in residential buildings had dropped by 7.2% year on year, with the sharpest drop being recorded in the central region, at -16.9%.” GlobalData expects that the state council will issue guidelines on increasing investment in various types of infrastructure, notably railways, roads, waterways and airports in the second half of 2020 while local authorities are likely to be ramp up the issuance of special bonds to finance major infrastructure projects. Richards concludes: “China is also set to boost investment in ‘new’ infrastructure to support the economic recovery and the acceleration in digital transformation, and notably, this will include investment in 5G networks and data centres.” /WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Apr , 30,2020

KHD commissions mill at Siam City Cement’s Saraburi cement plant
Thailand: Germany-based KHD Humboldt Wedag has reported the successful commissioning of a new Comflex grinding line at Siam City Cement’s Plant 1 in Saraburi. The line replaces two ball mill circuits, maintaining a production capacity of 350t/hr with a 40% lower energy consumption. The Comflex comprises a roller press, RPM18–200/180 static coarse material separator, VS620 static fine material separator, LS8600 system fan, HKSK 236/346 and four product separation cyclones. KHD says that Siam City Cement awarded it the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract because of the system’s low specific power consumption of 13.36kWh/t, compared to over 21kWh/t in the previous system.
UAECEMENT.COM - Apr , 30,2020

Global construction output expected to contract by 1.4% in 2020
As a result of the severe economic shock caused by the lockdown measures imposed by governments around the world to contain the spread of COVID-19, global construction output is expected to contract by 1.4% in 2020, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company. Danny Richards, Lead Economist at GlobalData, comments: “Although the construction industry has, in some cases, been exempt from restrictions on business activity, few major markets will manage to record an increase in construction output in 2020.” Before the COVID-19 outbreak, the global construction industry had been expected to grow by 3.1%. This was initially revised down to just 0.5% in late March based on a review of the impact of COVID-19 at that point in time. However, in view of the rapidly evolving nature of the pandemic and the more drastic measures being taken to contain the spread, GlobalData has further adjusted the outlook for the 91 countries covered. Richards continues: “In the short term, there is a high risk of projects in execution being halted because of lockdowns, a lack of materials, and other supply chain disruption. Projects at pre-construction stages will be severely delayed, given likely disruption in processing building permits, tendering, and awarding contracts.” Based on the latest updates of mega projects being tracked by GlobalData, global construction momentum has slowed considerably – GlobalData’s Global Construction Projects Momentum Index (CPMI) score (adjusted) dropped to 0.39, from 0.46 in Q4 2019. The unadjusted score plummeted to a low of 0.22, reflecting the severity of the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on construction projects. Richards adds: “Given the extent to which the crisis intensified across the world in March, with many major markets in effect shutting down, the Global CPMI score dropped into negative territory, falling to - 0.05.” /Wolrld Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Apr , 27,2020

Demand down as production partially resumes in India
India: Both Germany-based HeidelbergCement and Aditya Birla subsidiary UltraTech have responded to the government’s partial lifting of the coronavirus lockdown for rurally-located continuous industries by resuming ‘partial operations in some production facilities.’ Orient Cement subsidiary CK Birla said, “We are in the process of partially resuming our operations at our plants in Karnataka and Maharashtra.” Producers require the permission of the relevant state government to restart plants. In Telangana, where the government has not lifted the lockdown, CK Birla’s facilities remain shut. The Economic Times newspaper has reported that ‘limited transportation facilities, higher than usual inventory and stricter rules regarding labour safety’ have added a note of caution to resumed operations. Shree Cement managing director Hari Mohan Bangur said, given the continuation of restrictions on construction in cities, “We expect just 10% of normal consumption, with hopes of a gradual increase.” /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Apr , 27,2020

SLK Cement supplies cement for coronavirus hospital
Russia: Italy-based Buzzi Unicem subsidiary SKL Cement has supplied 400t of cement to the site of an upcoming coronavirus hospital in Omsk, Omsk Oblast. SLK Cement CEO Andrei Immoreev said, “In a difficult time for the whole world, our company continues to work to provide cement for construction sites of regional and federal facilities,” according to AMF News. On 16 April 2020 the government launched a raft of measures, including subsidies for construction companies to keep jobs open and paid, to help the sector to recover after the crisis. and Major infrastructure projects in all regions will continue. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Apr , 21,2020

Government lifts lockdown for rural cement production
India: Operations of industrial units in rural areas are clear to resume as of 20 April 2020, subject to local permissions and social distancing rules. Dion News Service has reported that JK Lakshmi Cement has resumed operations at two grinding units in Gujarat, JK Cement has resumed reduced operations at its 3.0Mt/yr integrated Muddapur plant in Karnataka and UltraTech has resumed operations ‘at some of the company’s locations.’ Ambuja Cements, ACC, ICC and India Cements all announced plans to return to full capacity utilisation in phases. As part of phase two of India’s coronavirus lockdown, public spaces remain closed and public transport is suspended until 3 May 2020. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Apr , 21,2020

Larsen & Toubro wins ACC Ametha contract
India: ACC Cement has awarded an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract for work on its upcoming 1.0Mt/yr integrated Ametha plant in Kathnl, Madhya Pradesh to Larsen & Toubro. The Press Trust of India has reported that the 9500t/day cement plant will have a clinker capacity of 3.0Mt/yr. The value of the contract is reportedly US$131m. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Apr ,18,2020

RDF Industry Group launches coronavirus crisis response
UK: RDF Industry Group has convened a refuse-derived fuel (RDF) industry working group to meet on a fortnightly basis to discuss the sectoral impacts of coronavirus. The Group said that it ‘is working with competent authorities to ensure the free flow of RDF is maintained.’ It acknowledged that RDF supply is essential to European cement production, adding, “The flow of RDF from the UK to off-take facilities in Europe is continuing, with the industry overall functioning well.” /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Apr ,18,2020

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