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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

Brazilian cement sales drop another 10% in July
Brazil: According to data from SNIC, Brazil s national cement industry association, domestic cement sales came to 4.7Mt in July 2017, down by 10.5% compared to July 2016. Sales per working day were also down by 10.5% in the year-on-year comparison, but up by 3.3% compared to June 2017. In the first seven months of 2017, domestic cement sales came to 30.7Mt, a fall of 9.1% from the same period of 2016, while in the 12 months ending July 2017 sales totalled 54.3Mt, down by 9.8% year-on-year. Apparent consumption in July 2017 stood at 4.7Mt, down by 10.1% from July 2016, with an accumulated 9.7% drop in apparent consumption in the 12 months to 31 July 2017. SNIC notes that the figures are in line with expectations for the period, though there may have been some impact from the political and economic instability in recent months. SNIC forecasts a 7% drop in domestic cement sales in 2017. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,16,2017

JK Lakshmi to install WHR plant
JK Lakshmi Cement has announced that, to bring down power costs, the company is installing a 7.5 mW waste heat recovery power plant in Durg, which is likely to be commissioned in October 2017. To bring down power costs, the company is installing a 7.5 mW waste heat recovery power plant in Durg, which is likely to be commissioned in October 2017. The company is also constructing a 200 mW thermal power plant in Durg, which will come into stream in 3Q18/19. This announcement follows the company s release of its annual results, which already indicate a strong focus on reducing power and fuel consumption. /Source: WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,10,2017

Saudi Arabian cement sales rise 11.5% in July 2017
Cement sales of companies operating in Saudi Arabia recorded an increase of 11.5% in July 2017. Sales rose to 3.49Mt in July 2017, compared to 3.13Mt during July 2016. Cement production in Saudi Arabia grew by 5% year-on-year to 3.37Mt in July 2017 from 3.2Mt, according to Yamama Cement Company. Southern Province Cement topped the sales list with 409,000t sold in July 2017, although this was 5.32% less than the 432,000t that it sold in July 2016. Yamama Cement was the second most prolific seller, with a year-on-year sales growth of 17.5% to 369,000t from 314,000t in July 2016. Meanwhile, Tabuk Cement registered the lowest sales of 61,000t in July 2017, a 17.6% fall from 74,000t in the year-ago period. In June 2017 cement companies sales in Saudi Arabia dropped by 40.6% year-on-year to 2.08Mt from 3.5Mt in June 2016. This is likely due to the earlier timing of Ramadan combined with temperatures of up to 45°C (113°F), both of which will have significantly reduced demand for building materials. /Source: Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,10,2017

Aumund sets up Aumund Group Field Service company
Germany: Aumund has created a new company, Aumund Group Field Service, to carry out industrial installation services on behalf of the group subsidiaries, Aumund Fördertechnik, Schade Lagertechnik and Samson Materials Handling. It will also offer this service to customers outside of the Aumund Group. Its purpose will be to supervise the installation and commissioning of machines as well as servicing, maintenance and repair work. It has amalgamated work previously conducted by the other group subsidiaries. The new subsidiary was incorporated in July 2017 with Erwin Last as its managing director. It is based in Rheinberg next to Aumund s headquarters. It has 28 employees.
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,05,2017

Philippine Competition Commission expects to complete investigation of cement industry by 2019
Philippines: The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) expects to complete an investigation in alleged violations of competitive practice by the cement industry by 2019. PCC commissioner Stella Quimbo made the comments at a forum on the Philippines Competition Act (PCA), according to the Philippines Star newspaper. The investigation follows a probe earlier in 2017 in which the commission says it found reasonable grounds to proceed based on allegations made by the former trade undersecretary Victorio Dimagiba. According to a legal statement made by Dimagiba, the Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (CEMAP), led by its president Ernesto Ordonez, Lafarge Holcim Philippines and Republic Cement and Building Materials violated the provisions of the PCA by engaging in anti-competitive agreements. /Source: Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,05,2017

Loesche supplies VRM in Pakistan
Loesche has provided a LM 56 3+3 CS vertical roller mill to Attock Cement Pakistan Ltd, for the grinding of cement clinker. The new mill will be used in the new line 3 of the cement plant in Hub Chowki in Pakistan, in the Lasbela/Baluchistan district, 20 km north of Karachi. The mill will grind OPC cement to a fineness of 3300 Blaine with a capacity of 200 tph, or 2800 Blaine with a capacity of 240 tph. ACPL sells the cement under its on brand, Falcon; it is a popular and widely used product in the country and is used in numerous construction projects, meaning the end product quality os of particular importance to Attock Cement. The Portland cement produced complies with Pakistani standards, and also the European Standard EN 197-1. Loesche s mandate also includes the monitoring and assembly of the mills, as well as the commissioning, which is due to take place in mid-2017. The Chinese company Hefei Cement Research and Design Institute, to whom Loesche has previously delivered mills, will act as Loesche s contractor and will assume overall responsibility for the new cement line. With the new line, Attock Cement Pakistan intends to further increase the production capacity of its existing plant in Hub Chowki from from the previous level of 1 710 000 tpy. /Source: worldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,30,2017

Schmersal Group starts sales partnership with ScanMin Africa
Schmersal Group has entered into a sales partnership with ScanMin Africa to extend its range of system solutions for the bulk goods industry. Schmersal will add spectral analysis and measurement systems for bulk goods on conveyor belts to its range of integrated system products.ScanMin Africa will distribute safety products made by Schmersal.“We can now offer extended system solutions that contribute to our customer s ability to produce more productively and profitably in bulk goods conveying and also the downstream processes,” said Udo Sekin, Business Development Manager Heavy Industry within the Schmersal Group.Germany s Schmersal Group develops and produces a range of about 25,000 different switchgear and control devices. South Africa s ScanMin Africa specialises in the manufacture and distribution of on line process analysers. /Source:Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,30,2017

Ukrainian cement production rises marginally
Ukraine: Cement production in Ukraine rose by 2.6% to 0.96Mt in June 2017 compared to sales in May 2017, according to data from the State Statistics Service. In the first six months of 2017 production of cement rose by 1.3% year-on-year to 4.23Mt. In 2016 production rose by 7.1% compared to 2015 to 9.1Mt. However, with a total capacity of 20Mt/yr, this implies a capacity utilisation factor of just 46%.
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,26,2017

Vietnam proposes reduction in cement export tax
Vietnam: The Vietnam Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) has proposed a reduction in its cement export tax to help ease the oversupply in the domestic market. In a recent report to the government, the MPI said that Vietnamese cement firms are seeking ways to deal with their large inventory. Under existing regulations cement is subject to an export tax of 5% and does not receive value added tax (VAT) refunds, meaning Vietnamese cement products have become less competitive than those of China, Thailand, Indonesia and Japan. In response, the MPI has asked the government to slash the cement export tax and allow firms to benefit from VAT refunds for cement exports. The General Department of Customs statistics showed that, in 2016, Vietnam exported 14.7Mt of cement and clinker with a total value of US$560m. At present, cement supply in the Vietnamese market is around 20% higher than demand. The Vietnam Cement Association has forecast that the country s total cement output might reach 108Mt in 2018 and 120-130Mt in 2020, leading to an unsold inventory of 36-47Mt. /Source: Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,26,2017

Uzbekistan eyes building new cement plant worth almost US$204m
Uzbekistan: President Shavkat Mirziyoyev has issues a decree detailing the construction of a new 1.2Mt/yr cement plant. The US$204m unit will be built at Bulakbashy, Andijan by 2019, according to the Trend News Agency. Shangfeng-Bridge of Friendship, a Uzbek-Chinese joint-venture, will manage the project. Investment for the scheme will come from foreign direct investment and loans, a loan from Uzpromstroybank and from Shangfeng-Bridge of Friendship directly. Tax and customs relief will also be offered to Shangfeng-Bridge of Friendship as part of the project. /Source: Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,23,2017

Indian cement demand expected to grow by 5% in 2017 – 2018 says ICRA
The credit ratings agency ICRA has forecast that cement demand is likely to increase by 5% year-on-year in the 2017 – 2018 financial year due to increases in infrastructure and residential housing. In a report on the Indian cement sector it said that demand for cement fell by 1.2% to 280Mt in the 2016 – 2017 period, according to the Hindu newspaper. It added that the government s demonetisation policy had decreased sales volumes by 9% between November 2016 and March 2017 as construction activity fell. However, in July 2016 ICRA failed to anticipate the negative effects of demonetisation predicting that cement demand would grow by 6% in the 2016 – 2017. Since then sales picked up by 17% in April 2017 leading to the current optimistic outlook. /Source: Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,23,2017

Steppe Cement fights market contraction with price rise
Kazakhstan: Steppe Cement has counteracted falling sales volumes with a price rise. Its sales volumes of cement fell by 15% year-on-year to 0.65Mt in the first half of 2017 from 0.76Mt in the same period in 2016. However, its sales revenue rose by 4% to US$26m from US$25m. Overall the cement producer said that the country s cement market contracted by 1% during the reporting period. Cement shipments from local producers rose by 5% though as imports remained flat and exports doubled due to favourable foreign exchange rates. Steppe Cement s local market share fell to 15% from 18% but its exports rose markedly to 11% of its sales from 4%. The cement producer forecasts that the country as a whole will consume 9Mt of cement in 2017.
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,19,2017

ACC profits rise in first half of 2017 as Jamul plant comes online
India: ACC s sales have risen as its Jamul cement plant in Chhattisgarh has ramped-up production increasing its presence in the east of the country. Its sales rose by 12.7% year-on-year to US$1bn in the first half of 2017 from US$888m in the same period in 2016. Its cement sales volumes rose by 6.9% to 13.3Mt from 12.5Mt. Its net profit after tax rose by 12.5% to US$83m from US$74m. The subsidiary of LafargeHolcim also launched two new brands – ACC Suraksha and ACC HPC – in the preceding quarter. /Source: Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,19,2017

Bua Group head promises cement prices will fall in Nigeria
Nigeria: Alhaji Abdulsamad Isyaku Rabiu, the chairman of Bua Group, has promised that cement prices will soon fall. He made the comments after meeting with Yemi Osinbajo, the vice-president of the country, according to the This Day newspaper. He cited a fall in the price of low pour fuel oil (LPFO) and more favourable foreign exchange rates. He added that the three major cement producers were working ‘hard’ to reduce prices. However, he did not reveal a date for the reduction. /Source: Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,10,2017

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