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Attock Cement starts production on new line
A new production line has started operations at Attock Cement s Hub cement plant in Pakistan s Baluchistan province. The new line has a capacity of 4000 tpd or 1.2 million tpy of cement. Based in Karachi, Attock Cement is a subsidiary of Pharaon Group. It previously has capacity of 1.79 million tpy, according to the All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA). With the new line, its total capacity will increase to around 3 million tpy. The new production line is one of several planned or opened recently in Pakistan. The country s largest cement producer, Lucky Cement, added 1.3 million tpy of capacity online in December. According to the APCMA, the country s total installed capacity as of December 2017 was 46.94 million tpy.
UAECEMENT.COM - Jan ,15,2017

Big Boss Cement to launch in the Philippines
SM Group heir Henry Sy Jr has launched Big Boss Cement with a group of investors. The new cement producer plans to start selling cement in March 2018, according to the Manila Bulletin newspaper. Its first product will be called Big Boss Cement Type 1P. It has nearly completed a cement grinding plant that will have a production capacity of 1.5 million bags/yr at Porac in Pampanga. The company hopes to capture 3% of the estimated market demand for cement of 25Mt/yr. Big Boss Cement operates a laboratory in Metropolitan Manila.
UAECEMENT.COM - Jan ,14,2017

Pakistan considers banning new cement plants in Punjab
Pakistan: Shahbaz Sharif, the chief minister of Punjb, has approved summary legislation banning the installation of new cement plants in the province on environmental grounds. The summary will be passed to standing committees on legislation for deliberation and recommendations, according to the Nation newspaper. The region has 12 cement plants, of which eight are located in the Salt Range of hills, where local residents have become increasingly intolerant of new industrial plants due to damage to underground water tables and increased air pollution. The summary will also examine expansion plans by existing cement plants in the province and it has hired a consultancy, Artelia, to study the situation. The Supreme Court of Pakistan also being looking at the issue separately. However, the local cement industry is in an expansion mode as it copes with resident and public sector construction markets and large-scale infrastructure projects driven by the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor initiative. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jan ,14,2017

Siam Cement plans to broaden products and services in Indonesia
Indonesia: Thailand s Siam Cement Group (SCG) plans to diversify its products and services in 2018. Country director Nantapong Chantrakul made the comments, according to the Nation newspaper. SCG has supplied construction materials for several state-run infrastructure projects, including state-owned construction firm PT Wijaya Karya, materials for the construction of toll roads in South Sumatra and Jakabaring Stadium and a 2018 Asian Games venue in Palembang. /Src:WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Dec ,31,2017

LafargeHolcim upgrades two Polish cement plants
LafargeHolcim invested PLN160 million into its Polish business in 2017, the company said in a recent press release, including a PLN150 million upgrade of the Kujawy cement plant. Located in the Pomeranian Special Economic Zone, the Kujawy project included the reconstruction of the kiln, construction of new cement loading terminals, the creation of a fully-automated laboratory, and construction of an alternative fuel (AF) preparation hall. This year s investment in the Kujawy cement plant is one of the most important and biggest projects executed by the LafargeHolcim Group, said emphasised Stanislaw Sobczyk, Director of the Kujawy plant. “Our aim is to make the facility located in Kujawy the most modern plant of this type in the world. That is why, after the project is completed, we plan to continue investing in the modernisation and expansion of the facility.” The construction of a new 2.5 ha. preparation hall for AFs will allow the plant to burn plastics, paper, textiles, or shredded tyres. These AFs will satisfy 80% of the plants overall heat requirements for firing clinker. The hall will house AF production machines and installations, as well as acting as storage area for both waste and processed fuels. “Based on our experience, the fuel supplied by external manufacturers does not meet the quality standards and the irregularity of shipments does not ensure stable operating conditions for the kiln.” said Marek Michalski, Fuel Preparation and Production Director at Lafarge in Poland. The plant s demand for AFs increases each year. Our aim is to have full control over the process, from acquisition of waste, through processing and storage, to burning to generate power. The amount of fuel will not be increasing thanks to the high-quality process that will become more and more efficient. In addition to the Kujawy upgrate, Lafarge in Poland invested PLN10 million in modernisation works at its Malogoszcz plant in the south of the country. The work was aimed at optimising processes at the plant, as well as reducing its environmental impact. According to Jacek Patyk, Director of the Malogoszcz plant, the work included the modernisation of the intake channel to the radiator of the rotary kiln, renovation of the kiln exhaust and the installation of a new raw mill drive. The exhaust stack of rotary kilns #1 and #2 also underwent extensive renovation, which extended its useful life by at least 10 to 15 years.
UAECEMENT.COM - Dec ,31,2017

Spanish consumption best for five years but exports fall
Spain: Cement consumption is expected to have risen by 10% year-on-year to 12.3Mt in Spain during 2017. This represents the highest consumption by the sector since 2012. It is still massively down on the 25Mt/yr consumption seen during the building boom experienced by the country prior to the economic downturn. Exports, which had been a lifesaver for the sector during the crisis, fell by 7.6% year-on-year in the first eight months of 2017 to 5.8Mt. Spain exported 9.1Mt of cement in 2016. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Dec ,25,2017

Dalmia Bharat to acquire bankrupt Murli Industries
India: Dalmia Bharat is set to acquire Murli Industries, a Nagpur based cement manufacturer, by investing US$62.4m. Murli owns a 3Mt/yr integrated cement plant. As per the resolution plan, Dalmia Bharat will cancel most of the equity of Murli Industries and pay its lenders US$54.6m. This is 80% below what Murli owes the banks. Murli had a loan of US$140m but the amount it owes is US$265m after interest and penalties. However, since the lending banks have already either written off the loan or have sold it to asset reconstruction companies, the relatively low value of the rescue deal from Dalmia Bharat does not affect them.
UAECEMENT.COM - Dec ,25,2017

LafargeHolcim makes changes to management structure
Lafarge Holcim has changed its management structure to make it more market focused. It has appointed Marcel Cobuz as the head of its European region and René Thibault as the head of its North American division. Two of the group s global business functions, Performance & Cost and Growth & Innovation, will be merged into a new corporate department, Growth & Performance, under one leadership. Further changes will be made to the reporting of its regions with the addition of Mexico to its Latin America region, the addition of Australia and New Zealand to Asia and its Chinese and Trading divisions will now report directly to the group s chief executive officer (CEO). “Establishing a market-focused management organisation is an important step towards generating an attractive growth profile and taking the company to its next level of performance,” said CEO Jan Jenisch. “The strengthening of the profit and loss responsibility of the countries and the simplification of global business functions will create a leaner and more agile operating model. Countries will be fully empowered and accountable for market strategies, cost discipline and results. The new organisation will be complemented by a strengthened performance management system focusing on growth, cash conversion, capital efficiency and people development.” The group s 30 largest country organisations will directly report to the Executive Committee and the global business functions will be merged under one leadership. As a result of these changes, the Executive Committee will be reduced to nine members. All of the management changes will take effect from 1 January 2018. Marcel Cobuz, aged 47 years, has been appointed as Head Region Europe and a member of the Executive Committee. He succeeds Roland Köhler, who has decided to retire. Cobuz, a Romanian and French citizen, joined LafargeHolcim in 2000. He has held various operational roles in six different countries and has been country chief executive officer (CEO) in Indonesia, Iraq and Morocco. Köhler will retire at the beginning of 2018. He has worked for LafargeHolcim and its predecessors for more than 30 years and has been a member of the Executive Committee since 2010, most recently as the Head of Europe, Trading and Oceania. Köhler will continue to support LafargeHolcim as chairman of the LafargeHolcim Foundation for Sustainable Construction. He will also continue to represent the group as a non-executive director in local subsidiaries of the company. René Thibault, aged 51 years, was been appointed as Head Region North America and a member of the Executive Committee. He succeeds Pascal Casanova, who has decided to pursue opportunities outside of the group. Thibault, a Canadian citizen, joined LafargeHolcim in 1989 and has held various roles in France and Canada. He has been the CEO of Western Canada since 2012. Urs Bleisch, currently Head of Performance & Cost and Member of the Executive Committee, has been appointed Head of Growth & Performance. Gérard Kuperfarb, Head of Growth & Innovation, has decided to pursue a career outside the group. Finally, the group s new chief financial officer (CFO), Géraldine Picaud, will take over the role on 3 January 2018, earlier than the February 2018 date that was originally announced.
UAECEMENT.COM - Dec ,19,2017

Uzbekistan plans to produce 9.2 million tonnes of cement in 2018
The Government of Uzbekistan approved a balance of production and consumption of cement for 2018. The Cabinet of Ministers of Uzbekistan issued a resolution “On production and consumption of cement in 2018”. The document said that Uzbekistan plans to produce 9.198 million tonnes of cement in 2018. In particular, enterprises of Uzstroymateriali will produce 7.775 million tonnes of cement, Almalyk Mining and Metallurgy Combine – 998,000 tonnes and other enterprises – 425,000 tonnes. Import will be 370,000 tonnes in 2018. The internal consumption of Uzbekistan in 2018 will exceed 9.534 million tonnes. Export of white cement will be 4,000 tonnes. Starting from 1 January 2018, monopoly enterprises sell cement exclusively at exchange auctions, the resolution said. Cement volumes, which were not sold at exchange trades, are subject to re-bidding for one month from the date of the first bid, and in case of non-demand, they can be exported under direct contracts in accordance with the established procedure.
UAECEMENT.COM - Dec ,19,2017

New construction waste recycling facility opens in Colombia
A new construction and demolition waste recycling facility has begun operations in Cota, Cundinamarca in central Colombia, close to the capital, Bogota. Granulados Reciclados de Colombia (Greco) is a joint venture between Cementos Argos, Fanalca, and Daeyang. The plant has a capacity of 200 tph and includes technology to separate the wood, metals, plastics, and stone materials. The latter are then crushed and reused as aggregates for the production of concrete, as well as sands, bases, and subbases. Greco aims to process around 1 million tpy of materials, reducing the quantity of waste that goes to landfill. Last year 7.5 million tpy of construction or demolition waste was generated in Bogota and its surrounding regions. In addition, the new plant will replace some of the supply of virgin raw materials used in construction, reducing the amount that must be transported from quarries to the Colombian capital – a distance of around 100 km. In contract, Cota is located just 1.5 km from Bogota. Cementos Argos and Fanalca hold a 40% stake in Greco, with Daeyang holding a 20% stake.
UAECEMENT.COM - Dec ,12,2017

UltraTech Cement to build US$287m plant in Rajasthan
India: UltraTech Cement plans to build a US$287m plant at Pali in Rajasthan. The 3.5Mt/yr unit is expected to commence operation by June 2020. The cement producer said that the plant is being set up in one of the fastest growing markets in the country and highest cement consuming states in the North Zone of the country. It added that the plant will serve markets in western Rajasthan where the company does not have a significant presence. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Dec ,10,2017

J.K. Cement plans capacity expansion
J.K. Cement is to begin work on expanding its Mangrol cement plant by the end of the current fiscal year, according to Rajnush Kapur, the company s Head of Grey Cement. Speaking to the Economic Times, Kapur said the 3.5 million t expansion project would be commissioned by the end of 2019. The Mangrol plant in Rajasthan currently has capacity of 2.25 million tpy of grey cement and is the third-largest in J.K. Cement s fleet, behind Nambahera, also in Rajasthan, and the Muddapur plant in Karnataka. The Mangrol expansion is only one project currently in the works at J.K. Cement, which is aiming to almost double its cement production capacity to 18 million tpy over the next four years. According to the company s 2016/17 Annual Report, it had 10.5 million tpy of capacity with production of 6.77 million t in the 2016/17 fiscal year. Kapur said the company is also working on a 3.5 million tpy greenfield project in Madhya Pradesh. According to the company executive, it already has a mining lease for the project, which is estimated to cost between INR17.5 billion and INR 20 billion.
UAECEMENT.COM - Dec ,04,2017

Lafarge Syria managers arrested in Paris
Syria: Three managers of LafargeHolcim were arrested in Paris on 29 November 2017 over allegations that Lafarge Syria, now part of the group, paid money to the Islamic State group in Syria in 2013 and 2014. They included Bruno Pescheux and Frédéric Jolibois. Pescheux was in charge of Lafarge Syria s plant from 2008 until 2014. Jolibois took over in 2014 for a short while before the plant was abandoned. A third detainee was not named. Investigators are seeking to determine whether executives at Lafarge in Paris knew that payments were being made in Syria to insurgent groups. LafargeHolcim has not commented on the arrests but has previously admitted errors in its handling of events in Syria. It denies criminal wrongdoing and said that it had put everything in place to ensure that this situation cannot be reproduced. A preliminary inquiry opened in France earlier in 2017 amid claims that Lafarge Syria had paid insurgent groups to keep roads clear around its plant in Jalabiya after the outbreak of war in Syria. In 2013, Islamic State representatives reportedly summoned two company managers in Syria to demand a cut of operations. They reportedly threatened to stop supplies to the plant and deliveries from it if they did not receive the money. The business is alleged to have paid Islamic State about Euro20,000/month, which represented 10% of the Euro5m that had reportedly been paid to a variety of armed groups.
UAECEMENT.COM - Dec ,04,2017

UK construction industry continues to grow
The Construction Products Association s Construction Trade Survey for 3Q17 shows that, despite rising costs and diverging performance across sectors, the industry extended its run of growth to eighteen quarters. The survey of main constractors, SME builders, civil engineering firms, product manufacturers, and specialist contractors, found that the construction supply chain reported increase in sales, output, and workloads in the quarter, driven by increased demand in private housing, repair, and maintenance and infrastructure. Net balances for enquiries and expected product sales for the year ahead remained muted, however, and contractors order books were sustained by work in only three sectors: private housing, housing R&M, and non-housing R&M. New orders were reported lower in sectors such as commercial, industrial, and public non-housing, which account for one-third of construction output. The effects of the Sterling s depreciation in the second half of 2016, following the EU Referendum, are still pervasive, with 92% of main contractors, 85% of heavy side manufacturers and all light side manufacturers reporting a rise in raw materials costs in 3Q17. In spite of this, only a small proportion of contractors are increasing tender prices and, as a result, 31% of main contractors reported a fall in margins, the worst balance in five years. Commenting on the survey, Rebecca Larkin, Senior Economist at the CPA, said: "This 18th consecutive quarter of growth reported by the industry stands in contrast to the construction recession in preliminary GDP data from the ONS. There is a clear division in fortunes across sectors, however, with weakness in the commercial and industrial sectors offset by strength in new build private housing, a sector where demand and confidence remain supported by the Help to Buy equity loan. "In common with the wider economy, the construction industry continues to experience cost inflation, particularly for raw materials. A clear consequence of the supply chain trying to absorb these higher costs is the fall in contractors profit margins since the start of the year. Combined with a smaller pipeline of upcoming work in some key sectors, the survey s more mixed view on near-term industry prospects is not surprising." Suzannah Nichol, Chief Executive of Build UK said: "The latest Construction Trade Survey result highlights the industry s continued growth, contrary to ONS s statistics, with both contractors and specialist contractors reporting a rise in output during Q3. However, a lack of required skills remains a concern, with labour availability issues continuing to impact on contractors business performance. Build UK believes industry needs to recruit, train and retain a skilled workforce and we are working with members, government and other key stakeholders to ensure that this remains a key priority." CECA Director of External Affairs, Marie-Claude Hemming, said: "It is good news that our members see growth in infrastructure, to the benefit of businesses and communities across the country. However, uncertainty continues to act as a drag on the ability of the construction industry more generally to boost the economy. Ahead of the Autumn Budget, we are calling on the UK Government to commit to the projects outlined in the National Infrastructure Delivery Plan, to secure the foundations of a strong economy, drive productivity, and deliver post-Brexit growth."
UAECEMENT.COM - Nov ,12,2017

Rudny Cement plant delayed to 2018
Kazakhstan: The opening of the Rudny Cement plant has been delayed to 2018. The regional government said that the US$44m project is in the final stage of completion, according to Interfax. The 0.5Mt/yr plant has been postponed several times since 2010 due to a lack of finance. The most recent plan was to start production by the end of 2017. /Source: Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Nov ,11,2017

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