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Suez Cement adds to list of loss-making Egyptian producers
Egypt: Suez Cement made a loss during the first half of 2019. Its net loss reached US$17.7m over the six month period, from a profit of US$14.4m in the first six months of 2018. The company generated US$199m in revenue during the first six months of 2019, compared to US$238m a year earlier. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,18,2019

Domestic operations drag on Dangote Cement’s sales in first half of 2019
Nigeria: Dangote Cement s sale revenue fell by 3% year-on-year to US$1.30bn in the first half of 2019 from US$1.34bn in the same period in 2018. Its earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) dropped by 11.4% to US$605m from US$683m. Cement sales volumes decreased slightly to 12.3Mt. Revenue, earnings and sales volumes all fell in Nigeria but only earnings fell for its operations outside of the country. “Group sales volumes were only slightly down on last year and this was a solid performance against the impact of delayed elections and increased competition from new capacity in Nigeria, as well as operational and economic challenges in key territories such as Ethiopia and South Africa. However, we saw a stronger performance from Tanzania, which is now running on gas turbines, and also from Senegal, where our sales volumes are more than 100% of our rated capacity,” said Joe Makoju, the group chief executive officer of Dangote Cement. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,01,2019

Australia construction industry to regain growth momentum
According to GlobalData, Australia s construction industry, which is currently facing a troubled period, is set to regain growth momentum from 2020. This is on the back of major infrastructure development programmes and projects. GlobalData s report Construction in Australia – Key Trends and Opportunities by State and Territory to 2023, reveals that Australia s construction industry s output value, measured at constant 2017 US dollar exchange rates, declined from US$171.6 billion in 2017, to US$165.3 billion in 2018, reflecting a sharp drop in activity in the oil and gas sector as major projects were completed. According to the report, the industry is expected to remain weak in 2019, contracting by 2.4% in real terms, an outturn that partly reflects a lull in activity in the construction of major energy projects, but also a downturn in the residential sector. Highlighting the gloomy outlook for the residential sector, the total number of dwelling units approved in the country decreased by 22% y/y in the first four months of 2019, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, following declines of 5.8% in 2018 and 4% in 2017. However, the industry s output value in real terms is expected to rise at a compound annual growth rate of 2.14% over the forecast period (2019 – 2023), compared to -1.59% during the review period (2014 – 2018). “Residential construction accounted for 36% of the Australian construction industry s total value in 2018,” said Danny Richards, Construction Analyst at GlobalData. “The residential sector has been expanding rapidly in recent years, but the consequent oversupply of residential buildings, as well as tighter lending conditions, will hamper the sector in the coming years, and by 2023 it will account for less than 32% of the industry s total value. “Australia s construction industry will regain growth momentum from 2020. The improvement will be driven by investments in transport infrastructure, with the government planning to invest US$58.9 billion to develop the country s transport infrastructure by 2027 – 2028. Commercial and industrial projects and an improvement in consumer and investor confidence will also provide support, offsetting the downturn in residential construction.” /WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,29 ,2019

Amubja Cement cuts costs to grow earnings in first half of 2019
India: Ambuja Cement s net sales increased by 5% year-on-year to US$834m in the first half of 2019 from US$824m in the same period in 2018. Its earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose by 3% to US$168m from US$164m. However, its sales volumes of cement dropped by 3% to 12.2Mt from 12.6Mt. Bimlendra Jha, the managing Director and chief executive officer (CEO) of the subsidiary of LafargeHolcim, said that the company managed to optimise its logistics, raw material and fixed costs.
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,27 ,2019

ACC counteracts modest cement sales with earnings boost in first half of 2019
India: ACC s net sales grew by 8% year-on-year to US$1.15bn in the first half of 2019 from US$1.06bn in the same period in 2018. Its operating earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) increased by 18% to US$191m from US$162m. Its cement sales volumes rose by 2% to 14.7Mt from 14.4Mt and its ready-mixed concrete (RMX) sales volumes jumped by 15% to 1.79Mm3 from 1.56Mm3. “I am pleased that EBITDA improved significantly on account of better realisations, operational efficiencies and supply chain efficiency improvement. Despite subdued cement demand, our strong customer relationships, loyal channel network and range of innovative products have helped us deliver a robust quarter,” said Neeraj Akhoury, the managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) of ACC. He added that the company s concrete business grew strongly due to eight new RMX plants it added in the second quarter. Altogether the company operates 82 operational. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,22 ,2019

UltraTech Cement to complete merger with Century Cement by September 2019
India: UltraTech Cement plans to complete its merger with Century Cement by September 2019. Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla said the company has approval from shareholders, the Competition Commission and stock exchanges, according to the Mint newspaper. However, it still needs permission from the National Company Law Tribunal (NCLT). The merger, which was first announced in May 2018, is a long running reorganisation of assets belonging to the Birla family. Once complete it is expected to give UltraTech Cement dominance in all regional markets with the addition of 13.4Mt/yr of production capacity in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra.
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,20 ,2019

Savannah Cement set to complete upgrade to grinding plant by end of 2019
Kenya: Savannah Cement is set to complete US$50m upgrade to its grinding plant at Athi River by the end of 2019. It is installing a second 1.2Mt/yr mill at the unit supplied by Denmark s FLSmidth, according to the Kenya Broadcasting Company. Contractors are also installing belt conveyors, storage silos, a packing plant and dust filters as part of the new vertical roller mill line. The cement producer made the announcement at an event celebrating its seventh anniversary. The existing mill at Athi River has a production capacity of 1.2Mt/yr.
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,16 ,2019

Iraqi government approves measures to support cement industry
Iraq: The government has approved a series of recommendations from the Ministerial Economic Council to support the growth of Iraq s cement industry and to ensure that production capacity continues to meet domestic demand. The cabinet approved a loan agreement between the Republic of Iraq and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development for an electricity services reconstruction and enhancement project. It also approved a recommendation from the housing consultative group that investors in housing projects need to complete a percentage of the planned building work before they are allowed to own the land.
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,08 ,2019

The Global Cement and Concrete Association launches presence in India
India/UK: The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) has launched GCCA India. As part of GCCA s strategic partnership with the World Business Council on Sustainable Development the new office, based in Mumbai, will take over the work of the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) India, which formerly served as the sector s sustainability alliance. GCCA India plans to ensure that, from a sustainability angle, innovation in technology and manufacture, and collaboration across the wider built environment, the Indian cement sector can play a key leadership role. It will develop a work program that will focus on the wider global GCCA priorities but with practical application across the Indian built environment.
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,04 ,2019

ASEC completes commissioning of Mozambique plant
ASEC has announced the successful commissioning of a tile adhesive full production line in Cimento Nacional Ltd (CNL), Mozambique, under the company s supervision and management. CNL has embarked on the new investment to cater for the market demand for various types of tile adhesive products. The project comprises a feeding and drying system, a double shaft mixer, and a packing plant. The ASEC O&M team has provided technical assistance onsite since 2014, and was assigned the new project s planning, supervision, erection, and commissioning. Modifications introduced by the team added sand grinding capacity to the production line, which has served in the widening product range to include three distinct types of adhesives: grouts, dry mix, and concrete mix. Following the commissioning of the project, ASEC was additionally entrusted with the operation of the new production line, as well as the technical training of the local team for proper handover. /WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,01 ,2019

UltraTech Cement in talks to buy stake Emami Cement
UltraTech Cement is in talks to buy a stake in Emami Cement for up to U$800m. Sources quoted by the Economic Times newspaper say that UltraTech Cement is working with private equity companies, including KKR and Temasek Holdings, on the potential deal. Emami Group is reportedly still deciding whether to sell its entire cement business, a stake or selected assets. Emami Cement operates a 2.5Mt/yr integrated plant at Risda in Chhattisgarh and a 2.5Mt/yr grinding plant at Panagarh in West Bengal. It acquired a 0.6Mt/yr grinding plant at Bhabua, Bihar in September 2018. In addition, the firm has mining assets in Guntur in Andhra Pradesh and near Jaipur in Rajasthan. Its main markets are in West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh. It markets its products under the Double Bull brand. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,01 ,2019

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

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