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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

Saudi Arabia cancels steel export duties, cuts cement duties by half
Saudi Arabia said on Thursday it would cancel all export duties on steel for two years to encourage local industries. Cement export tariffs will also be slashed by 50 percent, a statement by the trade ministry said.
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,10,2017

Siam City Cement to invest up to US$50m on Vietnam plants
Vietnam: Siam City Cement Vietnam plans to invest up to U$50m on its cement plants in the next six to 12 months. The Thai-owned cement producer purchased Holcim Vietnam in March 2017, according to the Saigon Times Daily newspaper. It operates plants in Kien Giang, Ba Ria-Vung Tau and Dong Nai provinces and in Ho Chi Minh City. Source:Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,06,2017

Ambuja Cement buys limestone resources in Maharashtra
India: Ambuja Cement has purchased a limestone block in the Chandrapur district of Maharashtra. An estimated limestone resource of 42Mt was acquired via state auction for a price of 125% of the value of mineral dispatched. Formal confirmation via the state government is expected to follow soon. /Source: Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,06,2017

BULKEX provides a forum for the bulk materials industry
BULKEX- the conference and trade show for the bulk materials handling industry – is “one of the most important things” the Materials Handling Engineers Association (MHEA) does, according to MHEA Executive Committee Member, James Bullock. “Our objective with BULKEX is to help the industry, help energise it, and create a buzz by establishing a forum for sharing ideas, sharing best practice and knowledge, and stimulating debate,” Bullock continued. BULKEX is the annual conference of the MHEA and includes a line up of technical presentations, as well as exhibitors from the bulk materials handling sector. The event is attended by professionals from the bulk materials and allied sectors, such as ports, cement, energy, transport, and steel. This year’s show takes place at Eastwood Hall in Nottingham, UK, between 18 and 29 October. “At the conference, we explore new sectors as new industries emerge. We can’t control the economy and the decline of coal and steel, but we can reflect the changes by shifting focus and evolving, for example to embrace biomass and renewables,” Bullock concluded. “BULKEX is where people from across the bulk materials and other industries gather together in one place. It’s where business gets done and it gives all suppliers the opportunity to interact with leading end users in the market.” /Source: WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,03,2017

Siemens Mechanical Drives Unit to rebrand as Flender
Germany: The Siemens Mechanical Drives unit will rebrand for the market as Flender, a wholly owned subsidiary based in Bocholt, on 1 October 2017. The reorganisation is intended to give the unit a "sharper" business focus. Its branches around the worldwide will also be rebranded. The new setup is expected to be completed by mid-2018.“Flender is our strong brand with a tradition more than a century old, and we ve always done business under the name. At this year s Hannover Messe, we highlighted Flender even more brightly, and made quite a splash with our stand-alone fair booth for gear units and clutches. Eventually all the unit s activities worldwide will be gathered under Flender,” says Stefan Tenbrock, chief executive officer (CEO) of Siemens Mechanical Drives.The future Flender builds components for mechanical drive technology, producing at eight locations with more than 6000 employees around the world. Its product range embraces a broad portfolio of gear units and clutches, drive applications and associated services. It serves industries including cement production, wind power, marine shipping, and conveyor and lifting technology.A Friedrich Flender AG was founded in Düsseldorf in 1899, originally making wood pulleys. Subsequently the company developed into manufacturing gear products. Siemens took over Flender in 2005 and integrated the company into its corporate group as a unit for mechanical drives. In February 2017 the company announced that it would reorganise Mechanical Drives as a stand-alone entity within Siemens./ Source: Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,03,2017

Dangote Cement threatens to stop operations in Ethiopia over youth scheme
Ethiopia: Dangote Cement has threatened to stop its operations at its Mugher cement plant in Oromia if the local government doesn t cancel an order forcing the cement producer to give control of some of its business to local young people. Oromia state s East Shewa Zone administration has asked the Nigerian cement company to allow cooperatives of unemployed young adults to run part of its mining businesses or face "any problems" that may arise, according to the Star newspaper. The state scheme is intended to reduce youth unemployment and to relax local social tensions following riots in 2016. Dangote Cement was one of several businesses that were attacked in the unrest.However, Dangote Cement s executive director Edwin Devakumar warned that any "mismanagement" of its mining business could undermine its entire business. The cement producer intends to write to the federal government to ask for intervention otherwise it will consider shutting its Mugher plant as a last resort. / By Global Cement.com
UAECEMENT.COM - Jun ,23,2017

Central Pollution Control Board orders three cement plants to cease operation in Telangana
India: The Central Pollution Control Board (CPCB) has ordered three cement plants to stop operation and issued show-cause notices to 11 other units in Telangana. Kakatiya Cements in Nalgonda, Mancherial Cements in Mancherial and the government owned Cement Corporation of India at Tandur have been issued with closure notices, according to the new Indian Express newspaper. Around 240 cement factories across the country have been sent either closure or show-cause notices.The campaign follows an initiative asking selected industries to install online pollution monitoring systems which are to be connected to the CPCB as well as State Pollution Control Board servers to ensure real-time monitoring of pollution emission of industries. Cement plants have also been sent show-cause notices for failing to meet new emissions standards set by the CPCB. / By Global Cement.com
UAECEMENT.COM - Jun ,23,2017

UAE government member calls for tighter emissions measures
Salem Al Shehi, a member of the Federal National Council, has called for stricter measures to mitigate emissions from cement plants and other industrial production units. The representative from Ras Al Khaimah has suggested that these sites be fitted with filters and be constantly monitored, according to the Gulf News newspaper. He cited the concerns of residents living close to industrial sites in Ras Al Khaimah, Al Ghail, Naseem, Suhaila and Al Manama. Local legislation requires that dust-control techniques must be introduced in all quarries and mines, and owners of these sites are obliged to install air-monitoring stations linked to a control centre based at the RAK Environment Protection Authority’s headquarters. Despite this the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment issued pollution warnings to five cement plants between 2014 and the end of May 2017. 55 quarries were also temporarily shut down for breaching health and safety regulations in the same period. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jun ,18,2017

Cement imports in Nepal double so far in current financial year
Nepal: Data from the Nepal Rastra Brank shows that the value of cement imports have doubled year-on-year to US$155m in the first 10 months of the current financial year from US$77m in the same period in 2015 – 2016. The surge in imports has coincided with a fall in the capacity utilisation rate of most cement plants to 60%, according to the Himalayan Times newspaper. The fall in local production has been blamed on difficulties importing clinker, coal and other raw materials. Reduced electricity supplies have also affected production. The Cement Manufacturers Association of Nepal hopes that, if these impediments are reduced, the country could become self reliant in clinker within two years. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jun ,18,2017

EMG to build US$300m cement plant in Egypt
Islam Solaiman, the vice chairman of the Electro-Mechanical Design Group (EMG), says that the group plans to build a US$300m cement plant in Foukah, Marsa Matrouh. The plan follows the group securing cement licence prospectus documents and it has started preliminary studies, according to the Daily News Egypt newspaper. The plant will supply cement to the north-west Matrouh governate and it may export cement to Libya and other countries. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jun ,15,2017

New Drive-Thru DomeSilo from Dome Technology
Dome Technology gas launched a microsite featuring information about the new Drive-Thru DomeSilo. The model has been designed by Dome Technology for cement and flyash storage, allowing companies to fill truck or rail directly from the storage structure and speeding up the process of product reception delivery. Drive-Thru DomeSilo incorporates a fill pipe, storage vessel, ladder access, truck scale and appropriate foundation. “Cement companies can save on building a single drive-through storage facility by eliminating the need for multiple mechanical systems, two operators and multiple structures,” Roberts said, noting that the DomeSilo is less expensive to build than a silo of similar capacity. The model allows for direct load-out, where stored product flows through a hopper for direct load-out into the truck or rail. The dome will provide 100 percent live reclaim utilizing a fully aerated floor. “Dome Technology is providing a full turnkey system, not just the storage bin,” said consulting engineer Doug Weber of Engineering System Solutions. According to Weber, the drive-through model could be used for applications like grain in the future, but the extremely active cement market took priority because demand for terminal storage is high. “Cement receiving, whether from a barge, shipping vessel or train, can be unloaded into the dome and then directly loaded into trucks or rail cars. This system directly competes with bolted steel tanks and drive-through concrete silos. Due to the unique construction techniques, this storage vessel is quickly constructed and very competitive,” Weber said. The Drive-Thru DomeSilo can be used as a day bin when built on a small scale, but in actuality “it s more like a drive-thru silo—it can store so much more than a typical steel day bin,” Roberts said. The dome s dimensions will vary by project and customer need; the bin size will likely range from 1,500 to 15,000 tons and will work well storing the typical drive-through capacity of 4,000 to 10,000 tons. However, by utilizing a fluidized floor system, “you could easily apply this same concept to a 60,000-ton DomeSilo,” Dome Technology CEO Bradley Bateman said. “There is no limit on the storage size for this technology.” /world cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jun ,11,2017

Cemex supports Philippines infrastructure build
Cemex Holdings Philippines (CHP) is to expand capacity to keep up with local demand and reduce reliance on imported cement. According to local news reports, the company plants to expand a production plant at its subsidiary, Solid Cement Corp., as well as reducing bottlenecks at existing plants. “This year we plan to ramp up domestic production and lessen out requirements for imported cement,” said CHP President and CEO, Pedro Palomino, at a shareholder meeting. The Philippine government is planning to increase investment in infrastructure to 7.4% of GDP in coming years. This year, planned spending will total PHP860.7 billion (around US$17.4 billion), or 5.4% of GDP. “We are fully supportive of the Build, Build, Build programme of President [Redrigo] Duterte,” said Chito Mañiago, Director for Corporate Communications and Public Affairs at CHP told reporters. “In fact, we have presented several building solutions to several cabinet secretaries.” Mañiago also noted that the company had already signed an agreement with Chinese engineering company, CBMI Construction, to begin work on the Solid Cement expansion. The project will see the construction of a new integrated production line with a capacity of 1.5 million tpy. It is scheduled for completion in 2019 and will bring CHP s total capacity to around 6.9 million tpy. “The Solid expansion bodes well for the infrastructure plant of the government,” continued Mañiago. “It s really to support the government s project.” /World Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jun ,11,2017

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