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LafargeHolcim to spend US$214m on new cement plant in Rajasthan
India: LafargeHolcim plans to spend US$214m towards building a new cement plant in the state of Rajasthan. The 3.1Mt/yr plant will be operated by its local subsidiary, Ambuja Cement, and it will target markets in the north of the country, including Delhi. Commissioning for the plant is scheduled for the second half of 2020. India is the second biggest global cement market and is forecasted to continue to see high growth rates. We are excited to invest in this highly attractive market to further strengthen our footprint and to reinforce our leading building materials position in India," said Jan Jenisch, Group chief executive officer (CEO) of LafargeHolcim.
UAECEMENT.COM - Feb ,22,2017

Forecast rise in US concrete construction
The rise in the US economy, supported by tax reform and a rise in federal infrastructure programmes, will support the growth of the US concrete construction industry. Ed Sullivan, Portland Cement Association’s Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, offered up this forecast for the US concrete construction industry in a press conference at the recent 2018 World of Concrete conference in Las Vegas. “There is little doubt that the near-term outlook for construction and cement consumption in 2018 and 2019 remain favorable,” said Sullivan. “Strengthening economic conditions, with the addition of fiscal stimulus, and in the context of already low unemployment could awaken inflationary pressures. This could lead to an even more stringent monetary policy, an acceleration in interest rate, and an eventual cooling of construction markets. If this scenario plays out, it will likely take time to gestate and not materialise to a significant degree until after 2019.” /WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Feb ,15,2017

French cement sector to increase use of wood waste
France: The French cement industry union (SFIC), plus three other professional organisations, has announced that has committed to increase the amount of wood waste used in France s cement plants. It has committed to increasing the amount used by 90% compared to 2015 by 2020. 90,000t of wood were used as fuel in cement production in 2015. The goal is to use 170,000t in 2020. Four cement plants will act as pilot sites. The wood used must be from the same region as the plant burning it. According to the SFIC, alternative fuels account for 41% of cement fuels used in France.
UAECEMENT.COM - Feb ,15,2017

Eagle Materials records record revenues
US: Eagle Materials has reported its financial results for the third quarter of the 2018 fiscal year, which ended on 31 December 2017. It recorded record revenues of US$359.4m, a rise of 19% compared to the same period of the 2017 fiscal year Third quarter gross profit improved by 8%, reflecting the financial results of the recently acquired cement plant in Fairborn, Ohio and related assets (the Fairborn Business) and improved net sales prices across most of Eagle s businesses. Cement, Concrete and Aggregates Cement revenues for the third quarter, including joint venture and intersegment revenues, totalled US$161.6m, 17% higher than the same quarter last year. Total cement sales volumes for the quarter were 1.3Mt, 12% greater than the same quarter a year earlier. Like-for-like average net cement sales prices increased by 4% and sales volumes declined by 2%, respectively, versus the third quarter of fiscal 2017. This comparison excludes cement sales from the Fairborn Business since its acquisition date. Operating earnings from cement activities for the third quarter of the 2018 fiscal year were a record US$52.5m and were 16% greater than the same quarter a year ago. The earnings improvement was driven primarily by earnings from the Fairborn Business and improved average net cement sales prices offset by lower sales volumes from Eagle’s legacy facilities.
UAECEMENT.COM - Feb ,13,2017

Higher costs hit Lucky Cement’s bottom line
Pakistani cement maker, Lucky Cement, reported pre-tax profit of PKR8.09 billion in 2H17. This was slightly down on the same period in 2016, despite a rise in gross sales revenues to PKR32.85 billion, as rising costs hit the company’s bottom line. Costs rose to PKR14.37 billion from PKR11.78 billion in 2H16, while sales taxes and federal excise duty – which are deducted from the gross sales revenues – also rose substantially to PKR9.15 billion from PKR7.46 billion the year before. Post after taxation stood at PKR6.55 billion, slightly down at PKR7.04 billion over the last six months of 2016. Lucky Cement reported the start-up of a new production line at its Karachi plant, as well as a grinding unit in Iraq, in December 2017. The company also said it was evaluating brownfield expansion of its Pezu plant, in view of continued delays at its expansion plans in the north of the country. /WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Feb ,10,2017

Energy Star rating for two LafargeHolcim cement plants
Two LafargeHolcim cement plants, Holly Hill in South Carolina and Devil’s Slide in Morgan, Utah, have been allocated the US Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Energy Star rating for their commitment to energy efficiency. The Energy Star rating is a national symbol for protecting the environment through superior energy performance. “Receiving the Energy Star award this year at two sites is an affirmation of the hard work all our employees are devoting every day to meeting our environmental goals,” said John Stull, CEO of US Cement. “We are excited to receive these awards, and we intend on continuing to reach high levels of sustainability in the upcoming years so we can serve as an example to others in our industry.” This year is the eighth time the EPA has recognised both the Holly Hill and Devil’s Slide plants with the Energy Star award since 2009.
UAECEMENT.COM - Feb ,08,2017

Milling equipment market to reach US$1.3 billion by 2022
According to CW Research s recently published World Cement Equipment Market and Forecast Report, the global market of milling equipment, including upgrades, will reach US$1.3 billion by 2022, accounting for 14% of the global cement equipment market size in the same year. This expansion is encouraged by the rising number of grinding facilities comparative to the slow number of installations of integrated plants in the next five years. Milling is one of the few areas of cement process equipment where innovation continues to be ripe” observed Robert Madeira, CW Group Managing Director and Head of Research. “It may seem that the vertical roller mills were the last game-changing innovation, but we are seeing equipment manufacturers going beyond business as usual and paying more attention to niche segments whose needs for mobility, ease of usage and super fineness were poorly catered for in the past. /WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Feb ,01,2017

UltraTech Cement gets green nod for limestone mining project
India: The Environment Ministry has approved a US$9.4m opencast limestone mine project by UltraTech Cement in Bhavnagar district, Gujarat. The cement producer has proposed to lease a 632 hectare site with a production capacity of 2.07Mt/yr, according to the Press Trust of India. The mine has total mineral reserves of 63.6Mt with a lifespan of 32 years. Conditions of the approval include relocating 147 families and a group of local farmers. Limestone from the mine will be used to support a proposed cement plant in Bhavnagar district. It will also be sent to UltraTech s other plants in the state. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Feb ,01,2017

Construction of new cement grinding plant in Uzbekistan starts
Uzbekistan: Construction work has started on Popcement s new grinding plant in the Pap district of Namangan region. The US$50m plant will have a production capacity of 0.5Mt/yr, according to Uzbekistan Daily. The project is expected to be completed in September 2018.It is a joint venture between Uzbek, Chinese and Saudi Arabian investors. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jan ,25,2017

SCG Cement sees sales growth in 2017 despite sluggish market
Thailand: SCG Cement s sales revenue rose by 3% year-on-year to US$5.5bn in 2017. Its earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) fell by 6% to US$705m. The cement producer reported that overall domestic Ordinary Portland Cement demand fell by 5% in 2017 due to a slow recovery in the private sector. Total domestic consumption of cement was around 37.5Mt 2017 and exports rose to 4Mt from 3.7Mt in 2016. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jan ,25,2017

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

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