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Lafarge Nigeria unit takes control of United Cement
An affiliate of Lafarge Africa has completed a 100 percent acquisition of Nigeria s third-largest cement manufacturer United Cement Company of Nigeria (UNICEM), the local unit of the French cement maker said on Monday.

Lafarge did not disclose the purchase price. It said its affiliate Nigerian Cement Holdings (NCH), owned a 70 percent equity in UNICEM before agreeing a deal last November to buy the remaining 30 percent stake from Flour Mills .

UNICEM cement plant, which is located in Cross Rivers, southeast Nigeria, with a production capacity of 2.5 million tonnes was undergoing an expansion to 5 million tonnes to be completed next year, it said in a filing with Nigeria s bourse.

Shares in Lagos-listed Lafarge Africa shed 0.51 percent on Monday to 98 naira, outperforming a weaker index which fell 0.6 percent.
UAECEMENT.COM - Oct ,06 ,2015

Indonesian investors pick health care, consumer staples in selloff
Oct 6 Indonesian fund managers are picking defensive stocks in the healthcare, consumer and infrastructure sectors as the broader equity market wilts on concerns over slowing growth, falling commodity prices and a weakening currency.

Indonesia s stock index has fallen by nearly 20 percent so far this year and is the worst-performing equity market in Southeast Asia. Economic growth in Southeast Asia s largest economy had slowed to its weakest pace in six years and the rupiah languishes at its weakest level in 17 years.

China s slowdown and weak global commodity prices have dented export growth.

The slow pace of implementing the infrastructure investment promised by President Joko Widodo has so far done little to turn around insipid domestic demand. But some data showing the government is speeding up infrastructure development may help drive up construction stocks.

Fund managers say Indonesians are reducing their living standards in this gloomy climate, raising the investment appeal of consumer staples - firms that make or sell everyday essentials such as cheap soaps and food.

The list of defensive "must have" stocks includes shampoo and soap maker PT Unilever Indonesia, whose stock price is up 14 percent so far this year.

"Some consumer companies have the ability to pass on increasing costs to their customers, like Unilever increasing selling prices by about five percent, making them quite defensive," said Hanif Mantiq of BNI Asset Management.

Unilever s must-have status has sent its valuation up to 45.78 times its next annual earnings. It is also the most expensive among Indonesian consumer stocks.

Biscuit and instant coffee-maker PT Mayora Indah Tbk has seen a 26 percent rise in its share price so far this year, with its 12-month earnings multiplier at 25.4 times. Shares of beverage supplier PT Ultrajaya Milk Industry & Trading Company Tbk have gained 7 percent this year.

Stocks of construction companies have been rising this month on revived hopes of infrastructure investment, indicated by rising cement sales and increased imports of capital goods.

Shares of construction firm PT Waskita Karya Tbk have gained 12 percent this year.

"I m still optimistic about infrastructure development," said Andry Taneli, a fund manager with Ciptadana Asset Management in Jakarta, adding that he expects improvement in the fourth quarter and next year. "I did some cross-checking with building material sellers in Kalimantan and they get more orders these days because of government infrastructure projects."

Healthcare counters are also on investors radar with hospital operator PT Mitra Keluarga Karyasehat Tbk among the selections of local fund manager Ciptadana Asset Management.

Fund managers are expected to stay with this defensive stance for the rest of the year.

Mantiq of BNI Asset Management expects inflation to steadily drop to a 5 percent pace in December, about 2 percentage points below current levels, giving Bank Indonesia some room to gradually cut interest rates next year to help consumption growth.

Meanwhile, commodities-related stocks are still suffering owing to weak demand from top importer China.
UAECEMENT.COM - Oct ,06 ,2015

Former Lafarge HQ bought by insurer
The French insurer of health professionals MACSF has announced that it has paid Euro150m to real estate agent Eurosic to buy the office building in Paris that is the former headquarters of cement group Lafarge. Lafarge left the building after its merger with Swiss peer Holcim as the headquarters of the combined group was moved to Switzerland.

The building was constructed in 1993, covers a surface of 12,000m2 and is situated in the 16th Arrondissement in central Paris.
Global Cement - Oct ,06 ,2015

Oyak orders KHD equipment for Aslan Çimento plant
Turkey: Oyak Aslan Çimento has awarded KHD Humboldt Wedag a contract for engineering and delivery of equipment to upgrade its cement grinding line at its plant in Darica-Kocaeli. The installation will be Oyak s seventh KHD roller press at the facility.

The contract to install a new Comflex grinding system will increase the capacity of cement grinding unit no. 1, by more than 100% and save approximately 20% energy. KHD s scope includes the engineering and delivery of mechanical and electrical equipment, as well as advisory supervision of erection and commissioning for the new Comflex SC20-3250. This will be KHD s fourth Comflex grinding unit and 15th roller press system with a V-Separator in Turkey.

The core equipment to be designed and delivered by KHD, as specified in this contract, includes a Comflex SC20-3250 clinker grinding system with:

Roller Press RPZ 20-170/180 with Rolcox system for control and monitoring
Cascade separator, type VS 620 as static classifier
High efficiency separator Sepmaster, type SKS-VC 3250 as dynamic classifier
System fan HKF 190/280

The new Comflex system will be integrated with the existing ball mill system. However, according to KHD, a primary reason Aslan Çimento chose KHD s Comflex for this project is it s ability to produce finished product without a ball mill unit. The commissioning of the new Comflex system is planned for 2016.

Global Cement - Oct ,06 ,2015

Example MSW project comes online in China
Sinoma International Resources Environmental Engineering Co., Ltd and Gezhouba Cement Company s joint venture, Gezhouba Sinoma Clean and New Technology Co., Ltd, has seen the successful completion of a 500 tpd municipal solid waste project. The project was built by Sinoma REE at Gezhouba Laohekou Cement and adopts second-generation co-disposing technology, upgraded from the technology in the Sinoma Liyang Municipal Solid Waste Co-disposing Model. It will be used as an example line for the disposal of MSW in Central China.

The project took only six months to be put into production, having been initiated on 6 March 2015.

UAECEMENT.COM - Oct ,01 ,2015

CHINA - Italcementi Group Disposes of Its 5.24% Stake in West China Cement
Italcementi Group, via its affiliate CimFra (China) Limited S.A.S., has disposed of its 5.24% stake in West China Cement for upfront consideration of HKD 341 million, equivalent to approximately € 38,5 million, subject to later adjustments through a derivative contract with Credit Agricole CIB. The disposal of the minority WCC stake has no impact on EBITDA generation capacity at Group level. For further details on the transaction, please refer to regulatory disclosures made by CimFra (China) S.A.S. with the Hong Kong market regulatory authorities
UAECEMENT.COM - Oct ,01 ,2015

Suez to fuel UK cement plant with recycled waste
French waste and water group Suez has opened a waste facility in Rugby, Britain that will provide energy for a Cemex cement plant, Suez said in a statement on Monday.

Under the 25-year contract, signed in 2012, Suez will use waste that could not otherwise be sorted and recycled and is made up of a mixture of industrial and household waste, primarily wood, plastic, paper and cardboard.

Suez said the process makes it possible to find a use for up to 98 percent of household and industrial waste. The site, owned and operated by Suez, will supply the UK s largest cement kiln with a direct replacement for fossil fuels, manufactured using locally-sourced rubbish.

The site can handle up to 300,000 tonnes of residual waste each year, with nearly 70 percent coming from companies in the region, and the rest from household waste.

One and a half tonnes of the waste will produce the same energy as one tonne of coal. At full production capacity, the plant can consume up to 40 tonnes of the waste per hour.

UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,28 ,2015

Jammu and Kashmir government bans sale of Ambuja cement in state: Minister
The Jammu and Kashmir government has banned sale of Ambuja Cements in the state after a probe found underweight bags and irrational product prices, a state minister said today.

"The sale and operations of Ambuja Cements have been banned in the state. These steps have been taken after the complaints of mal-practices against the company," Minister for CA&PD and Tribal Affairs Choudhary Zulfkar Ali told reporters here.

UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,28 ,2015

Algeria: Gica to invest DZD 154bn to increase cement production
Algerian cement group Gica is investing DZD 154 billion (€1.28 billion/US$1.45 billion) to increase its yearly production by 38% from a current 11.5 million tonnes to 18.5 million tonnes.

This investment will lead to the creation of the Bechar and Oum El Bouaghi cement plants, which are due to be operational by the end of 2017 and will produce a yearly 3 million tonnes, and to the increase in production capacities of the Chlef and Aïn El Kebira cement plants.

The latter, which is run by the Scaek (cement company of Aïn El Kebira), subsidiary of Gica, will receive an investment ranging from DZD 32 billion (€265.82 million/$301.32 million) to DZD 35 billion (€290.74 million/$329.57 million) in order to boost production from 1.3 million tonne of cement currently to 3 million tonnes by the end of 2016 with the installation of a second line of production.

The Chlef plant is expected to double production to 4 million tonnes of cement by the end of 2017.

Furthermore, the Scaek is expected to be listed on the stock exchange by the first quarter of 2016, as 35% of the capital will be open to institutional and individual investors, as well as to part of the workers.

The Gica group operates 12 state-owned cement plants and provides 59% of the cement national market.

UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,28 ,2015

CCI clears Heidelberg-Italcementi deal
Competition Commission of India has approved German firm Heidelberg Cement s proposed acquisition of Italcementi SpA. Heidelberg and the Italian company are into the business of cement and building materials. In July, Heidelberg announced plans to buy Italcementi SpA through a transaction worth about 3.7 billion euros. At first, the German firm would acquire 45 per cent stake and then make an open offer to other stakeholders. Fair trade regulator CCI in a tweet said it has approved "acquisition of Italcementi SPA by Heidelberg Cement AG". Heidelberg and Italcementi have presence in India. CCI keeps a tab on anti-competitive practices across sectors in the market place.

Under the transaction, Heidelberg would initially buy Italmobiliare s 45 per cent stake in Italcementi and subsequently make an open offer to buy the remaining shares. Italmobiliare SpA, a financial holding company is the primary shareholder of Italcementi SpA with 45 per cent stake.
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,26 ,2015

Concrete roads cheaper, more durable – Dangote
The Chairman of Dangote Cement, Aliko Dangote, has reiterated his plea to the Federal Government to urgently adopt concrete roads (made of cement and aggregates instead of bitumen) in the country.

Africa s richest man said it would be to the benefit of Nigerians if the government embraced the option of using concrete for roads in the country. Aside from being very cheap, he said concrete roads were more durable with near zero maintenance cost.

Dangote said, “We are pushing for Nigeria to do concrete roads. It is cheaper to do a concrete road that will last 50 years than to do a bitumen road.

“It will also help in eliminating corruption, because if you go and build a bitumen road, it will have to be adequately maintained unlike a concrete road that is very durable.”

Dangote Cement, according to a statement, has just expanded its frontiers to Asia by constructing a three-million-metric-tonne per annum plant in Nepal as part of its investment of $4.34bn in 10 African countries.

The company is currently in 15 African countries, excluding Kenya, Niger and Mali, which are new projects, the statement added.

Its current total capacity stands at 48mmtpa, out of which Nigeria alone has the largest chunk of 29.3mmtpa.

Dangote had recently said, “We are not only building cement plants in Africa, we have gone far away to Nepal to build a three-million-metric-tonne cement plant capacity and by the time all these our new projects are completed in the next two years, Dangote Cement will have more than 70 million capacity, but we are not going to stop there; hopefully, by 2020, our targets is to get to somewhere around 100 million tonnes capacity.

“I can assure you that Africa will not lack cement now and even in the future. Africa will be self -sufficient rather than be a dumping ground for other manufacturers of cement.”

The new plants for which agreements were signed recently with Sinoma were the 3.0mmtpa in Nepal, 2.5mmtpa in Ethiopia, 3.0mmtpa in Kenya 1&2; 1.5mmtpa in Zambia; 1.5mmtpa in Senegal, 1.5mmtpa in Niger; and 1.5mmtpa each in Mali, Cameroon, Cote D’Ivoire and Ghana.
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,26 ,2015

Alkhalij Cement Co. to increase Clinker production by 100%
In an effort to fill demand, Alkhalij Cement Company intends investing nearly QAR 800 million on a new production line.

Part of Qatari Investors Group, Alkhalij Cement Company intends to keep up with the growing demand for cement, an official said.

The country s construction market is putting strain on cement supply and Firas Tayssir Ibrahim, chief administration officer of Qatari Investors Group, said the new line is expected to be operational by the first quarter of 2016.

This is anticipated to increase cement production by 50% and doubling clinker production.

Ibrahim s statement was underscored by Alkhalij Cement Company chief operations officer Jose Escalera who emphasised the extraordinary growth in the country s construction sector:

"The unprecedented growth in Qatar s construction remains as the primary motive of all companies to place more efforts in improving their products and services to meet the terms of this growth and support it with emphasis on quality and effectiveness factors.

"This has prompted Alkhalij Cement Company to increase its production capacity to cope with the increasing market demands. While the production of clinker will reach around 2mn tonnes and cement around 3mn tonnes by the end of 2015, our projections show that in 2016 and when our new line is operational, we will need to produce close to 4mn tonnes of clinker and 4.5mn tonnes of cement," Escalera explained.

Speaking at a training workshop for customers, Ibrahim said Alkhalij Cement has organised the event in collaboration with Grey Matters, "to support key and mega projects in Qatar through learning, knowledge sharing, supporting, networking, and humanisation."

Both technical and specialised personnel from the concrete and construction sectors attended the workshop which was intended to inform on quality and effective use of cement and concrete products.

"This workshop comes within the framework of the educational strategy the company has adopted to facilitate advancement of the experience of its customers in order to achieve higher effectiveness and quality in the use of cement and concrete," Ibrahim said.

Rabih Fakih, managing director of Grey Matters and workshop facilitator, said: "The importance of this co-operation between Grey Matters and Alkhalij Cement is to emphasise the educational and awareness aspects of the company s clients and employees to optimise the usage of the products and realise quality."
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,20 ,2015

Pikalevo Cement is preparing to expand its geography of sales
During his working visit to the Leningrad Region, President of the Eurocement Group Mikhail Skorokhod inspected the production process stages of Pikalevo Cement including the site for the construction of dry line.

The President has set the task to increase control over the quality of clinker. Pikalevo Cement traditionally enjoys high trust and reputation among customers and clients.

The President expressed the view that the decision taken recently by the Russian government to introduce mandatory certification of cement will set the barrier to low-quality and counterfeit basic construction material.

Eurocement Group is currently actively pursuing opportunities to expand the geography of sales, including the supply of clinker for export. New technologies have been developed in recent months to improve the indicators of quality of clinker.

Talking about the construction of a new high-tech dry line, Mikhail Skorokhod said that the group intends to consistently implement the modernisation program at its plants.
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,19 ,2015

Major investment in the Middle East and Africa
14 of the major economies in the Middle East and Africa are currently investing, or planning to invest, over US$1.82 trillion in commercial and institutional projects, says a new report by Timetric s Construction Intelligence Centre (CIC). The UAE leads with investment of US$687 billion, followed by Saudi Arabia with US$436 billion and Kuwait with US$158 billion.

Institutional and religious projects, including government buildings and places of worship, predominantly mosques, are valued at US$51.5 billion. With a number of new cities being developed in the Middle East, particularly in the UAE, each will form large-scale mixed use developments, which include residential, retail, offices, educational and health elements, along with the requisite infrastructure.

"With the increase in population in the Middle East and the improving prosperity of Africa, commercial and institutional buildings will be of increasing importance in providing administrative, retail, commercial, health and educational facilities. The MEA countries move from being dependent on hydrocarbons and other commodities will also make investment in the sector of greater significance,” comments Neil Martin, Manager at Timetric CIC.

UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,19 ,2015

Holcim Indonesia launches new cement plant in Tuban, East Java
Indonesia: PT Holcim Indonesia Tbk has launched its new US$800m, 3.4Mt/yr cement plant in Tuban, East Java.

Having started the construction five years ago, the plant is Holcim s first greenfield project in Indonesia. The plant will serve the East Java market and supply Sumatra and Kalimantan. With the new plant, Holcim Indonesia s cement production capacity has grown by 40% to 12.5Mt/yr.

"Currently, Holcim Indonesia is operating in an oversupply market and market slowdown. However, we believe that it is temporary as construction markets in developing countries are cyclical. The overall long-term macroeconomic fundamentals in Indonesia remain strong and the domestic economy will recover with the realisation of delayed infrastructure projects and housing," said Gary Schutz, CEO of Holcim Indonesia. "The new Tuban Plant completes our presence in Java as it will serves our markets better, ensures supplies and secures our position among the three biggest cement players in Indonesia."

UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,17 ,2015

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