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South African trade commission starts review of tariffs on cement imports from Pakistan
South Africa: The International Trade Administration Commission (ITAC) started a ‘sunset’ review in December 2020 of import tariffs imposed on cement from Pakistan. The investigation will last up to 18 months, according to Moneyweb. Existing anti-dumping duties, which were first implemented in 2015, will remain in place during proceedings. The review by ITAC follows lobbying by the Concrete Institute (TCI) in 2019 to add additional protection against imports of cement from other countries like Vietnam. Construction industry data company Industry Insight reports that Vietnam accounted for 70% or 0.47Mt of the 0.68Mt of cement imported into South Africa in the first nine months of 2020. The remaining 30% or 0.20Mt came from Pakistan. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jan, 18,2021

Raysut Cement’s revenue grows by 7% to US$235m in 2020
Oman: Raysut Cement s revenue grew by 7% year-on-year to US$235m in 2020 from US$219m in 2019. Its profit after tax increased to US$36.5m from US$5.88m. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jan, 18,2021

Libyan Interior Ministry prioritises war-torn homeowners’ cement orders
Libya: Tripoli residents whose homes have been damaged during fighting between government and Libyan National Army forces will receive priority access to cement. The Libya Herald has reported that the Libyan Interior Ministry has established a committee to coordinate between state-owned Ahlia Cement Company and citizens involved in reconstruction. It said that the committee will update people who have ordered cement on their scheduled deliveries. The initiative is intended to overcome allegations of corruption connected to obtaining cement from the producer. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jan, 10,2021

ACC begins production at upgraded 4.4Mt/yr Sindri cement grinding plant
India: LafargeHolcim subsidiary ACC has commissioned a new 1.4Mt/yr unit at its Sindri cement grinding plant in Jharkhand. The plant now commands a total grinding capacity of 4.4Mt/yr. The company began work on the expansion in December 2019 in order to strengthen its presence in the Eastern region. It said that the state government and local authorities aided smooth commissioning. LafargeHolcim India chief executive officer (CEO) and non-executive director ACC Limited Neeraj Akhoury said, "Strong ambition aimed at deliverance of high performance is what guided ACC to establish the commissioning of the Sindri GU-Phase-II within a record period.” He added, “I am proud of the flexibility and agility demonstrated by the team." ACC managing director and chief executive officer (CEO) Sridhar Balakrishnan said, “The commitment, meticulous planning and collaborative approach by the Project Sindri team in these unprecedented times and commencing the cement production in a record time have set a new benchmark for ACC.” /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jan, 07,2021

Pakistan government extends fixed tax regime for construction industry to 31 December 2021
Pakistan: The government has extended its construction industry fixed tax regime by a further year until 31 December 2021. In a live address to the country, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that the move was in response to ‘big’ demand from the sector, according to the Dawn newspaper. Other incentives unveiled during the broadcast included an exemption for builders from disclosing sources of income to tax authorities until 30 June 2021. The measures follow the government’s introduction of the foreclosure law, under which banks are aiming to allocate US$2.36bn towards house building until 31 December 2021. Khan called 2021 a ‘year of growth.’ /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jan, 05,2021

Raysut Cement Company is recognised at Oman & GCC Best Employer Brand Awards 2020
Raysut Cement Company (RCC), Oman s largest cement manufacturer, has been recognised at two Best Employer Brand Awards, one focused on Oman companies and the other on GCC corporate entities. RCC has reported that its Group CEO, Mr. Joey Ghose, won the CEO of the Year award at both the Oman Best Employer Awards 2020 in October and GCC Best Employer Awards 2020 in November. The awards, presented at virtual events held by the global branding, HR and leadership body, Employer Branding Institute, recognised RCC s excellence across leadership, health and safety, technology, training and talent management. RCC won Promoting Health in the Workplace, Best Use of Technology for Training, and Training Provider of the Year awards at the Oman Best Employer Brand Awards. At the GCC Best Employer Brand Awards 2020, RCC won Award for Talent Management and eaders of Tomorrow Award. Mr. Salim bin Ahmed bin Alawi Al Ibrahim, Acting Deputy Group CEO, who received the awards, thanked Sultan of Oman, His Majesty Sultan Haitham Bin Tariq Al, the Oman Government and its supporting bodies, Board and Executive Management of RCC, and employees for the company s success. He congratulated the award organisers for promoting corporate excellence, and thanked them for recognising RCC. Speaking for Mr. Joey Ghose, he said RCC is now an Omani multinational company. “We operate beyond Oman – in the UAE through our subsidiary, Pioneer Cement Company SAOG, in Yemen through associates and in East Africa through trading offices and new investments. We have invested in Georgia and recently acquired a terminal in Maldives. We will expand further, supporting infrastructure development across the world with Omani clinker and cement,” he said, adding that RCC acquired Sohar Cement Company last year. “Our success lies in our highly motivated, skilled and trained employees who deliver the best quality we are known for,” Mr. Salim said. RCC regularly trained Omani employees on-the-job and sent them abroad to upgrade their skills. “We have a healthy ratio of local and expatriate employees and nurture an open environment for learning and development of each one of them,” Mr. Salim said. RCC group s current capacity is 6 million metric t and the mission is to reach 10 million by 2022, and in the near future, 22 million t. The company supports and trains students of the Institutes of Higher Learning to impart hands-on experience. It is also active in community intervention and recently donated RO 500 000 to the Ministry of Health to tackle COVID-19 challenges. “RCC is under transformation and is on a journey to scale new heights and to work for the interest of its investors, financial institutions, community and employees," said Mr. Salim, adding that the new awards followed recognitions RCC received over the years. /World Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jan, 04,2021

Turkey exported nearly US$1 billion of cement in 2020
According to Tamer Saka, the Chairman of Turk Cimnento, Turkey exported 30 million t of cement in 2020, with a value of almost US$1 billion, making the country the world s second-largest exporter of cement. During an online press conference, Saka noted that: "The industry is ranked first in Europe and 6th in the world in terms of both production capacity and sales" - he also mentioned that the Turkish cement industry s total production capacity is 100 million t. Saka added: "The sector has been selling cement to important big projects in the US and they prefer Turkey because both price, quality, and service differentiate us from others." Turk Cimento s Vice President, Nihat Ozdemir, highlighted how the Turkish cement industry had performed well, despite the challenges of the pandemic: "During this troubled period, we could manage to sell our products to the whole world. Towards the end of 2020, all our factories are marching towards the end of the year, selling almost all of their products. I believe we will continue this success in 2021." /WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Dec, 28,2020

Fives to supply second classifier to Ramco Cements plant in Tamil Nadu
India: France-based Fives says that Ramco Cements has ordered a second FCB TSV 5500 BF type classifier for raw material mixing at a plant in Tamil Nadu. The order follows the commissioning of a similar classifier from Fives at the same site. The upgrade is part of an overhaul of the unit’s grinding equipment. No price for the order or commissioning date has been disclosed. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Dec, 26,2020

Tajikistan maintains 11-month cement production levels in 2020
Tajikistan: Cement producers recorded total production volumes of 3.95Mt in the first 11 months of 2020, up by under 1% year-on-year. Tajikistan Newsline has reported that in 2019 the country produced 4.2Mt of cement and exported 1.5Mt, worth US$68m. The country has an estimated production capacity of 4.7Mt/yr. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Dec, 23,2020

Azerbaijan records 11-month cement production fall
Azerbaijan: Cement producers produced 3.0Mt of cement in the first 11 months of 2020, down by 3% year-on-year from the same period in 2019. Ready-mix concrete production rose by 11%, according to the Trend News Agency. The total value of building products rose by 25% to US$389m. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Dec, 21,2020

Pakistan Ministry of Commerce proposes energy bill cut for cement plants
Pakistan: The Ministry of Commerce has advised the government that a concessionary rate for cement companies for the supply of electricity would reduce costs and increase international competitiveness. The Business Recorder newspaper has reported that the ministry proposed the measure due to the industry’s ‘immense’ potential for exports. In the 2020 financial year, the country exported US$266m-worth of cement. The ministry said that the current government’s policies would cause this to ‘substantially’ increase.
UAECEMENT.COM - Dec, 13,2020

Tanga Cement wins National Board of Accountants and Auditors best-presented report award
Tanzania: Tanga Cement has won the award for the overall best-presented financial report for the 2020 financial year at the National Board of Accountants and Auditors (NBAA). The Daily News newspaper has reported that the award is the company’s fifth consecutive win in the category. Chief accountant Isaac Lupokela said, “Everyone who prepares auditing knows that there is a competition behind that gives us a lot of motivation to do better. But professionally large accountants are the ones who make sure companies operate. Properly prepared calculations help those who use them to make better decisions.” The producer also won best-presented report in the manufacturers category. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Dec, 09,2020

Madukkarai Cement fined US$61,000 for fugitive cement dust
india: The Tamil Nadu Pollution Control Board (TNPCB) has fined ACC subsidiary Madukkarai Cement US$61,000 for fugitive emissions of clinker and cement dust in mid-2020. The Hindu newspaper has reported that inspections found dust in the village Kurumbapalayam, Coimbatore District, located on the eastern side of the cement plant. An ambient air quality survey in September 2020 revealed higher-than-prescribed particulate volumes. In addition to paying the fine, the producer must comply with 19 instructions of the TNPCB for air pollution control and monitoring by 7 January 2021. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Dec, 08,2020

Pakistani five-month cement dispatches rise
Pakistan: Cement dispatches in the five months to 30 November 2020, the first five months of the 2021 financial year, were 24Mt, up by 17% year-on-year from 20Mt over the corresponding period of the 2020 financial year. Data from the All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA) shows that exports grew by 22% to 4.4Mt from 3.6Mt. The Nation newspaper has reported that November 2020 s dispatches were up by 4% year-on-year to 4.5Mt from 4.3Mt, while domestic demand rose by 6% to 3.7Mt from 3.5Mt. Five-month demand also rose, by 16% to 19Mt from 17Mt. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Dec, 08,2020

Orient Cement to acquire 26% stake in AMPSolar Systems
India: Orient Cement has entered into a share purchase, subscription and shareholder s agreement with AMPTechnology and AMPSolar Systems. It will acquire a 26% stake in the latter for around US$0.6m. The Press Trust of India has reported that AMPSolar Systems is establishing a 13.5MW solar power plant in Maharashtra, where Orient Cement operates an integrated cement plant. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Dec, 06,2020

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