• Expansion at LafargeHolcim Joppa cement plant scrapped

    US: Lafarge North America has scrapped plan to expand its Joppa cement plant in Illinois. One of the two kilns at the plant was shut in 2012. However, the company announced it was restarting this kiln and planning on building a third kiln in 2015, according to the Paducah Sun new

  • US first quarter update 2016

    Delegates at the IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference in Dallas, Texas this week may have smiles upon their faces if the following data is correct. The US cement industry has rocketed into 2016 with solid sales growth. Multinational cement producer balance sheets are

  • Cementos Argos profit up 31 percent in Q1 due to expansion

    Top Colombian cement maker Cementos Argos reported a 31 percent jump in its net profit in the first quarter compared to the same period last year due to expansions in local and foreign operations. Net profit was 122 billion Colombian pesos ($41.7 million) in the January-March per

  • Lafarge Africa approves acquisition of UNICEM

    Nigeria: The board of directors of Lafarge Africa has approved the acquisition of an additional 50% equity interest in the Untied Cement Company of Nigeria (UNICEM). The purchase was handled on the same terms of its initial acquisition of 35%. Following the acquisition Lafarge Af

  • Azerbaijan to build plant and trade center in Dagestan

    A large cement plant and trade and logistics center will be built between Makhachkala and Kaspiysk in Dagestan in cooperation with Azerbaijani investors. The due statement was made by Dagestani president Ramazan Abdulatipov on his Instagram page. "Creation of a trade and logistic

  • Harbin Xiaoling Cement takes environment ministry to court

    China: Harbin Xiaoling Cement in Heilongjiang province has taken the environment ministry to court after its approval to operate was rejected following complaints by residents. The cement company’s representatives say the ministry was wrong to overrule a decision by the local au

  • Austrian cement industry grows by 4% to 4.6Mt in 2015

    Austria: The Federation of Austrian Cement Industry (VÖZ) has reported that its national cement market volumes grew by 4% year-on-year to 4.6Mt in 2015. Overall sales turnover increased by 4.3% to Euro388m. Alongside this, the use of alternative fuels by the cement industry

  • Cement maker China Shanshui says it can’t pay bond interest due to lack of seal

    Hong Kong-listed China Shanshui Cement says it cannot distribute interest on its 2017 notes to bondholders because of the lack of a company seal, highlighting the challenges facing investors trying to get paid after a series of domestic bond defaults since November. While the com