• Iran: Iran’s Cement Exports down by 20%

    Iranian cement and clinker exports fell by 20 percent over the past Iranian year (1394),IRNA reports. According to Abdolreza Sheikhan, the secretary of the Association of Cement Industry Entrepreneurs, Iran’s exports of cement and clinker shrank to nearly 15 million tons from 18

  • Chinese firm clinches deal to construct Sh15.5b cement plant in West Pokot

    China Investment Trustee International Corporation China (CITIC) has been contracted to carry out construction works at a cement factory planned for West Pokot. CITIC has already started shipping in machinery and equipment for the construction of Pokot Cement, which is schedul

  • Dalmia Cement withdraws appeal against Lafarge-Holcim deal

    Dalmia Cement has withdrawn the appeal filed before the competition tribunal against transfer of Lafarge's assets as approved by the Competition Commission, clearing the way for the merger of Lafarge and Holcim in India. Last month, the Competition Appellate Tribunal had stayed t

  • Philippines:Association of the Philippines lobbies for government projects to use blended cement

    The Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (CEMAP) has asked the government to use more blended cement in its infrastructure projects to meet its emissions targets. “In the Philippines, the private sector uses more than 80% of blended cement. The government, on the

  • Buzzi Unicem cement sales grow to 5Mt in first quarter of 2016

    Buzzi Unicem’s cement sales have grown by 3% year-on-year to 5Mt in the first quarter of 2016 from 4.9Mt in the same period in 2015. Overall net sales rose by 5% to Euro540m from Euro513m. Its earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose by 87% to E

  • Pakistan exports drive up utilisation rate to ‘95%’

    Pakistan: Cement sales are up in Pakistan, with All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association Chairman Muhammad Ali Tabba claiming that the sector is using 95% of its installed capacity. He said that strong export growth in March 2016 was ‘very encouraging’ and had been major f

  • Philippines: Flat Holcim Philippines income disguises shifting picture

    Philippines: Holcim Philippines’ profit was flat year-on-year in the first quarter of 2016 at US$31.7m, despite revenues increasing by 17% to US$213.6m. The company reported, however, that production costs rose by 23%, eating into revenues. Holcim Philippines president and count

  • Cimencam to ramp up grinding capacity in 2018

    Cameroon: Les Cimenteries du Cameroun (Cimencam), a subsidiary of the multinational LafargeHolcim, has announced that it has signed an investment agreement with the government for the construction of a new cement grinding unit in Nomayas. The new US$40.3m installation is schedule