• Brazil: Votorantim opens BRL860m plant

    Votorantim Cimentos opened its 1.2Mta cement plant in Primavera, Pará yesterday. Votorantim expects the plant to reach 50-60 per cent capacity this year. The new works cost BRL860m (US$257.9m) and was planned almost five years ago. The new operation is part of Votorantim's expans

  • Estanda improves cement grinding line in Africa

    Estanda has overseen the assembly of different components supplied to a cement grinding line in Africa. The industrial cement plant belongs to a multinational cement group. Estanda has once again been entrusted with the implementation of various improvements to cement grinding li

  • Azerbaijan: Azerbaijan’s cement production down 30% in first five months of 2016

    Azerbaijan: In the five months of 2016, cement production in Azerbaijan decreased by 30.3%. This is primarily due to the fall in business activity and a reduction in public investment in the economy. In January - May 2016 cement production was 829,000t, according to the State Sta

  • Ghana: Dangote aims to speed up expansion work

    Dangote Cement Ghana Ltd hopes to quickly complete its new plant being built in Takoradi and in addition to the expanded facility in Tema to increase its silo capacity beyond the current 21,000t. Mr Etornam Komla Buami, the media relations manager of Dangote Cement Ghana said: "T

  • Syria: Lafarge protected interests from ISIS

    According to French newspaper Le Monde, Lafarge entered into deals with armed groups in Syria, including the Islamic State, to protect its staff and business interests in the country. Lafarge is yet to respond to queries from Agence France-Presse (AFP), saying only that "Lafarge'

  • Australia: Adelaide Brighton working on LafargeHolcim takeover in Australasia

    Australia: Adelaide Brighton says it has prepared for an acquisition of the operations of LafargeHolcim in Australia and New Zealand. Chief executive Martin Brydon confirmed the plans to The Australian newspaper. He added that the plan includes measures to cope with competition i

  • Nigeria: Nigerian Bank of Industry investigated over cement fund

    Nigeria: The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has raided the Lagos office of the Bank of Industry (BOI) following an investigation. Officials of the development bank say that the raid was part of the investigation by the EFCC of the allegation of misapplied funds b

  • Colombia: Cement production expected to increase in Colombia

    Colombia: Cement producers are reacting to a boom in infrastructure projects in Colombia by increasing production and upgrading existing production capacity. Demand for ordinary Portland cement is expected to grow in the short-term due to the government's 4G roads programme and t