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»   » Cameroon exports nearly triple
Thu, 24 May 2018 10:21:40 +0000

Cameroon exports nearly triple

Cameroon: Cement exports from Cameroon came to 57,459t in 2017, a 191% rise year-on-year compared to 19,700t in 2016, according to figures released by the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Spatial Planning (MINEPAT). Most of these exports to the countries of the Economic and Monetary Community of Central Africa (CEMAC).

Imports pale in comparison to exports at just 1282t in 2017, mainly coming from China and Turkey. They were, however, up on the 900t imported in 2017.

This increase in exports is explained by the increase in local cement production. Cameroon now has a cement production capacity of 3.7Mt/yr.

»   » Vietnamese prime minister tells province to stop building new cement plants
Thu, 24 May 2018 10:16:49 +0000

Vietnamese prime minister tells province to stop building new cement plants

Vietnam: At a recent working session with the authorities of Vietnam’s northern province of Ha Nam, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc asked the region not to grant an investment license for any new cement plants. He also urged the provincial authorities to take a closer look at environmental protection.

At present, Ha Nam province has 11 rotary kilns making cement that share a combined capacity of 21Mt/yr, including the Xuan Thanh 2, the Vissai Ha Nam, and the Thanh Thang cement plants. The province has the largest production capacity in the country, according to data from the Ministry of Construction.

»   » Vicem sells 9.2Mt in first four months of 2018
Thu, 24 May 2018 10:14:04 +0000

Vicem sells 9.2Mt in first four months of 2018

Vietnam: State-owned Vietnam Cement Industry Corporation (Vicem), the country’s leading cement producer, sold 9.2Mt of cement and clinker in the first four months of 2018, a 6.7% year-on-year rise from the same period in 2017. The corporation’s clinker and cement output also increased by 5% and 1.5% to 6.49Mt and 7.24Mt, respectively. Vicem aims to produce 1.8Mt of clinker and 2.5Mt of cement in May 2018. Its cement and clinker sales are expected to reach 2.7Mt in May 2018.

Vicem sold about 26.6Mt of cement and clinker in 2017, a rise of 3% year-on-year. 23.6Mt was sold locally, a 4% rise, and 3Mt was exported, a fall of 3%.

»   » UltraTech Cement aims for world’s third producer spot
Wed, 23 May 2018 10:51:18 +0000

UltraTech Cement’s deal to buy the cement business of Century Textiles & Industries could see it become the world’s third largest cement producer by production capacity outside of China.

It announced this week that it had entered into an acquisition agreement to buy the cement subsidiary of BK Birla Group for US$1.26bn. If the deal completes then it will gain three integrated plants in Madhya Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Maharashtra respectively with a combined production capacity of 11.4Mt/yr and a 1Mt/yr grinding plant in West Bengal. At this point UltraTech Cement will increase its production capacity to 106Mt/yr seeing it become the third largest cement producer in the world in Global Cement’s Top 100 Report.

This latest deal is subject to the usual regulatory approval from competition bodies and the like. Bustling past this step seems far from clear at this stage given that UltraTech Cement owns cement plants already in each of the four states the proposed purchases are in. It has described the purchase as giving it, …”the opportunity for further strengthening its presence in the highly fragmented, competitive and fast growing East and Central markets and extending its footprint in the Western and Southern markets.” Synergy savings from procurement and logistics are expected to follow with further benefits to be gained from the company’s distribution network. Local and national competitors may not see it the same way and the fallout from a price war could be damaging for smaller producers.

As covered previously, UltraTech Cement seems hell bent on winning its on-going fight against Dalmia Bharat to buy Binani Cement. Rightly or wrongly UltraTech Cement tried to muscle its way into buying Binani by making a bid directly to its owners after it lost an auction for it. Legal wrangling has followed as the insolvency process for Binani Cement has clashed against the auction process of the administrator. At the time of writing it is still far from clear which company will win.

Comparing the prices of the two latest acquisition targets by UltraTech Cement may offer some insight of its motivations. The Binani Cement assets roll in at just over US$125/t of production capacity. Although, as noted below, some of this is located outside of India. The Century Textiles & Industries assets are being purchased for a little over US$100/t. This is interesting as it is lower that the Binani cost, although the close links between BK Birla Group and UltraTech Cement’s owner Aditya Birla may help to explain this.

UltraTech Cement’s milestone as it surpasses the 100Mt/yr capacity level will mark a continuing change in the world’s cement industry as it moves away from Europe and North America to developing economies. As ever the classification is a bit of a fudge given that Global Cement’s top producers list excludes Chinese producers. Partly this arises from the difficulty obtaining reliable data on the Chinese industry. Partly this comes from top producer’s list looking at multinational companies over (extremely) large national ones. Due to this UltraTech Cement remains a regional player. Or it will at least until it (or if it) manages to buy Binani Cement. Some of the assets included in that sale include plants in both the UAE and China. At this point UltraTech Cement’s claim to be the third biggest cement producer in the world will be secure.

»   » Martin Brydon to retire from Adelaide Brighton
Wed, 23 May 2018 10:48:09 +0000

Australia: Martin Brydon plans to retire from Adelaide Brighton. No time scale has been specified but he intends to remain with the business while its finds a successor for him.

Brydon, aged 62 years, has been in post since 2014. He holds over 30 years of experience in the construction materials industry ranging from electrical engineering, operational and general management, sales and marketing and strategy and business development.

Others executive changes at the building materials producer include the appointment of Zlatko Todorcevski as chairman of the board. He succeeds Leslie Hosking, who has decided to retire. Todorcevski, aged 50 years, has been a non-executive director since March 2017 and he was named chairman elect in February 2018. A training accountant he holds 30 years experience in the oil and gas, logistics and manufacturing sectors gained in Australia and overseas with a background in finance, strategy and planning.

Graeme Pettigrew has also retired as a non-executive director of Adelaide Brighton after 14 years of service at the company. He had been a non-executive director since 2004. The former chief executive officer of CSR Building Products held experience in the building materials industry in South East Asia and the UK through former roles as the managing director of Chubb Australia and Wormald Security Australia.

»   » DG Khan completes installation of grinding plant at Hub
Wed, 23 May 2018 10:39:13 +0000

DG Khan completes installation of grinding plant at Hub

Pakistan: DG Khan has completed the installation of its new cement grinding plant at Hub in Baluchistan. A new vertical cement grinding mill with a COPE drive has started trial operations together with cement siloes and a packing plant. Commissioning has also taken place of raw material crushing, transportation and storage units. Loesche, who supplied the mills for the project, said in 2017 that a 1050t/hr raw mill was the biggest raw material mill in the world.

»   » FCT Combustion supplies dryer to Cemento Chimborazo
Wed, 23 May 2018 10:37:42 +0000

FCT Combustion supplies dryer to Cemento Chimborazo

Ecuador: FCT Combustion has won an order to supply a clay dryer to Cemento Chimborazo. The order includes a complete raw material drying system. It consists of a 41.2t/hr Triplex drier and a fluidised bed combustion system for petcoke and alternative fuel firing. No value or commissioning date has been disclosed.

»   » ARM Cement cuts staff benefits to save money
Wed, 23 May 2018 10:36:46 +0000

ARM Cement cuts staff benefits to save money

Kenya: ARM Cement has cut its staff pension plan and medical insurance scheme due to cash flow problems. The staff schemes have been suspended from the end of June 2018 until further notice, according to the Business Daily newspaper. The suspension of the two benefits follows erratic salary payments and failure to pay pension contributions since June 2017. The cement producer has attempted to raise funds from asset sales and find a strategic investor. Its executive director Rick Ashley resigned in early May 2018 citing personal reasons.

»   » Formosa fly ash approved for use by Sông Gianh Cement
Tue, 22 May 2018 12:30:15 +0000

Formosa fly ash approved for use by Sông Gianh Cement

Vietnam: The environment ministry has approved fly ash from the Formosa steel company for use in cement production. Sông Gianh Cement in Quảng Bình Province has been cleared for its use provided the materials meet current technical specifications and that the company has the responsibility to monitor the transport of ash, according to the Viet Nam News newspaper.

Sông Gianh Cement initially denied receiving fly ash from Formosa. However, the transport company carrying the by-product from Hà Tĩnh to Quảng Bình admitted to local media that it had been hired for the job. The Quảng Bình environment department then revealed that Sông Gianh had asked the government if it could buy fly ash from Formosa but that it had been denied due to poor public opinion regarding the steel producer.

Formosa received widespread public criticism when it was blamed for a chemical spill into the sea in 2016 that caused mass deaths of marine life and public outcry.

»   » Cement exports rise from Laos
Tue, 22 May 2018 12:29:28 +0000

Cement exports rise from Laos

Laos: The Ministry of Industry and Commerce says that the value of cement exports rose by 25% to US$19m in the first quarter of 2018 from US$15.2m in the same period of 2017. However, imports fell by 14% to US$16.4m from US$19.1m, according to the Vientiane Times newspaper. Exports have risen as new production capacity has been commissioned in the country.

Laos exported a value of US$0.2m in 2016 but this grew to US$47.6m in 2017. Imports fell to US$68m in 2017 from US$84.3m in 2016. The country has 16 cement plants and other units are being built. At present the country has a capacity of 4.4Mt/yr. This is expected to grow to 6.7Mt/yr once all the current projects are completed. Local infrastructure projects are driving local demand including the several hydropower plants and the Laos-China railway.