CemWeek Magazine

CemWeek Magazine, Issue 31

CW Group is pleased to announce the publication of the 31st issue of CemWeek Magazine. This issue provides in depth features about the CW Research’s Global Cement Volume Forecast for 1H2016, innovation for a sustainable cement industry and feasible alternative fuels use.

Here are some of the topics covered in the latest edition of the magazine:

  • The current issue of CemWeek Magazine presents the latest developments regarding the cement volume demand. The story outlines trends and figures from the CW Research’s March update of Global Cement Volume Forecast Report, with a focus on the slowdown following China’s significant decline, bringing the compound annual growth rate (CAGR) down to 0.6 percent, according to the 1H2016 update. The areas where the strongest growth is expected are the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan.
  • Another major topic covered in this issue is the need for innovation in the cement industry. With an estimated 10 percent of global GDP value, the construction and cement industries are now in a constant race of technological improvements. Alta Schoultz, Head of Innovation at Pretoria Portland Cement, enumerates different platforms and programs in the industry focusing on resource efficiency, materials’ cost and opportunity costs of waste.
  • CemWeek Magazine’s 31st issue comes with a complete feature about cement fusion technique used by the Navas Instruments company. The fusion bead method offers the advantage of transforming all elements to the oxide form regardless of their compound derivations. It also accurately corrects these effects of iron ore and copper concentrate. The procedure provides users with a unique ability to weigh the sample into the crucible and record the weight.
  • The Feb/Mar issue also includes all the insights about the 11th edition of the Brazilian & Latin American Cement & Lime Conference - CBI Brazil & LatAm 2016. Held on the 24th and 25th of February at the Tivoli Mofarrej Hotel in Sao Paulo the conference exceeded the expectations of the industry professionals attending the event, demonstrating that despite facing the toughest market conditions in 20 years, the cement and lime industries are consolidating their position and adapting their strategy to respond to the competitiveness of the international market.

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We welcome you to read the free e-magazine online (click on the magazine below). If you would rather receive a physical print copy of the CemWeek magazine Print Edition, contact us to order a subscription at  [email protected].

You can subscribe to CemWeek Magazine print-edition in two ways, by contacting us at [email protected] or ordering individual copies by clicking here. Subscribing has the benefiting of accessing all the content in the magazine, particularly the data sections of each issue only available to subscribers.

LEADERS Q&A - INNOVATING FOR A SUSTAINABLE CEMENT &

CONCRETE INDUSTRY

Sustaining business growth and social and economic returns

through innovation

2016 WORLD CEMENT DEMAND FORECAST REVISED DOWNWARD

ON CHINESE SLOWDOWN

1H2016 update to the CW Research’s Global Cement Volumes

Forecast Report.

THE NAVAS FUSION SYSTEM

A simple solution for the analysis of loss on ignition and the

preparation of beads of multiple samples to be used in XRF

spectrometer.

CBI BRAZIL & LATAM 2016

The 11th edition of the Brazilian & Latin American Cement &

Lime Conference exceeded expectations.

Cement volumes: German cement demand grew by 4.7 percent YoY in November 2015, while the January to November 2015 period saw demand declining by -2.4 percent as against -3.1 percent in the previous month.


Cement energy: The average coal price for February 2016 closed at USD 52.07 per ton, falling 22 percent YoY as compared to February 2015’s price of USD 66.88 per ton.

Europe, Middle East and Africa:

  • UK-based Quinn Cement signed an agreement with Warranpoint Harbor Authority in which the latter is set to build five new silos at the port. Total investment is worth GBP 2.5 million (EUR 3.2 million) with work to begin immediately and be finalized by September.
  • Cement companies’ shares record a new two year positive record in Saudi Arabia. Last week saw shares worth SAR 1.5 billion being exchanged in the Saudi stock market .
  • The Egyptian state announces a list of 27 conditions that companies looking for cement production licenses will have to consider. The measure tries to limit licenses only for serious companies. The state already released a number of 14 new licenses with a total producing capacity of 2 million tons of cement per year.

Central and South-East Asia

  • Pakistan’s domestic cement demand increased by 17.49 percent reaching 20.89 million tons during current fiscal year’s first eight months, due to developing infrastructure projects.
  • China is taking measures to cut the current cement oversupply. During 2015, cement production fell by 5 percent, while clinker production rose by 2.2 percent but only 67 percent of that capacity was used. Analysts are pushing for the government to encourage capacity exchange, leasing, cross-shareholding and joint ventures.
  • India-based Piramal Group has joined the race to buy cement major Lafarge India’s assets producing 11 million tons per annum for an estimated USD 1.5 to USD 2 billion. “From railways to highways and roads, we are looking at several high profile projects taking off in the next 1-2 years. Cement will be the building blocks and at the core of it,” said an official close to the development.

Asia Pacific

  • Lafarge Malaysia reported a pre-tax profit of MYR 345,157 million in 2015. The company had total revenue of MYR 2.75 billion, slightly higher than the MYR 2,743 billion registered in 2014. Lafarge Malaysis is optimist with the construction sector development after analyzing the 2016 budget and the 11th Malaysia Plan.
  • Adelaide Brighton reports record net profit of AUD 20.79 million during 2015. The announced figures represent a 20.4 percent increase compared to 2015, boosted by the housing industry boom.
  • Six new cement plants will increase Indonesia’s total output capacity by 30 percent. Total capacity will reach 92 million tons of cement during 2016. Four new plants will have a 9.1 million tons of capacity while two other cement plants, will resume operation increase capacity by 7.4 million tons.

Americas

  • Cement prices in Dominican Republic dropped by 30 percent over the last 4 years. Prices took a huge drop of 13.8 percent only in the last quarter of 2015. During last year, sold volume managed to increase by 6.2 percent but with a large decrease in prices while revenue from sales fell by 5.6 percent.
  • Mexico’s Cinestav researchers have developed an organic cement using cullet, an organic variety of cement resistant to moisture based on glass recycling urban waste hydraulic cement. "By subjecting cullet to a chemical activation with alkaline compounds we induced a series of reactions leading to the solidification of what was initially a similar paste which form Portland cement mixture with water.” said researcher at Cinvestav.
  • The Argos Group in Columbia recorded a 38 percent increase in revenues of COP 12.6 billion in FY 2015 as compared to the same period a year earlier due to increased sales in cement and energy business,  favorable foreign exchange rates and improvement in margins.

Construction materials

  • Lafarge France is building a new plant in Eco-Vallée that will have a production capacity of 70,000 cubic meters of concrete per year, or nearly 20 percent of  the volumes sold by Lafarge Concretes Riviera. "The plant will be 'evolutionary' so as to accommodate the activity of another plant, perhaps for closing due to the advance of urbanization," said Philippe Malet.
  • Indian engineering students have produced plastic bricks using a plastic extruder. Students from the Department of Mechanical Engineering at St Joseph Engineering College, Mangaluru have come up with an extruder that develops building materials, especially plastic bricks from plastic waste.
  • Scientists from the Kaunas University of Technology in Lithuania were able to create a unique new generation of concrete that is 8 times stronger and lighter than conventional concrete. To compare the strength of concrete that is produced by the Lithuanian scientists in the laboratory, it is up to 250 megapascals compressive strength.

Equipment

  • Korean company, Yoo Gyeong CM Co. Ltd. awarded its first contract for its KyungNam terminal to cement grinding equipment producer LOESCHE GmbH. To grind the granulated blast furnace slag, the customer will use an LM 41.2+2 CS type LOESCHE mill with a capacity of 90 tons per hour at 4,500 Blaine.
  • The waste heat powered cement kilns are becoming more popular in China’s cement sector. The kilns have  higher energy efficiency, reducing cement production’s energy consumption.
  • UK-based Hope Construction Materials unveiled high-capacity cement wagons at its unit in Derbyshire in the last week. The company unveiled a fleet of 48 units built by Feldbinder having an 80 tons capacity, more than twice the 36 tons of previous designs, while the shorter wheelbase will help to reduce noise.

People

  • Switzerland-based LafargeHolcim has appointed Martin Kriegner, formerly Area Manager Central Europe, as Head of the Indian operations of the group. Martin joined the new position starting March 1, 2016.
  • Environmental Engineer, Camilo Restrepo is the new regional vice president for the Caribbean and Central America branch of Cementos Argos. Camilo has vast knowledge of cement, based on his experience of over ten years in the field.
  • Copenhagen-based FLSmidth appointed Tony Troutman as Vice President for Process Technology and Minerals. His responsibilities will include overseeing all process engineering, process optimization opportunities and leveraging of the capabilities

Numbers in Brief:

  • Shipping rates recover in Q1 of 2016, but are still behind last year’s figures.
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