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Indonesia: PT Semen Indonesia will commission a new cement packing plant in Pontianak, West Kalimantan, according to company Sales Department Chief Bambang Djoko.
"The packing plant will strengthen the position of Semen Indonesia in the cement industry in West Kalimantan and in the country in general. Currently the company has a 35% share of the cement market in the province," said Djoko. "Infrastructure development in Pontianak and West Kalimantan in general has been especially fast, opening better opportunities for the cement market in this region."
Mukhamad Saifudin, the Commercial Director of Semen Gresik, the parent company of Semen Indonesia, said that sales of Semen Gresik in West Kalimantan had increased by 0.5% year-on-year to 117,000t tons in the first 10 months of 2015. Saifudin attributed the increase in sales to construction of road infrastructure, shopping malls, hotels and tourist resorts in Singkawang. Starting in August 2015, sales of Semen Gresik in the province have continued to increase. Saifudin said that bagged cement accounts for 75% of the company's cement sales, indicating that the property sector accounts for the largest part of sales.
Indonesia: PT Semen Indonesia is conducting a feasibility study in Aceh in connection with its plan to build a cement plant in Pidie, Aceh.
"Our partner is ready to build a cement plant in Aceh. We are now in the process of completing the feasibility study. The ground-breaking ceremony is expected to take place in 2016 if all the processes go well," said the company's President Director, Suparni. He noted that around US$257 – 294m will be invested to develop the 3Mt/yr cement plant, excluding the infrastructure cost. He added that the company will set up a joint venture for the project with a local company in which PT Semen Indonesia will later be the majority stockholder, with more than 70%. "It is forecast that the construction will be completed in 2019 - 2020," said Suparni.
The cement plant would target consumers in the eastern parts of Sumatra and North Sumatra, with a possibility of exporting some of its production to Myanmar, Malaysia, and Singapore. It will also target Bangladesh in view of the country's cement needs, which have so far only been met through imports. "Bangladesh only has one cement plant that cannot fully meet the country's demands. Around 85% of the country's needs are met through imports," said Suparni.
Suparni claimed that the efforts to boost exports will also be made following the completion of Semen Indonesia's 3Mt/yr Indarung VI plant in West Sumatra and a 3Mt/yr plant in Rembang, Central Java, in the third quarter of 2016.
Indonesia: PT Semen Indonesia's CEO Suparni has predicted that company production will reach 30Mt in 2016 and is optimistic that sales performance will improve in the fourth quarter of 2015 until next year.
"In 2016 we will increase the number by 5%. This year is at 28.6Mt, so it's almost 30Mt," said Suparni. "Starting in August 2015, we recorded an increase that has continued to rise until this day." Since August 2015, the company's plant in Padang, Gresik and Tonasa have begun to achieve maximum utilisation. Suparni also said PT Semen Indonesia has started to supply some infrastructure projects whether for both the government and private companies. "Those projects include tolls, dams and others," said Suparni.
Looking by the numerous infrastructure projects that have been worked on, Suparni predicts that next year's company expenditure will rise by 20 – 25%. He also expects PT Semen Indonesia's earnings to increase by 5 – 6% as prices will increase.
Indonesia: Semen Indonesia sealed an agreement on 15 October 2015 with Semen Kupang to build a 1.5Mt/yr cement plant in Kupang, East Nusa Tenggara in order to boost its distribution efficiency. The US$148m plant will cater to the cement needs in the areas around Kupang. Construction is expected to start in 2016 and cement production is expected in 2018.
Indonesia: Semen Indonesia has decided to continue to develop its new factory in Rembang, Central Java following protests by some local residents. Semen Indonesia's CEO Suparni said that the construction is currently 60% complete, with production expected by October 2016.
Suparni admitted that the development of the factory has been opposed by some of the local residents. Residents of North Kendeng, experts and academics have criticized the development of the factory. Untung Sudadi, a geologist from the Bogor Institute of Agriculture said that the North Kendeng area, where part of the factory will be built, is a karst area, which collects water for local residents and can be susceptible to sinkhole formation and instability.
Similar to an underground basin, karst areas function as water catchment areas. "Karst is essential to maintain water supply," said Untung. He added that conducting mining activities in karst areas would cause environmental damage.
Suparni said that the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the cement factory has been completed. He also said that the presence of the factory would not disturb water supplies to the local society.
Indonesia: PT Holcim Indonesia Tbk has launched its new US$800m, 3.4Mt/yr cement plant in Tuban, East Java.
Having started the construction five years ago, the plant is Holcim's first greenfield project in Indonesia. The plant will serve the East Java market and supply Sumatra and Kalimantan. With the new plant, Holcim Indonesia's cement production capacity has grown by 40% to 12.5Mt/yr.
"Currently, Holcim Indonesia is operating in an oversupply market and market slowdown. However, we believe that it is temporary as construction markets in developing countries are cyclical. The overall long-term macroeconomic fundamentals in Indonesia remain strong and the domestic economy will recover with the realisation of delayed infrastructure projects and housing," said Gary Schutz, CEO of Holcim Indonesia. "The new Tuban Plant completes our presence in Java as it will serves our markets better, ensures supplies and secures our position among the three biggest cement players in Indonesia."
Indonesia: LafargeHolcim has completed its Tuban project in Indonesia with the official opening of the second kiln line at the cement plant. The new plant, part of LafargeHolcim's subsidiary Holcim Indonesia, will allow the group to tap into key developing markets in Indonesia's East Java Province. LafargeHolcim says that the plant's coastal location and jetty provides it with the flexibility to ship products to other important inter-island markets including Sumatra, Kalimantan and Sulawesi.
With the completion of the project, the construction of which was launched in 2011, LafargeHolcim says that it will be able to 'leverage its new footprint and asset base in Indonesia and in future thrive in a low investment environment.'
LafargeHolcim states that the Tuban facility is a state-of-the-art plant, which allows for the highly-efficient production of cement and better distribution. The plant has an annual cement capacity of 3.4Mt/yr and is located in Eastern Java around 200km from the city of Surabaya. The cement mill of the first line was put into commercial operation in December 2013 and the kiln followed in September 2014.
Indonesia: PT Semen Tonasa's Unit IV cement plant in Biring Ere, Bungoro, Pangkejene Islands, South Sulawesi remains in normal operation despite the damage done by a fire on 19 August 2015. The fire lasted for two hours.
One employee was killed and 10 others were injured in the fire that broke out at the coal mill transport belt. The fire was believed to have been sparked in the coal by friction. Most of the injured suffered burns and wounds after leaping from a height. They are currently getting treatment at hospitals in Makassar and Pangkep. The deceased, identified only as Akbar, 25, of Pangkep, was buried on 20 September 2015.
PT Semen Tonasa managing director Unggul Attas confirmed that the fire did not affect operations at the plant. "The plant remains operating like usual and production is stable," said Unggul.
Indonesia: PT Bhumiadya Indonesia, part of the Sibleco Group and a manufacturer of industrial minerals with 228 sites worldwide, has ordered a coal mill from Loesche for its new limestone plant in Bandung, Indonesia. The LM 17.20 D vertical roller mill grind 10t/hr of coal to a fineness of 10% R 90μm. The scope of supply also includes filters, blowers, a Loesche hot gas generator and inertisation flaps. The delivery of the mill key parts is scheduled to take place at the end of 2015.
Indonesia: Holcim Indonesia and Lafarge Cement Indonesia have sped up their merger process, slated to finish by the end of 2015, in a bid to increase the companies' market shares. The companies have remained under different management and targeted separate market segments despite the merger of their parent companies.
"We hope to finish the merger process by the end of 2015. As Holcim is listed on the bourse, we are still waiting for the permit from Bapepam (Capital Market Supervisory Agency) and KPPU (Business Competition Supervisory Commission)," said Holcim vice president of sales Juhans Suryantan.
The speedy merger process is part of Holcim's efforts to expand its share of the Indonesian cement market, which stood at 15% before the merger, after Semen Indonesia with 43.7% and PT Indocement Tunggal Prakarsa with 30%. Meanwhile, Lafarge Indonesia had a 3% market share, placing it in fifth place.
Juhans added that both product brands would stay separate after the merger. "We have not decided on the brands. We might still use our own brands for the next one or two years," he said. The brands are deemed not to overlap due to the different target markets of both companies, as Holcim has a stronger grip on Java and southern Sumatra, while Lafarge Indonesia was stronger in Aceh and northern Sumatra.