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Mexico: Cemex has announced that it is restarting its expansion of the Tepeaca cement plant in Puebla State. By 2017 its total production capacity will reach 7.6Mt/yr. Total investment is estimated to be approximately US$650m. The additional investment, in order to add 4.4Mt/yr to the current capacity, will be approximately US$200m, since the company had already invested close to US$450m by 2008.
"We are encouraged by our industry's positive outlook in Mexico. With this investment, Cemex reaffirms its confidence in the country's future" said Rogelio Zambrano, chairman of the board of Cemex. The expansion is expected to generate approximately 1500 jobs during the construction phase and about 100 direct and 240 indirect jobs once operation begins.
The announcement was made during a ceremony at the plant with the attendance of Ildefonso Guajardo, Secretary of Economy of Mexico, Rafael Moreno, Governor of Puebla, Amelio Flores, Mayor of Cuautinchan, Rogelio Zambrano, Chairman of the Board of Cemex, Fernando A Gonzalez, CEO of Cemex and Juan Romero, President of Cemex Mexico.
China: China has ordered several cement plants located in the northern provinces to shut for four months, starting on 1 December 2014, to reduce over-capacity and curb air pollution during the winter months, according to state news agency Xinhua.
The move, which will affect 103 production lines in the three Provinces of Heilongjiang, Liaoning and Jilin, is set to hit coal consumption and limit a rebound in domestic prices.
The China Cement Association and the three provincial governments jointly issued the order. Persistent over-capacity has dogged the sector for years, with northern China using only about half of its total production capacity.
The northern provinces, including Hebei, are a major source of industrial pollutants blamed for a toxic smog that often spreads to neighbouring regions like Beijing. Kong Xiangzhong, vice president of the China Cement Association, was quoted as saying the winter stoppage would greatly curb air pollution, as fuel consumption increases markedly when temperatures drop. Total cement output in northern China, including Inner Mongolia, hovers around 120Mt in the winter months and requires about 20Mt of coal. Fuel consumption falls to just 16Mt in summer, according to Xiangzhong.
The suspension in Xinjiang is expected to reduce coal consumption by about 1Mt and help increase plant utilisation rates to 75%, from the current 60%, according to local media reports. It takes about 200kg of coal to produce 1t of cement, according to the World Coal Association.
Despite efforts to cut output, China's cement production rose 9.6% to 2.41Bnt in 2013 from a year earlier, while total capacity has surged to more than 3.2Bnt/yr, according to data from the cement association.
US: The mayor of Dixon, Illinois says that he is 'optimistic' that the mothballed St. Marys cement plant in the city will reopen. Mayor Jim Burke told local press that representatives from St. Marys Cement approached him in mid-2014 to discuss the possibility of restarting operations at the plant. The mayor says that the city government is working with the company to see if there are incentives 'to make it all work.'
The plant has been idle since December 2008. When it closed about 90 people lost their jobs. At the same time the Environment Protection Agency fined the company and a co-owner for violations of the Clean Air Act. St. Marys Cement is owned by Brazilian-based cement producer Votorantim.
Denmark/US: FLSmidth has signed an engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract with Cemex for the supply of a new cement production line at its Odessa cement plant in Texas, US. Once the installation is finished, the cement production line is expected to have a capacity of approximately 2540t/day.
The expansion will focus on higher fuel efficiency and improved productivity. The equipment scope includes a five-stage ILC preheater with a Low NOx Calciner, three-pier kiln, FLSmidth Cross-Bar cooler, Duoflex burner, Pfister weighing and dosing systems, gas analysers and three Fuller-Kinyon pumps. The line will also use an FLSmidth control system.
Laos: Siam Cement Group (SCG) is carrying out a survey of available raw materials and possible locations with a view to setting up one of the largest cement factories in Laos. Vanthong Sitthikoun, president of the Lao Cement Producers' Association, said that the Laotian government had authorised SCG to conduct a survey in Boualapha district, Khammuan province, where the company proposes construction of the plant.
"There are now two surveys under way in Khammuan province for the construction of cement factories, by Thai and Chinese investors. When they have finished, they will submit their findings to the government before building the factories," said Vanthong.
SCG intends to build a plant in Laos to tap its growing demand for cement especially for dam construction. Laos currently has 10 operational cement factories, with a total production capacity of about 3.84Mt/yr according to local media. Two of the factories are in Vientiane, three are in Vientiane province, and there is one in each of the provinces of Luang Prabang, Xieng Khuang, Khammuan, Savannakhet and Saravan.
Bolivia: FLSmidth has confirmed that it has signed a contract with Sociedad Boliviana de Cemento (SOBOCE) for supplies of equipment and machinery for a cement plant in Bolivia. Full information regarding the order will be released once the contract is considered binding, following exchange of down payment and guarantees. Local media has reported that the US$180m Yacuses, Puerto Suarez cement plant will have a cement production capacity of 0.8Mt/yr.
India: Kerneos Aluminate Technologies, a leader in specialty cements, hopes to commission a proposed US$19m plant in India by December 2016. The company has finalised plans to set up a greenfield unit near Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh.
"We chose Visakhapatnam as the site for our own factory since it is ideally placed close to our customers in the eastern region. Being a port-based site, it offers the advantage of raw materials imports while serving as a base for exports in the near future," said president and CEO of Kerneos Jean-Marc Bianchi. The new plant will produce calcium alumina cement. It will have an initial capacity of 30,000t/yr. Kerneos plans to add a similar capacity at a later stage depending on the rate of product uptake in India. The Visakhapatnam unit will be Kerneos' seventh manufacturing facility worldwide.
India: JCB India has inaugurated two plants in Jaipur facility costing US$80m. The 115 acre site consists of a fabrication and a manufacturing plant. Once fully operational it will employ around 1000 people.
"We decided on this majestic state because it holds strategic importance for future growth under the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial corridor, of which a considerable part passes through the state," said Joesph Bamford, group chairman of JCB. JCB has invested nearly US$400m in India since its entry in 1979 with the Ballabgarh facility in Haryana. The fully-owned subsidiary of JCB also runs two factories in Pune.
Pakistan: Cherat Cement has reportedly decided to install a new 1.3Mt/yr capacity production line, according to local media.
Abid A Vazir, executive director of Cherat Cement, said that the expansion is being undertaken to meet expected increases in domestic demand. The increase is expected to be fuelled by government spending on major infrastructure projects, with a special focus on the construction of highways and hydropower as well as housing projects. Expected improvements in the political situation in neighbouring Afghanistan, Pakistan's largest export market, may also give a boost to reconstruction activities.
Tianjin Cement Industry Design and Research Institute has reportedly been contracted to build the plant. Cherat Cement currently operates a 1.1Mt/yr capacity cement plant near Nowshera, in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province of Pakistan.
Turkey: Turkish cement producer Afyon Çimento has decided to allot Euro133m to reconstruct its cement plant in the western Turkish city of Afyonkarahisar, Afyon Province. The company will relocate the plant from Afyonkarahisar to a site in Halimoru Village in the same district. The plant has a clinker production capacity of 450,000t/yr and cement grinding capacity of 550,000t/yr.