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Russia: Under instructions from the Rosprirodnadzor environmental watchdog, Lipetskcement has started to install electrostatic precipitators to prevent the pollution of air with cement dust. The precipitators are mounted on the third production line's kiln. Cement dust emissions were registered at the plant during the start-up and commissioning of the plant. As such, it received new instructions to strengthen environmental controls with laboratory measurements of air quality.
Philippines: Holcim Philippines will invest up to US$40m to expand its production capacity from 8Mt/yr to 10Mt/yr target by the end of 2016.
Holcim Philippines president and CEO Eduardo A Sahagun said that the company was gearing up to improve its facilities in Calaca and Mabini in Batangas, as well as in Norzagaray in Bulacan. Sahagun said that the newly-acquired Star terminal of Lafarge Republic would also increase its production capacity.
"We are reviving a lot of projects. Our Calaca plant is easily adjustable to additional volume as well as the Mabini plant and the Star terminal. The Star terminal could double our capacity. Cement demand is growing and we have no option but to raise our supply," said Sahagun. He expects to see surging market demand due to new public-private partnership (PPP) projects and as more infrastructure major players in the country have announced expansion plans.
"The market prospects remain bright as construction activity is expected to continue," said Sahagun. He attributed the growth to higher private construction activities and accelerated government infrastructure spending.
"Our investment in plant upgrades allows our plants to run longer before scheduled maintenance activities. This will pay off in the current market environment as we are able to meet the demands of customers," Sahagun added.
India: A 27-year-old man identified as Jaheed Khan was killed and his body was dumped in the residential quarters of a cement plant in Revati, Maharashtra where he worked, according to the Press Trust of India. Assistant police inspector G K Matondkar of the Ganeshpuri police station said that Jaheed Khan was stabbed to death between 6 and 7 August 2015. The body was found on 10 August 2015. An investigation is ongoing.
Indonesia: Indocement Tunggal Prakarsa plans to discontinue production at its P1, P2, and P6 cement plants in Citeureup, West Java to improve efficiency and maintain margin stability amid weak demand in the cement industry.
"We seek to stabilise margins in 2015 by shutting down plants that are not efficient, including plants P1, P2 and P6 in Citeureup," said Christian Kartawijaya, president director of Indocement. He said that operations in plants P1, P2, and P6 were no longer efficient and that they were usually only used as backup when another plant was on maintenance. The lost production from the closure of the three plants will soon be replaced by production from the new 4.4Mt/yr capacity P14 plant, which is due for completion by the end of 2015.
Indocement also plans to reduce fixed costs and to postpone some of its non-urgent projects and expansions, including cutting down 2015's capital expenditure to maintain its performance. "We plan to decrease our 2015 capital expenditure to US$258m, as demand for cement has not risen amid a cement supply hike. Therefore, we will try to postpone our investments," said Kartawijaya. He added that the purchase of stone reserves and the investment in a new cement plant in Pati, Central Java will be postponed.
Indocement's revenues for the first six months of 2015 dropped by 6.6% year-on-year to US$654m due to an 8.8% decline of domestic sales to 8.2Mt. Its market share also shrank to 29.1% from 30.5% in 2014 due to weak domestic consumption, tight competition and oversupply in the national market. The decline in revenue and sales volume also resulted in 4.7% lower earnings (US$226m) before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) and an 8.4% lower net profit at US$169m for the first half of 2015.
Zimbabwe: PPC is on track to commission its second cement plant in Zimbabwe in the second half of 2016. It is building its new 700,000t/yr plant at Msasa near Harare at a cost of US$80m. The plant is being built by China's Sinoma International Engineering.
PPC aims to generate 40% of its total revenue from outside South Africa by 2017, compared with about 28% now. Including its second Zimbabwe plant, PPC has four cement manufacturing plant projects in Africa. The other projects are in Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia.
Njombo Lekula, the managing director of PPC, said that the investment PPC was making in the Msasa plant was a vote of confidence in Zimbabwe's future and an expression of its commitment to build, grow and contribute meaningfully to the national economy while delivering on local imperative. "PPC Zimbabwe is looking to the future of the country, with today's event providing a promise of things to come. While our existing plant in Bulawayo has positioned us well in Matabeleland, it's clear that much of our country's future growth centres around Harare and northern Zimbabwe," said Lekula.
PPC is engaging with numerous local suppliers to leverage the scope of opportunities on this project beyond the main engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) agreement. "Because almost 70% of the total value of the EPCM is allocated to the supply of actual plant equipment, it was necessary for us to contract with a provider of the likes of Sinoma to ensure we create a world class plant in and for the region. Sinoma has contracted local labour as part of its workforce on the project, as well as meeting our non negotiable local supply requirements," said Lekula. He added that local contractors, including JR Goddard Construction, Ascon-Tencraft and HVC, had already worked on the project.
"As Zimbabwe's largest producer of ordinary Portland cement and the only producer of 42.5 cement, we are ideally positioned to play a leading role in developing the country's infrastructure. We have the equipment, processes and tanker fleet in place and are thus able to handle the bulk deliveries that are vital to these big projects. As such, we see ourselves as providing not just cement but a total solution to our customers," said Lekula.
Kenya: Kitengela-based quarry operator Karsan Ramji & Sons is stepping up its investments in the cement business with the planned construction of a cement plant in Nakuru, the second such project in the past 12 months.
Karsan Ramji & Sons has sought regulatory approval to set up a 700t/day (224,000t/yr) cement plant in Engashura, some 7km from Nakuru. The company recently completed the construction of a similar-sized cement plant in Athi River and in June 2015 began selling cement under the brand name Ndovu.
"If we secure regulatory approvals in time, construction will begin in December 2015 and the plant will begin operating by November 2016," said Kishor Varsani, Karsan Ramji & Sons' managing director. The plant will use imported clinker while pozzolana and gypsum will be sourced locally from its quarries.
Also in Kenya, Nigeria's Dangote Cement plans to build a US$395m cement plant in Kitui, while India's Sanghi Group plans to construct a US$119m cement plant in West Pokot. Kenya's 2014 cement production grew by 16.4% year-on-year to 5.88Mt, up from 5.05Mt in 2013 as a result of new players entering the industry. Cement production in the country has consistently outpaced consumption, which stood at 4.26Mt and 5.19Mt in 2013 and 2014 respectively.
"Everybody knows that there is currently an oversupply of cement in the Kenyan market," said Varsani. "However, our decision to diversify our business into this sector is based on the belief that demand for cement will soon outpace supply. This is in line with the expected growth of the economy and construction industry."
Karsan Ramji & Sons' maiden Athi River plant is located about 500m from the plants of its two rivals, Mombasa Cement and Bamburi Cement. Other competitors in the neighbourhood include ARM Cement and East Africa Portland Cement. The plant, which recently started operations was initially to be built in Kitengela, but residents opposed the project citing health and environmental concerns, forcing the investor to relocate the venture to Athi River.
India: JSW Cement has ordered eight 90t/hr roller press slag grinding units from KHD Humboldt Wedag India Private Ltd (India) and KHD Humboldt Wedag GmbH (Germany) for its plants in India.
Zambia: Nigeria's Dangote Cement opened its US$400m cement plant in Masaiti, Zambia on 4 August 2015, signalling its increasingly international ambitions as it plans new investments across Africa. The plant is expected to produce 1.5Mt/yr of cement per year once it is fully operational, creating at least 1000 direct jobs and 6000 indirectly.
"We hope to commission four other cement plants in Senegal, South Africa, Cameroon and Tanzania before the end of 2015," said Aiko Dangote, Dangote Group president. "We have decided to invest in 16 countries across the continent because we believe that Africa's future is linked to cement."
UK: Mineral resources company Francis Flower has announced the acquisition of the Scunthorpe ground granulated blast furnace slag (GGBS) plant from Hanson Cement.
The business is capable of producing more than 500,000t/yr of GGBS and supplies customers in the Midlands and north of England. GGBS complements Francis Flower's existing range of high quality powdered minerals, which originate as by-products from various industries. This reduces the need for mineral extraction and landfill, delivering sustainable environmental solutions for its customers. The acquisition reflects both Francis Flower's commitment to developing its range of products and services in this sector and the credibility it has for making the most of mineral resources.
"We are absolutely delighted and very excited to announce this new acquisition. GGBS is an excellent fit to our existing product range and will help further our longstanding relationships in this sector," said Adrian Willmott, Chairman and CEO of Francis Flower. "We have a proven track record of making the most of mineral resources, reducing the need for mineral extraction as well as landfill and delivering sustainable solutions for our customers. We are very much looking forward to working with the team in Scunthorpe and developing the opportunities in the GGBS market as the UK construction sector continues to grow."
Namibia: Ohorongo Cement managing director Hans-Wilhelm Schütte said that the company has produced about 2.4Mt of cement for both local and foreign consumption in past five years, according to APANEWS. Cement production has grown since it first began at the site in December 2010.