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Saudi Arabia: Halla Waleed Al-Juffali has been appointed as a member of the Board of Directors (independent director) of the Saudi Cement Company. Her appointment is subject to shareholder approval. She replaces Waleed Ahmed Al-Juffali, who resigned with effect from 4 February 2016 due to health reasons.
Halla holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business administration degree, majoring in International Business, from the International University of America in London. She has been a director with Ebrahim Al-Juffali and Brothers and Walid Juaffali & Partners. Halla has previously worked as a business analyst for British, European and Chinese investment markets.
Saudi Arabia: The Saudi Cement Company has decided to temporarily stop producing clinker on one of its production lines and postpone replacing three cement mills due to poor market conditions and a cement export ban. The company will stop its 3500t/day clinker kiln 6 until market conditions improve. The stoppage is not expected to affect the cement producer's financial results as its inventory currently stands at 4Mt. A plan to replace three 360t/hr cement mills with two 440t/hr mills has also been delayed due to market conditions. The upgrade was expected to add 0.6Mt/yr cement grinding capacity to the plant.
Saudi Arabia: Qassim Cement Co's quarterly net profit during the fourth quarter of 2015 amounted to US$37.4m, up by 4.69% from US$35.7m for the same quarter of 2014.
The main reasons for the net profit increase were higher sales volume and value, lower general and administrative expenses and higher other income. Gross profit during the fourth quarter of 2015 was US$42.3m, some 0.83% higher than the US$41.8m in the same period of 2014. Its operating profit increased by 7.96% to US$40.6m during the fourth quarter of 2015 compared to US$37.6m in the same quarter of 2014.
The company's net profit in 2015 grew by 4.05% year-on-year to US$156m and its gross profit grew by 2.33% to US$168m. Its operating profit grew by 4.49% to US$160m during 2015.
Saudi Arabia: Estanda has successfully completed the commissioning of a cement ball mill for a cement manufacturing company in Saudi Arabia.
The project was carried out on cement mill line 2, which operates in parallel with the cement mill line 1, which had already been renovated and updated by Estanda in 2013.
The renovation of the cement mill affected all interior steel components of the mill involved in the grinding process; inlet headwall liners, lifting liners of the 1st ball mill chamber, the intermediate diaphragm, the 2nd chamber classifying liners and the outlet diaphragm. The designs and materials were according to Estanda technical specifications. An improvement in productivity of more than 15%, wearing reduction on the steel components prompting less maintenance and greater profitability were achieved.
Saudi Arabia: Germany's thyssenkrupp has won a contract from Yamama Saudi Cement Company, one of Saudi Arabia's biggest cement producers, to build two turnkey cement clinker production lines. The two lines with an overall cement capacity of 20,000t/day will be built at a new site around 80km east of the capital Riyadh. The value of the contract is in the high three-digit million Euro range. It is the largest cement contract ever secured by thyssenkrupp.
Jens Michael Wegmann, CEO of the Industrial Solutions business area of thyssenkrupp said, "Our partnership with Yamama is built on a longstanding tradition and dates back many decades. We are delighted that Yamama is once again putting its faith in our comprehensive experience in the turnkey construction of complete cement plants worldwide."
The main components include two mobile primary crushers for limestone (each 1800t/hr throughput), three crushers for additives (each 500t/hr), two crushers for correctives (each 100t/hr) as well as two circular blending beds for limestone, each with a capacity of 80,000t and various additive storage facilities. Four QUADROPOL QMR2 roller mills with a throughput of 425t/hr and two 35,000t capacity homogenizing silos will be used to grind and store the raw material.
The kiln lines comprise six-stage and two-string preheaters with PREPOL AS-MSC calciner, rotary kilns with POLFLAME-VN clinkering zone burners, and POLYTRACK clinker coolers. The clinker will be stored in three 10,000t capacity clinker silos and two 100,000t capacity clinker storage facilities. Four combi grinding units consisting of POLYCOM high-pressure grinding rolls, ball mills and SEPOL separators as well as downstream cement coolers will each produce 300t/hr of cement.
The cement will be stored in six cement silos each with a capacity of up to 25,000t. The line will also feature six cement packing and loading stations. Quality control and monitoring will be handled by a POLCID process control system and POLAB laboratory automation system.
Yamama Saudi Cement and thyssenkrupp have been working together since the 1960s when the company placed an order for an initial 300t/day rotary kiln. Six larger cement production lines have since been added.
Saudi Arabia: A new on-site power plant at United Cement Industrial Company's (UCIC) cement plant in Saudi Arabia will be operated and maintained by MAN Diesel & Turbo. MAN Diesel & Turbo was also responsible for building the 54MW power plant, near Jeddah, where five MAN 20V32/44 CR diesel engines provide electrical power for the new cement plant. A five-year contract with UCIC for operation and maintenance includes the option of an extension for another five years.
Saudi Arabia: Arabian Cement Company (ACC) is planning to build a new 10,000t/day brownfield cement line in Rabigh.
In order to increase the cement grinding capacities in phase 1, prior to the completion of the new line in Phase 2, ACC placed an order with China National Building Materials Group Corporation (CNBM) for a grinding plant, including two Loesche vertical roller mills.
The project execution will be done on a fast-track concept, which ensures a project schedule of only 13 months. Loesche will supply two large vertical roller mills of Type LM 63.3+3 with a table diameter of 6.3m and a main drive size of 7400kW. Under the fast-track concept, Loesche will not only supply the mills, but also all process related equipment like process filters, process fans, hot gas generators, as well as the complete basic engineering of the grinding plant to ensure a state-of-the-art plant design.
Saudi Arabia: Saudi Cement Company has launched a new brand identity that embodies the company's future vision for growth.
A ceremony was held at the Sheraton Damman Hotel to mark the occasion in the presence of senior government officials, businessmen, suppliers and clients. The event also marked the company's diamond jubilee.
According to a statement, Saudi Cement chose to evolve its brand and motto in order to reflect a new identity and pledge solid commitment to clients in line with its vision and determination to continue in the path of fundamental evolution embarked on in 2008.
Chairman Khalid bin Abdul-rahman Al Rajhi said that the new identity confirms that Saudi Cement is looking forward to a brighter future. "In light of the changing conditions in the markets of the cement industry, the company reveals a new brand identity that reflects its historical legacy and our present day status, as well as our relentless efforts to be innovative and have a positive impact on the future," said the Chairman. "All of the shareholders, customers, employees, suppliers and the community we serve have played a part in our successful achievements and we cherish our excellent relations with them."
Managing Director Walid bin Ahmed Al Juffali highlighted the importance of planning and development in the outstanding performance of the company. He said that there were a number of key factors to the success of the company, including the concerted efforts of co-operation between the staff of the company, customers' trust and the favourable climate created by the government to support national companies.
"We were able to attain the objectives that we set during the past decade," said Al Juffali. "Armed with a clear vision we set our goals, outlined our values and managed to develop the organisational structure of the company and motivate the human resources to materialise our objectives. Thus Saudi Cement was able to attain its well-deserved leading position and looks forward to a promising future. The leading position assumed by Saudi Cement is the outcome of a solid foundation and historical heritage spanning half-a-century during which the company was able to weave close relations with stakeholders, clients, suppliers and the community it is serving to the benefit of all parties." He stressed that the new brand identity is an accolade deserved by merit of outstanding performance in the region, driving the company to become one of the major and most trusted companies in the Saudi and Middle East markets.
Saudi Cement benefits from its presence in Al Ahsa, in close proximity to the energy needed to run the cement plant and raw materials essential for the cement manufacturing process, as well as the availability of skilled labour and craftsmen. The proximity of the cement plant, linked by rail to King Abdul Aziz Port in Dammam also helps to facilitate cement exports.
At today's official launch of LafargeHolcim, CEO Eric Olsen was asked to comment on the group's position in Iran. It doesn't have one, but that won't necessarily always be the case given events in Austria this week.
On Tuesday 14 July 2015, Iran and the P5+1 countries (US, UK, France, China, Russia and Germany) agreed an historic deal to limit Iranian nuclear activity in return for a significant lifting of existing trade sanctions at a meeting in Vienna. The country's cement industry will be delighted by this agreement. The talks, in progress since 2006, could mark what has been termed a 'new chapter' in relations between Iran and the rest of the world by Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. For his part, US President Barack Obama stated that the deal would ensure that 'every pathway to a nuclear weapon is cut off' for Iran, but critics from the US, Iran, Israel and elsewhere, suggest that cutting all routes will not be possible. They are alarmed and have warned that the deal could lead to an arms race between Iran and Saudi Arabia, amid increasing animosity in the Middle East.
While the geopolitical implications of the deal are huge, the lifting of trade restrictions will greatly improve Iran's ability to deal internationally. This includes allowing increased oil exports. An article by Reuters anticipates that Iranian oil production could increase drastically from around 1 million barrels per day (mbpd) at present, possibly to its former peak of 3mbpd. (What this might do to the global oil price could be the subject of an entirely separate column). The easing of banking restrictions will make Iranian products more competitive and increase trade in many sectors.
Against this backdrop sits the Iranian cement industry, the world's third or fourth largest by production in 2014, depending on your source. It has an incredible 84.4Mt/yr of cement production capacity in a country of 77.5 million people. Assuming that it could produce and consume all of that cement at home, this would represent consumption of around 1100kg/capita/yr, far above the 600-800kg/capita/yr rate that is typical of a rapidly-developing economy.
Of course, Iran has not been consuming anything like this level of cement recently. According to figures released by its Employers Guild Association this week, Iran made 66.4Mt of cement in its 1393 calendar year, which ended on 21 March 2015. Assuming the above capacity, this gives Iran a cement utilisation capacity of around 78%.
Much of the cement made in Iran was exported in 2014 and so far in 2015. The country exported an incredible 18.4Mt/yr of cement and clinker in the year to 21 March 2015, up from 18.8Mt a year earlier. A large amount of this cement was available at low cost, to the extent that Iran has been accused (along with Pakistan) of dumping cement in the Middle East and East Africa. (Pakistani producers have even pointed out that Iranian cement is making inroads into the Afghan market, more traditionally a target for exports from Pakistan).
So what might happen to the cement trade dynamic in the region? Some suggest that the easing of sanctions can only increase the potential for Iranian cement imports in the region. Trade should become easier, facilitating exports.
Indeed, this is a factor, but it is only part of the equation. Instead, it is likely that, having earned foreign exchange via increased oil sales, Iran will be able to spend more at home. Reuters anticipates that demand for steel and cement will skyrocket as the country undertakes much-needed construction and infrastructure works. This situation would be similar to Saudi Arabia and other Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states. How Saudi Arabia reacts to this, both politically and in terms of cement trade, will be of high interest in the region and around the world.
Instead of increasing cement exports, the effect of the lifting of sanctions may decrease them. This will surely be welcome news to local producers currently being undercut in East Africa, as well as exporters in Pakistan, India and elsewhere. Could Pakistan even find itself exporting to Iran? If a US-Iran nuclear deal is possible, anything can happen...
Saudi Arabia: The Chinese General Contractor Chengdu Design & Research Institute of Bldg Materials Industry Co Ltd in Chengdu has placed an order with Gebr. Pfeiffer SE for the supply of an MPS 3070 BC cement mill for Readymix in Saudi Arabia. The 1100kW drive power mill will grind 30t/hr of granulated blast-furnace slag and 46t/hr of Ordinary Portland Cement to a fineness of 4000cm²/g and 3600cm²/g, respectively. Delivery of the equipment is scheduled for 2015.