Brazil: Magnesita’s revenue has risen by 18% year-on-year to US$937m in 2015 from US$796m in 2014. Its net loss decreased to US$294m in 2015 from US$27m in 2014. The company described 2015 as a year ‘marked by a challenging economic environment globally.’ It noted a drop in steel production in the US due to high imports, currency effects and the poor economy in Brazil.
The manufacturer’s production volumes of refractories fell by 6.9% to 958,000t in 2015 from 1.03Mt in 2014. However, its sales revenue from its refractories business rose by 15.6% to US$816m from US$706m. Although the majority of Magnesita’s refractory sales were to the steel industry, its sales volumes to other industries, including cement, fell faster in 2015 by 11.7% to 133,000t. This decrease was mainly attributed to the decline of the Brazilian cement industry and by lower demand for cement in Venezuela. Despite this, sales volume growth of 15% was reported in Middle East and Africa led by Saudi Arabia and Egypt.