Welcome back to INTERCEM’s dedicated news web page for cement industry executives.
During the necessary hiatus from face-to-face events across the globe, INTERCEM still wants to play our part in helping cement executives all around the world share best practice, and the latest market updates electronically. To do this, we are restarting the news service on our website and will also be using this platform for think pieces and analysis - all free of charge.
For 35 years INTERCEM has been bringing industry leaders together in destinations across the globe for face-to-face networking and presentations on the latest industry trends, market forecasts and technological developments presented by some of the most knowledgable, respected and internationally-recognised figures working both inside and outside the cement sector. INTERCEM meetings have been a go-to resource for a generation of cement industry leaders across the world providing insight, analysis and data to assist decision-makers in both their day-to-day work and their long term business planning.
Through boom and bust, trade wars, actual wars, crashes, crises, mergers, monopolies, globalisation, digitisation and much, much more, INTERCEM has assisted in the dissemination of information across the sector – no matter the size of your operation, market share, or background. On this news page, we will continue in this tradition, democratising information and inviting leading industry figures, including many of those familiar to regular conference attendees, the opportunity to share essays and ’Think Pieces’ on topics of importance to executives across the cement industry supply chain. As such, we would like to hear from you, your suggestions for content, or if you would like to contribute a news story or short article.
The COVID 19 pandemic has come at an already very difficult moment for the cement industry - with an overcapacity glut across many international markets - and it is likely to make a significant impact on the sector for some time to come. Without in any way acting in an anti-competitive manner, leaders of our industry need to share best practice information and support each other through these times. Through many different crises over the past 30 years, INTERCEM has been a place for us to do that face-to–face, and I hope that now with modern technology we can find ways to do this electronically.
North Korea has recently ordered cement factories to produce cement with technology and raw materials acquired domestically.
The world is reeling under the coronavirus threat and all industries are battling hard to get over the current situation and trying hard to maintain long term sustainability.
The coronavirus, Covid-19 has hit the Middle East and North Africa at a time when the region was already burdened with multiple problems, including a series of long-running conflicts, sectarian tension, economic crises, and widespread political unrest.
A nationwide lockdown in India is prompting cement producers to seek deferments on the loading of cargoes of petroleum coke, which they use as a fuel for production. These high-sulphur coke cargoes were due for loading from refineries in the US and Saudi Arabia.
Rising cement prices in several Chinese regions signal that the recovery in the sector is picking up pace, which could boost coal demand with the industry being a large-scale consumer.
According to the protocol rolled out over the weekend by the ministry, vessels arriving at Indian ports from infected countries within 14 days have to be quarantined for 14 more days.