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.

 

SOUTH AFRICA - Not all is lost for the construction industry, says AfriSam

SOUTH AFRICA - Not all is lost for the construction industry, says AfriSam

The 2020 Budget, as outlined by Finance Minister Tito Mboweni earlier this week, “didn’t give much hope to the construction industry”, construction materials company AfriSam sales and marketing executive Richard Tomes told Engineering News on Friday.

ZIMBABWE - PPC volumes down 15%

ZIMBABWE - PPC volumes down 15%

Cement maker, PPC Zimbabwe volumes for the 11 months to February 2020, weakened by 15% to 20% compared to same period last year, reflective of the general economic environment in the country.

CHINA - Anhui Conch Cement has announced a 13% profit increase

CHINA - Anhui Conch Cement has announced a 13% profit increase

Anhui Conch Cement has announced a 13% increase in net yearly profit to US$4.73bn for 2019, compared with US$4.21bn in the previous year. EBITDA advanced 9.5% to US$6.97bn from US$6.37bn. 

ARMENIA - government proposes to extend “restrictions” on cement imports from Iran

ARMENIA - government proposes to extend “restrictions” on cement imports from Iran
The government of Armenia is proposing to extend the "restrictions" on cement imports from Iran and a number of other countries because of the unprecedented fall in prices for this product in the market. Babken Tunyan, chairman of the Standing Committee on Economic Affairs of the National Assembly, said this during the committee meeting to debate on the package of bills on amendments to the Law on State Duty.

PHILIPPINES - Two of the country’s largest manufacturers to suspended production

PHILIPPINES - Two of the country’s largest manufacturers to suspended production
Two of the country’s largest cement manufacturers have suspended their cement production and distribution operations in Luzon to comply with the quarantine and social distancing measures implemented by the government to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.
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