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Cement news highlights: 13 – 17 April

World Cement,

Latest on the LafargeHolcim merger

  • Lafarge and Holcim have announced further information about the assets they propose for disposal in the US in order to facilitate their merger.
  • Eric Olsen has been chosen to lead the companies after the merger is closed.
  • Holcim has issued a statement saying that the proposal for Filaret Galchev to join the Board of Directors of LafargeHolcim came too late for inclusion into the EGM agenda.
  • The Boards of Directors of Holcim and Lafarge have nominated their candidates to sit on the board of LafargeHolcim.


  • K-Electric (KE) and DG Cement Ltd have signed a power supply agreement for the Pakistani cement manufacturer’s new plant in Hub, Balochistan.
  • Icopower, part of Shanks’ Solid Waste Division, will supply HeidelbergCement with 54 000 tpy of its ICOPOWER® energy pellets. These will be used to power the cement manufacturer’s kilns.

Cement statistics

  • In March 2015, cement production increased by 2% in Peru, with export growth leading to a slight rise in total dispatch figures.
  • Cement consumption in Cataluña, Spain, grew by 12.5% y/y in March 2015 and by 8.1% y/y in 1Q15.
  • Cement output declined by 20.5% y/y in China in March, while GDP growth slowed to 7% y/y in 1Q15.
  • January 2015 data on the production of clinker and shipments of cement in the United States is released by USGS in its latest Mineral Industry Surveys.
  • Cement consumption in Spain reached 983 210 t in March 2015, while 1Q15 saw some 2.55 million t of cement consumed in the country.

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