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Weekly cement news highlights: 13 – 17 July 2015

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Cement news highlights: 13 – 17 July 2015

Cement consumption and production

  • Cement consumption in Spain grew by 8.6% in the first half of the year.
  • The German cement industry expects a decline in cement consumption of 1.6% for 2015 compared to last year’s figures.
  • The Eurocement Group company reported higher clinker and cement production in June and an overall increase in 1H15.
  • According to reports, PPC subsidiary CIMERWA has launched a new cement production line, increasing capacity to 600 000 tpy.
  • In 1Q15 Iranian cement production reached 15.774 million t and clinker output passed 19.264 million t.


  • Statistics show a significant increase in non-residential construction and infrastructure output.
  • The construction industry has responded to the announcements made in last week’s Summer Budget with calls for greater employee control over apprenticeships and more focus on energy efficiency.
  • Committee calls for a standard to prevent new homes overheating, and promote passive cooling in existing buildings.


  • CEMEX Dominicana will invest US$6 million in order to increase packaging and palletizing capacity of its cement plant in San Pedro de Macoris, the Dominican Republic.
  • Sanghi Industries Ltd has announced plans to invest up to Rs 1500 crore in the next two to three years.

Corporate affairs

  • LafargeHolcim has officially launched across the globe and has announced key elements of its ambitions for the future.
  • Roberta Magarotto has received an award of the Committee for the Organisation of International Conferences.
  • Tank Connection (TC) has announced that their President amd CEO, Bill Neighbors, will be stepping down in September.
  • Frank Craddock received the William B. Hicklin Lifetime Achievement Award for his ‘dedication and vision’.

Not to be missed ...

  • Cecilio Zalba, Geometrica, outlines the challenges of raw material storage in the Andes: Part one and part two.
  • Eden Energy and Monash University are awarded a grant for research into the use of carbon nanotubes to create enriched concrete that requires little or no reinforcing steel.

Written by Harleigh Hobbs

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