Items filtered by date: Tuesday 03 January 2017
Yamama Cement raises US$267m to build new plant 03 January 2017
Saudi Arabia: Yamama Cement has signed two finance agreements to raise US$267m towards building a new cement plant. It has signed a deal to raise US$200m from the National Commercial Bank and US$67m from the Samba Financial Group. The deals are both for three years.
India: Ambuja Cement has launched a ‘Go Cashless’ campaign encouraging its business partners – retailers, contractors and masons - to adapt to cashless business transactions. The campaign follows the country’s decision to remove circulation of certain high denomination bank notes in November 2016. The campaign went live on 7 December 2016 and it is aimed to create awareness on various available cashless options amongst the cement producer’s business partners. Ambuja Cement is also working with ICICI Bank to launch a helpline to assist stakeholders open current accounts for regular business transactions.
“The ‘Go Cashless’ campaign is yet another endeavour empowering the construction community through knowledge transfer. We are successfully seeding innovative thinking at the grass-roots level and bringing information and technology to the forefront of all our esteemed business partners,’’ said Ambuja Cement’s managing director and chief executive .
The campaign has included sending out over 1,000,000 text messages, 200,000 Whatsapp messages and an educational radio campaign across 17 different stations in New Delhi, Himachal Pradesh, Punjab, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Maharashtra and West Bengal. Ambuja Cement estimates that it has contacted 42,000 business partners via media channels and over 4.5 million via radio.
McInnis Cement to use Gaspesian Rail for distribution of cement 03 January 2017
Canada: McInnis Cement has signed an agreement with the Gaspé railway corporation (SCFG) to distribute cement from New Richmond, Quebec to various Canadian and US markets. The agreement covers the transportation of 140,000t of cement over a five-year period.
“The use of rail combined with the efficiency of maritime transport provides McInnis the flexibility and competitiveness needed for the distribution of cement that will be produced by the company commencing in the Spring of 2017,” said McInnis Cement chief executive officer, Hervé Mallet. He added that the company might increase its volumes when conditions permit.
The cement will be loaded onto trucks at the plant site in Port-Daniel–Gascons, transported to New Richmond, and then trans-shipped onto tenders through a weight bin to be installed by SCFG. The first shipments are expected to start a few weeks after the plant becomes operational.