Items filtered by date: Tuesday 07 March 2017
Philippines: The Philippine Competition Commission (PCC) is preparing to investigate the cement industry for alleged violations of competitive practice. It says it has found reasonable grounds to proceed to a full administrative investigation on the cement industry for possible violations of Sections 14 and 15 of the Philippine Competition Act, according to the Philippine Star newspaper. This follows a legal statement by Victorio Dimagiba, a former trade undersecretary, in August 2016 accusing the Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (CEMAP), LafargeHolcim Philippines and Republic Cement and Building Materials of engaging in anti-competitive agreements.
Dimagiba has accused the cement producers of striking illegal agreements including, “restricting competition as to price or components thereof or other terms of trade, abusing their dominant position by engaging in conduct that substantially prevents, restricts, or lessens competition, imposing barriers to entry, or committing acts that prevent competitors from growing within the market.” He has also alleged that Ernesto Ordonez, the head of CEMAP, has used the trade association to justify violating the Philippine Competition Act, as well as maintaining prices of domestic cement in the retail market ‘unreasonably’ high.
Ordonez responded to the claims saying that he was puzzled about the PCC’s decision and that CEMAP had not been informed about a preliminary inquiry.
Philippines: Eagle Cement is planned an initial public offering (IPO) of US$183m to partly pay for a US$249m cement plant it wants to build in Cebu. The plant will have a cement production capacity of 2Mt/yr when complete, according to the Philippines Star newspaper. The project will also include building a distribution centre and marine terminals in Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao regions. Additional financing will be sourced though debt funding and internal sources. Construction is scheduled to start in the fourth quarter of 2017 and the project is anticipated to be finished in the first quarter of 2010.
Brunei modifies cement import process 07 March 2017
Brunei: The Energy and Industry Department at the Prime Minister’s Office (EIDPMO) has released information on its new policy for importing cement and the connected application process following the abolition of the previous method on 1 January 2017. Officials say that the changes are intended to open up the cement market in the country, increase competition, offer more market choice and reduce the price of cement amongst other aims, according to the Borneo Bulletin newspaper. Cement importers are required to register, their companies need to be at least 70% locally owned and applications will last two years. Personal allowances for citizens bringing cement across the border will be limited to two bags per vehicle.
FLSmidth awarded project by El Sewedy Cement 07 March 2017
Egypt: FLSmidth has been awarded an order from El Sewedy Cement Company to build a cement production line at Ain Soukhna in Suez Governorate. The order is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2018.
The full scope of the order includes an OK 39-4 vertical mill for raw grinding, EV 250x300 Hammer Impact Crusher, stacker and reclaimer systems for storage, QCX quality control system, ECS/ControlCenter control system, Rotax-2 rotary kiln with low NOx ILC calciner, Jetflex burner and a FLSmidth Cross-Bar cooler. The OK mill and Rotax-2 kiln will be the first of these models to be installed in Egypt. Additional equipment in the order includes planetary gear units from FLSmidth MAAG Gear, electrostatic precipitators and fabric filters from FLSmidth Airtech, a control system and plant automation from FLSmidth Automation and weighing and metering systems from FLSmidth Pfister.
"This order reflects the strong relations we have had with one of the biggest industry groups in Egypt for almost a decade. Working closely with El Sewedy Cement Company, we assist them in improving productivity and operational excellence," said Group Executive Vice President, Cement Division, Per Mejnert Kristensen.
US: E Instruments plans to release its E8500 Cooled NOx portable emissions analyser in the spring of 2017. The product is intended to increase its accuracy of its NO gas sensor at higher temperatures than normal, particularly above 40°C. The E8500 Cooled NOx keeps the NO sensor cooled with an internal cooling system. The analyser measures, displays and records the NO sensor temperature to make it easier to comply with US Environment Protection Agency (EPA) conditional test methods such as CTM-030. The E8500 Cooled NOx also comes with a Sample Conditioning Unit that cools and dries the stack gas at the probe handle to minimise the time that the gas has in contact with the condensate.