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Lithuania: Mandatory cement certification in Russia has forced Akmenės Cementas and other cement producers based in the European Union (EU) to send their exports elsewhere. The Lithuanian cement producer has compensated for this by moving its sales in other markets, according to the Verslo Zinios newspaper. Akmenes Cementas’s sales fell by 8% year-on-year to Euro51m in 2016 from Euro55.4m in 2015.
Around 60% of its sales revenue came from local sales in Lithuania, 20% from sales in other Baltic countries and Belarus and 20% from Scandinavian countries. Previously, exports to the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad accounted for 30% of the company’s revenue. The company expects to generate sales of Euro54m in 2017 based on existing contracts.
Russia: Sibirsky Cement expects that demand for cement in Siberia will fall by 8 – 10% to 4.7 - 4.8Mt in 2017. The cement producer said that its output decreased by 22% to 2.15Mt from its Kemerovo Region-based Topkinsky Cement, by 3% to 0.75Mt from its Krasnoyarsky Cement plant and by 10% to 0.27Mt from its Timlyuisky cement plant, according to the Prime Tass news agency. Overall its cement production fell by 17% year-on-year to 3.17Mt in 2016. It has blamed falling production on an overall decline in Russia’s cement market.
Russia: The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has issued warnings to companies certifying cement products that certification has been mandatory since March 2016. The competition body reported that the decision by Cemiscon and SibNIIcement to refuse some applications for certification without adequate grounds could restrict competition in the cement market. The FAS has since warned the companies that their actions broke the law.
Russia: Sibirskiy Cement spent a total of US$17.8m towards upgrading its cement plants in 2016. It spent US$5.2m towards modernising and automating production and about US$12.6m on the repair and maintenance of equipment, according to local media. Installing automated control systems was a priority of the upgrade work. Notably, the cement producer’s Topkinskiy plant received upgrades to its grinding and finished products units. Upgrade work will continue in 2017 with purchases of both domestic and foreign equipment.
Russia: StandartCement plans to build a 3Mt/yr cement plant in the Krasnogvardeisk district of Belgorod with an investment of US$638m. FLSmidth has been designated as the equipment supplier and lead engineering contractor for the project, according to Construction magazine and Interfax. Local government has allotted land and the project is expected to create over 700 jobs. No schedule for construction and commissioning has been released.
Russia: Sibirsky Cement’s production has fallen by 19% year-on-year to 3.1Mt/yr in 2016. It has blamed the fall on a reduction of market demand in the Siberian Federal District. Cement consumption in the region is expected to fall by 14% in 2016.
Russia: The Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) has brought together local cement producers to develop exchange trading with cement. Attendees agreed that trading should not be limited to Moscow and St Petersburg and a proposal was made to organise exchange trading supplying goods for export. They agreed to submit proposals to FAS, which will also ask industry experts and buyers for their comments towards shaping exchange trading.
“Exchange trading is an opportunity for new players to enter the market”, said Deputy Head of the FAS Andrey Tsarikovskiy. He added that attracting new companies to the market would lead to increased competition in the sector.
Russia: Cement consumption has fallen by 10.9% year-on-year to 44.3Mt in the first nine months of 2016 from 49.8Mt in the same period in 2015. The biggest decreases occurred on the Central, Volga, Siberian and North-Western federal districts, according to data from the Russian Cement Association (CMPRO) and the Russian Construction journal. Cement production has fallen by 10.9% to 43.5Mt from 48.9Mt. The falls in consumption and production have been blamed on a poor construction market although the residential sector picked up slightly in the third quarter of 2016.
Russia: Eurocement Group is considering implementing upgrades at its Savinskiy cement plant in the Arkhangelsk region. Production at the plant was stopped in 2010, according to the Rossiyskaya Gazeta newspaper. The plans were discussed at a forum in Sochi.
Russia: Schenck Process has installed two Logiq dispatch automation systems at two LafargeHolcim cement plants at Ferzikovo and Voskresensk. This has resulted in the plants being upgraded to the LafargeHolcim group’s Smart Factory standard.
At Ferzikovo LafargeHolcim is currently engaged in a major investment project for the Russian market. The plant has three incoming and outgoing scales as well as 11 loading stations for loose cement and two bag loading stations. Schenck Process converted the parking lot with registration, the incoming and outgoing scales and all loading points for fully automatic, unmanned operation. Self-service terminals for registration and weighing were installed in the entrance and exit areas. In the loose loading area, a Logiq loading terminal, including the Disomat Tersus weighing electronics with Profibus interface to the PLC and ultrasonic sensors, were installed. In Voskresensk the conversion work included the car park with registration, incoming and outgoing scales, three loading scales and one loading point for packaged goods.
Schenck Process ensured smooth delivery operations at both plants throughout the installation and commissioning process. Incoming silo trucks for loose loading, more than 300/day at Ferzikovo alone, continued to be processed throughout.
Since 2013, Schenck Process has implemented the Logiq dispatch automation system at various plants belonging to the Swiss construction material group, including at 18 cement plants in eastern Europe.