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Vietnam: Nguyen Quang Cung, chairman of the Vietnam Cement Association, has predicted that the country will face an oversupply of nearly 50Mt in 2020. The local industry’s cement production capacity was nearly 88Mt/yr in 2016. It is expected to reach 108Mt/yr in 2018 and up to 130Mt/yr in 2020, according to comments made by the association to the Saigon Times. Domestic demand is estimated to be 82Mt in 2020 thereby creating the shortfall. The association is also lobbying for a two-year delay in regulation changes made in 2016 that are expected to make exporting cement more expensive for producers.
Vietnam: Ha Tien is to close its cement grinding plant in the Thu Duc district of Ho Chi Minh City following failed attempts to move the plant. The cement producer was ordered to cease all operations at the plant by 31 December 2016, according to Vietnam News. The plant reduced its production capacity to 1Mt/yr from 1.7Mt/yr in 2015 following accusations of air pollution. Ha Tien attempted to move the plant to District 9 in 2016 but the proposal was turned down by city planners.
Vietnam: The Vietnam Building Material Association has predicted that revenue from cement exports is set to fall by 7% year-on-year to US$556m in 2016 from around 15Mt of cement and clinker. In the first 11 months of the year the country’s export volumes fell by 5.93% to 14Mt/yr. The decline has been blamed on competition from foreign companies inlcuding those in China, India, Pakistan and Thailand. The association also blamed the high cost of exports.
Vietnam: Vietnam’s exports of cement and clinker fell by 16.6% year-on-year to 11.3Mt in the first nine months of 2016. The value of the exports fell by 17.2% to US$429.3m. The Philippines, Bangladesh, Taiwan and Mozambique were among major importers of Vietnamese clinker and cement in the nine-month period, according to data from the Ministry of Industry and Trade. Local cement producers have faced competition from those in Thailand and China.
Vietnam: The Ministries of Industry and Trade and Natural Resources and Environment have started inspecting cement and thermal power plants following the discovery of various violations of environmental regulations at certain companies. A joint delegation from the two ministries will look into the production and waste treatment facilities of the factories, according to the Viet Nam News newspaper.
Trần Tuấn Anh, Minister of Industry and Trade, has also ordered companies regulated by his ministry to provide information on environmental protection to the media. Anh has made it mandatory for contractors and investors to complete environmental protection projects in accordance with the commitments stated in their environmental impact assessments released before operation starts. Producers are supposed to publicise information on their trials so that local authorities and residents can supervise them.
Vietnam: Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has asked the ministries of industry and construction to revise the zoning plan for mineral mining for cement production and the cement industry development strategy to meet actual demand. The Ministry of Construction has said that the zoning plan to 2020, which was originally approved in 2010, needs changing following recent geological surveys, according to the Vietnam News Agency. The ministry is also compiling a cement industry development strategy for the 2017 - 2035 period with a vision towards 2025.
The construction ministry will collaborate with provinces and cities to look into the investment and exploitation of minerals for cement production, supply and demand for clinker and cement as well as using heat at cement plants for electricity generation. The country has 70 operational cement production lines with a production capacity of 82Mt/yr but consumption is 72Mt/yr. The government has approved shutting down 14 cement plants with a daily capacity of less than 2500t of clinker each, equivalent to 910,000t/yr, from the strategy since 2011.
Vietnam: Vietnam’s cement sales are predicted to reach 95Mt by 2020 says Nguyen Quang Cung, chairman of the Vietnam Cement Association (VNCA). The total will include 80Mt/yr of domestic sales and 15Mt/yr of clinker and cement exports, according to the Vietnam News Agency.
Vietnam’s domestic cement sales are predicted to rise by 5 - 5.5Mt/yr to hit 80Mt by 2020. The country’s cement and clinker exports will stay at 15Mt/yr, Cung added, noting that Vietnam will be able to satisfy the demand. He also predicted that the country’s cement sales will reach 77Mt in 2016, including of 60Mt of domestic sales and 15.5 – 17Mt of exports.
The Ministry of Construction previously forecast that Vietnam’s sales of cement and clinker would rise 4 - 7% year-on-year to 75 – 77Mt in 2016 despite on-going economic problems.
Vietnam/Germany: Loesche GmbH has won an order for a new cement grinding plant in Ha Nam. The customer is Xuan Thanh Cement Joint Stock Company, a private company group (est. 1976) in Vietnam with more than 30,000 employees. In December 2015, Xuan Thanh Cement decided to invest in a new cement line from FLSmidth. Germany's Loesche GmbH, however, was chosen for the delivery of the cement mills.
After Loesche had already supplied a vertical roller mill for the first cement line in the same plant, Xuan Thanh JSC placed the order for the construction of the new grinding plants with two cement mills with Loesche once again.
During the signing ceremony, Mr Nguyen Xuan Thuy, General Director of Xuan Thanh Cement JSC, thanked Dr Thomas Loesche on behalf of the Xuanh Thanh Group. The contracting partners discussed future developments and confirmed their interest in continuing to work together on a long term basis.
The challenge of this project for Loesche lies in the integration of the new grinding plants into a cement line which is presently under construction.
The key elements of the scope of supply are two cement mills type LM 56.3+3 CS. In addition to the two cement mills, Loesche is also supplying further plant components, from the fresh material supply, the product filter and the mill fan to the finished material transport to the product silos. Loesche Automatisierungstechnik GmbH will be the supplier for the electric part and the automation of the grinding plants. Two hot gas generators type LF 20 L are designed to provide the product moisture guaranteed in case of kiln standstill. An extensive engineering package provided by Loesche will conclude the scope of supply.
Xuan Thanh cement plant will thus be fitted with state-of-the-art equipment for low energy consumption and for reduction of emission values to European standards. The lead time for the entire package is eleven months. Commissioning is forecasted for the second quarter of 2017.
Vietnam: Siam City Cement has signed an agreement to buy LafargeHolcim’s entire 65% stake in LafargeHolcim Vietnam for US$890m. LafargeHolcim Vietnam operates one integrated cement plant and four cement grinding plants with a grinding capacity of 6.3Mt/yr. The company is also a leading ready-mix concrete producer that operates seven plants in southern Vietnam. The sale is subject to regulatory and shareholder approvals, as well as to a right of first refusal of LafargeHolcim’s joint venture partner, and is expected to occur in the fourth quarter of 2016.
Vietnam: The Vietnam National Cement Association (VNCA) has proposed that the Ministries of Planning and Investment, Finance, and Construction reduce import duties on aluminium cement to improve the competiveness of local refractory producers. At present the country charges a tax of 32 – 37% on imports of the input material used to manufacture refractory concrete and refractory bricks. However, imports of refractory bricks are only charged 6%, according to the Viet Nam News newspaper.
The VNCA suggested the government cut duties on aluminium cement imports to support local firms and reduce the country’s dependence on foreign partners, such as China. Vietnam imports refractory concrete and refractory bricks from China, India, South Korea and Germany.