Denmark: Equipment manufcaturer FLSmidth says that the cement market has remained ‘unchanged’ so far in 2018. It described the market for new cement capacity as ‘subdued’ but that opportunities for small and medium projects were available. In addition, the second quarter of 2018 showed a number of single equipment and upgrade project orders which the company has marked as a strategy area.
Order intake for its cement division fell by 42% year-on-year to Euro215m from Euro368m. However, revenue rose by 2% to Euro272m. Overall, the group’s order intake fell slightly to Euro1.35bn but revenue rose by 18% to Euro1.2bn.
"We saw the highest order intake in the Minerals division for several years, which shows that miners are starting to put action behind their investment plans. Most activity is related to single equipment and brownfield expansion. We benefit from our business model of full life-cycle offerings which enables us to support customers in their pursuit of productivity enhancements", said group chief executive officer (CEO) Thomas Schulz.