China: Tianrui Cement’s sales revenue rose in the first half of 2018 due to an average price rise year-on-year of 22%. Its revenue grew by 13.8% to US$629m from US$553m in the same period in 2017. Profit increased by 17% to US$82.6m from US$71.6m.
Cement sales volumes fell by 4.7% to 13.3Mt from 12.6Mt due to government imposed production limits in Henan province and a decrease in infrastructure and property investment. In Henan and Anhui the company’s cement sales fell by 7.1% to 10.3Mt but it Liaoning and Tianjin it rose by 4.5% to 3Mt. the cement producer also reported that its cost of sales rose by 12.3% to US$721m due to rising coal prices and other input costs.