China: China National Building Material’s (CNBM) cement production volume fell by 5% year-on-year to 143Mt in the first half of 2018 from 150Mt in the same period in 2017. It has attributed this decrease to ‘flat’ demand, increased pressure on environmental protection and rising costs of fuel and raw materials. As part of its ‘Price – Cost – Profit’ (PCP) initiative the group has focused on reducing production capacity and output, implementing peak shifting production and eliminating old production facilities.
Despite the headwinds, the group’s sales revenue from its cement division rose by 22% to US$7.41bn from US$6.06bn. Its adjusted earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) increased by 38% to US$2.08bn from US$1.51bn. Average cement prices also rose year-on-year. External sales from its engineering companies increased by 13% to US$2.18bn from US$1.92bn. Overall, group sales revenue rose by 22% to US$14bn from US$11.5bn.
CNBM completed its merger with China National Materials Company (Sinoma) on 2 May 2018. Its cement producing subsidiaries include China Untied, South Cement, North Cement, Southwest Cement, Sinoma Cement, Tianshan Cement, Ningxia Building Materials and Qilianshan. Its engineering subsidiaries include Sinoma International, China Triumph and Sinoma Milling.