In today’s knowledge-based economy where know-how and innovation define business success, forward-looking cement and concrete producers have made knowledge management the cornerstone of their business models. Recently, Robert Madeira, M.D. and Head of Research of the CW Group, spoke with Dr. Davide Zampini, Head of the Cemex Research Group, about the key ingredients for successful innovation in the industry and about the role of the research group within Cemex.This article captures some of the highlights from this exchange.
When the 2011 numbers came in, sales volumes were up five percent over 2010. Lafarge takes lead position over Holcim, and Heidelberg rules aggregates. While difficulties continue in the mature markets, all segments find reason for optimism.
After experiencing the first signs of global recovery in the first half of 2011, global building material companies kept pace in the second half to reach an annual growth rate of five percent for sales volumes (in EUR) compared to 2010. The companies in the CW analysis include Lafarge, Holcim, HeidelbergCement, CRH, Cemex, Italcementi, Buzzi Unicem, Cimpor, Vicat, and Titan.
The latest Global Cement Volume Forecast analysis by the CW Group shows global cement consumption growth will trend around six percent in 2012, reaching 3.78 billion tons. The increase is a decline from the nine percent consumption volume growth in 2011 when worldwide cement demand reached 3.56 billion tons. The chief driver of global consumption growth will continue to be China, which will consume 2.22 billion tons of cement by 2012.
Over 200 respondents participated in the 2011 CemWeek Middle East and Africa Cement Sector Sentiment Survey carried out in September - November 2011. In this report, the CW Group shares a snapshot of emerging and developing trends that have dominated the African and Middle Eastern, including Turkish, cement sectors in recent months, along with those themes likely to be important in the months ahead.
Mr. Robert Cumming, an Environmental and Public Affairs Manager for Lafarge Canada, was recently interviewed by CemWeek and offered insight into the company’s successful efforts to improve their environmental impact. Mr. Cumming also discussed the company’s initiatives to further improve emissions in the future.
Founded in 1997, Egypt-based Arabian Cement Company became a member of Spain’s Cementos La Union group in 2004. In the past decade, ACC has faced a crumbing economy, licensing conflicts and political unrest. ACC’s CEO Jose Magrina spoke with CemWeek about the management decisions that have secured the company’s position within the Egyptian cement sector going into the future.
Following a slow start in the first quarter of 2011, the CW Group Cement Equipment Order Intake (CEOI) index plummeted to 68.0 for that quarter, its lowest value since the inception in Q4 2009. The second quarter of 2011 saw orders grow and the CEOI index rose to 91.6. On the other end, the CW Group Cement Equipment Order Backlog (CEOB) index remained virtually unchanged through the first half of 2011.
A number of cement plants celebrate their hundred-year anniversaries in 2011, and with this milestone it seems appropriate to acknowledge the contribution of some of these ‘centenarians’ of the cement industry. CemWeek looks at four of Europe’s longest-operating cement plants for a historical perspective on the cement industry and to trace some key developments through the last century.
CW Group introduces its latest contribution to the regional cement sector surveys – the 2011 CemWeek Brazil and Americas Cement Sector Sentiment Survey. Over 200 organizational units participated in the survey across North and South America. We extend a special thank you to all the participants for their contribution to this highly anticipated survey.
In this report, the CW Group shares the findings of the Second CemWeek India Cement Sector Sentiment Survey carried out in April and May of 2011. Over 270 organizations participated in the survey organized by the CW Group Research and CemWeek and we thank all participants for their contribution to this initiative.
We wish to particularly thank the sponsors of this study (in alphabetical order): Cachapuz, Chryso, FLSmidth, KHD Wedag, Lindner, Loesche, and Siemens. These companies, each strongly committed to the Indian cement sector, have provided valueable support in providing better coverage of the Indian cement sector