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Update on China, August 2023

The first half of 2023 has continued to be a tough period for the major China-based cement producers, with revenue and profits down for many. As CNBM put it, the sector is facing production overcapacity, weak demand, high inventory, low prices and declining profits. However, not every company has followed this trend, with a few […]

Cemex grows sales in 2022 but reports loss in fourth quarter – Global Cement

Mexico: Cemex’s net sales grew by 8% year-on-year to US$15.6bn in 2022 from US$14.4bn in 2021. Its operating earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) fell by 6% to US$2.68bn from US$2.84bn. Cement sales volumes decreased by 5% to 63.4Mt and ready-mix concrete sales rose by 2% to 50.1Mm3. However, the building materials producer […]

Adani Group increases earnings, including cement earnings, in first quarter of 2024 financial year

India: Adani Group recorded earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) of US$2.85bn in the first quarter of the 2024 financial year, up by 42% year-on-year. The conglomerate’s cement business contributed an EBITDA of US$235m, up by 54% year-on-year. This represented 8.2% of the quarterly total. The group sold 15.4Mt of cement. Financial Express […]

New CFO for James Hardie Industries

US: James Hardie Industries, the world’s largest producer and marketer of high-performance fibre cement and fibre gypsum building solutions, has announced the appointment of Rachel Wilson as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective 16 August 2023. She was appointed after Jason Miele stepped down as CFO. He will remain at James Hardie for three months […]

CRH boosts sales and earnings in first half of 2023

Ireland: CRH recorded US$16.6m in consolidated sales during the first half of 2023, up by 8% year-on-year from first-half 2022 levels. Its earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) totalled US$2.5bn, up by 14%. Throughout the half, CRH invested US$600m in acquisitions, and maintained a ‘robust’ pipeline of further opportunities. In its Americas business, […]

New emissions taxes hit Hungary’s cement industry

The Hungarian government recently enacted Emergency Decree 320/2023, taxing all CO2 emissions from the country’s 40 or so largest industrial enterprises. The government used emergency powers to set up a new taxation scheme, which undercuts existing free allowances under the EU emissions trading scheme (ETS). The scheme additionally penalises the trade in ETS credits. Cement […]