Mexico: Cemex sold 47.8Mt of cement in the first nine months of 2022, down by 5.3% year-on-year from 40.5Mt in the same period of 2021. Despite this, its consolidated revenues rose by 8%, to US$11.7bn from US$10.8bn. The group's cost of sales grew by 12% to US$8.09bn from US$7.25bn, and its operating earnings before interest, depreciation, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) dropped by 6.6%. Nonetheless, contributions from discontinued operations led to net income growth of 72%, to US$987m from US$574m.
Cemex said that higher prices in local currency terms drove sales growth across all of its regions. As a percentage of sales, costs grew to 70% from 68%, mainly on account of energy price rises. Operating EBITDA fell across all regions apart from Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Asia (EMEAA), where it rose by 2.5% to US$524m from US$511m. Cemex noted Europe's 'remarkable resilience' in implementing 'double-digit' price increases to increase earnings, while also crossing a threshold of 40% in CO2 emissions reduction from its 1990 baseline. Roller Mill Crusher
Saudi Arabia: Yamama Cement has commissioned its second cement plant, with 20,000t/day in capacity across two clinker lines. The producer invested US$1.25bn in the plant's construction, which was carried out by Germany-based ThyssenKrupp. The facility is equipped with seven raw materials crushers, a 3.7km-long limestone conveyor belt, 110,000t of storage capacity, four Quadropol roller mills, two Dopol preheater towers, two Polro rotary kilns, two Polytrack clinker coolers, three 100,000t clinker silos, four Polycom high-pressure roller mills, six 22,590t and 25,000t cement silos and 22,000m³ in water storage basins. The new plant is situated in the eastern Arabian Desert, 80km from Riyadh.
Yamama Cement also operates the 6.4Mt/yr Al Karj Cement plant, 70km from Riyadh.
Spain: Cementos Molins' consolidated sales were Euro959m over the first nine months of 2022, up by 37% year-on-year from the same period in 2021. Cementos Molins attributed the growth to an increase in sales across all of its businesses and the 'significant' contribution of new acquisitions from 2021. Its earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) rose by 11% to Euro208m, while its net profit rose by 3% to Euro90m. The group noted a 'strong performance' by its South American and Asian business. In general, it faced high costs growth, offset partly by increased product prices and the effects of its successful operational efficiency plans. Costs rose especially sharply in Spain, leading to margins deterioration there, while the impacts of hyperinflation in Argentina were lower than in the corresponding period of 2019.
Cementos Molins' net debt continued to decline throughout the period, to reach Euro137m, 0.5x its EBITDA. The group said that its financial position will give it leverage in its execution of new growth opportunities and its 2030 sustainability roadmap.
Regarding the company's third-quarter 2022 performance, chief executive officer Julio Rodríguez said "Despite a very challenging and uncertain global environment and the negative impact of high inflation costs, once again Cementos Molins has delivered very solid results in the third quarter. This performance is the outcome of the contribution of a very professional and committed team worldwide, whom I would like to thank for their big effort in such a difficult environment."
Greece: Titan Group has set new CO2 reduction targets by adding Scope 3 emissions. Titan Group had previously committed to a 21% Scope 1 emissions reduction and a 42% Scope 2 emissions reduction per tonne of cementitious material between 2020 and 2030. Titan Group reduced its total CO2 emissions by 20% between 1990 and 2021, and by 5.5% year-on-year in the third quarter of 2022. Its latest targets are currently under review by the Science-Based Targets Initiative (SBTi).
Titan Group chair Marcel Cobuz said “The initiatives in our decarbonisation roadmap offer significant business growth opportunities. Our technology and sales teams across all our markets are focused on decarbonising our operations more quickly and offering our customers more and more sustainable and circular solutions.”
Austria: Rail logistics company ÖBB Rail Cargo Group (RCG) says that its haulage of 80,000t/yr of granulated blast furnace slag (GBFS) and clinker to and from w&p Zement's Wietersdorf cement plant in Carinthia by rail has removed 3200 trucks/yr from the road since its start in 2019. RCG's trains deliver the plant's clinker to the Peggau-Deutschfeistritz railway station in Styria, and return to the plant laden with GBFS from steel producer Voestalpine's nearby Leoben refinery.
RCG said that w&p Zement is currently working to increase its operations' reliance on rail, adding "Further innovative transport solutions are already being worked on."
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