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Expansion of cement plant

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    Maple Leaf completes expansion of cement plant

    April 17, 2019

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    KARACHI: In the backdrop of a reduction in development spending by the government, the cement sector, which has boosted its production capacity, is witnessing enhanced supplies and a sharp decline in demand, which has pushed down product prices.

    “Maple Leaf Cement has completed the expansion of its new cement line,” the company reported.

    “The company has undergone to set up an additional dry process clinker production line of 7,300 tons per day,” said the notice.

    The company has made the expansion under the brownfield category, which gives some tax benefits, at the company’s existing site in Iskanderabad, according to the notice. The extension will help the company take grey cement production capacity up to 18,000 tons per day.

    Maple Leaf signed the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contract and opened a letter of credit on March 17, 2017 in favour of plant supplier FLSmidth A/S, Denmark for supplying and setting up the new production line.

    The company has revised the cost of the project, which is estimated to be completed at a cost of Rs 26 billion, according to the notice. The cement manufacturer is financing 41% of the cost from its books while the remaining 59% is the debt. Despite announcement of the expansion, Maple Leaf share price rose just Rs0.12, which was attributed to the surplus production of cement in the country.

    With the addition of Maple Leaf plant, the demand would further fall in the coming month of Ramazan, so prices in the northern region were expected to come under pressure, said Syeda Humaira Akhtar, Chartered Financial Analyst at BMA Capital Management Limited.

    However, prices in the south will remain stable as demand growth is in double digits and there is no new supply.

    Pakistan’s cement producers aim to increase their production capacity from 49.4 million tons per year to 72.8 million tons keeping in view the numerous projects under the Public Sector Development Programme (PSDP) and China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), according to the State Bank of Pakistan’s third quarterly report for fiscal year 2017-18.

    “Demand in the northern region always comes from public-sector projects and they, relatively, do not have the option for export,” she said. However, “demand in the southern region comes from the private sector, which is intact, and it also has export option,” she added.

    Northern region companies bear approximately an additional cost of $15 on every ton if they want to export cement.
     
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    Attock Cement Iraq plant

    Meanwhile, Attock Cement announced in a notice sent to the PSX that trial production at its newly constructed plant had commenced.

    Earlier in a notice issued on January 21, 2019, the company stated that the entire civil, mechanical and electrical jobs on the Iraq project had been completed and a cement grinding unit was now at the commissioning stage.

    It stated that the company was in the process of obtaining permission for the import of clinker. As soon as the permission is granted, the company will start importing clinker and thereafter begin trial production. “The demand scenario in Iraq is very strong and it is going to be stronger with expected political and economic stability,” said Humaira.

    “Iraq has allowed the import of clinker without any duty, but the country has imposed 100% duty on cement import,” the analyst revealed.

    Attock Cement had started trial production but it could not commercialise its production until it took approval, which was expected to take around three to four weeks, she remarked.
     
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    Most of the world has banned cement production owing to long term adverse affects on healthcare and environment.

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    Everything that happens in pakistan is wrong should be closed down. Every person is fake, every action is wrong, every department is failed. IK is biggest corrupt person. Asad Umer is a liar, pTI has no plan other than political victimisation.
    Sab jhoot or fraud hey. For me if you put a step right ur fraud, if u put a step to left ur fraud, if u put a step forward ur fraud, if u move a step backward ur fraud
    No reform should be done, No action should be taken, No order should be given, No industry should work.
    After saying all this, I love my country.
    Merey Pakistan ko kehna kuch na, warna