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Iraq to Remove Ban on Iranian Cement

By John Lee. The secretary of Iran‘s Cement Industry Employers Association has said that Iraq has promised to remove its ban on the import of Iranian cement. Fars news agency quotes Abdolreza Sheikhan as saying that following several meetings between Iranian and Iraqi officials, Baghdad promised to give priority to Iranian exports, once general ban […]

URGENT: Min. of Industry Announces Investment Opportunities

By John Lee. The Iraqi Ministry of Industry has issued a list of thirty factories that are currently open for private investment. The factories cover such sectors as food processing, paper and cardboard, tires, fertilizers, aluminum, cement, natural gas, pharmaceuticals and textiles. The deadline for participating in the tenders is 15th November! Please click here […]

Lafarge in Negotiations on Karbala Cement Plant

By John Lee. A meeting of the Iraqi cabinet on Tuesday authorised the Minister of Industry and Minerals to negotiate with the French company Lafarge concerning investment in the Karbala cement plant (pictured). The Minister will put the results of the negotiation to the Prime Minister for approval. (Source: Office of the Prime Minister)

Iran Sets Up Trade Centre in Erbil

By John Lee. The head of the Trade Promotion Organisation of Iran, Valiollah Afkhami Rad (pictured), has signed a contract to set up a trade centre in Erbil. He said that a better understanding of the market in Erbil and throughout Iraq will result from the improved economic ties, and recommended that Iranian companies research […]

Attock Cement gets Green Light

By John Lee. Pakistan’s Econo­mic Coordination Commit­tee (ECC) has approved a proposal to allow Attock Cement Pakistan Limited (ACPL) to transfer $24 million (29 trillion Iraqi dinars) to Iraq for the construction of a cement grinding unit in Basra. The investment will starting this month, with the company intending to hire 50 percent of its labour […]

Iraq Boosts Lucky Cement Results

By John Lee. Pakistan’s Lucky Cement has reported progress at its grinding unit in Iraq. Analyst Nabeel Khursheed at Topline Securities commented that operations from Iraq contributed net earnings of Rs323m (eps Re1) to Lucky’s consolidated bottom-line. (Source: DAWN.COM) (Picture: Muhammad Ali Tabba, CEO of Lucky Cement)

Lafarge Iraq Cement Sales Rebound

By John Lee. French cement maker Lafarge has written down 385 million euros of assets, mostly in Syria and Iraq. Volume sales were hit by the limited ability to transport cement in Iraq in the second half of the year. Bloomberg, however, quotes Chief Executive Officer Bruno Lafont (pictured) as saying that cement sales in […]

Iran to Increase Cement Exports to Iraq

By John Lee. Iraq has agreed to increase cement imports from Iran. Jahanbakhsh Sanjabi Shirazi, the head of Iran-Iraq Joint Chamber of Commerce, told Fars News Agency: “As of September 1, each (Iranian) company can export 15,000t of cement into the neighbouring country from Shalamcheh, Chazzabeh and Mehran border terminals.” He noted that the new […]

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Lafarge Launches New Cement for Iraq

Lafarge Iraq has launched a new version of Karasta, its multipurpose cement, tailor-made for the Iraqi climate. In order to meet customer expectations and needs the formula of Karasta was revised to improve its workability, decrease cracking and improved setting time as well as better adhesion. Karasta’s new formula meets the Iraq specification 3868 and […]

Iraq Bans White Cement from Iran

By John Lee. Global Cement reports that Iraq has banned imports of Iranian white cement from the Iranian border towns of Shalamcheh and Chazabeh. Sadeq Sava’edi, the deputy head of Khuzestan’s Cement Exporters Union, told the ISNA news agency that Iraq is still importing grey cement and other construction materials, adding that Iran exports 8000 […]

Another New Cement Factory Planned

By John Lee. Following the news last week that Muthanna Cement is to be rehabilitated, it has now been announced that a new cement plant is to be built in Karbala. The state-owned plant will require an investment of US$300 million and will be constructed by a Iraqi-Canadian joint venture. World Cement reports that the […]

ASEC Consortium Wins Cement Plant Deal

By John Lee. ICR reports that a consortium of ASEC Cement and Iraq’s Qemmet El-Iraq has won a contract to rehabilitate and manage the Muthanna Cement plant for 14 years. Attending a signing ceremony in Baghdad with Southern Cement, the state holding company that controls Muthanna Cement, ASEC Cement Chairman and CEO Giorgio Bodo said: […]