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Balancing Expansion and Challenges

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The Indian cement industry is gearing up for significant expansion and investment, driven by a rise in capital expenditure in the interim budget. Companies such as Shree Cement and JSW are at the forefront of this expansion strategy, with ambitious plans for capacity expansion. Shree Cement, for instance, has unveiled plans for a major cement capacity expansion in Uttar Pradesh, reflecting the industry’s bullish outlook. Similarly, the JSW Group has announced a massive investment of Rs.65,000 crore to set up cement, power and steel plants in Odisha, demonstrating the widespread industry momentum.
Despite this surge in investment and expansion, the overall growth of India’s eight core sectors has slowed, with a modest 3.6 per cent increase in January, marking the lowest growth in 15 months. The Indian cement makers are expected to face a decline in core profit per tonne in the fourth quarter, as per a report by Emkay Research. These factors indicate a challenging operating environment for the cement industry despite the expansion plans.
Adding to the industry’s concerns is the release of default values for carbon emissions by the EU under the proposed Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM). This development could have a notable impact on Indian steel and cement exporters, potentially leading to increased reporting and compliance requirements related to emissions.
In light of these developments, the Indian cement industry finds itself at a critical juncture. While expansion plans signal positive growth prospects, challenges such as declining core profits and potential impacts from EU regulations pose significant hurdles. As the industry navigates these complexities, stakeholders will need to closely monitor market dynamics and regulatory changes to make informed decisions and sustainably drive future growth.
The Indian cement industry’s trajectory is shaped by a confluence of factors, from growth initiatives and challenges within the domestic landscape to potential impacts stemming from international regulatory developments. Navigating these dynamics will require a balanced approach, encompassing strategic investments, operational efficiencies and adaptability to evolving regulatory frameworks.

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New appointment at TMEIC

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TMEIC Industrial Systems India, a Group company of TMEIC Corporation, Japan, has announced the appointment of Hidekazu Matsushima as the new Managing Director. Matsushima has been associated with Mitsubishi Electric FA division for domestic market in Japan since 1991 and been assigned in Industrial division in 1994, where he rolled out his mission of sales, marketing and business development of General industry (GI) such as paper, film, Oil & Gas, petrochemical, cement, food, automobile, semiconductor industries in Japan. During the establishment of TMEIC in Japan in 2003, he was assigned with the responsibility for domestic GI market Sales in Japan HQ, and then in plant and energy sales department.

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Social Impact Award for Ambuja Cements

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The West Bengal CSR unit of Ambuja Cements has won the 6th ICC Social Impact Award 2024 in the large industry category. It was recognised for its efforts in advancing ‘Gender Equality and Women Empowerment’. The CSR arm received a letter of appreciation from the Office of the Governor of West Bengal, further amplifying recognition of the organisation’s contributions to societal advancement. The initiatives undertaken by Ambuja Cements in West Bengal under the Women Empowerment programme harness the power of rural women as breadwinners, community leaders and change-makers. Encouraging women to form Self-Help Groups and Federations plays a key role in helping them achieve socio-economic empowerment.

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UCWL unveils new plant in Dabok, Udaipur

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JK Lakshmi Cement, a subsidiary of Udaipur Cement Works Limited (UCWL), has inaugurated its state-of-the-art cement mill IV at their Dabok plant in Udaipur, Rajasthan. The new mill pushes the plant’s cement capacity from 2.2 million MT to 4.7 million MT, making it one of the key players in the industry. The new facility is expected to enhance efficiency, productivity and provide exceptional product quality owing to its cutting-edge technology equipment while incorporating innovative measures to minimise its environmental impact. The event shows UCWL’s stern commitment to excellence and its contribution to the region’s infrastructure sector.

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