Developers are the main sources of demand for prefabricated construction systems, with prices hovering around $24.000 for a 50 sqm prefabricated house with flat walls.
Traditionally demand for this type of building systems came from families who acquired the prefabricated systems to build their own homes, but now there is greater demand from developers who are choosing this option because of its lower cost and for the standardization that it allows them to achieve in the construction processes.
The company Cemento Regional has started operating a plant in Escuintla, Guatemala which has capacity to produce 8,000 bags per day.
The company Cemento Regional has invested $12.2 million in the construction and commissioning of the plant, which will produce up to 8,000 bags per day and will supply the product to its three stores in the department of Guatemala.
The Mexican company Cemix has started operating, in Francisco Morazán, a production plant making dry mixes for the construction industry with capacity to produce more than 20,000 tons per month.
Cemix invested $7 million in the construction of the production plant, located in the community of Amarateca in Francisco Morazan.The aim is to supply dry or ready mix products to the construction marketin Honduras, Nicaragua and the eastern region of El Salvador, explained the regional marketing manager for Central Cemix.
The cement company LafargeHolcim plans to invest $3 million in improvements to the El Ronco plant and another $6 million on buying machinery and equipment.
The company will be making investments in order to improve the conditions of its production plant called El Ronco, so it can meet the increase in demand for cement generated by the construction of the hydroelectric project El Chaparral."...A month ago, LafargeHolcim began supplying cement and concrete to the companies that won the first two tenders to carry out works on the dam El Chaparral. "
The lower speed at which cement prices are growing is due to a dip in production costs and the market opening up to imports of the product from China.
The completion of large-scale construction projects, such as the Reventazon hydroelectric station, also explains the change in the price of cement which has gone from 7.8% in the first quarter of 2015 to 1.5% in the same period this year.
The Constitutional Court has rejected the appeal made by Holcim which protested against the 5% tax on the sale of cement produced in some provinces.
The Swiss company Holcim Capital won an appeal against the Law on 5% Tax on the sale of the cement produced in three provinces: Cartago, Guanacaste and San Jose, considering it "discriminatory" and harmful to their competitiveness. The company argued that the measure favored cement importers or producers in other regions of the country. However, Crhoy.com reports that through judgment 003897-16, the Constitutional Court rejected the appeal.
The value of residential construction in Panama grew by 21.6% in 2015, going from $1,028 million in 2014 to $1,251 million in 2015.
Areas in Colon (77.5%), Arraiján (38.5%) and Panama (30.5%) were the ones that had the highest annual increases in residential construction, according to the National Institute of Statistics and Census (INEC). Non-residential buildings, however, fell by 8.6% in the same period, and recorded a value of $820.2 million.
The International Conference on Sustainability of Concrete Latin America will be held from 17 to 19 February 2016 in San Jose, Costa Rica.
From a statement issued by the Association of Cement Producers in Peru:
The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) and the Iberoamerican Federation of Ready Mixed Concrete (FIHP) in accordance with other sponsors will be holding the International Conference on Sustainability of Concrete, Latin America, from 17 to 19 February 2016 in San Jose, Costa Rica.
The new standard establishes quality requirements for six different types of hydraulic cement and recommends that the maximum use by date of the product be set by the manufacturer.
From a statement issued by INTECO:
November 2015. In order to establish the parameters and specifications to be complied with by different types of cement products used in the country, the Institute of Technical Standards of Costa Rica (INTECO) approved the norm INTE 11/15/06: 2015 "Hydraulic Cement - Requirements and Specifications ", which aims to guarantee the quality of this product and also serves as a reference for the technical regulations for the marketing of cement in the country.
The Executive Hydroelectric Commission of the Lempa River is putting out to tender the supply of hydraulic concrete for the construction of a powerhouse and an open air excavation site in the El Chaparral hydroelectric project.
Cemex has launched the first phase of its cement plant in the municipality of Ciudad Sandino, with capacity to produce 220,000 metric tons.
The first stage of the cement processing plant required an investment of $ 30 million, and Cemex announced that it plans to invest another $ 25 million for the operation of the second phase, scheduled to end in 2017, increasing total production capacity in the country to approximately 860 metric tons. "... Currently it processes a little over 450,000 metric tons at its plant in San Rafael del Sur, 45 kilometers southwest of Managua. "
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