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Romania: Siniat Romania has said that construction works on a Euro50m wallboard plant in Turceni in southwestern Romania will start in June 2013. The plant was originally scheduled to start construction in March 2013.
The project is entirely financed by Siniat's parent company, Belgium's Etex group. Production at the new plant is scheduled to start in March 2015. The new plant will have an initial wallboard capacity of 27Mm2/yr. Its capacity may be boosted to 50Mm2 depending on market demand. Some 50-60% of its output will be exported to Balkan countries.
Siniat Romania exported some 35% of its wallboard output in 2012. The company turnover rose by 1.5% to Euro22.1m in 2012. Siniat added that its market share in Romania stood at 25% in 2012, when the local wallboard market contracted to 38Mm2.
Looking forward the company plans to raise its market share on the local wallboard market, which is predicted to grow by 5% in 2013. Siniat Romania runs a wallboard plant in Bucharest.
Written by Global Gypsum staff
Tuesday 12 March 2013
Japan: Daiseki Eco. Solutions subsidiary Green Arrows Kyushu has opened a wallboard recycling plant in the suburbs of Fukuoka, Fukuoka Prefecture. The recycling plant will separate used and dismantled wallboard, collected from construction sites, into plaster powder and paper for sale to wallboard and paper manufacturers, respectively. The plant will begin with 15,000t/yr of processing capacity, which will be raised to 36,000t/yr.
Daiseki entered the wallboard-recycling business in 2009 through a subsidiary named Green Arrows Central, based in Tokai, Aichi Prefecture. Its Tokai plant currently recycles 30,000t/yr of used wallboard from the local area.
Written by Global Cement staff
Monday 11 March 2013
Indonesia: Saint-Gobain has announced that it will soon start building a 30Mm2/yr plasterboard plant near Jakarta. The project is estimated at Euro35m and it is the building materials manufacturer's first wallboard plant in Indonesia. It is intended to strengthen Saint-Gobain Gypsum's presence in Southeast Asia, where it currently operates four plants in Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.
US: The United States Geological Survey (USGS) has released data regarding gypsum production and consumption in the United States during 2012. This shows that a total of 9.9Mt of crude gypsum, 11.8Mt of synthetic gypsum and 12.1Mt of calcined gypsum was produced during the year. In 2011 the totals were 8.9Mt (crude), 11.8Mt (synthetic) and 11.9Mt (crude). Total consumption came to 24.6Mt, a 3.8% rise from 2011 when the country consumed 23.7Mt.
The leading crude gypsum-producing States were, in descending order, Oklahoma, Texas, Iowa, Nevada, and California, which together accounted for 58% of total output. Overall, 47 companies produced gypsum in 34 states and around 90% of all gypsum was used in wallboard and plaster production. Around 12% of the gypsum consumed was imported.
The USGS pointed to increased construction activity as the main driver of the increased demand, consumption (up 4%) and production (up 11%) of gypsum in the US in 2012. The average price of gypsum remained static at ~US$7/t crude (at mine) and ~US$30/t calcined (at plant). The USGS added that the US gypsum wallboard capacity in 2012 was in the region of 33Bn ft2 (3.07Bn m2).
Written by Global Gypsum staff
Friday 01 March 2013
India: The Directorate General of Anti-dumping and Allied Duties (DGAD) has recommended that India impose an anti-dumping duty of up to US$73.8/m3 on imports of gypsum plasterboard from China, Indonesia, Thailand and UAE to protect domestic producers. The recommendation excludes certain varieties of fire-resistant boards.
The DGAD's recommendation comes on the basis of its findings that increased imports have caused 'material injury' to the domestic industry. Mumbai-based Saint-Gobain Gyproc India had filed a petition for imposing anti-dumping duty on behalf of the domestic industry. The directorate has recommended different set of duties that range between US$12.3/m3 and US$73.8m3.
The DGAD, which is under the jurisdiction of the Commerce Ministry, said that the boards have been exported to India below its normal value from these nations. However, it said that fire heat boards, impact boards, gypsum ceiling boards with moisture barrier, heat boards, anti-mould boards, thermal boards, gypsum ceiling boards with aluminium edges sealed in white film and ceiling tiles may escape the restrictive duty.