INTERCEM Mediterranean Rim Cement Forum

Tuesday 28 September 2021, 11:30am - Wednesday 29 September 2021, 5:30pm
Parklane, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa, Limassol
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Following a hiatus of more than 18 months due to the global pandemic, INTERCEM are pleased to announce our return to live, in person events, with a special conference in Limassol, Cyprus this September. 

The INTERCEM Mediterranean Rim Cement Forum will look at cement production, trading, shipping, logistics and exports across the Mediterranean region, with leading cement industry experts bringing you the detailed news, analysis, and market projections from across Southern Europe, Northern Africa, and the Levant.

The construction industries have remained impressively resilient throughout the months of lockdown and the subsequent cautious opening up of economic activity. Demand for cement and building materials remains strong, and indicators suggest that this will be the case for the short to medium term at least, assuming national governments continue to implement their promises on infrastructure development.

Despite, very high freight rates, cement and clinker exports have been growing, particularly from the Eastern Mediterranean to the US and parts of Africa. Overcapacity is still a challenge in Egypt, however, there are indications that the Government might now be open to a solution that solves the problem in the short term. Some form of political stability in Libya will help the construction industry and whilst it is difficult to be confident, there does seem to be movement in this direction. 

The conference programme will be designed to update delegates on how the market is progressing. Demand and supply patterns are emerging, influenced by environmental regulations rather than more traditional drivers. These regulations, particularly in Northern Europe, will restrict any real increase in capacity, opening up potential markets for exporters from some parts of the region.

The industry is focussed increasingly on sustainable production techniques with a particular emphasis on clinker reduction and the efficient use of energy. The programme will look at the emerging technologies that are rapidly being introduced to help the industry reach its sustainability targets.

This meeting will be the first opportunity in nearly 2 years for cement executives from around the region to meet in person, to share their experiences of getting through the pandemic and taking the opportunity to look the future and what it is likely to bring.

INTERCEM has always been the leader and we are very excited to take this next step to help the industry to reconnect in a real and purposeful way.


  • 28/09/2021
    10:00 - 13:30 | Vassiliko Cement Plant Tour

    10.00 - Depart the Parklane Hotel
    10.30 - Tour Starts
    11.30 - Tour Ends, bus departs to the Captain's Table Restaurant
    12.00 - Lunch
    14.00 - Bus departs restaurant
    14.30 - Arrive back at the Parklane Hotel

    15:00 - 15:15 | Welcome Address
    George Savva (General Manager, Vassiliko Cement)

    15:15 - 16:00 | The cement sector, the pandemic and “building back better”
    Yassine Touahri (Managing Partner, On Field Investment Research)

    16:00 - 17:00 | Cement trading in/from Mediterranean – changes ahead? Trends - Export Markets, Carbon Border Mechanisms, Cement vs Clinker exports, overcapacity, impact of net zero commitments
    Carsten Sauerland (CEO, HeidelbergCement Trading (HCT))
    Yassine Touahri (Managing Partner, On Field Investment Research)

    NB. This is a provisional programme and may be altered in line with charging circumstances.

  • 29/09/2021
    09:30 - 10:00 | Digital Maturity Boosts the Cement Value Chain
    Amr Nader (Co-Founder & CEO, A3 & Co. for Consultancy & Industrial Excellence)

    10:00 - 11:00 | EU Emission trading and carbon import taxes: the new normal?
    Anne DeKeukelaere (Managing Director, Cementis GmbH)
    Dirk Lechtenberg (Managing Director, MVW Lechtenberg & Partner)

    11:00 - 11:30 | Coffee Break

    11:30 - 12:00 | The cement markets of the Mediterranean rim – 2020 data and 2020-2025 projections
    Claudia Stefanoiu (CemBR)

    12:00 - 12:30 | The Cement industry in Egypt, navigating challenges
    Sergio Alcantarilla (CEO, Arabian Cement Company)

    12:30 - 13:00 | Prospects for cement demand in Lebanon and the Levant
    Majida Chahine (Sibline)

    13:00 - 14:30 | Lunch Break

    14:30 - 15:00 | The outlook for the cement market in Israel
    Ronen Yona (CEO, Har-Tuv Group)

    15:00 - 15:30 | Turkish Cement Sector - Current Status and Prospects For the Future
    Abut Özsezikli (Turkish Cement)

    15:30 - 16:00 | Coffee Break

    16:00 - 16:30 | An insight in the strength of the dry bulk market and a view of the cement carriers market in the Mediterranean Basin
    Dimitrios Georgantis (Head of Specialised Cement Carriers & Mini Bulkers Desk, Howe Robinson Partners)

    16:30 - 17:00 | Panel session to discuss the conference conclusions.

    17:00 - 18:15 | Conference close, followed by drinks and final networking

    NB. This is a provisional programme and may be altered in line with charging circumstances.




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Attendance under Covid-19 protocol

INTERCEM and our host venue – Parklane Resort & Spa – are committed to following Government of Cyprus guidelines for covid-safe meetings and international best practice for business events . The conference and all Covid-safety measures will remain under constant review to ensure the wellbeing of all attendees and staff working at the event. It may therefore be necessary to cancel or postpone the event in line with Government recommendations.

International attendees
Please note international travel is only possible by following current travel and quarantine requirements which differ from country to country and which depend from where you start your travel

For travel guidelines, attendees are responsible for checking and verifying the latest position by regularly reading national and international government websites for the latest, accurate information.

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