Indonesian Cement Net Profit Up 22.9 percent

PT Semen Indonesia (Persero) Tbk posted a first half net profit of Rp 2.58 trillion or Rp 436 per share, an increase of 22.9% from the same period in 2012. The revenue stood at Rp 11.4 trillion, an increase of 31.9 percent over the same period last year which stood at Rp 8, 6 trillion.

The increase in revenues was supported by the total sales volume increased by 18.3 percent to 12.23 million tons in the first half of 2013. Domestic turnover amounted to 12.14 million tons (up 18.0 percent) and export sales of 0.09 million tonnes (up 170 percent). While the national cement sales volumes (industry) grew 7.5 percent to 27.83 million tons compared to the previous period, which stood at 25.89 million tonnes.

“The increase in sales is outpacing the growth of the Indonesian Cement industry plant operations supported by Tonasa Tuban IV and V and the solid synergies, especially in the field of marketing and distribution in Indonesia Cement Group, so we were able domestic market share increased to 43.6 percent from last year’s 40 , 9 percent, “said President Director of Semen Indonesia, Dwi Soetjipto in a written statement received by Tempo, July 29, 2013.

Of the domestic market, the composition of the Indonesian Cement revenues derived from customers in Java and outside Java almost equal. In the first half of 2013, the Java market accounted for revenue of Rp 5.72 trillion (52.43 percent of total domestic sales), while consumers outside of Java contribute to the revenue of Rp 5.19 trillion or 47.57 percent of the total domestic sales .

In addition to maintaining dominance in the domestic market, Indonesian Cement continues to boost sales to foreign markets, especially countries in Southeast Asia. From January to June this year, Indonesian Cement has achieved record revenues in foreign markets amounted to Rp 511.64 billion. This number jumped 170 percent compared to overseas sales in the first half of last year which was only Rp 30.34 billion.

The Plan Indicates The Stimulate Of The Housing Market…

Many of us Americans have watched the long and animated national debate on the confusion and complexity of President Obama’s loan modification program. The basics of Obama’s loan modification program deals with detailing the bail out of homeowner’s from the potential loss of their homes. All that the debate has really fueled though, is more wide spread confusion of how the disbursement of the nearly nine million dollars will actually be put into action. Big lenders, like the corporate banks and mortgage companies, have just come away smelling like money from the previous government bailout of their once struggling companies. In fact, even today American’s housing problems are still escalating and rising higher as the public’s expectation of Obama’s loan modification program seems to steep in its own juices.

The plan indicates the stimulate of the housing market by the big lenders giving the struggling homeowners a way to adjust and modify their existing mortgages. Ultimately, a homeowner will be, under an eligibility rule, entitle to receive over one thousand dollars a year, up to five years. This will average out to over tens of thousands of dollars being spent monthly to help maintain and preserve the quality of housing for Middle America. Many Americans have been confused as to whether they should default on their own, over the top mortgages to receive this money. The confusion only deepens when it is learned that this is money set aside for the homeowners that have yet to actually defaulted on their loans and for homeowners that are less than three months behind on their loans.

This seemingly way of double talking has only help spur on the fears the American public has about the Federal bailouts, the stimulus package for local governments, and the ongoing debate of the reconstruction of our healthcare industry. Politicians have more than gotten their pork spending pet money projects passed, and with it, the hopes fade that the American homeowner will see the real benefits of Obama’s loan modification program. Now, the federal government’s greedy hands are delving into the automobile industry and creating a horrific demolition derby of it.

Many Americans who have lost their jobs and homes due to this given fact, are angry and skeptical about yet again, another promise of being saved by the loans and plans of the watered down Kool-Aid politics of the Anointed One himself.

Feng Shui and the Lottery

People are wiling to try all sorts of things if they think that it may help them to win the lottery and one lady has suggested that practising the ancient art of feng shui can help.

Eileen Chen who has been a practioner and a fan of of feng shui for over 10 years claims if that applying the same principles can improve ones chances of a lottery win. She began to read up on Bazi which is an ancient form of divination based on birth date and time. She says it can have an effect on a persons luck and character. She believes a combination of Bazi and Feng shui is good.

Mrs Chen was speaking to the Star Online about applying these principles when setting up a new home and applied it to decor, furnishings and layout. and believes it has great impact on her mood, well being, finances and energy and also

Lotto fans may feel like trying anything if it will raise their chances of a big win playing something like Italian SuperEnalotto – and one person has claimed the ancient art of feng shui can help.

Eileen Chen says:-

-If there is no indication in a person’s Bazi that he will strike a lottery and become rich, no amount of feng shui and renovation to the house will make him strike the lottery.

However, the chances of a person who has an indication of wealth in his Bazi to get a windfall is higher when the right time comes if his house feng shui is good,-

Perhaps this is something that could work for us.

Alternative we may just like to continue with our existing ways of seeking that lottery win.

Whatever you do, best of luck and have fun.

Tony Bayliss How to inprove your chances of a lottery win

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US factory output increases modestly in June to help boost industrial production 0.3 pct.

U.S. factories cranked out more business equipment, home electronics and autos last month, boosting manufacturing output for the second straight month.

The Federal Reserve said Tuesday that manufacturing production rose 0.3 per cent in June from May. That followed a 0.2 per cent gain the previous month. Still, the two consecutive gains barely offset production declines in March and April.

Overall industrial production, which includes factories, mines and utilities, also rose 0.3 per cent in June. Mining output increased 0.8 per cent, while utility output slid 0.1 per cent.

Manufacturing is the most critical component of industrial production. The recent gains are a hopeful sign that factories could rebound in the second half of the year.

The “report confirms the picture of a moderate recovery in the manufacturing sector,” Annalisa Piazza, senior economist at Newedge Strategy, wrote in a research note.

Manufacturers have struggled this year, providing little support to the economy. Their output is up just 1.8 per cent over the past 12 months. And factories have cut jobs in each of the past four months, shedding a total of 24,000 since February.

A key reason for the weakness is slower global growth has cut demand for U.S. exports. Europe is still in a recession and China’s economy grew from April through June at the slowest pace in more than two decades.

Manufacturing has shown improvement in Britain, France and Italy. Large Japanese manufacturers are also sounding optimistic for the first time in nearly two years.

There have been other positive signs that suggest U.S. factory production could increase in the second half of the year.

The Institute for Supply Management said that factory activity improved in June after hitting its lowest level in four years. But the closely watched manufacturing survey reported that employment fell to its lowest level since September 2009.

Factory activity in the New York region grew for the second straight month in July, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York’s Empire State manufacturing survey.

U.S. businesses reported a strong 1.1 per cent increase in sales in May, the Commerce Department reported. Those same firms only increased their stockpiles slightly, suggesting they will need to order more goods to keep up with demand.

And Americans bought more cars and trucks, furniture and clothes in June, according to a separate Commerce report on retail spending. But consumers cut back almost everywhere else, and overall retail sales rose just 0.4 per cent last month from May.

How is 3D printing technology used in Architecture and Medicine

D printing technology is used to manufacture prototypes, tools, and end-user parts directly from a CAD design. This printing technology offers unprecedented flexibility as it can create a part of any dimension out of any material. Some of the 3d printing materials used include metals, polymers, ceramics, composites, and many more. The 3D printing technology has complete control over material composition, surface texture, and micro-structure of the prototype. 3D printing technology also allows the user to construct prototypes using two different materials. >

Lets take a look at this amazing technology and how it has affected the field of architecture and medicine:

3D printing for Architecture

Architects know that there is nothing like a physical model of a building when it comes to displaying their work or design concept. Physical models also play an important role when it comes to explaining and convincing the customer while selling a project.

3D printers are affordable and high quality solutions for architects. Building a physical model requires great deal of expertise, precision, and time. 3D printing machines help designers focus on their building design, while the devices make 3D models of the project.

Many architects are not tech-savvy and are not used to operating complex devices. 3D printers do not require human intervention at any stage of the printing process. Architects just need to need to draw a CAD diagram of the project and instruct the 3D printer to build a 3D model. The 3D printer can print the model within a few hours, which can then be presented to the client.

3D printers are capable of producing of 3D models with accuracy and speed without compromising on the finer details of the architectural project. The price of desktop 3D printing machines is not that high and independent architects can also afford them.

3D printing for Medicine

The application of 3D printing technology can also be found in the production of medical devices. There are different 3D printing materials available that can be used to build real parts. For example, manufacturing hearing aids is a complex process because they are custom-fit devices and cannot be mass produced. 3D printing greatly helps in such matters where medical devices need to custom-fit a patient.

The future of the 3D printing technology is very bright. Market experts state that 3D printing technology will be affordable to the masses by the next decade. The prices of 3D printing devices are falling rapidly, and it is believed that the prices of 3D printers will drop by as much as 80% in the next 5-10 years. It will not be a surprise to see 3D printing devices in each household just like refrigerators, washing machines, and televisions.