Industria Nacional de Cemento (INC), Paraguay’s sole cement producer, registered a 24% increase in May dispatches to-date (2-12 May). The state-owned cement company delivered on average 41,541 bags per day.
Last month, the average daily delivery in its markets – Villeta, Vallemí and Concepcion – stood at 33,501 bags per day. However, in May, new company head Edgar Acosta, ordered that deliveries would only be made between 06.00h and 18.00h, Monday to Friday, cutting back on delivery times. Where warranted, extra dispatches would be made on Saturday. The new delivery schedule appears to have increased efficiency.
For now, the company is the country’s only cement producer, but it is expected that a new, privately-owned company – Tasser Cement – will enter production within a few months. Initially, the company will be delivering around 10,000 bags per day, doubling it at a later stage. In the longer-term, the company is expected to produce 30,000 bags per day, alleviating the cement shortage that has plagued Paraguay for some time.