China is likely to continue a strong demand for cement in 2010, which may grow 12% year on year to nearly 2.1bnt this year, said Xiangzhong Kong, secretary-general of the China Cement Association. Kong said that the Chinese government’s increase in investment in water projects will be a new driver for the cement consumption.
In late January, the Chinese government announced plans to double its annual investment in water projects to CNY4trn over the next ten years.
Last year, China produced 1.87bnt of cement, representing an increase of 15.5% compared with 2009. The output of clinker rose 10.4% YoY to 1.15bnt.
Seven provinces, including Jiangsu Province, Shandong Province, Sichuan Province, Hebei Province and Guangdong Province, saw their annual cement output each exceed 100Mt, according to an earlier report from China Knowledge.