Indonesian cement production is projected to reach 54Mt by 2014, thanks to the expansion of some producers that are scheduled to fully operate in the next two years.
Chairperson of the Indonesian Cement Association (ASI) Urip Trimuryono revealed in the next four years the entire cement production was estimated to be absorbed by the domestic market. He added cement would only be exported if there was unabsorbed cement left.
"We want the entire cement production to be absorbed by the local market. By 2011, we target there will be no need to import cement. At the moment, we still need to import to cater to the need in North Sumatra and Aceh. The import is made by PT Semen Andalas, which imports cement from Malaysia," informed Urip yesterday.
The ASI estimated cement production this year at 42Mt, up 10% from 38Mt in 2009.
Urip added an increase in cement production was especially supported by expansion and new plant construction. He explained one local cement plant in Jember, East Java, would operate this year with an annual production capacity of around 300,000tpa.