Saudi cement and clinker sales rise

Saudi cement and clinker sales rise
Published: 03 June 2010

Cement and clinker sales in Saudi Arabia, including exports in April, stood at 3.91Mt, reporting an increase of 16.5 per cent YoY, NBC Capital said in its monthly report.

However, sales decreased by 7.8 percent month-on-month compared to 4.24Mt in March, the report noted.

Cement exports stood at 105,000t in April this year, up 47.9 per cent YoY. However, on a month-on-month basis, cement exports declined 1.9 per cent from 107,000t in March.

In April 2010, cement production fell by 3.2 percent month-on-month to 3.93 million tons.

Additionally, clinker production decreased by 12.9 percent month-on-month to 3.28Mt.

Clinker stock as a percentage of cement sales increased to 236 percent from 226 per cent in March 2010 and the high of 481 percent in September last year. Saudi Arabia has 12 cement companies with an estimated cement production capacity of 48Mta.

In April, total cement sales in the Kingdom stood at 3.61Mt versus 3.96Mt in March and 3.26Mt in April 2009. Clinker sales in April stood at 140,000t compared to 104,000 tons in March and 27,000 tons in April 2009.