Cement output down 12.3% in Spain

Cement output down 12.3% in Spain
Published: 18 February 2010

Cement output in Spain totalled 1.62Mt in January 2010, down 12.3% in annual terms, the Spanish cement makers association Oficemen said today.

Cement consumption in Spain plunged by 15.6% YoY to 1.57Mt in January mostly due to the construction sector crisis. The adverse weather conditions during the month also affected the consumption, Oficemen said.

By comparison, the consumption crash was of 52% in January 2009.

The clinker output suffered a 19.5% decrease in January 2010. Despite the crisis, cement and clinker imports surged by 44.06% on the year, while exports went up 25.5% to 223,106 tonnes.

Cement consumption in Spain plunged by 33% year-on-year to 28.6Mt in 2009.