The south will still need 12-12.5Mt of cement transported from the north, even though the region has more cement production factories.
The Viet Nam Cement Association said demand for the product in the southern market often reached 17.5-18Mt, but total production capacity of cement makers in the area was 7.3Mt. Makers expected to produce 5.5Mt of cement this year.
At present, there are five cement production factories in the south that use local materials: Ha Tien 2, Holcim Viet Nam, Tay Ninh Cement Factory, Binh Phuoc Cement Factory and Binh An Cement Factory. Other cement makers have to import and transport material from abroad or the north to produce cement.
To tackle the shortage, the Ministry of Construction asked investors in four projects to build cement factories in the south to get them up and running as soon as possible.
The plans include factories built by Ha Tien 2 Joint Stock Company, Holcim Viet Nam Cement Company, An Phu, and Minh Tam.