The average ex-factory price of cement in Sichuan province was CNY 432 per ton in the first half of August, up 0.93 per cent than the second half of July and up 38.3 per cent than the same period of last year.
Prices of ordinary portland cement with 32.5 strength degree averaged CNY 398 per ton, an increase of 2.1 per cent and price of ordinary Portland cement with 42.5 strength degree were CNY 448/t, up 1.8 per cent than the second half of July and 36.2 per cent over the same period of last year.
Local cement prices in Sichuan province are higher than other regions. The average price nationwide was CNY 345 per ton, 20.14 percent less than the price in Sichuan.
As the reconstruction after earthquake deepens, cement supplies in Sichuan would become tighter, adding pressure on cement producers for price increase.