Indonesia’s cement consumption during the first half of 2008 surged 21 per cent from a year ago supported by growing construction activities, a producer association report showed on Monday.
Data from the Indonesian Cement Association (ASI) said nationwide cement consumption reached 18.89Mt in the first half against 15.6Mt a year earlier.
The country also exported 844,886t of cement during the first six months, down 37 per cent from a year ago.
The report said cement consumption in the country’s main market, Java, rose 17.4 per cent in the first half from a year earlier to 10.37Mt. Over the same period, cement consumption outside Java rose between 18 per cent and 40 per cent.
Indonesia’s biggest cement producer by sales volume PT Semen Gresik Tbk supplied about 42 per cent of domestic cement consumption during the first half. It sold 8.32Mt of cement, up from 7.12Mt a year ago.