Peru’s cement output rose to 452,145t in January 2007, up 3.36 per cent YoY, according to data of the Peruvian association of cement producers Asocem.
Domestic cement sales rose to 445,855t in January 2007, up 10.4 per cent YoY, while cement exports fell to 26,246t, down 16.5 per cent.
In full 2006 Peruvian cement output rose to 5.68Mt, up 13 per cent YoY, domestic sales rose to 5.08Mt, up 16 per cent, and cement exports rose to 630,000t, up 6.2 per cent.
In 2007 cement sales in Peru are expected to keep on rising by over 10 per cent YoY, benefiting from a lot of factors, including the higher number of public and private construction projects announced in the country, the state’s housing programmes Mivivienda and Techo Propio, and some motorway projects as Interoceanica Sur and Interoceanica Norte, as well as the road infrastructure programme Costa Sierra, and the rising foreign investments in the Peruvian cement sector.
The regions with the highest cement demand include Puno, Cusco and Arequipa, in southern Peru, and Piura, Tumbes and La Libertad in the north.
On the foreign market local cement producers will have to face a strengthening competition.