Indonesian cement sales rose two per cent on-year to 32.33Mt in the first 10 months of this year, the cement association (ASI) said. Sales in the domestic market totaled 26.8Mt, up 6.2 per cent year-on-year, the association said. Java accounted for the largest portion or 16.98Mt of the total sales, an increase of 7.6 per cent from the same period last year, the Bisnis Indonesia daily reported. Sumatra accounted for the second largest where sales totaled 5.44Mt followed by Kalimantan 1.32Mt, it said. Exports totaled 5.53Mt including 2.78Mt of clinker, which declined by 27.6 per cent.
The country’s largest cement maker state-owned Semen Gresik reported a 11 per cent drop in sales in October to 1.38Mt. The decline followed the surge in oil fuel prices that dampened demand for the building material.