Cement consumption in Indonesia rose 6.2 per cent in the ten months to October to 26.80Mt from 25.25Mt consumed in the same period last year, according to the Indonesian Cement Association (ASI). Over the same period, cement exports grew 5.3 per cent to 2.75 mln tons, the ASI said in a report. In October alone, domestic cement consumption dropped 6.1 per cent year-on-year to 2.78Mt while exports fell 35.9 per cent to 190,413t. Among the major markets, cement consumption in Jakarta increased modestly to 3.15Mt during the first ten months from 3.01Mt a year earlier, while West Java’s consumption rose 9.5 per cent to 4.55Mt.
The report said cement consumption in East Java, which is the main market for the country’s largest cement maker PT Semen Gresik, grew 4.9 per cent in the ten months to 3.86Mt. Meanwhile, cement consumption in Central Java was up 5.3 per cent to 3.12Mt. While all major markets reported growth for the ten-month period, most markets reported year-on-year consumption drop in October. The largest market West Java saw a 11.6 per cent fall in cement consumption in October to 455,557t.