Cimpor Brasil, the Brazilian unit of Portugal’s cement maker Cimpor, is expected to more than double its exports in 2005, compared with the previous year, it was reported on June 16, 2005. The company exported 84,000t of cement in 2004 and expects to export 200,000t in 2005. The exports of Cimpor Brasil totalled 58,000t in the first five months of 2005, and almost all shipments were earmarked for African counties. According to Cimpor Brasil sales executive, Joao de Avelar Ghira, Cimpor is considering to launch exports of cement to other markets along with plans for investments in logistic infrastructure mainly at ports. The larger part of the cement exported by Cimpor Brasil is produced by the company’s plants in the states of Paraiba and Alagoas and is handled by ports in the Northeast region of Brazil.
Another Brazilian cement maker, Camargo Correa Cimentos, is also expected to register an year-on-year increase in the volume of 2005 exports. The company’s chief of new businesses, Sergio Bandeira, said the cement maker expected to export 15,000t of white cement in 2005, or 21 per cent of total expected output. Argentina is the main destination for white cement exports of Camargo Correa Cimentos. That country does not produce white cement and imports the material mainly from Spain, Mexico and Colombia. Camargo Correa Cimentos exported a total 13,000t of white cement in 2003.