Cement firms top capacity use

Cement firms top capacity use
Published: 22 June 2004

A number of cement companies are utilising 100% capacity. Kesoram Industries tops the list, having raised its capacity utilisation from 108% in 2001 to 137% in 2004.  Mangalam Cement is close by, with 134%, though this is a drop from its high of 142% in 2002-03.  Century Textiles used 116% of its capacity last year while Tamil Nadu-based Chettinad Cement weighed in at 106%. Gujarat Ambuja also had 106% utilisation, while ACC had 91%. Grasim had 89% and L&T was at 72%, may be because of capacity additions recently.  Of the top 10 with over 100 per cent capacity utilisation, a majority are located in South India, the single largest demand cluster for cement; and four are in West India, the second largest area. The demand of these regions is mostly supplied from within the region, which is why plants in those regions show higher capacity utilisation. (Economic times, India)