Italy: Consolidation needed as consumption forecast to remain depressed

Italy: Consolidation needed as consumption forecast to remain depressed

With the European Commission having this week given the go-ahead to HeidelbergCement’s acquisition of Italcementi, Italy’s largest cement producer is set to become even less dependent upon what was until now its home market. Since 2007 Italcementi's domestic market has contracted from a peak consumption of 46.4Mt nine years ago to 19.6Mt in 2015, with demand predicted to be flat in 2016. The Italian cement producers’ association, AITEC, predicts that consumption will remain below 23Mt until at least 2020.

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