International Cement Review articles tagged under : Market Reports

14 June 2019

The petcoke challenge

As it consolidates its position as an established and reliable energy source, the petcoke industry is predicted to face several challenges. The decarbonisation of the European and other economies, new marine legislation, the evolving demand-and-supply balance and pressure on petcoke prices are expected to impact its suitability as a fuel in cement plants worldwide. By Oscar Pazos Buxo, Repsol,...

04 June 2019

Aggregates in growth mode

The scale and dynamics of the aggregates industry are often poorly understood. Now, thanks to the Global Aggregates Information Network (GAIN™), better macro-data is available, which points to a maturing global indus...

03 June 2019

Kenya’s cement conundrum

While recent times have seen the Kenya cement industry expand and new players arrive, the sector now faces a conundrum. While economic and construction forecasts indicate sound cement demand going forward, cement ove...

28 May 2019

Time for a Brazilian adventure?

Following the entry of Titan Cement into Brazil in 2016, fellow multinational cement producers Vicat and Buzzi Unicem have recently stepped into the local cement market despite the country’s falling cement demand las...

India’s return to stability 22 May 2019

India’s return to stability

While India’s cement consumption saw a strong double-digit advance in 2018, such rates are unlikely to be sustainable and expectations are that consumption growth will moderate to more stable levels in 2019. Gradual ...

20 May 2019

Who’s who in North American cement imports?

To understand the dynamics of the current cement import situation in North America it is important to look behind the statistics. Why is there a wave of new terminals with so many of the existing terminals still moth...

Like the Big Muddy  10 May 2019

Like the Big Muddy

The US Central Plains area is a key US cement market with demand following a slow but steady course, much like the Mississippi River that flows through it. However, recent years have seen dramatic shifts in the owner...

23 April 2019

Kazakhstan: staking a claim

While Kazakstan’s cement demand fell in 2018, the future holds the promise of an expanding domestic market and increasing export sales. Therefore, domestic cement producers are expanding capacity while new entrants s...

15 April 2019

Russia: time for change

While Russia’s economy has stabilised following several years of recession, domestic cement demand is expected to only return to growth in 2020. Meanwhile, trading volumes have also softened as cement imports and exp...

04 April 2019

Raising expectations

A tightening supply-demand balance, rising prices and record industry profits have raised expectations of an improved scenario for China’s cement producers in 2019. A number of challenges remain on the supply-side, i...

27 March 2019

China’s balancing act

2018 marked the 40th anniversary of China’s “Reform and Opening Up”, the name given to the hugely successful economic reforms instigated by Deng Xiaoping in 1978, which initiated the country’s transformation from a l...

13 March 2019

South Korea: new strategies

As South Korea’s economy dips and government policies negatively influence infrastructure plans, the country’s cement industry remains at overcapacity amid stagnant levels of demand. Moving forward, producers must fi...

14 March 2019

Global cement markets in 2019

Low macroeconomic visibility, slowing global growth, geopolitical risks and industry-specific questions such as the outlook for Chinese cement prices or rising CO 2 costs in Europe have presented challenges to cemen...

18 February 2019

GCC demand to edge up?

The last few years have been challenging for the cement industry in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. However, as GCC governments move towards expansionary budgets and the implementation of mega projects ...

06 February 2019

When the going gets tough

The north African cement sector is facing a challenging time as declining demand has put into perspective the current overcapacity in the industry. With most of the region affected, export options are limited. Higher...

28 January 2019

Cement in the heart of Africa

Following two particularly challenging years and considerable overcapacity, the cement industry in the Republic of Congo can look forward to better times. The government is set to increase investment in housing and p...