International Cement Review articles tagged under : Market Reports

17 February 2020

GCC: a return of fortunes?

The performance of the GCC cement sector improved significantly in 2019 when compared with the previous year as higher domestic consumption combined with increased export demand. For 2020, the outlook remains equally promising, supported by expansionary budgets and the normalisation of relations between GCC countries. Most of the GCC countries, including Oman, announced expansionary bud...

10 February 2020

North Africa in focus

North Africa is experiencing a turbulent political and economic period. Meanwhile the region seeks to increase the pace of development with cement consumption reaching 100Mt in 2018. Domestically, surplus capacity ha...

06 February 2020

State of the industry

World cement markets contracted in 2017-18 but picked up last year, according to The Global Cement Report™, 13th Edition. New capacity is seen pushing worldwide utilisation rates down, while cement and clinker trade ...

17 December 2019

Argentina remains optimistic

Argentina is facing more economic woes as inflation, interest rates, unemployment and the poverty rate continue to climb. But given the pressing need for both housing and infrastructure, its cement producers continu...

The port cost factor 09 December 2019

The port cost factor

Spanish state-owned company Puertos del Estado, which heads 28 port authorities and 46 commercial ports in the country, published a study in July 2019 comparing port costs in Spain and other Mediterranean countries f...

02 December 2019

Closing in on Canada’s carbon

Canada has a well-established cement market and is home to several leading multinationals who dominate the sector. The main concerns of the industry are becoming more focussed on stricter environmental compliance wit...

Saudi Arabia set for recovery?  27 November 2019

Saudi Arabia set for recovery?

While the latest data of the Saudi cement market has provided some reassurance in terms of the sector’s recovery, the reality on the ground urges more caution going forward as spending on megaprojects is only gradual...

25 November 2019

Egypt: looking to the future

While the Egyptian cement market has contracted in the past three years and cement industry investment projects have led to overcapacity, forecasts indicate that demand growth is expected to resume in 2020. Meanwhile...

11 November 2019

India’s demand growth shifts gear

The April-June 2019 quarter saw India’s cement growth slow, putting the brakes on a long spell of double-digit advances. Higher cement prices and lower input costs have helped support producer profit margins, but wit...

09 October 2019

Turkey: rebalancing for growth

Following the recent decline in Turkey’s economic growth the domestic cement industry set about to improve its production efficiency and foster sustainable development in a sector that continues to expand as it looks...

02 October 2019

Germany: efficiency upgrades

Germany’s cement sector has become a world leader in alternative fuels and in recent years has seen some consolidation. While ball mill technology is still the dominant grinding technology, there is significant inves...

30 September 2019

Poland: leading Europe’s growth

Poland was one of the countries that did not experience an economic downturn during the global crisis of 2007 and central Europe’s largest economy has been on the rise ever since, supported by an expanding constructi...

23 September 2019

European construction: set for continued growth?

Following a buoyant 2017 and continued growth in 2018, the European construction market is expected to show modest growth this year. As a result, cement prices are expected to firm, easing the pressure on EBITDA marg...

17 September 2019

Turbulent times for Africa?

For the cement sector, turmoil has probably come to a head in many parts of Africa. Cement demand has slowed or fallen back into the red in many African countries, while overcapacity and low utilisation rates are cha...

10 September 2019

Emerging Senegal

Senegal, home to one of west Africa’s largest cement industries, is a nation on the rise. Long-term political stability has resulted in sustained economic growth. Looking ahead, President Macky Sall’s government is p...

30 August 2019

DR’s roadmap to the future

Supported by sustained economic development, the construction sector of the Dominican Republic has provided a solid base for growth for the country’s cement industry. With an 8Mta production capacity, domestic cement...