International Cement Review articles tagged under : Market Reports

02 September 2020

Spain: drivers for development

In 2019 Spanish cement consumption registered its third consecutive year of recovery but the impact of COVID-19 has now brought fresh uncertainty. Despite the demand situation, Spanish cement association, Oficemen, discusses how the domestic sector continues to evolve and is finding ways to lay the groundwork for future development. By Oficemen, Spain. Despite the impact of COVID-19 on ...

25 August 2020

Bracing for an uncertain future

Despite being a general election year, Indian cement demand growth unexpectedly stagnated for most of 2019. Furthermore, the ongoing COVID-19 crisis further restricted demand in the opening quarters of 2020. Going fo...

17 August 2020

Central America’s resilience

The markets of Honduras, Panama, Guatemala, Belize, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Costa Rica will have to show fresh resilience in the resultant aftermath of COVID-19. Dependent on tourism and overseas remittances, cent...

04 August 2020

Slowly back on track in Brazil?

Following a four-year downturn, Brazil’s cement sector was in recovery mode in 2019. However, after a slow start to the year due to inclement weather, the coronavirus pandemic resulted in a further drop in sales in s...

East Africa: keeping the lights on 28 July 2020

East Africa: keeping the lights on

With overcapacity and pricing pressures weighing in on the east African cement industry, cement producers are setting their sights on the return of strong demand by 2023. In the meantime, will they prepare by taking ...

21 July 2020

Dry bulk outlook amid COVID-19 impact

As the coronavirus took hold of global economic activity, dry bulk trade crashed. As some parts of the world cautiously move out of lockdown, what is the outlook for the shipping of cement and other dry bulk trades? ...

Bangladesh: overcoming industry pressures 20 July 2020

Bangladesh: overcoming industry pressures

Cement demand in Bangladesh has been growing fast and potential is strong. However, in 2019 producers faced a number of setbacks, added to which now is the COVID-19 impact. By EBL Securities Ltd, Bangladesh. A...

14 July 2020

Euro-Med trading trends

Since 2012 the countries that border the Mediterranean Sea have suffered from various challenges, including economic crises, increasing migration flows and Islamism, wars, political instability, oil price fluctuation...

07 July 2020

Japan: towards higher profits

With an ageing population and requirement for more construction investment, the Japanese cement industry faces many challenges. There is a need for the sector to return to profitable pricing levels and modernise its ...

06 July 2020

The impact of COVID-19 on global cement trade

Global cement and clinker trade will be seriously affected by the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic. There will be a global reduction in cement consumption. Seaborne cement trade and distribution w...

16 June 2020

East African prospects

The east African cement markets of Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi and Burundi have continued to experience rising levels of cement consumption over recent years with investments in infrastructure and affordable housing. Howe...

09 June 2020

Southeast Asia’s capacity conundrum

Southeast Asia’s vibrant cement industry faces a serious but not insurmountable challenge from the current COVID-19 pandemic. In the long-run, structural overcapacity will be the key force of change, as it exerts pre...

02 June 2020

Malaysia – finding its resolve

Within southeast Asia, Malaysia represents one of the largest consumers of cement per capita. The lacklustre demand trends seen in the past 4-5 years were forecast to ameliorate in 2020 due to an influx of government...

01 June 2020

Impact of COVID-19 on global cement markets

Over the course of just a few months the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the global cement market landscape completely and, as the situation continues to unfold, visibility is low. Within the context of t...

18 May 2020

Colombia: market in transition

Following a poor performance in recent years, the Colombian cement sector seems to be on the cusp of a new era. Although the impact of the coronavirus pandemic is yet to be understood, a steady pipeline of constructi...

06 May 2020

Business as unusual

The global coronavirus pandemic has presented the cement and other economic sectors with considerable challenges. Benjamin Sporton, CEO of the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA), shares his thoughts. By Be...