International Cement Review articles tagged under : Market Reports

31 January 2018

Philippines: a clean bill of health

More than a year has passed since President Rodrigo R Duterte took office in the Philippines and the country’s cement market continues to see strong growth. However, incumbents face challenges in the form of increasing imports and new entrants. Additional capacity is needed as key players fight to retain their market share. By Manas Tamotia, LEK Consulting, Singapore. Republic Cement, a...

22 January 2018

Mexico: a tough year ahead

The slowing housing sector and constraints to the public purse have impacted Mexican cement demand in the past two years. The year ahead will present further uncertainties as the country goes to the polls to elect a ...

08 January 2018

Ready to serve

Africa leads the charge for recently-commissioned cement plants. Although orders may be down on previous years, there is a more diverse geographical spread of newly-completed cement facilities and ICR highlights some...

09 January 2018

Gaining momentum in 2018?

The positive outlook predicted at the start of 2017 has not entirely materialised as emerging markets (EM) have failed to see the widespread recovery that was anticipated a year ago. However, momentum for a recovery ...

Gambia's turning point 02 January 2018

Gambia's turning point

Leaving behind a past of political unrest and financial mismanagement, Gambia is at the start of an exciting new chapter. Led by a new, democratically-elected government and witnessing an upturn in construction, the...

18 December 2017

West Africa looks to exports

While lower oil prices, Ebola and civil unrest have impacted west African economies, the region’s cement market has continued to expand with further growth forecast for the next few years. However, as domestic produc...

From far-away lands 04 December 2017

From far-away lands

The United States of America has been the world’s largest cement importer by volume for decades. However, the Great Recession saw imports plummet and while they are currently picking up, progress is slow as they rema...

29 November 2017

India: the long game?

As the slowdown in India’s key housing sector largely persists, hopes are on the government’s infrastructure plans to bolster domestic cement consumption and narrow the gap between demand and production capacity. Wh...

14 November 2017

Egypt's juggling act

Despite the Egyptian government’s focus on infrastructure investment, the country’s cement producers have had a difficult year so far with energy prices rocketing, competition intensifying and a currency crisis play...

26 October 2017

India: glimmers of hope

The Indian cement sector appears to have shrugged off the impact of demonetisation but 1QFY18 figures suggest recovery will be slow. However, confidence is starting to build on the back of a pick-up in demand from ru...

11 October 2017

Turkey's time for growth

Turkish cement producers faced a challenging year in 2016 as geopolitical and domestic events impacted on the country’s economy.  However, domestic cement demand potential remains sound and going forward, relatively ...

02 October 2017

Germany's wave of success

With the German economy continuing its growth trend, these are good times for the country’s many cement producers. Housebuilding dominates demand as the population rises and construction investment remains strong. Th...

27 September 2017

Signs of improvement

Following an abrupt fall in 2009 and a continued decline in subsequent years, the central European cement market picked up in 2014 and has since shown a modest but stable expansion in recent years. However, while pro...

04 September 2017

East Africa: time to shine?

East Africa’s future appears significantly brighter as economic growth accelerates following the recent challenging years. Increased construction demand is expected to fuel cement consumption and producers are gearin...

29 August 2017

Open for business

South America has been hit by the global economic slowdown, although some countries are showing signs of recovery. Much of the region has a huge infrastructure gap to close, leading to the arrival of a number of new ...

21 August 2017

Cemex leads the Caribbean

With varying levels of economic growth across the region and reliant on overseas investment and trade with the UK and USA, these are uncertain times for the Caribbean. As a new player emerges in the regional cement m...