International Cement Review articles tagged under : Market Reports

24 September 2018

Europe’s positive prospects

Political developments across Europe have created considerable market uncertainty, due to potential policy changes unsettling the construction market. However, prospects for the region look widely positive as the majority of leading countries continue to recover. ICR considers the current state of the European cement industry. Germany’s housing sector is expected to be the key in drivin...

05 September 2018

Building west African wealth

West Africa is a vast region that is attracting foreign investment and infrastructure development at a pace not seen before. The cement industry is part of this fast-growing drive and with new grinding plants being e...

30 August 2018

Trading up prospects

The South American region (excluding Brazil) has many cement producers not only investing in new production lines in their domestic markets but also looking to build capacity to advance exports. ICR provides a round-...

20 August 2018

Ready to rise again?

Following the country’s recent presidential election, the economy of South Africa has returned to positive growth. ICR looks at the impact this has had on its highly-competitive cement industry and how other factors ...

The leading cement groups 07 August 2018

The leading cement groups

ICR’s annual corporate profile review looks at the industry’s leading cement producers and their business activities and financial performance in 2017 and 2018. Production capacities of major cement producers ...

30 July 2018

India: fast forward

India’s 425Mta cement industry, now in its 104th year of existence, plays a pivotal role not only in the country’s growth but also on the global stage. With an output of 280Mta in 2017, it is the world’s second-large...

African aspirations 24 July 2018

African aspirations

East Africa’s cement sector has remained resilient in recent years, despite oversupply and power shortages. ICR reviews the main east African markets as the battle to increase market shares intensifies and modernisat...

12 July 2018

Emerging from the clouds?

Following the recession that significantly impacted the Brazilian cement industry, recent months have seen a more positive picture emerge as the domestic economy recovered. While political uncertainties continue to c...

04 July 2018

Agents of change

Like the steel and automotive sectors, the cement landscape has experienced a far-reaching transformation over the last 30 years. In the mid-1980s, local players outgrew their local markets and seized the opportunity...

29 June 2018

Vietnam’s dragon of growth

With strong economic growth fuelling infrastructure investment and China importing more clinker than ever, its not hard to see why Vietnam’s cement producers are enjoying a surge in demand. But the industry remains h...

04 June 2018

Building the Balkans

While some of the Balkan states are among the youngest countries in Europe, their cement demand has remained relatively low since the global financial crisis of 2008. But this is expected to grow as improved infrastr...

21 May 2018

Not out of the woods yet

As India’s cement industry recovers from demonetisation, the October-December 2017 quarter brought new tests of strength. While demand showed unusually-high growth, increased fuel and raw material prices combined wit...

14 May 2018

Central America: ready to grow

Central America’s positive but weakening economic growth trend is expected to continue into the coming years, fuelled by the diverging economies of its constituent countries. ICR looks at the supply and demand variat...

09 May 2018

Imbalances yet to surface in Trump’s US economy

ICR took a moment to talk to Ed Sullivan, Portland Cement Association’s vice president and chief economist of Market Intelligence, to understand more about how the US economy is faring and what factors might yet caus...

02 May 2018

Going to Graceland

The 2018 IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference will be held between 6-10 May in Nashville, Tennessee. Therefore, the timing is right for ICR to visit Graceland and examine the recent developments in the n...

23 April 2018

Russia’s new dawn

Growing construction activity, a recovering economy and stabilising cement production – 2017 marks something of a turn-around year for Russia after years of recession. But the situation is still fragile with much of ...