Not out of the woods yet

Published 21 May 2018

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 with muted growth forecasts took the shine off positive expectations for the year ahead.

While Indian cement consumption saw an 11 per cent hike in the Oct-Dec 2017 quarter,

the Indian cement sector is not out of the woods yet

While the impact of the government’s demonetisation policy had nearly eased off by September, fresh challenges were lying in wait for India’s cement producers. Poor demand, particularly in rural areas, amid subdued urban housing trends and a persistent shortage of sand, continued to impact India’s cement industry in the October-December 2017 quarter.

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