India’s cautious outlook

Published 08 November 2021

A contracted comparison base has helped push the Indian cement sector to a double-digit growth trajectory in 2021. However, there are a number of one-time factors that should be taken into account and further challenges could lie ahead. A more modest demand picture is expected to emerge in the coming years.

ICR highlights recent trends in the Indian cement sector and discusses

forthcoming factors that could influence cement demand

A cut in India’s GDP growth forecast for the current fiscal (FY21-22) to 9.5 per cent against an earlier projection of 12.5 per cent by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) will have its ramifications on the country’s 550Mta cement industry. A severe and more deadly outbreak of a second wave of COVID-19 during the April-June 2021 period made India’s central bank cautious about the country’s growth trajectory, which witnessed a GDP contraction of 7.3 per cent in 2020-21.

India’s cement sector, which has been struggling for nearly a decade as demand has not achieved the expected trend line, registered a decline of nearly 15 per cent in 2020. In 2021 the sector is projected to see growth in the double-digit range. Although at first glance the growth numbers look promising, they should be viewed against a very low comparison base.

To continue reading this story and get access to all News, Articles and Video sections of the website, please Register for a subscription to International Cement Review or Login