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Spain: cement demand down 7.5% YoY

27 June 2016, Published under Cement News

Spanish cement consumption saw a 7.5 per cent YoY drop in May 2016 to 965,465t, according to the latest figures published by Oficemen, the country’s cement association. In the first five months of the year, the domestic market contracted 2.7 per cent when compared to the same period in 2015. Total demand in Spain is 4.47Mt. Oficemen attributes the fall to national budget deficits and the lack of political stability as well as the absence of measures for public works to recover.

Argentine cement demand notes 16.5% rise in May

10 June 2016, Published under Cement News

Dispatches from Argentina’s cement plants rose by 16.5 per cent in May 2016 after a six consecutive months of decreases. Around 881,000t of cement were delivered to the domestic market, according to the country’s cement association AFCP. Some 9000t of cement was exported by domestic producers during May, reflecting a 22.7 per cent drop in export sales when compared with last October’s export peak of 1.1Mta. For the first five months, cement demand in the Latin American contract has fal...

Pakistan: cement dispatches rise 10.6% YoY in year to May 2016

08 June 2016, Published under Cement News

Cement dispatches in Pakistan totalled 35.5Mt in the period July 2015 to May 2016, up 10.55 per cent on the corresponding period of last fiscal year, the All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA) has announced. The APCMA reports that the growth in consumption is solely due to higher domestic demand. Overall domestic dispatches from plants in northern Pakistan increased by 16.6 per cent to 24.7Mt. Dispatches from southern plants rose more quickly – by 23.7 per cent – but volume...

Moroccan cement demand slips 2.7% in April

24 May 2016, Published under Cement News

Following a positive first quarter, Moroccan cement demand fell 2.7 per cent in April as construction activity slowed and the real estate market was subdued. The decrease breaks with the growth recorded in the first quarter of 2016. The trend has been aided by a 12 per cent drop in housing starts while the decline in real estate loans and the financial situation of major development has subdued this part of the construction sector. Meanwhile, the cement industry has an installed capacity ...

Philippines 1Q16 cement sales up 13%

20 May 2016, Published under Cement News

Philippines cement sales increased by 12.8 per cent YoY in the first quarter of 2016, according to Ernesto Ordoñez, President of the Cement Manufacturers' Association of the Philippines (CeMAP). Volumes rose from 5.7Mt in 1Q15 to 6.43Mt. "Demand will continue to be strong, especially with presumptive President Duterte saying that infrastructure will remain a high priority during his administration," said Mr Ordoñez. For this year, the Aquino administration has allotted an infrastructure...

Indonesia: cement sales to April up 4.2% YoY

18 May 2016, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in Indonesia reached 19.3Mt in the four months from January to April 2016, reports Indonesia Investments. This represents a 4.2 per cent increase on the same period in 2015. Rising supply from new entrants to the market has driven most of the consumption growth. Of the three biggest incumbents – Semen Indonesia, Indocement Tunggal Prakarsa and Holcim Indonesia – only the first saw YoY volume sales rise in April 2016 while both Indocement and Holcim reported double digit decli...

Patterns in US cement

11 May 2016, Published under Cement News

As the US market picks up, the country’s cement producers can look forward to consumption growth rates of 6-7 per cent annually over the next two years. This should enable them to continue raising capacity utilisation of their production facilities. However, cement and clinker imports are resuming their upward path too. By Rob Roy, ROI Economic Consulting, USA. US construction activity reached a turning point at the end of 2015, enabling the full year to register significant growth ...

Belgium: cement consumption up 4.6% in 2015

11 May 2016, Published under Cement News

Belgian cement demand increased 4.6 per cent YoY to 6,403,460t, according to Febelcem, the country's cement association. The rise was supported by good weather and a positive new housing market. The construction market saw a three per cent increase in both new residential building and renovation while public investment expanded by 5.7 per cent. Febelcem members delivered close to 4.9Mt while an additional 1.5Mt was imported as producers in nearby countries face declining domestic market...

Indonesia: Indocement hopes for strong consumption growth

11 May 2016, Published under Cement News

Indocement Tunggal Prakarsa President Director, Christian Kartawijaya, has predicted that cement consumption in Indonesia could grow by 3-5 per cent in 2016, having grown by 3.4 per cent in 2015. According to the Jakarta Post, Mr Kartawijaya highlighted government investment in infrastructure and falling interest rates as the key drivers of higher demand. The Indonesian government has allocated IDR313.5trn (US$23.51bn) to infrastructure projects in 2016, up eight per cent on the previo...

US cement shipments up 26% YoY in February

26 April 2016, Published under Cement News

Preliminary data from the US Geological Survey shows that Portland and blended cement shipments in February 2016 amounted to 6.0Mt, including 630,000t of imports. These figures are both up on February 2015, with overall shipments being 26 per cent higher and imports 29 per cent higher. Shipment volumes for February 2016 were well above the 4.5Mt average over the previous five years (2011-15), being 34 per cent higher. Clinker production was 5.1Mt, 13 per cent higher than in February 2015....