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Impact of COVID-19 on global cement markets

01 June 2020, Published under Cement News

Over the course of just a few months the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the global cement market landscape completely and, as the situation continues to unfold, visibility is low. Within the context of this unprecedented experience, Paul Roger, head of Exane BNP Paribas’ building materials team, gives his view on cement demand growth in 2020 and 2021, as well as thoughts on whether cement pricing will hold and what the industry can do to protect cash flow. He also underlines why...

US cement market expands 5% in March

29 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Total shipments of Portland and blended cement, including imports, in the USA and Puerto Rico advanced 5.1 per cent YoY to 7.7Mt in March 2020, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The leading consuming states in the US were Texas, California, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina, with a combined share of 45 per cent of March shipments. In terms of output, Texas, California, Missouri, Florida and Alabama were the top five states. No plant closures or idlings due to the coronavirus...

Dominican cement demand up 7% in 2019

28 May 2020, Published under Cement News

The Dominican cement market expanded 7.2 per cent YoY to 4.7Mt in 2019. Consumption in 2018 reached 4.3Mta, according to the country’s cement association, Adocem. Output by Dominican cement producers advanced four per cent YoY to 5,644.176t, representing a capacity utilisation rate of 81.5 per cent. “In the current coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) one of the main challenges to face lies in the need to establish a medium-term construction development horizon, based on the multiplier impact...

Vietnamese producers faced falling sales in April

26 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Vietnam’s cement market contracted 11 per cent YoY and 13 per cent MoM as domestic cement sales reached 5,664,973t in April 2020, according to the latest data from the Vietnam National Cement Association (VNCA). VICEM sales reached 1,935,056t in April, down 11 per cent YoY and 13 per cent MoM while its affiliates sold 1,569,917t, down 13 and 11 per cent when compared with the volumes in the same period of the previous year and the previous month, respectively. Other cement companies reporte...

Cement consumption in Spain hits record low in April

21 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Spain saw cement consumption down 50 per cent YoY in April 2020 to less than 0.6Mt, according to the country’s cement association, Oficemen. The decline in demand has been attributed to the suspension of non-essential works between 30 March and 9 April. "If the economy is not reactivated immediately, we can find ourselves facing a situation in the consumption of cement in our country worse than the worst year of the previous crisis," concludes Oficement President, Victor García Brosa. In ...

Swiss cement deliveries stable in 1Q20

20 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement deliveries in Switzerland including Liechtenstein remained largely stable in the 1Q20 at 872,104t, just slightly down from 874,275t reported in 1Q19, according to Cemsuisse, the Swiss cement association. In the 1Q20, 40.1 per cent of deliveries were made by rail, while the rest was transport by road. Ready-mix concrete plants accounted for 73.5 per cent of take-off while 17.8 per cent of deliveries were supplied to in-situ concrete systems at large construction sites and 5.2 per cen...

Peruvian cement consumption plummets in April

19 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Peru’s cement market sharply contracted to 5700t in April 2020, down from 883,000t in April 2019 and from 488,000t in March 2020, according to Asocem, the country’s cement association. Cement production fell 98.7 per cent YoY to 10,000t in April 2020 from 811,000t in April 2019 and 97.5 per cent MoM from 419,000t in March 2020. There was no clinker output from Peru’s cement producer in April 2020. In April 2019 clinker production stood at 796,000t while in the previous month 352,000t of ...

Paraguay sees unexpected uptick in demand

19 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Paraguay-based Industria Nacional del Cemento (INC) saw an unexpected surge in demand between 4-8 May 2020 with average sales of 79,755 bags/day as distribution companies collected a backlog of deliveries and bought extra volumes as they anticipated the easing of lockdown measures. INC had to buy 40,000t of imported clinker recently, according to Esmerk Latin American News. In April 2020 sales plummeted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Indonesian cement market contracts 6% in April

15 May 2020, Published under Cement News

Cement consumption in Indonesia fell by 6.3 per cent YoY in April 2020 to 4.514Mt from 4.816Mt In April 2019, according to data published by the Indonesian Cement Association (ASI). Java, the country’s largest market, saw sales decline by 11. 3 per cent YoY to 2.412Mt from 2.718Mt in April 2019 while Sumatra was unable to offset the drop despite a 7.4 per cent uptick in volumes to 1.077Mt from 1.003Mt in April 2019. Sulawesi volumes edged up by 0.8 per cent to 0.394Mt, on Kalimantan consu...

Chilean cement demand drops 7% in 1Q20

15 May 2020, Published under Cement News

After remaining largely stable at 332,905t  in February 2020 when compared with February 2019, Chile’s cement market contracted by 13.6 per cent YoY in March to 344,098t from 398,132t in March 2019, according to the Chilean Chamber of Construction and Cement (CChC). In the first quarter of 2020, dispatches were down 6.7 per cent YoY to 1,007,786t from 1,080,074t in the 1Q19.