Global Cement Consumption Expected to Reach New Highs

UK-based International Cement Review has published its latest Global Cement Report, a 400-page analysis and forecast for the worldwide cement industry, with detailed coverage of over 160 countries.

In essence, this new report notes that global cement consumption growth slowed by 2.4% in 2008 to 2,830 million tonnes, but recovering thereafter to 2,998 million tonnes in 2009 and up to 3,294 million tonnes in 2010, giving annual growth rates of 5.9% and 9.9%, respectively, for these latter two years. By 2012, worldwide cement consumption is forecast to reach a record 3,859 million tonnes.

China now dominates world cement statistics consuming 1,851 million tonnes in 2010, almost double 2004 levels, while India, the world's second-largest consumer registered 212 million tonnes in 2010. The United States, the third-largest consumer, saw demand fall down to 69 million tonnes.

World trade in cement and clinker was noted at 150 million tonnes in 2010 of which seaborne trade was estimated at 105 million tonnes. Some 50 million tonnes of clinker was included in the above international trading totals.

Turkey is currently noted as the world's leading export nation of cement and clinker, with sales of 19 million tonnes in 2010, overtaking China which recorded close to 17 million tonnes of export sales. Thailand was third with 14 million tonnes of cement and clinker exports.

Bangladesh is currently the largest cement and clinker import nation worldwide with over 12 million tonnes of deliveries in 2010 followed by Nigeria at 7 million tonnes and the U.S. at close to 6 million tonnes (down from 36 million tonnes in 2006).

Lafarge retains its top position in terms of global cement sales of 141.2 million tonnes and turnover of 15,884 million euros, ahead of Holcim with cement sales of 136.7 million tonnes and a turnover of 15,691 million euros. HeidelbergCement remains third, ahead of Cemex, Italcementi and Buzzi Unicem. Holcim, however has the lead in terms of global cement capacity at 212 million tonnes, 11 million tonnes higher than Lafarge.

The Global Cement Report also includes country-by-country cement forecasts, including consumption, production, exports and imports up to 2012.

This unique reference work is accompanied by a CD providing 20 years of statistical data in Excel format, arranged by country and geographical region.

The report is available for immediate purchase from the International Cement Review website.

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