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Steppe Cement reports rising sales but weaker pricing

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Cement demand in Kazakhstan increased by 12% in 1Q18 compared to the same three months in 2017, according to the latest trading update from Steppe Cement. Demand is expected to reach 9.2 million t this year, a rise from 9 million t last year.

Steppe Cement sold 0.197 million t of cement in the first three months of the year, an increase of 58% on the previous year. The company also saw its market share increase to 14% from 10%.

Average prices were down, however. Prices for delivered cement fell 4%, while the ex-factory price slid 21% on the previous year. The decrease was blamed on “increased sales in markets further from the factory and the maintenance of a bigger fleet of wagons during the winter in preparation for the summer months.”

In addition to rising domestic sales, Kazakhstan’s cement exports are also on the up, more than doubling 1Q18 with increasing export volumes expected through the year.

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