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Global demand for cement to reach 5.2 billion t

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World demand for cement is projected to rise 4.5% per year to 5.2 billion metric t in 2019.

Gains will continue to be driven by healthy increases in construction activity in developing countries throughout the Asia/Pacific and Africa/Mideast regions. The large Chinese market will continue to be the largest driver of growth, accounting for over half of the increase in global cement demand through 2019. North America will also post strong gains as the US construction industry continues to recover from recessionary conditions that began in 2007. In value terms, global demand for cement will advance 7.0% per year to US$420 billion in 2019. Blended cement will continue to be the most popular cement type at the global level, accounting for 75% of total demand in 2019.

India is expected to post the fastest growth in cement demand of any major national market, advancing 8.0% per year through 2019. Many other developing countries in the Asia/Pacific region will post similarly strong growth, including Vietnam, Indonesia, and Pakistan. The pace of gains in China will slow considerably from that of recent years, and growth in cement demand will actually trail the global average.

Demand for cement in North America will advance at a healthy rate, primarily due to recovery in the US market. While US demand for cement has already benefited from a post-recession rebound, consumption in 2014 remained well below 2004 levels, leaving significant room for continued recovery. Demand for cement in both Western Europe and Eastern Europe will also benefit from recovery in various countries that have experienced recent economic turmoil. Countries such as Spain, Italy, and Ukraine will all achieve significantly improved performances relative to contractions that occurred between 2004 and 2014. However, growth in these regions will still trail the global average.

These and other trends are presented in World Cement, a new study from The Freedonia Group, Inc., a Cleveland-based industry research firm.

Adapted from press release by Joseph Green

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