Middle East and Africa to lead global demand for cement

28 August 2015

The Middle East and Africa region will lead the world in cement demand with an annual growth of 5.5% until 2019, a new report said.World demand for cement

is projected to rise 4.5% per year to 5.2 billion tonnes in 2019, elaborated the report entitled World Cement by the Freedonia Group, a US-based industry research firm.

Gains will continue to be driven by healthy increases in construction activity in developing countries throughout the Asia/Pacific and Africa/Mideast regions, the report said.

The massive 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% per year to $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 eight per cent 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.

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