Asia / Oceania
Cement dispatches reach highest level despite financial pressure
Jul, 05 2012
(Lahore, Pakistan) -- The All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association Wednesday stated that the industry’s local cement dispatches have reached the highest-ever level in the history of the country during fiscal year 2011-2012 despite the fact that sector remained under financial pressure due to increase in its input cost mainly, electricity, diesel, paper sack, gypsum and devaluation in Pak rupee.
Revealing the performance of the cement sector in the year 2011-12, Spokesman of All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association in a statement said that the local cement despatches increased to record level of 23.947 million tons registering an increase of 8.84 percent.
However the exports remained under pressure throughout the year and declined by 9.12 percent to 8.568 million tons. He said 2011-12 was the third straight year when the cement exports declined.
He further said that the cement sector added 3 million tons additional production capacity in the year 2011-12 as its total production capacity increased by 7.23 percent to 44.217 million tons from 42.235 million tons in 2010-11.
However, for the year 2011-12 its capacity utilization remained under pressure due to sluggish export demand, non revival of construction sector in the country, lack of investment in housing sector and government inability to initiate mega projects.
He said that from the peak level of 10.752 million tons achieved in 2008-09 the export have now decreased to 8.568 million tons in the year 2011-2012 showing a decline of 20.4 percent. He said hype created on trade with India has so far not been materialized and export in that market was only 0.605 million tons in 2011-12 which is well below the expectation of the cement sector.
However, the Afghanistan market remained stable and cement sector exported 4.715 million tons in 2011-2012. Exports to other destination through sea excluding India declined to 3.247 million tons showing a reduction of 17 per cent.
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