Poland’s sand and aggregates production is a key market for equipment suppliers, says Jaroslaw Kukawski, territory manager, Weir Minerals Europe explains.
Poland’s construction industry, like those in all European countries, was hit hard by the economic downturn of 2008-9, but since then a EU funding, ring-fenced for reviving infrastructure and commercial projects, is coming on stream. Poland’s domestic sand and aggregates industry is set for a strong period of growth, as a result,
Sales of cement, a key value-added output from sand and aggregate operations in Poland, grew to 2.7 million tonnes in Q1 2015; a rise of 3.4% against the same period of last year, according to the Polish Association of Cement Producers.
“While this growth may sound modest in percentage terms, it is important to remember that Poland is the second largest aggregates producer in Europe, producing 268 million tonnes in 2013-14, according to the European Aggregates Association, with only Russia ahead of it,” Kukawski says.
For such a large producer, even a moderate increase in output will require a significant investment in process equipment.
“We are already seeing the effects of the uplift in discussions with our quarrying customers in Poland. Indeed, the supply of sand and aggregates equipment now vies with coal mining as our strongest market in the country.
“We are excited about helping these fast-growing producers capitalise on the increased opportunity by assisting them to get the most out of their process equipment,” Kukawski says.