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SUM 2019

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26 CEMENT AMERICAS • Summer 2019 • www.cementamericas.com FEATURE I n addition to the difficulties the construction market reg- istered over the past two years, the cement industry also had its ups and downs. However, factors such as the start- up of new cement plants, the decrease in imports and the recovery of domestic prices suggest that the cement indus- try will have a positive future in the short and medium term. In fact, although the current economic situation of the domestic market presents certain difficulties, the cement plant of Grupo Corona in Sonsón (Antioquia) will be inaugu- rated this month (July 2019), and will operate in partnership with the Spanish group Molins with an installed capacity of 1,350,000 tons. According to figures from the National Administrative Department of Statistics (DANE), in 2018, 12,452,200 tons of cement was produced, registering an increase of 153,400 more than in 2017, showing a slight recovery. The dispatch of the input to the different regions of the country was 0.2%, with the shipment of 12,010,000 tons. Year-Over-Year In the last 12 months, in the period May 2018-April 2019, the production of gray cement totaled 12,512,000 tons, registering an increase of 2% in relation to May 2017-April 2018. On the other hand, shipments to the domestic mar- ket reached 12,064,000 tons, presenting an increase of 0.9% compared to the accumulated between May 2017 and April 2018. In the period May 2018-April 2019 compared to May 2017-April 2018, the increase to concrete companies (6.9%) added 4.7 percentage points to the variation of gray cement dispatched in bulk (1.6%). On the other hand, the variation of 0.5% in gray cement shipments was mainly due to the Marketing category (0.6%), which contributed 0.5 percentage points. In the period January-April 2019, cement production reached 4,023,000 tons, registering a growth of 1.5% com- pared to the same period of the previous year. And the ship- ments to the national market accumulated 3,933,900 tons, resulting in a variation of 1.4% with respect to the period of January-April 2018. As a whole, this confirms good market stability for the cement industry. Company Capacity (tpy) Argos 8,700,000 Cemex 5,500,000 Cemento San Marcos 400,000 Cemento Vallenato 130,000 Cemento Tequendama 480,000 Holcim 2,000,000 G&J 70,000 Molsaban 400,000 Oriente Sabanagrande 480,000 Oriente Sogamoso 150,000 Ultracem 1,000,000 Victor Rios 200,000 Tairona 25,000 Total 21,770,000 Figure 1: Installed Cement Capacity in Colombia Source: Ministry of Commerce and Industry of Colombia In April 2019, gray cement production at the national level was 971,000 tons, which represented a decrease of 6.2% compared to the same month of 2018. In the fourth month of 2019, 991,000 tons of gray cement were shipped to the national market, which meant a decrease of 3.9 % com- pared to April 2018. Ready Mixed As for the production of ready-mixed concrete in the peri- od of January-March 2019, the production of ready-mixed concrete reached a volume of 1,674,000 cu. meters, pre- The Cement Industry in Colombia The Cement Industry in Colombia Will Have a Positive Future in the Short and Medium Term. By Mauro Nogarin Cement plant of Puente Aranda with a production capacity of 220 m3/h. Credit: Argos Group

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