Cement Americas

SUM 2019

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www.cementamericas.com • Summer 2019 • CEMENT AMERICAS 27 FEATURE senting a variation of 6.8% compared to the same period of the previous year, in which 1,567,000 cu. meters were produced. During April 2018 - March 2019 (last 12 months), the pro- duction of ready-mixed concrete reached 6,773,000 cu. meters, with a variation of 0.8% in relation to the April 2017 - March 2018 period, in which 6,716,000 cu. meters were produced. Future Growth The cement market in Colombia has the potential to grow. This is due to exports to other markets such as the United States, and some countries in the Caribbean and Central America. At the end of 2018, the market had the installed capacity of 21.7 million tons, generated by 13 companies (see Figure 1). This helped achieve one of the highest per capita cement production indexes in the Latin American region in 2018, which was 249.9 kg per inhabitant with an increase of 0.1%, with respect to the production of 2017 (249.5 kg per inhabitant). Although the producer price index (PPI) in recent years was minimal, according to the last statistical bulletin from DANE, the PPI for construction materials presented an increase of 0.17%, compared to December 2018 (Figure 2). Public Works Regarding public works, surely one of the factors that played a very important role in the demand for cement were the 30 projects of Fourth Generation Toll Roads (4G), commissioned by the national government, consisting of the construction of more than 1,370 km of double roads, 141 tunnels and 1,300 viaducts. However, these works suf- fered several delays during the year due to developments in the national economy. In the private sector this year, the demand for cement will also increase thanks to the development of housing proj- ects financed by the government as part of its "Mi casa Ya" (My House Now) plan. This involves subsidy state bank loans at a very competitive interest rate. This program also extends to commercial projects such as the construction of markets, warehouses and offices, an area that as a whole increased 3.3% in 2018. It is worth highlighting the data from the Colombian Chamber of Con- struction (Camacol) on this type of construction, which is expected to start 2.8 million sq. meters in 2019. The distribution item with the highest increase was that of the concrete companies which reported an increase of 4.4%, while builders and contractors decreased by 4.5%. (Figure 3). S Mauro Nogarin is Cement Americas' Latin American con- tributor. From 1997 to 2001, he was a reporter for the Ital- ian news agency ASCA and followed the economic events of ECOFIN. At the same time, he began a strong partnership with the Italian magazine Focus with issues related to Euro- pean scientific research. Back in Italy after six years of res- idence in the city of Heidelberg (Germany), he worked for the weekly Stern and Bild Zeitung. Since 2005, he has lived in South America (Bolivia) and worked with the Italian geo- politics review Limes, the Italian gas and oil journal Staffet- ta Quotidiana, the Colombian oil magazine Petroleo Inter- nacional, the German RE Sun and Energy, the U.S. magazine Renewable Energy World (Pennwell), the World Energy Project (Università di Bologna), Pan Americana Construc- tion magazine and Worldoil magazine. He can be reached at m.nogarin@mediasur.net. Figure 2: PPI for Construction Materials Figure 3: Distribution to Concrete Companies Cement plant of Boyacá with a annual production of 500.000 tons. Credit: Holcim

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