Cement demand grows by 12.6 per cent
March 11, 2010 7:34 am
“Due to water shortage, no major project was initiated in some parts of Rajasthan. While prices in south have risen by Rs 5 to Rs 15 a bag.”
Cement dispatches by major manufacturers grew by a healthy 12.6% year-on-year in January at 18.2 million tons. Cement production too registered a 12.8% growth. The figures look even more impressive against the backdrop of the massive 23.6 million tons of fresh capacity addition over the past 10 months and the price rise affected by cement companies.
According to analysts prices in February have risen Rs. 5-10 (per bag of 50 kg) across all regions. Demand during January-February has picked up as normally seen at this time of year, chiefly due to an upswing in construction activity from both government projects and real estate activity. Dealers expect strong demand and see no falling of prices in the near term.
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