Cement production grows by 40% in first half of 2014 in Azerbaijan

Byrebecca3360

Updated Thu, 03 Jul 2014 11:07:10 GMT

Azerbaijan: Cement production has risen by 40% year-on-year to 1.1Mt for the first half of 2014. The rise has been attributed to the operations of the new market players in the country according to local media.

Cement imports into Azerbaijan by value have fallen by 19% to US$50m compared to a rise of 46% to US$61.5m of clinker and cement in the first five months of 2013. Imports are now expected to fall by 20% in 2014 and 2015.

In the whole of 2013 some 2Mt of cement was produced locally and 2.6Mt of clinker and cement was imported. Azerbaijan's three main cement producers, Holcim, Qazax Sement Zavodu and Norm, are planning to manufacture 4.5Mt in 2015. In addition there are approximately ten small producing companies in Azerbaijan.