KENYA - Cement consumption up in 2015

Byjirong

Updated Tue, 23 Feb 2016 14:53:15 GMT

Kenya National Bureau of Statistics data show the consumption of cement reached 5.23 million metric tonnes in November, slightly higher than the 5.19 million metric tonnes that was used throughout 2014.

High uptake of cement indicates heightened activity in the construction sector, KNBS said.

The data show construction sector grew by 11.3 per cent in the first quarter of 2015 compared to a growth of 7.6 per cent in a similar period in 2014.

The growth was mirrored in cement consumption which expanded by 15.5 per cent over the first quarter to 1.36 million metric tonnes 1.16 million metric tonnes over the same period previously.

The sector, however, recorded decelerated growth of 9.9 per cent during the second quarter of 2015 compared to a growth of 16.6 per cent during the same quarter in 2014.

Cement consumption was highest in the third quarter, when it stood at 1.44 million metric tonnes, compared to 1.3 million metric tonnes in a similar period in 2014.

“The construction sector is estimated to have expanded by 14.1 per cent between July to September compared to a growth of 8.8 per cent in the same period of 2014. The growth was on account of increased public infrastructure projects and private sector development in the real estate sector,” KNBS said.

The high demand for cement in the review period, pushed the manufacturing firms to increase their production capacity, reaching 5.84 million metric tonnes in the period to November 30, 2015.

Cement production stood at 5.88 million metric tonnes in 2014.