Pakistan exports drive up utilisation rate to ‘95%’


Updated Fri, 06 May 2016 18:02:31 GMT

Pakistan: Cement sales are up in Pakistan, with All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association Chairman Muhammad Ali Tabba claiming that the sector is using 95% of its installed capacity. He said that strong export growth in March 2016 was ‘very encouraging’ and had been major factor behind the increased sales. Tabba highlighted new capacity being brought on by DG Khan, Lucky Cement, Cherat Cement and Attock Cement as indicative of the sector’s confidence in the Pakistani economy

Despite this, the sector remains accused of forming a cartel to keep cement prices high. Tabba rebuffed the claims, saying, “The industry is neither managing despatches nor the prices and is operating on the principles of free market economy.”