Algeria, October 2, 2019

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Algeria’s cement exports hit $42 million in Jan-July 2019

ALGIERS – The Algerian cement exports hit $42 million during the first seven months of 2019, up by 743% compared to the same period of 2018, the Customs’ Studies and Prospects Unit told APS Monday.

Exports of hydraulic cements, including non-pulverized cement called “clinker”, improved significantly from $ 5.03 million in the first seven months of 2018 to $ 42.41 million in the same period of last year, an evolution of 743.56%, said the same source.

Algeria was aiming to increase its cement exports to $ 500 million over the next five years, according to forecasts by the Ministry of Industry and Mines.

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The surplus in cement production is expected to reach between 10 and 15 million tonnes over the next five years, which will boost exports of this building material to $ 500 million.

According to forecasts, in 2020, the country’s production capacity should increase to 40.6 million tons with 20 million tons for the public group GICA, and 11.1 million tons for the individual Lafarge Holcim Algeria, as well as 9 , 5 million tonnes for the rest of the private operators.

To dissect the different aspects related to the development of the cement sector in Algeria and the opportunities and prospects of export, an international conference on the cement industry (SEICA 2019), the first of its kind, will be held on December 22 at the Palace of exhibitions (Maritime Pine) Algiers.

Under the theme: “Focus on export, logistics and transport”, this international conference-exhibition will be organized and animated by the Confederation of Algerian Industrialists and Producers (CIPA), the public group of port services (SERPORT), the National Insurance Company (SAA), as well as the Lafarge-Holcim cement group Algeria.

During a press briefing on this event, CIPA President Abdelwahab Ziani noted that the conference will also be an opportunity to discuss the concerns of stakeholders in this sector, led by means to boost Algerian cement exports.

The current number of cement plants in the country (public and private) is seventeen (17) with a total capacity of 25 million tonnes, given that the national demand was 26 million tonnes in 2016.



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