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Cement demand likely to grow 8% in FY20: Report

Growth in demand will be driven by a likely 18-20mtpa of additional production capacity during the fiscal

Cement, Icra, Price rise

The domestic cement demand is likely to grow by 8% this fiscal which may push the capacity utilisation to 71% from 65% in FY18, a report by Icra said. The growth in demand will be driven by a likely 18-20 million tonnes per annum (MTPA) of additional production capacity during the fiscal.

The domestic cement production rose by around 13% between April 2018 and February 2019 as compared to 6% year-on-year growth in FY18, Icra said in its report.

"Improved capacity utilisation is likely to support the price uptick which has been seen since March 2019," Icra senior vice president Sabyasachi Majumdar said.

He further said around 18-20mtpa of capacity is likely to get added in FY20.

"However, a disproportionate part of the capacity addition is grinding opposed to clinker capacity. Thus, the actual production from new capacities could be lower. With the incremental demand of around 24-28mtpa being greater than the incremental supply, this is likely to translate to improved capacity utilisation," Majumdar said.

Icra further noted that while in some regions such as north, north-east and east, the cement players' utilisation is likely to be higher than the national average, in other regions such as south and west, the utilisation is likely to remain muted given the past capacity overhang.

The agency pointed out that cement production remains healthy supported by the demand in south India, primarily in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana driven by irrigation, low cost housing and infrastructure projects and Tamil Nadu driven by infrastructure and rural housing.

Also, the strong growth in demand in eastern and western India, which is driven by low cost housing and infrastructure demand, in the north led by the execution of infrastructure projects and in central part of the country backed by rural housing, will boost cement production.

According to Icra, cement prices declined in most markets in FY19 in the range of 2.5-4.5% on a Y-o-Y basis. 

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