Filipino sales up 20% in H1

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Philippines: Ongoing construction demand from 2011 and new infrastructure projects have driven cement sales in the Philippines up by 20% in the first half of 2012, according to data from the Cement Manufacturers' Association of the Philippines (CEMAP). Cement sales from January to June in 2012 reached 9.55Mt, up by about 20% year-on-year.

CEMAP president Ernesto Ordoñez attributed the sales increase to higher infrastructure spending. In 2011 the government deferred the implementation of various projects for review. This resulted in a drop in demand for construction materials, including cement. The implementation of these projects, on top of infrastructure projects lined up for 2012, have increased demand for construction materials.

Cement sales, according to CEMAP, are expected to remain strong for the rest of 2012. The local industry reported combined sales of 15.6Mt in 2011. CEMAP includes cement producers Cemex Philippines, Holcim Philippines, Lafarge Cement Services, Northern Cement, Pacific Cement and Taiheiyo Cement Philippines.

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