All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association say production capacity plans to grow by 10Mt by 2018

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Pakistan: The Pakistan cement industry plans to invest up to US$1bn towards production capacity growth of 10Mt/yr by 2018. The growth will be targeted at the growing real estate market and expected China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) projects said Mohammad Ali Tabba, chairman of the All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA) in comments to the Business Recorder.

"Four companies have already announced their plans in this regard. Cherat Cement is going to do it from next year, and then Attock Cement, DG Khan Cement and Lucky Cement will materialise their plans," said Tabba.

He added that at present the country has a production capacity of 46Mt/yr, a demand of 38Mt/yr and a capacity utilisation rate of 80 – 85%. His argument for cement industry growth rests on the industry hitting this capacity utilisation rate. The last time a significant increase in industry capacity was made was in 2005 -2006 when it was increased from 17.9Mt/yr to 42.3Mt/yr in 2008 – 2009.

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