Czechia: Cement production in Czechia grew by 4.1% year-on-year to 3.94Mt in 2016 as consumption rose by 3.9% from 3.82Mt, according to data from the Association of Cement Producers. The production figure was 17% lower than the country’s record of 4.77Mt that it made in 2007.
Speaking to the Czech News Agency the association's secretary, Jan Gemrich, said, "In 2016, one of the dominant areas was the extension of the transport network, chiefly the reconstruction of the D1 motorway, which is to last until about 2020. Another important area, though stagnating at present, is new housing construction for young families." For 2017 Gemrich expects cement consumption to record annual growth of around 3%.
Cement exports increased by 8.5% year-on-year to 585,000t, accounting for about 15% of national output. Imports grew by 7.7% to 463,000t.