Focus on the Sub-Saharan cement industry

Summary
 
The average per capita cement consumption in the region of Sub-Saharan Africa is 82 kg, far lower than that of North Africa, which has an average of 538 kg. However, this is also the reason for great optimism as regards future cement industry development in the region. This report provides an insight into die Sub-Saharan region and shows how its cement industry has developed in recent years, what cement production trends can be expected and what role cement imports play in supplying the population. Furthermore, an overview of the most important cement producers and their expansion projects is provided.  

1 Introduction

Africa has almost one billion inhabitants. Only about 16  %, mainly Arabs and Berbers, live in the 6 North African countries and about 84  % in the 47 countries of Africa that are referred to as the Sub-Sahara. On the other hand, 63.5  % of the African cement output of 133.2 million tonnes per year (Mta) in 2008 was produced in North Africa and only 36.5  %, i.  e. somewhat more than ⅓, in the Sub-Saharan region. The situation is similar in the case of cement consumption. This region consumes around 65.9 Mta or 43.7 % of the total figure of 150.8 Mta. In the case of imports, the...

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