Cautious expectations for the year 2009

The German cement industry is sceptical about the prospects for the cement sector during the coming year. However, according to an evaluation by the cement manufacturers, the measures taken so far by the government offer an opportunity to mitigate the business downturn that is emerging as a consequence of the global crisis in the financial markets. “There is potential, in particular for the building trade and the building materials industry. To use this may contribute to coming to grips with the overall economic problems,” said Dr. Martin ­Schneider (Fig.), General Manager of the Federal...

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