Data from the Brazilian National Cement Industry Association (SNIC) shows that total cement sales fell by 1.2% year-on-year to 14.7Mt in the first three months of 2023 from 14.9Mt in the same period in 2022. SNIC has blamed the decline in consumption on a poor economic situation, household debt and political uncertainty. Sales fell in all regions, except for the northeast, with a particular dip in the central-west area. Exports dropped by just under 50% to 58,000t. 12-month accumulated sales have been following a general downward trend since a peak of 64.8Mt in June 2021 compared to 62.5Mt in March 2023.
Paulo Camillo Penna, the president of SNIC, said “Projecting the government’s expectation and the use of the input in the promised units until 2026, the cement industry in Brazil projects an increase of 8Mt of cement, if all constructions are made of masonry blocks, and of 12Mt, in the case of using concrete walls.”