Frequently asked questions
Markets in the CGC and How to - General
Markets included in the CGC:
ARGENTINA, BOLIVIA, BRAZIL, CANADA, CHILE, COLOMBIA, COSTA RICA, ECUADOR, GUATEMALA, MEXICO, PANAMA, PERU, USA.
AUSTRALIA, BANGLADESH, CAMBODIA, CHINA, INDIA, INDONESIA, JAPAN, MALAYSIA, PAKISTAN, PHILIPPINES, SOUTH KOREA, TAIWAN, THAILAND, VIETNAM.
EASTERN EUROPE/CENTRAL ASIA:
ALBANIA, AZERBAIJAN, BULGARIA, CROATIA, CZECH REPUBLIC, ESTONIA, GEORGIA, HUNGARY, KAZAKHSTAN, LATVIA, LITHUANIA, POLAND, ROMANIA, RUSSIA, SLOVAKIA, SLOVENIA, UKRAINE, UZBEKISTAN.
ALGERIA, EGYPT, IRAQ, JORDAN, KUWAIT, LEBANON, MOROCCO, OMAN, QATAR, SAUDI ARABIA, TUNISIA, TURKEY, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES.
ANGOLA, CAMEROON, ETHIOPIA, GABON, GHANA, IVORY COAST, KENYA, MOZAMBIQUE, NAMIBIA, NIGERIA, SENEGAL, SOUTH AFRICA, TANZANIA, UGANDA, ZAMBIA.
AUSTRIA, BELGIUM, CYPRUS (REPUBLIC OF), DENMARK, FINLAND, FRANCE, GERMANY, GREECE, IRELAND, ITALY, NETHERLANDS, NORWAY, PORTUGAL, SPAIN, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND, UK
- The CGC™ currently excludes the manufacturing facilities data for China. CemBR is examining this market carefully in order to be able to provide more information in the near future. Available data on cement manufacturing facilities in China is currently incomplete.
The CGC covers the 90 markets in the world representing around 95% of global cement consumption. CemBR will be adding markets constantly with a view to cover every single market in the world by 2023. Subscribers will be notified when new markets are added to the CGC database. There will be no change to existing subscriptions as more markets are added.
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How to – website functionality
Yes, you may view the website and navigate through the various sections. We call this “Test drive”. A certain amount of data is visible to non-subscribers but for full access to data and functionality, you will be required to purchase a subscription.
You may download the Country dashboard in a PDF file for your own use.
You may compare up to five markets and download the data in an Excel file. You may select certain variables for a single market. You are also given the selection of time frame (which years you require).
You may also zoom in at any part of the two graphs available in this section by placing your cursor and selecting a section of the graphs you want to see in more detail.
There are several functions you could take advantage of in this section. You may select plants by type and by “ultimate control companies”. You may click on a plant to review all the relevant information. You may also select a satellite view and zoom to view the plant in question. There is no download functionality in this section.
The CGC is an organic database. As such it is updated daily. However, major updates for e.g. moving from one year to the next, will be done when relevant statistical data becomes available. CemBR will make every effort to provide as “fresh” data as possible to subscribers.
CemBR prides itself on the accuracy of the data available for our subscribers. However, there may be cases where some data particularly with regards to the manufacturing facilities, may be approximate. We welcome feedback from subscribers regarding their own manufacturing facilities.
You may contact us via the website and suggest improvements to the structure, content or data presentation. CemBR will consider all such suggestions and will respond to you with our views and plans.
This database is based on sources of data and information that CemBR and CBA believe to be reliable. These sources include: Country Statistics, International Institutions such as the IMF and the UN, Market Participants and other sources knowledgeable of particular markets.
All data is obtained from publicly available information, whilst its presentation is based on our internal analysis and other third-party sources believed to be reliable. CemBR always attempts to triangulate the data by asking the same question to as many sources as possible.
The data in the CGC is updated daily. CemBR’s researchers and analysts follow several sources of information including company public statements, press articles, statistical offices etc. As data and statistics for markets are updated at different times, you may see different end years for various countries (for e.g. some might have 2019 as their final year whereas others might have 2020 as their final year). Generally, by the end of Q1 of each year, most markets will have been updated fully for the previous year.
A cement plant is a manufacturing facility that can produce clinker and/or cement. Only operational plants are included. In the term “cement plants” we include:
Integrated cement plants, clinker only plants and grinding plants. Grinding plants relevant to GGBFS (Ground Granulated Blast Furnace Slag) are not included.
Cement capacity refers to cement milling capacity. The CGC data refers only to grey cement although in the Manufacturing facilities data section, we include white cement plants as well. The CGC data does not include GGBFS milling capacity.
Clinker capacity refers to the output of a cement kiln i.e. it does not refer to cement milling capacity. Clinker capacity is based on the technical characteristics of a kiln(s). The country clinker capacity is the sum of the clinker capacities of all individual plants in the country.
Cement consumption refers to the amount of cement used in a country. This includes both domestically produced cement and imports (including imported clinker that is ground and sold locally). Cement may be CEM I, or other types thus including volumes of extenders (flyash, slag etc.).
Cement production is the total cement produced in a country. This includes cement produced for exports (if any).
Domestic Capacity Utilization Factor. This is the ratio of domestic consumption divided by domestic capacity of cement. In other words, there is no allowance for international trading (imports and exports are excluded).
The UR refers to the actual production of cement in a country. This includes the production of cement for exports (if any).
Trading (imports and exports) only captures the imported or exported cement. Imported or exported clinker is not included in trading.
Net trading is the difference between exports and imports (Exports minus Imports) of cement from/to a market. These figures do not include traded clinker.
This refers to what percentage in value is the construction activity of total GDP. This is useful as it provides information on the size of the activity and also trends over the last ten years.
The consolidation index is based on the HH Index for examining the structure of a market. Must be noted that the CI only refers to capacity of cement in a specific country and not actual market shares. In other words, it provides the structure of an industry considering only the indigenous producers with cement and cement related assets in the country. Importers are not included.
Clinker to cement ratio is an estimate of how much clinker is used for cement consumed in a country on average. This captures the volume of extenders (flyash, slag, limestone etc.) used in the market. If the clinker to cement ratio is 80%, it means that every 100 Kg of cement sold in that market contained 80 Kg of clinker on average.
The bulk to sales ratio indicates the degree of maturity in a market. For example, the higher the bulk sales the more prevalent is the Readymix sector and the higher the major projects part of construction activity.
In the term “manufacturing facilities” we include:
Integrated cement plants, clinker only plants and grinding plants. White only cement plants are also included. Grinding plants relevant to GGBFS are not included. It must be noted that only operational plants are shown.
- The CGC database currently excludes the Manufacturing facilities data for China. This is due to the fact that CemBR cannot provide this data with any degree of certainty and accuracy.
Ultimate control means CemBR’s view of who is the main, recognizable entity that might exert control on the cement manufacturing facility. For instance, when a major international cement company owns or partly owns a plant, the name of this company is given as the ultimate control, even if their ownership is below 50%.
The Country dashboard data refers to the latest available information, i.e. to the year that data exists for all parameters of the dashboard. The Manufacturing facilities data is an up to date depiction of the assets of the industry. In other words, this part of the database includes events such as: commissioning of new plants, closures of existing plants or plants changing hands (change in the ultimate control) as they happen and is updated daily. So, there is a possibility that the number of cement plants and overall cement capacity in the Country dashboard differs from the Manufacturing facilities data if there were new plants or closures within the latest statistically available year.
There is commentary that describes and details such events in the relevant sections.
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