Cement makers to slow down capacity expansion: Care
New Delhi: Faced with overcapacity, cement industry is likely to slow down expansion with 66 million tonne (MT) addition expected by 2015-16 amidst an expected surge in demand and price, Care Research said Thursday.
"Over the past few years, cement industry has witnessed huge capacity addition. The capacity has increased from 219 MT in FY'09 to 325 MT tonnes in FY'13, registering a CAGR of 10.4 percent," said Care Research, a unit of Care Rating.
Given huge surplus situation prevailing in the industry, the pace of capacity addition would decelerate going ahead, it said, adding that cement makers would add capacity of about 66 MT during the period of FY'14-16.
"On account of huge capacity addition, utilisation rate of the industry dropped from the peak of 93 percent in FY'07 to 73 percent in 2012-13. Going forward, it will improve gradually given the slowdown in pace of capacity addition and gradual recovery in cement demand. The overall operating rate of the industry to increase to 76 percent in FY'16," it said.
The demand would improve on government's increased focus on strengthening infrastructure, the promotion of affordable housing, lowering trend of interest rates and expected revival in the overall economic growth, it said.
"Given the recovery expected in demand, cement prices are expected to remain elevated in FY'14. However, the per tonne total expenditure of the industry is expected to rise by about 10 percent on a year-on-year (YoY) basis, due to increase in power and fuel and freight costs," Care Research said.
Power, fuel and freight costs are major cost components of the cement industry. In FY'13, these together had accounted for about 55 percent of the total cost.
Per tonne power and fuel costs of the industry will increase by about 10 percent on a YoY basis in FY'14 as international coal prices expected to remain stable and not soften further during the current fiscal.
Again, per tonne freight cost of the industry would go up by about 15 percent on a YoY basis in FY14 due to hike in diesel prices.