CEMBUREAU Welcomes New President and Vice-President
He takes over from Daniel Gauthier, former CEO Western Europe-Africa and Member of the Managing Board of HeidelbergCement. In addition, Raoul de Parisot, Advisor to Vicat’s Chairman and CEO, has been elected as Vice-President of CEMBUREAU for a two-year term. Upon his election, Gonçalo Salazar Leite stated that “each Presidency of CEMBUREAU has its own challenges and opportunities, simply because of the rapidly changing and very demanding context in which our industry operates.” In terms of the three broad priority areas he intends to focus on, supporting the industry on the path towards its low-carbon targets, framing our EU policy discussions in a wider international context, where everyone’s contribution is necessary, and contributing to the true image of the industry. According to CEMBUREAU’s 2016 Activity Report, European cement production in the EU 28 further slightly recovered in 2015 (167,2 Mt), confirming the cautious upward trend started in 2013 (166,6 Mt) after the dramatic fall in the crisis period. Cement consumption has risen slightly from 2014 to 2015 within both the EU 28 and the CEMBUREAU region. Total world cement production is estimated at 4,6billion t. The CEMBUREAU region’s share of world production fell by 0,1 % to 5,3 %, with China and India topping the list. Developments in terms of cement and clinker imports and exports in the EU 28 have shown a sharp surge in exports over the last 5 years, as producers searched for new markets after the crisis. This development stabilised just below the 50 Mt mark, with 48 Mt exported in 2014 and 47 Mt in 2015. Imports remained at 20,5Mt, translating into a net export of 26,3 Mt for the EU 28, slightly down from 2014. Expectations for a growth in cement consumption in the EU 28 and major consumer countries can be expected as the EUROCONSTRUCT area (19 countries) showed an increase of 1 % in 2016. EUROCONSTRUCT expects cement consumption to rise by 2,4% in 2017 and by 3,5% in 2018.