Spain: Cement consumption fell by 1% year-on-year to 14.9Mt in 2022 from 14.8Mt in 2021. The Spanish cement association Oficemen blamed the slight decline on bad weather in December 2022. It also noted that the consumption volume in 2022 was the second highest in the last decade. Overall, Oficemen said that the market experienced a strong start in 2022 but energy costs and inflation, partly linked to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, started to slow down sales from May 2022.
Cement exports fell by 16.8% to 5.62Mt from 6.75Mt. Imports decreased by 5.4% to 1.35Mt from 1.43Mt. Oficemen has linked the fall in exports to high domestic energy and CO2 emission costs since 2019.
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