China: monthly production of cement 2012-2020

During the first five months in 2020, China produced about 768.8 million metric tons of cement, around 8.2 percent lower compared with the same period last year.

The cement leader

As a common construction material that is used to bind other materials together, cement belongs to the essential materials that make modern life possible. Few construction projects can take place without the use of cement. Cement is especially important for fast-growing economies. Since 2000, China's cement production had experienced a remarkable growth. In 2010, the second-largest economy in the world accounted for more than half of global cement production. China has by far the largest cement industry in the world.

The driving forces

The explosive growth in cement production correlates with China’s economic expansion. While industrialization andurbanization advanced in the country, the demand of cement rose sharply. According to the National Bureau of Statistics of China, the net output of the construction industry grew constantly in the previous decade. Houses, roads and bridges had been built here with phenomenal speed over the past three decades.

Infrastructure is the key

Since extensive roads and railways are indispensable for a modern economy, installing and upgrading physical infrastructure were intensive n China. Over the last decade, the total length of public roads in China was expanding gradually. A major benefit, particularly for rural areas, has been the modernization of domestic transportation infrastructure. To counteract sluggish economic growth, Chinese local and central government also boosted public investment on infrastructure.

Production of cement in China from January 2012 to May 2020

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Release date

June 2020



Survey time period

January 2012 to May 2020

Supplementary notes

*According to the source, the values for January and February have been grouped together to curb the influence of the Chinese New Year on the statistic. Chinese New Year falls between January 21 and February 21.

The values have been rounded to provide a better understanding of the statistic.

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