Brazil is one of top ten producers of cement in the world – a position that will only strengthen with the recent and ongoing boom in the construction sector. From February 2011 to January 2012, the accumulated 12-month sales for the industry were up 7,6% and the average industry growth for the upcoming years is estimated to 3-5% per year.
In 2012, cement production reached 68 million tons with a goal of expanding capacity to 100 million tons per year by 2016. This would imply an expansion of production capacity by 47% compared to 2012 in order to keep up with growing demand.
Although at first glance, the cement industry may not seem very green, but the local laws are becoming stricter in order to reduce the air pollution. Many plants use modern dry process units, pre-heaters, cyclones, pollution control systems, high performance filters and online monitoring of gases. The industry is interested in further optimizing production to live up to the higher market demands and continues to investing heavily to expand production capacity in order to keep up with market demand.
Business Sweden identified the Brazilian cement sector as an area of great potential for Swedish industrial environmental technology. In November 2012, a seminar was held in São Paulo for Swedish companies within air filtration solutions for the cement industry. In 2014, follow-up activities are planned. You can read more about the seminar from 2012 here.