India is the second-largest cement producer in the world, with an installed capacity of about 236 million tonnes (MT) in 2009–2010. The sector is expected to add an additional capacity of 92.3 MT by 2013. As a result, the industry will have a total installed capacity of 383.5 MT by March 2013.
The Indian cement industry comprises 148 large and around 365 mini cement plants, including public sector units. Large producers contribute about 95 per cent to the installed capacity, while mini plants account for the rest.
Cement players in India produce different types of cement, based on different compositions such as ordinary portland, portland pozzolana, Portland blast furnace slag cement, white cement and specialised cement.
The industry has witnessed continuous modernization and adoption of new technologies. Almost 93 per cent of the total capacity is based on eco-friendly dry process technology. The demand for commercial real estate (CRE) segments, comprising retail space, office space and hotels, as well as civic facilities including hospitals, multiplexes and schools, has been on the rise due to growth in economy.
The demand for office space in India is being driven by the influx of multinational companies and the growth of the services sector, especially the IT-BPO industry. Progressive liberalization and easing of foreign direct investments (FDI) norms in various sectors paved the way for growth in FDI, which led to a burgeoning demand for office space from MNCs and other foreign investors. Total FDI in the cement sector between April 2000 and August 2010 stood at US$ 1.9 billion.Sectoral Presentation (November 2010)
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