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Europe Cement Market Outlook, 2029

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  • 86 Pages
  • February 2024
  • Region: Europe
  • Bonafide Research
  • ID: 5953071
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The European cement market stands as a dynamic and integral component of the region's construction industry, reflecting both its historical legacy and its forward-looking vision. Spanning centuries of architectural innovation and infrastructure development, Europe's cement market has evolved into a robust and diverse ecosystem, characterised by a multitude of producers, distributors, and consumers. As a cornerstone of modern civilization, cement plays a fundamental role in the construction of buildings, roads, bridges, and countless other structures that define Europe's urban landscape. Europe is one of the world's top manufacturers of cement, and several of its nations have sizable manufacturing capacities.

Germany, Spain, Italy, and France are among the nations that significantly contribute to Europe's cement manufacturing; each has its own distinct production methods and market dynamics. The European cement market has been at the forefront of technological innovation in recent years, particularly in the realm of sustainability and environmental conservation. Advancements in alternative fuels, such as biomass and waste-derived fuels, as well as carbon capture and storage (CCS) technologies, are being increasingly adopted to reduce carbon emissions and minimise environmental impact. Initiatives for the circular economy are currently being pursued by the European cement market with the goal of increasing resource efficiency and decreasing waste. By using alternative raw materials as supplemental cementitious materials, such as fly ash from coal-fired power plants and slag from steel manufacturing, many cement mills in Europe are encouraging circularity and lowering their dependency on traditional raw materials. The European cement market plays a crucial role in supporting the region's infrastructure development, including the construction of transportation networks, residential buildings, and industrial facilities. As urbanisation continues to rise across Europe, the demand for cement and concrete products remains robust, driving growth in the market.

According to the research report "Europe Cement Market Outlook, 2029,", the Europe Cement market is projected to add more than USD 12 Billion from 2024 to 2029. Europe's demand for cement is mostly driven by the building industry, which includes infrastructural, commercial, and residential projects. The demand for cement and concrete products is fueled by urbanisation, population expansion, and economic development, which all contribute to the need for new structures like roads, bridges, and other infrastructure. In addition to new construction, renovation and rehabilitation projects also contribute to cement demand.

As existing infrastructure ages or undergoes upgrades, cement is required for repairs, refurbishments, and retrofitting, particularly in urban areas with older buildings and infrastructure. Government investment in infrastructure projects, such as transportation networks, public utilities, and environmental initiatives, can significantly influence cement demand. Infrastructure stimulus packages, public-private partnerships, and strategic development plans all drive demand for cement products in Europe. Ongoing maintenance and upkeep of existing infrastructure also drive cement demand. Regular maintenance, repairs, and rehabilitation activities ensure the longevity and safety of roads, bridges, dams, and other structures, necessitating the use of cementitious materials. Industrial and commercial construction projects, including factories, warehouses, and office buildings, contribute to cement demand in Europe. Economic growth, foreign investment, and business expansion drive demand for industrial and commercial real estate, fueling the need for cement-based construction materials.

Major Drivers

  • Construction and Infrastructure Development: The growth of infrastructure and construction are the two main factors driving the cement industry in Europe. There is a constant need for new structures, roads, bridges, railroads, and other infrastructure projects as economies and metropolitan areas grow. In the construction business, cement is an essential component, especially when it comes to making concrete, the most commonly used building material worldwide. As a result, the amount of building activity occurring in the area directly affects the need for cement. The demand for cement in Europe is influenced by a number of factors, including public-private partnerships, government investments in infrastructure, and developments in commercial and residential real estate.
  • Population Growth and Urbanization: The demand for cement in Europe is mostly driven by increases in urbanisation and population expansion. Housing, transit systems, utilities, and other urban infrastructure are required as the population grows and more people move from rural to urban regions. As a result of urbanisation, cement is needed for the construction of public amenities, commercial buildings, residential complexes, and industrial facilities. Long-term cement demand is sustained by the constant need for infrastructure construction and maintenance brought on by the dense population in metropolitan areas.

Major Challenges

  • Trade Disputes and Tariffs: The European cement market faces substantial obstacles due to trade conflicts and tariffs. Tariffs on the import or export of cement have the potential to alter market dynamics, raise manufacturing costs, and disrupt supply networks. Tariffs imposed on cement imports from non-EU nations, for instance, may impair the imported cement's cost competitiveness, raising consumer costs and compromising cement producers' profitability. Furthermore, trade conflicts among nations can impede international trade links, which are crucial for maintaining a stable and competitive cement market in Europe, and cause market instability.
  • Environmental Regulations: The European cement market has issues due to environmental restrictions, namely with regard to cost implications and compliance. Tighter laws designed to lower carbon emissions, advance sustainability, and safeguard the environment force cement producers to make investments in new technologies, switch to greener production methods, and put waste control strategies into place. The expense of these expenditures may affect cement businesses' bottom lines. Furthermore, adhering to environmental rules can require modifying current manufacturing techniques and infrastructure, which could cause disruptions and demand more resources. One of the main obstacles facing the European cement industry in navigating the regulatory environment is striking a balance between commercial feasibility and environmental sustainability.

Based on the product types, they are segmented into blended, Portland, and others. Among them in Europe, blended types are expected to dominate the market.

In general, blended cements have fewer carbon footprints than regular Portland cement. Blended cements use supplemental cementitious materials (SCMs) such as fly ash, slag, or calcined clays to minimise the quantity of clinker used during the manufacturing process. Using blended cements contributes to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions, which is in line with Europe's strict environmental standards and sustainability goals, as clinker production is a key source of carbon dioxide emissions in the cement manufacturing process. Growing awareness among consumers, developers, and investors about the environmental impact of construction materials has led to increased demand for sustainable alternatives such as blended cements.

With sustainability becoming a key consideration in construction projects, blended cements have gained traction in the market as a preferred choice for environmentally conscious stakeholders. Regulatory support and incentives for sustainable construction practices have further incentivized the use of blended cements in Europe. Government policies, green building certifications, and procurement requirements often prioritise environmentally friendly construction materials, including blended cements. As a result, manufacturers and construction companies are increasingly opting for blended cements to meet regulatory requirements and qualify for green building certifications.

Based on the end users, they are segmented into residential, commercial, and infrastructure.

In Europe, commercial use of cement is increasing. Infrastructural growth and rapid urbanisation have raised demand for commercial real estate, including hotels, shopping centres, offices, and retail spaces. The need for new commercial complexes to house companies and services arises as cities grow and economic activity increases, which fuels the need for cement in the building of these structures. The commercial real estate sector has experienced significant investment and growth in Europe, driven by factors such as economic expansion, foreign investment, and favorable financing conditions.

Investors and developers are increasingly constructing commercial properties to capitalise on rising demand for office and retail spaces, leading to a surge in cement consumption for construction purposes. Furthermore, in addition to new construction, there is a substantial demand for renovation, refurbishment, and retrofitting of existing commercial buildings. Ageing infrastructure and out-dated facilities often require upgrades to meet modern standards for safety, energy efficiency, and sustainability. Cement-based materials are commonly used in renovation projects to reinforce structures, improve durability, and enhance aesthetic appeal. As well, the commercial sector is increasingly embracing green building initiatives and sustainable construction practices. Developers and tenants are prioritising energy-efficient buildings, green certifications, and environmentally friendly materials to reduce carbon footprints and operational costs. Cement manufacturers are responding to this demand by offering eco-friendly cement products with lower carbon emissions and recycled content, making them attractive options for sustainable commercial construction projects.

Based on the report, the major countries covered in the report include Germany, the UK, France, Italy, Spain, Russia, and the rest of Europe.

In Europe, Germany contributes the most to the cement market. Germany boasts one of the largest and most robust economies in Europe. As a leading industrial and manufacturing powerhouse, Germany has a high demand for cement to support various construction projects, infrastructure developments, and industrial activities. Germany has a vibrant construction sector that drives the demand for cement. The country undertakes numerous residential, commercial, and infrastructure projects, including housing developments, office buildings, shopping centres, roads, bridges, and transportation networks, all of which require substantial amounts of cement. Germany is renowned for its engineering expertise and innovation in construction technologies.

German construction companies and engineering firms are involved in major projects both domestically and internationally, further increasing the demand for cement produced in the country. Germany has a strong tradition of investing in infrastructure projects to support economic growth and enhance competitiveness. The government's commitment to infrastructure development, including investments in transportation, energy, and digital infrastructure, creates sustained demand for cement. Germany is a significant exporter of cement and cementitious materials to other European countries and beyond. German cement manufacturers benefit from access to international markets, leveraging their expertise, quality standards, and reputation to compete globally.

The global cement market has a competitive landscape, with several significant competitors fighting for market share through tactics such as mergers and acquisitions, regional expansions, product innovations, and collaborations. Regional players play an important role, especially in rising markets like Asia-Pacific, South America, and the Middle East & Africa, where local skills and market knowledge provide a competitive edge. Sustainability, digitization, and innovation are emerging as significant variables in creating the competitive landscape as businesses strive to differentiate themselves and meet changing customer needs while navigating regulatory pressures and environmental concerns.

Considered in this report

  • Historic year: 2018
  • Base year: 2023
  • Estimated year: 2024
  • Forecast year: 2029

Aspects covered in this report

  • Cement market Research Report with its value and forecast along with its segments
  • Various drivers and challenges
  • On-going trends and developments
  • Top profiled companies
  • Strategic recommendation

By Product type

  • Blended
  • Portland
  • Others (White Cement)

By Application

  • Residential
  • Commercial
  • Infrastructure

The approach of the report:

This report consists of a combined approach of primary and secondary research. Initially, secondary research was used to get an understanding of the market and list the companies that are present in it. The secondary research consists of third-party sources such as press releases, annual reports of companies, and government-generated reports and databases.

After gathering the data from secondary sources, primary research was conducted by conducting telephone interviews with the leading players about how the market is functioning and then conducting trade calls with dealers and distributors of the market. Post this; we have started making primary calls to consumers by equally segmenting them in regional aspects, tier aspects, age group, and gender. Once we have primary data with us, we can start verifying the details obtained from secondary sources.

Intended audience

This report can be useful to industry consultants, manufacturers, suppliers, associations, and organizations related to the Cement industry, government bodies, and other stakeholders to align their market-centric strategies. In addition to marketing and presentations, it will also increase competitive knowledge about the industry.

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Table of Contents

1. Executive Summary
2. Research Methodology
2.1. Secondary Research
2.2. Primary Data Collection
2.3. Market Formation & Validation
2.4. Report Writing, Quality Check & Delivery
3. Market Structure
3.1. Market Considerate
3.2. Assumptions
3.3. Limitations
3.4. Abbreviations
3.5. Sources
3.6. Definitions
4. Economic /Demographic Snapshot
5. Global Cement Market Outlook
5.1. Market Size By Value
5.2. Market Share By Region
5.3. Market Size and Forecast, By Types
5.4. Market Size and Forecast, By End User
6. Europe Cement Market Outlook
6.1. Market Size By Value
6.2. Market Share By Country
6.3. Market Size and Forecast, By Types
6.4. Market Size and Forecast, By End User
7. Market Dynamics
7.1. Market Drivers & Opportunities
7.2. Market Restraints & Challenges
7.3. Market Trends
7.3.1. XXXX
7.3.2. XXXX
7.3.3. XXXX
7.3.4. XXXX
7.3.5. XXXX
7.4. COVID-19 Effect
7.5. Supply chain Analysis
7.6. Policy & Regulatory Framework
7.7. Industry Experts Views
7.8. Germany Cement Market Outlook
7.8.1. Market Size By Value
7.8.2. Market Size and Forecast By Types
7.8.3. Market Size and Forecast By End User
7.9. United Kingdom Cement Market Outlook
7.9.1. Market Size By Value
7.9.2. Market Size and Forecast By Types
7.9.3. Market Size and Forecast By End User
7.10. France Cement Market Outlook
7.10.1. Market Size By Value
7.10.2. Market Size and Forecast By Types
7.10.3. Market Size and Forecast By End User
7.11. Italy Cement Market Outlook
7.11.1. Market Size By Value
7.11.2. Market Size and Forecast By Types
7.11.3. Market Size and Forecast By End User
7.12. Spain Cement Market Outlook
7.12.1. Market Size By Value
7.12.2. Market Size and Forecast By Types
7.12.3. Market Size and Forecast By End User
7.13. Russia Cement Market Outlook
7.13.1. Market Size By Value
7.13.2. Market Size and Forecast By Types
7.13.3. Market Size and Forecast By End User
8. Competitive Landscape
8.1. Competitive Dashboard
8.2. Business Strategies Adopted by Key Players
8.3. Key Players Market Positioning Matrix
8.4. Porter's Five Forces
8.5. Company Profile
8.5.1. The Holcim Group Company Snapshot Company Overview Financial Highlights Geographic Insights Business Segment & Performance Product Portfolio Key Executives Strategic Moves & Developments
8.5.2. Heidelberg Materials AG
8.5.3. China National Building Material Co., Ltd.
8.5.4. CRH plc
8.5.5. Buzzi Unicem S.p.A.
8.5.6. CEMEX S.A.B. de C.V.
8.5.7. Asia Cement Corporation
8.5.8. Vicat SA
8.5.9. Cementir Holding S.p.A.
9. Strategic Recommendations
10. Annexure
10.1. FAQ`s
10.2. Notes
10.3. Related Reports
11. Disclaimer
List of Figures
Figure 1: Global Cement Market Size (USD Billion) By Region, 2023 & 2029
Figure 2: Market attractiveness Index, By Region 2029
Figure 3: Market attractiveness Index, By Segment 2029
Figure 4: Global Cement Market Size By Value (2018, 2023 & 2029F) (in USD Billion)
Figure 5: Global Cement Market Share By Region (2023)
Figure 6: Europe Cement Market Size By Value (2018, 2023 & 2029F) (in USD Billion)
Figure 7: Europe Cement Market Share By Country (2023)
Figure 8: Germany Cement Market Size By Value (2018, 2023 & 2029F) (in USD Billion)
Figure 9: UK Cement Market Size By Value (2018, 2023 & 2029F) (in USD Billion)
Figure 10: France Cement Market Size By Value (2018, 2023 & 2029F) (in USD Billion)
Figure 11: Italy Cement Market Size By Value (2018, 2023 & 2029F) (in USD Billion)
Figure 12: Spain Cement Market Size By Value (2018, 2023 & 2029F) (in USD Billion)
Figure 13: Russia Cement Market Size By Value (2018, 2023 & 2029F) (in USD Billion)
Figure 14: Competitive Dashboard of top 5 players, 2023
Figure 15: Porter's Five Forces of Global Cement Market
List of Tables
Table 1: Global Cement Market Snapshot, By Segmentation (2023 & 2029) (in USD Billion)
Table 2: Top 10 Counties Economic Snapshot 2022
Table 3: Economic Snapshot of Other Prominent Countries 2022
Table 4: Average Exchange Rates for Converting Foreign Currencies into U.S. Dollars
Table 5: Global Cement Market Size and Forecast, By Types (2018 to 2029F) (In USD Billion)
Table 6: Global Cement Market Size and Forecast, By End User (2018 to 2029F) (In USD Billion)
Table 7: Europe Cement Market Size and Forecast, By Types (2018 to 2029F) (In USD Billion)
Table 8: Europe Cement Market Size and Forecast, By End User (2018 to 2029F) (In USD Billion)
Table 9: Influencing Factors for Cement Market, 2023
Table 10: Germany Cement Market Size and Forecast By Types (2018 to 2029F) (In USD Billion)
Table 11: Germany Cement Market Size and Forecast By End User (2018 to 2029F) (In USD Billion)
Table 12: United Kingdom Cement Market Size and Forecast By Types (2018 to 2029F) (In USD Billion)
Table 13: United Kingdom Cement Market Size and Forecast By End User (2018 to 2029F) (In USD Billion)
Table 14: France Cement Market Size and Forecast By Types (2018 to 2029F) (In USD Billion)
Table 15: France Cement Market Size and Forecast By End User (2018 to 2029F) (In USD Billion)
Table 16: Italy Cement Market Size and Forecast By Types (2018 to 2029F) (In USD Billion)
Table 17: Italy Cement Market Size and Forecast By End User (2018 to 2029F) (In USD Billion)
Table 18: Spain Cement Market Size and Forecast By Types (2018 to 2029F) (In USD Billion)
Table 19: Spain Cement Market Size and Forecast By End User (2018 to 2029F) (In USD Billion)
Table 20: Russia Cement Market Size and Forecast By Types (2018 to 2029F) (In USD Billion)
Table 21: Russia Cement Market Size and Forecast By End User (2018 to 2029F) (In USD Billion)