Vietnam: Vietnam Cement Industry Corporation (Vicem) has said that its cement and clinker sales fell by 0.5% to 10.7Mt in the first half of 2015, according to Vietnam News Brief Service.
Some 9.58Mt was sold to the domestic market, up 7.1% year-on-year, while 1.15Mt was exported, down by 37.7%. In the first half of this year, Vicem produced 8.36Mt of clinker and 9.2Mt of cement, rising by 5% and 6.1% year-on-year, respectively. As of 30 June 2015, Vicem had 1.75Mt of cement and clinker inventory, including 1.41Mt of clinker, equivalent to 28 days of production.
Vicem aims to produce 4.26Mt of clinker and 5.21Mt of cement in the third quarter of 2015. It also aims to sell 5.97Mt of cement in the third quarter, raising the full-year target to 13.1Mt. In 2014, Vicem's clinker production grew by 0.7% year-on-year to 16.5Mt while its cement output rose by 10.3% to 18.5Mt.