Thailand: Siam Cement Group’s Building Materials division’s sales revenue fell by 4% year-on-year to US$4.9bn in 2016. Its profit fell by 17% to US$241m. It blamed the falling sales and profit on increased competition, falling earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) and increased depreciation expenses. Overall, across the group’s chemical and packaging division, sales revenue fell but profits rose in 2016 driven by the chemical business.
Roongrote Rangsiyopash, the president and chief executive officer of Siam Cement Group, said the company is focusing on expansion strategies within the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region. Its 1.8Mt/yr cement plant in Myanmar started commercial production in early 2017 and a cement plant in Laos is undergoing commissioning.