Puerto Rico: Cemex Puerto Rico plans to stop clinker production at its Ponce cement plant. The site will move to grinding cement in January 2018, according to Sin Comillas. The cement producer has been unable to rule out job losses.
The changes come in response to poor cement sales that the company says are the worst in the territory since the 1950s. Cement sales have been falling since 2009 and Hurricanes Irma and Maria punished the market in the autumn with big declines in September and October 2017. At present Cemex Puerto Rico says that the local market only needs around a third of the country’s capacity. However, the Ponce plant has a production capacity of 1.2Mt/yr. The company has also cited high electricity costs as part of its decision.