Rapid urbanization has increased the demand for cement in developing markets. In 2016, the degree of worldwide urbanization rate was around 54% and is expected to grow up to 90% for developing countries by 2050. Specifically, the construction boom in the GCC has been vital for increased investments and added capacities in the cement sector. However, drop in revenue from oil has led to reduced investments in the construction sector. This has directly impacted the cement producers and the construction-related industries. Consequently, cement producers in the region are trying to establish their products in foreign markets to offset the volatility in local demand.
This thought paper highlights the opportunities for KSA cement producers in the GCC after the lift of the cement export ban. The findings are based on CAMELOT’s profound consulting experience in projects supporting government and private companies to achieve financial and non-financial objectives by eliminating bottlenecks in the value chain process as well as by market diversification through initiating exports.