In 2002 the world production of hydraulic cement was 1,800 million metric tons. The top three producers were China with 704, India with 100 and the United States with 91 million metric tons for a combined total of about half the world total by the world's three most populous states.
"For the past 18 years, China consistently has produced more cement than any other country in the world. China's cement export peaked in 1994 with 11 million tons shipped out and has been in steady decline ever since. Only 5.18 million tons were exported out of China in 2002. Offered at $34 a ton, Chinese cement is pricing itself out of the market as Thailand is asking as little as $20 for the same quality."
"Demand for cement in China is expected to advance 5.4% annually and exceed 1 billion metric tons in 2008, driven by slowing but healthy growth in construction expenditures. Cement consumed in China will amount to 44% of global demand, and China will remain the world's largest national consumer of cement by a large margin."
In 2006 it was estimated that China manufactured 1.235 billion metric tons of cement, which is 44% of the world total cement production.
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