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Cement Industry Cracked Up Over Price Spike of Key Component

The surge in China’s imports of clinker, a component used in the production of cement, came as prices of domestically produced clinker have been increasing in recent months. Photo: Visual China
The surge in China’s imports of clinker, a component used in the production of cement, came as prices of domestically produced clinker have been increasing in recent months. Photo: Visual China

Chinese imports of clinker, a key component in the production of cement, more than quadrupled in the first 11 months of 2017, industrial figures showed, as soaring domestic prices made it cheaper to buy from overseas.

During the January-through-November period, China purchased 184,600 tons of cement clinker from abroad, more than four times the amount in the same period in 2016, according to data from dcement.com, an industry information provider linked to the China Cement Association. The association has more than 3,000 member companies.

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