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1.1 Definition and scope of study

The cement is a hydraulic binder that is used in the production of the concrete for the manufacture of tiles of cinder blocks , plaster and mortars . Cement is made by heating a finely ground mixture of limestone, clay and sand to temperatures of up to 1,450°C. This stage results in what is called clinker, an intermediate product in the manufacture of cement, which is then cooled and finely ground to produce the powder we call cement.

This is a sector oligopolistic comprised solely of some leading cement manufacturers Lafarge-Holcim, Ciments Calcia Heidelberg, Vicat, Imerys and Eqiom. The substantial investments the initial investment and the need to reach critical size are the main barriers to market entry and make this activity one of the most capital-intensive in the industry

At the global level, the market is growing, driven in particular by Chinese production and consumption in emerging countries. The China is the leading cement manufacturer with more than 50% of the world's production. It is followed by India, which is responsible for 8% of world production

In France, the cement market is at half-mast with production declining by more than 12% between 2009 and 2016. Dependence on the construction sector is total: the main outlet is construction, followed by public works. However, a rebound seemed to be on the horizon since 2016 and until before the Covid-19 crisis, driven by the growth of the construction market.

Because cement is difficult to transport, the manufacturing sites are generally located close to the place of consumption and the majority of distribution is carried out by producers who have integrated the entire value chain.

Finally, the cement industry is worried today because it is highly polluting . Changing regulations and the forthcoming reduction in CO2 emission quotas are pushing producers to reinvent themselves and develop a more environmentally friendly cement. The signing of an industry green deal in 2016 confirmed the efforts that industry players were willing to make in this direction. In addition, the growth in energy renovation that is driving the building sector points to growth prospects for the years to come. The €7.5 billion economic recovery plan for the construction industry, put in place by the government after the Covid-19 crisis, should also lead to an increase in demand for cement.

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