Since 2020, the global cement market has exhibited significant growth and dynamics. Despite a 5.4% consumption drop from 2021 to 2022, the overall market continues to expand with a projected compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.4% from 2023 to 2032, potentially reaching over $619 billion in value. China remains the dominant consumer, accounting for 53.9% of the 4.03 billion tons consumed globally in 2022. The Italian cement market has mirrored this positive trend, with its total turnover climbing by 44.1% from 2020 to 2022, largely influenced by governmental construction incentives and price hikes due to the Russian-Ukrainian conflict. This conflict, in particular, has had a substantial impact on production costs in Italy, with a 50.6% surge in the producer price index for cement between January 2022 and December 2023. The Italian market has also transitioned from a net exporter to a net importer, as import values have soared by 72.2% from 2018 to 2022, overshadowing the 7.5% growth in exports.

Analysis of Cement Market Dynamics in Italy: A Synopsis of Growing Consumption and Trade Shifts

Italy's overall consumption of cement has shown stability with a slight uptick, moving from consumption levels of approximately 18 to 20 million tons between 2017 and 2022. This modest increase of about 0.5 percent points to a relatively stable domestic demand within the construction sector. The geographical distribution of this demand is also indicative of economic activity across Italy. In 2022, the Northwest saw the lion's share of new residential buildings, accounting for about 25 to 30 percent of national totals, followed closely by the Northeast and South, each with around 20 to 25 percent of the total. For nonresidential buildings, the Northeast was the primary hub, home to approximately 25 to 30 percent of the new structures. Turning to the main uses of cement, it is evident that concrete batching plants are the primary recipients, claiming nearly 50 percent of domestic deliveries. This is closely followed by building materials dealers and manufacturers with about 10 to 15 percent each. 

Leading Cement Producers Shaping Italy's Construction Landscape

Italy's cement industry is a cornerstone of the nation's construction sector, distinguished by its rich blend of historical expertise and modern innovation. With a landscape crafted by companies that champion both quality and sustainability, the following manufacturers play a pivotal role in supplying Italy with the essential materials for its infrastructure.

HM Italia Cementi S.p.A. is a beacon of the Italian construction materials market with a 60-year heritage. Known for weaving environmental sustainability with pioneering technology, the company is synonymous with exceptional quality across its production and distribution spectrum, anchored firmly in an industrious Italian region.

Buzzi Unicem S.p.A. has carved a niche as a building materials behemoth since 1907, originating from Casale Monferrato, Piedmont. Beyond Italy, its global footprint stands testament to a tradition of excellence and a fervent pursuit of sustainable innovation. The company's commitment to reducing environmental impact influences every aspect of its product and process development.

Colacem S.p.A., hailing from Marche since 1966, is revered for its technical prowess and broad cement portfolio catering to multifaceted construction needs. Colacem's forward-thinking approach to production harmonizes eco-conscious strategies with rigorous research to craft cement varieties shaping Italian structures and skylines.

Industria Cementi Giovanni Rossi S.p.A. channels close to a century's worth of expertise into every bag of cement, spurred by its foundational focus on innovation and high-caliber production. With roots in resource-rich Italian soil, the company has become a symbol of sustainable excellence and stalwart commitment to the environment.

Cementerie Aldo Barbetti S.p.A. continues a family legacy spanning since 1907, commanding respect in Italy and beyond for premium-quality cement. Their tenure in the industry is reflected in their drive for technological innovation and ecological practices that resonate deeply with today's environmentally attuned market.

Italsacci S.p.A. has held a stronghold on Italian cement production since 1925. Based in a prime geographical nexus, Italsacci takes pride in blending almost a century of tradition with the latest in sustainable solution. Their investment in research and eco-friendly operations reflects a dedicated focus on nurturing the planet.

Cementeria Costantinopoli S.r.l. has, since 1963, fostered a robust reputation for producing strong and reliable cement, adhering to principles of environmental stewardship and advanced production methodologies.

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1 Market Overview

1.1 Definition and presentation

Cement is a versatile and ubiquitous construction material, used as a key hydraulic binder in the manufacture of concrete, one of the most widely used materials in the world. it is made by calcining a mixture of limestone and clay, followed by grinding to a very fine powder. When this powder is mixed with water, it reacts chemically to form a paste that hardens and gains strength over time, a process known as hydration.

The uses of cement are many and vary widely, extending from the construction of buildings and infrastructure to major engineering works such as dams and bridges. Cement's unique properties, such as high compressive strength and durability, make it an ideal material for outdoor environments and for structures that must withstand heavy loads or adverse weather conditions. Its ability to adapt to complex shapes when mixed with aggregates such as sand and gravel (to produce concrete) or reinforced with steel (to make reinforced concrete) further broadens its range of applications.

globally, in 2023 , the cement market reached a total value of $385.8 billion. For the period 2023-2032, the industry is expected to grow moderately with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.4 percent. By the end of the period, the global cement market could reach a total value of more than $619 billion. (IMARCGroup)

There is a slight increase in world cement consumption between 2018 and 2022. During the period analyzed, world consumption increased from 3.98 billion tons to 4.03 billion tons, representing an overall growth of 1.3%. In 2022 China is by far the world's largest consumer of cement. In the year analyzed, China contributed 53.9% of world cement consumption, accounting for 2171 million tons out of 4031 million tons total. (Federbeton)

1.2 The global market

globally, the cement market reached a total value of $***.* billion in ****. For the period ****-****, the industry is expected to grow moderately with a compound annual growth rate (***) of *.* percent. By the end of the period, the global cement market could reach a total value of more than $*** billion.

Cement Market World, ...

1.3 The Italian market

The total turnover of the cement supply chain in Italy is growing strongly. Between **** and ****, total turnover grew by **.*%, from *.** billion euros to **.** billion euros. With the exception of **** (***).

Total cement supply chain turnover Italy, ****-****, in billions of euros Fedebeton

Regarding only companies active in cement production, between **** and ****, total ...

1.4 International trade

to analyze Italy's trade outflows and inflows, products under HS.... are analyzed. Between **** and ****, Italy's trade position changed from net exporter to net importer. In fact, during the period analyzed, the export coverage ratio, determined by the ratio of exports to imports multiplied by ***, went from ***.*% in **** to **.*% in ****. Specifically, the ...

1.5 The consequences of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict

The outbreak of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict in February **** led to, among other things, a general increase in price indexes. The sector related to cement and concrete production is particularly affected by the consequences of the conflict. Between January **** and December ****, the producer price index for cement rose by **.* points, representing a ...

2 Demand analysis

2.1 The main uses of cement

Between **** and ****, cement consumption in Italy is essentially stable. During the period analyzed, total consumption increased from **.** million tons to **.** million tons, representing a slight increase of *.* percent.

Cement consumption Italy, ****-****, in million tons Federbeton

As for the destination of domestic intermediate cement deliveries, concrete batching plants collect **.* percent of ...

2.2 The main related markets

For the analysis of cement demand drivers, investment in construction in Italy and trends in the number of new residential and nonresidential buildings are analyzed.

Regarding the first aspect, in **** extraordinary maintenance in the residential sector gathered **.* percent of total investment in the construction sector. This was followed by non-residential building ...

2.3 Geographical distribution of demand

In order to visualize the geographical distribution of demand, two maps were created with the geographical distribution of new residential and nonresidential properties built in ****.

In terms of residential construction in ****, the Northwest of the peninsula garnered the highest share, accounting for **.* percent of the national total. This was followed by ...

2.4 New demand trends: fiber cement

Fiber cement, a composite material made of cement reinforced with cellulose fibers (***), is experiencing increasing demand in various sectors, especially in construction. This increase in interest is due to several key factors. First of all, fiber cement is valued for its durability and strength. it is known to withstand adverse weather ...

3 Market structure

3.1 The market structure

In ****, the cement supply chain in Italy involves **** enterprises with a total turnover exceeding ** billion euros. As for cement production, active enterprises under Ateco Code **.** "Cement production" are analyzed. In particular, the number of active enterprises, the number of employees in active enterprises and the legal form of activities are ...

3.2 The value chain


Extraction or procurement of various raw materials that can be either natural resources (***) to feed the kiln.


Heating of the raw meal to evaporate water, decarbonate and form the main components of clinker (***).

Heat is produced from a mixture of ...

3.3 The main manufacturers

The following is a list of the main players active in cement production in Italy:

HM Italia Cementi s.p.a: is a renowned company in the building materials sector, specializing in the production of cement. Founded in ****, the company has consolidated its presence in the Italian market through a combination ...

4 Supply analysis

4.1 Cement production in Italy

There are several types of cement in Italy. First of all all, the first distinction to be made is that between natural cements and artificial cements. The former are obtained from rocks of sedimentary origin (***) consisting mainly of clay, limestone and iron oxide. Artificial cements, on the other hand, are obtained ...

4.2 The prices

In relation to cement prices in Italy, the producer price indexes for cement and concrete between **** and **** are analyzed. As for the cement industry, there is a sustained increase in producer prices between January **** and January ****. Specifically, the price index shows an increase of **.* points over the period analyzed. While between ...

4.3 The Decarbonization of Industry

In ****, the European Union launchedthe Green Deal, a growth strategy aimed at transforming the EU into a resource-efficient, competitive and carbon neutral society by ****.

In Italy, the cement industry accounts for * percent of total national emissions. The industry produces a high amount of C** and **/**% of CO* production occurs in processes ...

5 Regulations

5.1 Regulation

The following are the main legislative and regulatory aspects related to the production and marketing of cement in Italy:

The UNI EN ***-* standard divides cement into * main types:

I - Portland cement with at least **% clinker content; no subtype;

II - Composite Portland Cement (***) with a clinker percentage of at ...

6 Positioning of actors

6.1 Segmentation

  • Buzzi Unicem s.p.a
  • HM Italia Cementi s.p.a
  • Colacem s.p.a
  • Cementerie Aldo Barbetti s.p.a
  • Cementeria Costantinopoli s.r.l
  • Cementi Moccia s.p.a

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  • Cement market
  • Cement consumption
  • Cement consumption, breakdown by geographic area
  • Total cement supply chain turnover
  • Total turnover of enterprises active in cement production (Ateco Code 23.51)
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Companies quoted in this study

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Buzzi Unicem s.p.a
HM Italia Cementi s.p.a
Colacem s.p.a
Cementerie Aldo Barbetti s.p.a
Cementeria Costantinopoli s.r.l
Cementi Moccia s.p.a

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