Spain’s Cement Industry Seeks Government Help
Cement sales in Spain fell by 16.5% in the first half of this year, cement industry association Oficemen said on Monday, a slump that shows how hard the construction industry and the broader economy have been hit by the coronavirus crisis.
The Bank of Spain has forecast that the euro zone’s fourth largest economy would contract by 9%-11% in 2020.
The cement data, which indicates the impact on the real estate and infrastructure sectors that account for 14% of Spain’s economy, showed the industry needed help, Oficemen’s director general Aniceto Zaragoza told.
“We have urgent needs in every field of infrastructure, and some, like the need to overhaul our water sanitation system, are especially significant,” Zaragoza said, adding that the country also needed more hospitals and public housing.
“The government must invest in vital social infrastructures like transport and housing, with the help of EU funding and public-private collaboration,” he said.