Vietnam now has 82 cement production lines, with a total capacity of around 100 million tonnes. (Photo ximang.vn)

Hanoi (VNA) - The country’s cement sector saw a successful year in 2017 as its sales reached 80 million, up 6 percent from last year.

This figure was recorded by the Department of Construction Materials under the Ministry of Construction.

The department said the local cement consumption this year was some 62 million, increasing 3 percent from last year. The cement export volume was 18 million tonnes, representing a 20 percent year-on-year hike and surpassing 20 percent of the set target.

Vietnam now has 82 cement production lines, with a total capacity of around 100 million tonnes.

In 2017, the country’s cement output reached 83-85 million tonnes, up 4 to 6 percent from the previous year.

The ministry said the economy this year saw development, with many construction projects, especially in terms of property, transport and infrastructure. However, the local cement consumption had slightly increased due to prolonged rains and storms nationwide.

Meanwhile, the cement and clinker exports surged to 18 million tonnes this year, surpassing the set target by one million tonne.-VNA