Dominican Republic's Cement Industry: A Pillar of Economic Growth

The Dominican Republic's cement industry has experienced significant growth, becoming a key driver of the country's economy with a notable impact on job creation and foreign investment.

Dominican Republic's Cement Industry: A Pillar of Economic Growth
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The Dominican Republic's cement industry has emerged as a cornerstone of economic development, showcasing remarkable growth and innovation. With six out of seven local cement plants benefiting from substantial local capital investment, the sector has achieved high-quality production standards, positioning itself as one of the main pillars of the Dominican economy. According to a report by the Central Bank, the construction sector, fueled by the cement industry, recorded a 23.4% growth from January to December 2021, contributing significantly to the country's economic recovery.

The industry's success is attributed to its commitment to innovation and quality infrastructure, with a strong presence of foreign investment totaling around US$1,200 million across seven companies. This investment has enabled the sector to demonstrate its capacity for innovation and dynamism, making it a competitive force in the Dominican Republic.

Despite a 3.5% decrease in local sales volume in 2023, the industry saw a 35.3% increase in cement exports in the first five months of the year, highlighting its potential to penetrate markets in South America, the Caribbean, and Central America. The Dominican Republic leads the Caribbean in installed production capacity, using 505 kilograms of cement per capita, second only to Mexico in Latin America.

The industry's commitment to quality is underscored by stringent local regulations and the oversight of the Dominican Institute for Quality (Indocal), ensuring that all cement, whether produced locally or imported, meets the highest standards. This regulatory framework, coupled with the industry's social programs and international accreditations, underscores the sector's role in fostering sustainable, inclusive, and prosperous communities in the Dominican Republic.

Source: El Nacional