In 2006, the output of cement in China reached 1.235 billion tons, up 15.5% year-on-year; and the flat glass output amounted to 455 million weight boxes, up 9.8% from a year earlier and, the growth rates in further processing glass, plasterboard, building ceramic, refractory materials, stone processing and brick/tile production all approached or exceeded 25%. Building materials enterprises above the designated size realized gross industrial output value of RMB 1327.5 billion, rising 29.1%; the industrial added value reached RMB 421 billion, increasing 21.6% and, the average proportion of building products sold was as high as 97.7%.
In 2006, the main product revenue of China building materials industry amounted to RMB 1153.4 billion, up 29.3% year-on-year; and the profit totaled RMB 60.3 billion, increasing 47.1% from a year earlier.
In Jan-Mar 2007, fixed assets investment of building materials industry reached more than RMB 32.8 billion, up 41.4% year-on-year, among which cement industry attracted about RMB 6.93 billion, up 39.4%; and flat glass was RMB 1.19 billion, down 22.8%. In the first quarter of 2007, the total number of construction projects and newly commenced projects were 2270 and 916, increasing 476 and 81 respectively.
Output of Major Building Materials by Region, Jan-Apr 2007