Five years from now, Britain will have a huge cement factory that will supply cement to more than 100 million people. 

It will also be home to a £1.5bn investment in cement manufacturing, and will be Britain’s biggest concrete producer. 

But the UK cement industry is set to grow much slower than expected, according to the Department of Energy and Climate Change. 

The industry is expected to contract by a quarter between 2020 and 2025, according the UK’s Office for National Statistics. 

Cement production is projected to fall by more than a third by 2020, while demand is expected fall by almost half between 2021 and 2023, according to the ONS. 

In the meantime, British firms are moving overseas to find cheaper ways of producing cement. 

For example, cement factories are now producing cement at factories in China, which will cost a fraction of what they are paid in the UK. 

And some of the biggest firms are now moving their cement production overseas. 

Here’s how the UK might become the world´s biggest cement producer.

What will cement look like in 10 years? 

The UK will still be the biggest cement importer in the world. 

More than 40% of the world�s cement production is produced in Britain, and exports have been growing steadily over the last 10 years. 

There are more than 4,000 cement production facilities across the UK, but only a small number of those are large. 

Britain will continue to produce a substantial amount of cement for a long time to come, according TOA, the UK government agency that provides advice to cement companies. 

A recent report from the UK Trade and Investment Institute predicts that cement production will reach about 1.8bn tonnes by 2025, up from 1.2bn tonnes in 2021. 

So what about cement production in China? 

China is a major cement exporter, and the country is set for a huge growth in cement production. 

By 2020, China will be producing around 4.2 billion tonnes of cement, according ToA. 

That is a 10% increase over the previous year. 

If cement production goes up 10-20% in China by 2025 compared with 2020, it would be equivalent to producing more cement in the whole of the UK than it did in the previous decade. 

China currently accounts for almost half of the global cement production, accordingto the World Bank. 

However, cement production could be set to fall in the coming years due to global climate change, the country�s new president Xi Jinping has promised. 

On Tuesday, Xi told delegates at a forum in the Chinese city of Shenzhen that the government is planning to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in China. 

“The government will continue efforts to reduce emissions of carbon dioxide and other pollutants, especially nitrogen dioxide, nitrogen oxides, sulphur dioxide and particulates, and to reduce the intensity of natural disasters,” he said. 

 He said the government will also aim to improve the quality of cement production to make it more affordable and sustainable. 

How will cement be imported? 

Imports of cement will grow by nearly 20% over the next decade.

The UK imported cement from China in 2014 and exported it to China in 2019, according TOA.

China is the worlds largest cement importers and also the largest cement exporters. 

Importers of cement from the United States and the European Union accounted for about 80% of total cement imports in 2014. 

UK exports of cement rose by just under 1.5 million tonnes in 2015, but the rise in imports of cement in 2016 was almost as large.

In 2020, the United Kingdom imported almost 3.2 million tonnes of concrete, but imports fell by 1.4 million tonnes to just under 2.2m tonnes. 

Will British cement be cheap? 

There is no guarantee that cement will be cheap in the future. 

Although demand for cement is expected in the years ahead, a significant number of companies are planning to cut back on their cement making, said ToA in its latest report. 

These include some large cement manufacturers like British cement firm EMD, which has laid off around 40% of its workforce in recent years. 

 Some of the industry’s biggest names are also planning to invest in machinery and automation, which could mean that cement prices will rise in the near future.

The Office for Infrastructure and Communities (ONC) is currently overseeing the Government�s plans to boost the supply of cement by building a new cement factory. 

Some industry experts have also raised concerns about the potential impact of Brexit on cement production due to Brexit negotiations. 

According to The Times, the Government will be aiming to raise the UK�s export capacity from around 1.3 million tonnes a year to over 2.5m tonnes by 2020. 

We will also need to boost our productivity in the cement industry, said Trevor

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