Construction companies and cement companies ask the future Government for a public works plan

(Updates FC1066 with Oficemen’s forecasts)

Madrid, Jul 11 ​​(EFECOM) .- The construction employers (CNC), the cement sector (Oficemen), as well as the associations of manufacturers of aggregates, concrete or derivatives have demanded from the next Government a comprehensive plan of public works and they have estimated the loss of capital in infrastructure for 2016 at 10 billion.

In a joint press conference, the president of the National Construction Association (CNC), Juan Lazcano, stressed that with a construction sector that has lost 1.4 million jobs and 260,000 companies, the Government should have made a strategic plan or of reconversion.

However, he added, “it has passed olympically” despite the fact that it is key to propping up economic growth and has a strong drag effect – higher than the automobile sector – on employment and other industries.

For this reason, he has insisted that employment in Spain will not be sustainable if the construction sector is not revitalized and has ensured that “Spain builds outside and destroys inside” in allusion to the Spain Brand campaign “Spain Builds”.

He also regretted that the tender for civil works has fallen by 30% and that of building by 11.8%, as well as the fact that Spanish roads present a maintenance deficit of 6,600 million.

Thus, it has called for greater investment in energy efficiency, water infrastructures, roads, the railway sector, ports, legislation to attract capital to public-private financing, as well as real housing rehabilitation plans given the dilapidated state of many of the they.

For his part, the president of the cement company Oficemen, Jaime Ruiz de Haro, has assured that the consumption of cement has fallen by 2.3% in the first half of the year to values ​​of the 60s.

Given the paralysis of public works, the employers have revised down their forecasts for this year and if at the end of 2015 they expected a growth of 7%, they now believe that 2016 will close with a new fall, of 3%.

This “disaster” in the forecasts, he added, will not be more abrupt thanks to the positive evolution of the consumption of cement for housing and warns that it is possible that new plants will be closed in the coming months or years.

In addition, it has warned of the loss of capital in infrastructures, which will exceed 10,000 million this year due to the stoppage of public works.

For his part, the president of the Madrid Association of Aggregates Manufacturers (AFA), Manuel Casado, stressed that consumption has plunged 80% with the crisis, leaving Spain with the lowest consumption of aggregates in the entire Union European.

The president of the Anefhop concrete employer’s association, Carlos Sánchez, added that production has fallen by 70% since 2000 and 83% from the maximum, which has gone from 2,100 to 930 plants and that consumption will continue falling due to the reduction of the bidding.

From the additive manufacturers association, Anfah, Francesc Busquets has spoken of the “tsunami” that the sector is experiencing and the negative perception that politicians have of it, while the general director of construction products entrepreneurs, Cepco, Luis Rodulfo, has requested housing rehabilitation plans and a sector confederation in this regard.

A diagnosis in which the national association of precast cement Andece also agrees. All these associations group 300,000 workers. EFECOM