Kenya’s cement production reached record levels last year driven by strong demand generated by the ongoing construction boom in the country.

Figures from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) released here Tuesday showed that cement production rose to 6.3 million ton last year, up from 5.8 million tons produced in 2014.

The strong demand was mainly driven by huge infrastructural projects currently under development such as the Standard Gauge Railway line among others.

This trend is expected to continue with analysts in the real estate sector projecting an improved growth in the sector in the short and medium term.

According to the report by an investments and real estate company Cytonn Investments, there will be a deficit of about 3.6 million square feet of office space in Nairobi in 2016 and 6.1 million in 2017, as demand for offices, especially Grade A offices in the city’s up-market areas of Westland’s, Parklands and Gigiri Peaks.

According to figures released by the KNBS, Kenya’s economic growth peaked 5.8 per cent in the third quarter of 2015 with activities in the construction industry recording the fastest growth of 14.1 per cent.

Cement production for 2016 is expected to grow by around 18 per cent according to projections by the Kenya Cement Manufacturers Association.

Source: KBC