LETTER: Cement industry is a victim of its own complacency
Producers did not invest during the good times so if they cannot compete they should not be protected
Bryan Perrie of the Concrete Institute wrote of the need for “safeguard action” for the cement industry (“Cement imports are a concrete threat to embattled SA industry”, July 29). When considering the need for protection for an industry one needs to consider the history that has rendered that need for protection necessary.
For a period in the 1990s the SA cement industry could not keep up with demand and applied quotas on their customers. They also employed a cartel system, dividing customers between suppliers and keeping prices artificially high...