It’s true, in searching for statistics about how much cement has been used in Shenzhen (I keep hoping some social statistically minded engineer will do the calculations), I stumbled across China’s cement web. One of the articles, relevant to aforesaid search, was the clinker production capacity of China’s ten largest cement producers in 2011.
As of Jan 1, 2012, China’s big cement ten are, in order: Hailuo (海螺水泥)、Southern (南方水泥)、China United (中联水泥)、China Resources (华润水泥)、Sinoma (中材集团)、Hebei East (冀东水泥) 、TCC (台泥水泥)、Sunnsy (山水集团)、Huaxin (华新水泥)、and Hongshi (红狮集团). Together they have the capacity to produce just under 581 million tons of clinker, annually. Just how much can be built with all that cement? Well, the Empire State Building weighs in at 370,000 tons. This means that ten Chinese cement factories produce the mass equivalent of 1,570 Empire State Buildings.
Admittedly, mine are all rough statistics. And yes, the Empire State Building is more than concrete. But. The Big Ten aren’t the only clinker producers in China. And. The cement producers are one part of large conglomerates. Some, like China Resources are active developers in Shenzhen. Perhaps it’s no surprise that CR is heavily invested in the SEZ’s urban village renovation projects (Dachong). Nevertheless, my point is simply to contextualize the scale and relative monopolization of wealth development and capital accumulation currently happening in the country.
The breakdown, below: