PCA expects 2015 demand to increase 5%

PCA expects 2015 demand to increase 5%
Published: 10 September 2015

Tagged Under: Consumption USA PCA 

Despite volatility in equity markets and concerns about global growth conditions, PCA Chief Economist and Group Vice President, Edward Sullivan, has said “the fundamentals in the United States are sound and should support sustained growth in construction activity.”

The PCA notes that the US economy is characterised by steady and strong gains in net job creation, low inflation, low interest rates, improving business and consumer confidence all of which paints an optimistic near term outlook. While some sectors have been hurt by a strong dollar and low oil prices, these factors hold the potential of a growth dividend later in the forecast horizon.

PCA’s Market Intelligence group expects construction activity will grow 4.8 per cent this year and even stronger growth is expected for next year. Cement consumption is expected to grow five per cent this year and 6.5 per cent in 2016. Each of the three key sectors on cement consumption, residential, nonresidential and public construction are experiencing growth. Typically, when all three sectors are positive strong volume gains materialize.