Cement News tagged under: North America

RSS feed

Turkey's exports to the US rise 24% in June

25 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Turkey’s cement exports to the US declined by 5.7 per cent YoY in the first half of 2020, amounting to US$197.7m, according to the Turkish Ministry of Trade. In June 2020 the country’s cement exports to the US increased 24.4 per cent compared to June 2019 and exceeded US$37.1m.

Argos' Roberta and Harleyville plants recognised by Energy Star® certificates

25 August 2020, Published under Cement News

The US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPAs) has recognised Argos' Roberta cement plant, located in Alabama, USA, and Harleyville, South Carolina, USA, with the ENERGY STAR ® certification for the fifth and third consecutive year, respectively. This recognition signifies that these plants perform in the top 25 per cent of similar facilities nationwide for energy efficiency and meets strict efficiency performance levels set by the EPA. "We are delighted to be granted again with these ce...

PCA's US cement consumption regional forecast review

21 August 2020, Published under Cement News

This week ICR looks at the regional briefings that the Portland Cement Association (PCA) has given for the economic and cement demand outlook in the USA, following COVID-19. Western region Brian Schmidt, PCA Regional Economist for the western USA, reported that both the Rocky Mountain (RM) and Pacific divisions have been hit hard by a fall in construction work. April cement consumption for Washington was down over 40 per cent, after Governor Jay Inslee announced in March that construction...

CRH sees EBITDA rise 2% in the 1H20

21 August 2020, Published under Cement News

CRH has released its unaudited results for the first half of 2020, showing a 4.9 per cent YoY decline in revenue to US$12.2bn from US$12.85bn in the 1H19. However, EBITDA edged up two per cent on a like-for-like (LfL) basis to US$1.59bn. Profit before tax for the 1H20 reached US$518m against US$717m last year, primarily reflecting a lower profit on divestments. "As a Group we took swift and comprehensive action in response to the COVID-19 crisis, and our ability to flex our cost base and ...

Dragon Cement pays US$67,000 for air emission violations

07 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Dragon Products Co LLC (Giant Cement Holding Inc) has agreed to pay US$67,000 for air pollution the violations dating back to 2016, according to a monthly enforcement report from Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The violations were discovered through reports filed by Dragon and a subsequent investigation the DEP conducted on the 0.68Mta Thomaston cement plant in Maine, USA. The air emission breaches were cited between 2013-18. In 2016, Dragon exceeded its ammonia output ...

Argos achieves revenues of COP2.1trn in 2Q20

06 August 2020, Published under Cement News

From April to June 2020, Argos, part of Grupo Argos, reported revenues of COP2.1trn (US$553.5m), which represents a contraction of 9.1 per cent compared to the same quarter of last year. These figures were caused in part by lower volumes associated with lockdowns and the mandatory closings of operations in many markets. Argos partially offset the decrease in volumes thanks to the resilience of the construction industry in the USA and the exchange rate of the Colombian peso, which continued...

US Portland and blended cement deliveries decline 6% in May

05 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Total shipments of Portland and blended cement, including imports, in the USA and Puerto Rico fell 6.3 per cent YoY to 8.7Mt in May 2020, according to data published by the US Geological Survey (USGS). The top five state markets were Texas, California, Florida, Illinois and Ohio. Their total market share was 39 per cent in May. The leading producing states were Missouri, California, Texas, Florida and Michigan, which combined accounted for 42 per cent of the nation’s output. In terms of ...

Eagle Materials reports record 1Q results

31 July 2020, Published under Cement News

US-based Eagle Materials revenues advance 15 per cent to a record of US$428m in the first quarter of FY20-21 (ended 30 June). Michael Haack, President and CEO, said, “Against the backdrop of a global health crisis and unprecedented business disruption, our Company continued to perform well during the quarter, and our markets have proven to be resilient in the current environment. The integration of the Kosmos Cement Business proceeded on schedule and for the first time in Eagle’s history, ...

Martin Marietta reports 1H cement gross profit up 26%

29 July 2020, Published under Cement News

US-based building materials producer Martin Marietta posted total revenues of US$1.27bn in the 2Q20, representing a marginal decline from US$1.28bn in the 2Q19. However, the company’s gross profit increased 6.6 per cent from US$356.9m in the 2Q19 to US$380.5m one year later while earnings from operations advanced 7.2 per cent from US$285.9m to US$306.4m during the same period. Net earnings attributable to Martin Marietta were up 14.8 per cent to US$217.6m in the 2Q20 from US$189.5m in the ...

US cement shipments down 8% in April

27 July 2020, Published under Cement News

Shipments of Portland and blended cement in the US and Puerto Rico fell 7.5 per cent YoY to 8.1Mt in April 2020, according to the US Geological Survey (USGS). The leading cement-consuming states were Texas, California, Florida, Georgia and Ohio, which accounted for a combined market share of 42 per cent. The top five producing states were Texas, Missouri, California, Florida and Alabama Masonry cement shipments declined 11 per cent YoY to 195,000t in April 2020. Florida, Texas, North Caro...