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PCA forecasts falling US cement consumption growth rate

16 November 2018, Published under Cement News

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) Market Intelligence Group forecast for cement consumption over the next two years in the USA predicts a falling growth rate. Growth is expected to decelerate from 2.9 per cent this year to 2.6 per cent next year and further to 1.6 per cent in 2020. "We are expecting relatively modest but sustained interest rate increases after 10 years of low and stable rates," said PCA Senior Vice President and Chief Economist, Ed Sullivan. "The Federal Reserve’s acti...

PCA seeks EPA reform of non-hazardous secondary materials policy

11 October 2018, Published under Cement News

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) has called for changes to the US Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) non-hazardous secondary materials (NHSM) policy. PCA Vice President and Counsel for Government Affairs, Charles Franklin, explained why reforming EPA's NHSM policy was so important for the cement industry. While many cement manufacturers already strive to use alternative fuels, they are often limited by federal regulations that deem such materials to be wastes, subjecting facilitie...

PCA forecasts 3% growth in cement consumption for 2018

06 April 2018, Published under Cement News

The USA-based Portland Cement Association (PCA) has released its Market Intelligence Spring Forecast and envisions modest growth for cement consumption over the next two years, increasing by 2.8 per cent in 2018 and 2019. In 2020 consumption is expected to rise four per cent as positive impacts from potential federal infrastructure spending are likely to come into effect, according to the PCA report. The PCA analysis suggests that infrastructure spending is not likely to occur until the 4...

PCA marks the passing of Fred W Cohrs

15 November 2017, Published under Cement News

Fred W Cohrs, 84, a former PCA Board member and Honorary Committee member, passed away on 15 October 2017. Born in Essen, Germany, Fred immigrated first to Canada and then to the US, where he made exceptional contributions to the cement industry and PCA.  He served on the association’s Board of Directors, Executive Committee, and was active on other PCA committees. Fred was chair of the General Promotion Committee and helped lead PCA to become more market oriented, increase member partici...

PCA updates US annual cement consumption forecast

06 October 2017, Published under Cement News

Portland Cement Association's (PCA) Market Intelligence Group has forecast annual cement consumption to climb in the USA by 2.6 per cent during 2017 and 2.8 per cent in 2018. The updated forecast adjusts downward PCA projections released earlier this year. Bad weather and lower than anticipated budgets for the public construction sector are among the factors that have prompted the adoption of a more modest growth outlook.
 
 "Once infrastructure and tax reform initiatives take hold and aff...

Cemex USA recognised for safety, energy efficiency & environmental stewardship

10 May 2017, Published under Cement News

Three Cemex USA cement plants have been recognised with five awards from the Portland Cement Association (PCA) for outstanding achievements in safety performance, safety innovation, and energy and environmental stewardship. Cemex's Victorville, Brooksville South and Balcones cement plants were each presented with awards from the PCA on 9 May 2017, at the organisation's spring meeting in Washington DC. "Cemex is committed to safe and sustainable business practices throughout our operat...

USA: post-election uncertainty lowers consumption forecast

09 December 2016, Published under Cement News

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) has lowered its annual growth estimate for 2016 cement consumption from four per cent to 2.7 per cent. It also revised its 2017 US consumption forecast from 4.2 per cent growth down to 3.1 per cent in response to political uncertainty, inflation and slower construction activity. “President-elect Trump continues to shape his cabinet and policies, thus making it difficult to forecast potential outcomes at this point,” PCA Chief Economist, Ed Sullivan sa...

USA: PCA's Gleason Jr Leadership Award goes to Nielson at Ash Grove

16 September 2016, Published under Cement News

Scott Nielson, corporate environmental manager for Ash Grove Cement Company, has won the Portland Cement Association’s (PCA)  2016 John P Gleason Jr Leadership Award. Scott receives his award from the PCA The awards honour individuals who have exhibited industry leadership by advancing key association programmes and initiatives. Presented at the PCA Fall 2016 Congress meeting in Chicago, awards were presented in three categories: business continuity, market development and young...

USA: Survey to find most commonly-produced cement

14 June 2016, Published under Cement News

Type II cement is the most common Portland cement type produced in the US and Type IL is the most common blended cement produced, according to a recent PCA report. The results of the PCA’s survey othat the Product Standard and Technology Committee conducted in 2015 are presented in - Chemical and Physical Characteristics of US Hydraulic Cements: 2014. Although Type II cements have been the most widely-produced cement for some time, Type IL cements have only been defined in US specification...

USA: PCA warns tropical storms to affect Florida's cement consumption

14 June 2016, Published under Cement News

Heavy rains in Texas and Tropical Storm Colin in Florida may have a detrimental effect on national cement consumption levels in June, according to the PCA Marketing Intelligence team. Elevated precipitation levels and flooding can delay construction projects, which subsequently impacts cement usage. Since 2000 Texas and Florida have combined to annually consume roughly 20 per cent of cement demand in the US. While the proportion of these two states’ consumption to the US total is smaller...