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PCA: low crude prices impact oil well cement consumption

09 February 2016, Published under Cement News

With oil prices having declined dramatically since mid-2014 due to a combination of global supply and demand issues, the implications for the US economy, as well as for cement consumption have been significant, writes the PCA. It cautions that if oil prices stay near US$30/bbl or lower several consequences to cement consumption could arise that would impact the fall forecast projections. Given the complex nature of forecasting energy prices, PCA relies on projections from the Energy Inform...

PCA Regional Forecast: coasts to see strongest cement consumption growth

26 January 2016, Published under Cement News

PCA's recently released Winter 2015-16 State Forecast maintains expectations for the strongest rates of cement consumption growth to occur in the West with YoY growth of six per cent. The South (4.3 per cent) and Northeast (4.2 per cent) are expected to grow roughly in line with national averages for 2016. The Midwest (2.0 per cent), undermined by weak commodity prices, is projected to expand at a sub-national rate. On a Census Division basis, the Pacific (6.5 per cent), South Atlantic (6.3...

PCA: FAST Act set to increase cement usage throughout the five-year program

11 December 2015, Published under Cement News

With the passage of a five-year federal transportation bill, cement manufacturers will see a rise in consumption, according to the Portland Cement Association (PCA). The Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act will provide more than US$305bn to maintain and improve the nation’s surface transportation. Cement consumption's largest impact will focus on authorisations from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). “FAST represents an average addition of 835,000t to the cement ind...

PCA: cement segments show mixed growth in 2Q15

01 December 2015, Published under Cement News

Growth among end-use cement segments was mixed as 10 of the 18 segments tracked recorded volume gains in the second quarter of 2015, according to the latest PCA Survey of Portland Cement Consumption by User Group.  Non-traditional paving (soil cement, roller-compacted concrete, and full-depth reclamation) – a segment in the forefront of PCA’s promotional efforts – jumped 29 per cent in the 2Q15 compared to the same period in 2014, resulting in a 39 per cent year-to-date increase. Other mar...

PCA forecast sees continued growth

24 November 2015, Published under Cement News

During the PCA Board of Directors meeting last week, PCA Chief Economist and Group Vice President, Ed Sullivan, reported that 2015 cement consumption in the United States will continue to grow, but at a slower pace than predicted at the beginning of the year.
 The US cement market is expected to increase by 3.5 per cent in 2015, followed by larger rates of growth in 2016 and 2017, of five percent and 5.7 per cent, respectively.
 The PCA said in a statement that the slowdown in cement inten...

US House of Representatives passes multi-year highway bill

06 November 2015, Published under Cement News

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) has applauded the US House of Representatives for today’s passage of the Surface Transportation Reauthorization & Reform Act (STRRA), a multi-year federal highway bill. With passage of this bill Congress moves one step closer to completing work on vital infrastructure legislation that will help spur economic growth across the country.  The bipartisan measure sets federal surface transportation policy for a six-year period, including critical reforms tha...

PCA announces organisational changes in DC office, USA

03 November 2015, Published under Cement News

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) has announced the addition of Rachel Derby to its Washington, DC staff. Derby will serve as vice president of government affairs, focussing on legislative relationships and advocacy. PCA also announced that effective November 1, A Todd Johnston has been promoted to executive vice-president of government affairs and that Collin Long has been promoted to senior director of government affairs. “We are very pleased to have Rachel join PCA,” said James G. T...

PCA: US cement industry records its most energy efficient year yet

21 October 2015, Published under Cement News

The amount of energy required to produce 1t of cement decreased 1.1 per cent in 2014 from the previous year’s levels, according to PCA’s latest US Labor-Energy Input Survey. Plants averaged 4.384m BTUs per ton. The PCA notes that this represents the most energy efficient year since tracking began for US cement manufacturing. The use of alternative fuel at cement plants was also on the rise in 2014, as 15 per cent of all energy needs are achieved through alternative fuel and 75 per cent of a...

PCA response to new EPA Ozone Standard

02 October 2015, Published under Cement News

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) released the following statement regarding the National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS) for ground-level ozone anticipated to be finalised by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today. “The cement industry has for well over a century served as the foundation of economic development in the US. This is a responsibility we take seriously and with pride, as we do environmental stewardship. As part of our commitment to both the natural and the b...

Ash Grove Cement Company manager recognised by PCA

18 September 2015, Published under Cement News

Portland Cement Association (PCA) named Scott Nielson the runner-up of a 2015 John P Gleason Jr Leadership Award. Presented at PCA’s annual fall committee meeting, the awards honour employees of member companies who have exhibited industry leadership by taking the association in new directions. Awards are presented in each of PCA’s three categories of key strategic initiatives: Business Continuity, Market Development as well as Young Leaders. Nielson, runner-up in the Young Leaders categor...