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PCA: 'global cement consumption on the rise'

04 June 2015, Published under Cement News

Global cement consumption is expected to grow through 2015 and 2016, with North America leading recent gains in the developed world, according to a report released by the Portland Cement Association (PCA). According to forecasts by the association, cement consumption among developed economies increased by roughly 9.2Mt in 2014, followed by another 9Mt increase in 2015. "Most of the gains in developed world cement consumption is attributed to North America," said Edward J Sullivan, chief ec...

PCA: ‘New EPA rule threatens economic recovery’

29 May 2015, Published under Cement News

The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) on Wednesday released its final "waters of the United States" (WOTUS) rule. In taking this action, EPA greatly expanded its own regulatory authority and created new bureaucratic red tape for many US industrial activities, argues the PCA. The cement industry body warns that without congressional action, stringent new water regulations will threaten construction work. "This rule will impact a wide range of normal US industrial and agricultural act...

PCA forecasts growth trend to continue, imports to increase rapidly

14 April 2015, Published under Cement News

US cement consumption will continue its growth trend in 2015, with cement and clinker imports forecast to grow rapidly in 2017 and beyond, according to the Portland Cement Association (PCA). During the 2015 PCA Spring Meeting, PCA chief economist and Group VP Edward J Sullivan projected that total cement consumption would increase by 7.5 per cent from last year, and continue to grow in 2016 by 7.9 per cent. "The forecast indicates that the healing in the US economy has taken place," said M...

PCA cautions on proposed EPA ozone regulations

18 March 2015, Published under Cement News

The Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) proposal to further tighten ozone standards could result in the loss of more than 45,000 construction jobs each year, slow the nation's economy, and impede vital infrastructure investments, the PCA cautions in a recent note. In comments filed to the EPA on Tuesday, March 17, PCA estimates that the cement industry alone would have compliance costs and plant closures that could lead to the loss of nearly 900 jobs. Cement manufacturing jobs are highl...

PCA: as oil prices fall, cost of asphalt is on the rise

18 February 2015, Published under Cement News

Despite falling oil prices, the cost of paving with asphalt continues to rise across the US. A recent analysis from the Portland Cement Association (PCA) shows that asphalt prices have reached record highs during the last six months. Oil prices declined 44 per cent in the second half of 2014, and during the same period asphalt prices increased 1.5 per cent. A decline in asphalt prices has yet to materialise given six months of data since the beginning of the oil price decline, the normal la...

PCA applauds Obama for included infrastructure spend in proposed budget

04 February 2015, Published under Cement News

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) applauds President Barack Obama for including substantial funding for the nation's 'crumbling' infrastructure in his 2016 proposed budget plan. In a statement released yesterday the Association said it has long supported a nationwide plan that would address highways and transportation structures, which are vital to the daily lives of the American public. Key to taking on this large construction project is utilising resilient construction techniques that...

Johnston named PCA Government Affairs Vice President

28 January 2015, Published under Cement News

PCA named A Todd Johnston as vice president for government affairs, effective 19 January 2015. Based in the association's Washington office, he will represent PCA and its members with the federal government. Johnston comes to PCA with a strong record of experience and accomplishments in state government, industry, and in Congress, the association highlights. Most recently, he served as staff director for the Subcommittees on Environment and Energy under the US House Committee on Science, S...

PCA: positive gains in US residential housing expected

21 January 2015, Published under Cement News

Residential housing starts will be on the increase in 2015 according to the Portland Cement Association (PCA) with positive gains expected to continue next year. In his annual residential housing forecast during the 2015 International Builders Show, Edward J Sullivan, PCA Chief Economist and Group VP announced that housing starts will increase 20 per cent to 1.2 million units in 2015. This is up from roughly 950,000 units in 2014, and strong gains are also expected for 2016. Multifamily un...

Johnston named PCA Government Affairs Vice President

14 January 2015, Published under Cement News

Portland Cement Association named A Todd Johnston as vice president for government affairs, effective 19 January 2015. Based in the association's Washington office, he will represent PCA and its members with the federal government. Johnston comes to PCA with a strong record of experience and accomplishments in state government, industry, and in Congress, the association highlights.  Most recently, he served as staff director for the Subcommittees on Environment and Energy under the US Hous...

US: increase in average kiln sizes

03 December 2014, Published under Cement News

US kiln sizes increased over the 2010-13 period, according to the PCA’s 2013 Plant Information Summary. The latest summary highlights that the average kiln now is equipped with an annual capacity of 698,000t, up from 673,000t in 2010. The report shows that the US cement industry operates operates 106 cement plants (99 clinker-producing and seven grinding facilities). This includes just under 100Mta of clinker capacity and 126Mta of finish grinding capability.