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New US capacity plans to ease imbalances

17 December 2013, Published under Cement News

A pick-up in the number of new capacity projects announced in the USA is set to ease the imbalances caused by depressed economic growth and subsequent plant closures and expansion postponements seen over the past period, the Portland Cement Association has said. Approximately 7.5Mta of new clinker capacity is scheduled to come on-line in the USA by the end of the PCA’s forecast horizon (2018), a recent PCA report stated. If all plans announced in 2012 and onward were to come to fruition, ap...

PCA: change and renewal

15 April 2013, Published under Cement News

The US Portland Cement Association (PCA) has seen many changes, no more so than in recent years. The move of its leadership to Washington DC signalled a profound shift in the way its works and prepares for the US cement industry’s future. ICR spoke to its newly-elected chairman, Cary Cohrs, about the road ahead. Cary Cohrs, newly-elected PCA chairman, maps out the PCA’s objectives for the future ICR: Congratulations on your election as chairman of the Portland Cement Associ...

55th IEEE-IAS/PCA conference

20 March 2013, Published under Cement News

As chairman of the IEEE-IAS Cement Industry Committee, and along with Mark Mueller, chairman of the Orlando Conference Committee, we are looking forward to meeting all who plan to join us in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, for the 55th Annual IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference. This event is co-sponsored by the Portland Cement Association’s (PCA) Education Foundation and cement producer member companies that comprise the PCA. This year's meeting is being held at the Walt Disney Wor...

PCA appoints Ed Sullivan as Vice President, USA

14 January 2013, Published under Cement News

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) has appointed Edward Sullivan as group vice president in addition to his role as chief economist. Sullivan will oversee the activities of the Association's communications, research and technical services, and market development divisions, as well as his current role as the head of market intelligence. Since joining the PCA in 2002, Sullivan has been lauded numerous times by the Chicago Federal Reserve for his forecast accuracy.  In 2007 Concrete Co...

US cement demand to rise or fall depends on resolution timing

20 November 2012, Published under Cement News

Although cement consumption and overall US construction activity increased significantly more than expected in 2012, these gains would be immediately erased in 2013 if the fiscal cliff is not resolved in a timely manner, according to the Portland Cement Association (PCA). The PCA expects cement demand to rise 7.5% in 2012, up 50 basis points from its summer forecast. However, the instability of the political landscape makes predicting 2013 consumption more challenging, said the US cement ...

Cohrs Elected Chairman of Portland Cement Association

15 November 2012, Published under Cement News

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) Board of Directors elected Cary O. Cohrs as chairman during the association’s fall board meeting in Washington, D.C. Cohrs succeeds Aris Papadopoulos of Titan America. John Stull, president and CEO of Lafarge North America Inc., was elected vice chairman. “It is not only a pleasure but a great honor to serve as Chairman of the Board,” Cohrs said. “We may be just beginning to emerge from the recession, but the prospects for cement and concrete ar...

USA: PCA calls for congress to avert the 'fiscal cliff'

13 November 2012, Published under Cement News

Now that USA’s leadership for the next four years has been determined, construction interests are challenging Congress and the Obama administration to get to work on addressing the 'fiscal cliff'. A recent study by the Portland Cement Association (PCA) reported that given the fragile state of the US economy, inaction could prompt a recession and have a negative impact on the construction industry. The 'fiscal cliff' came about from dual economic objectives reflecting the need to inject fis...

PCA, MSHA renew safety alliance, USA

22 October 2012, Published under Cement News

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) and the U.S. Department of Labor's Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) renewed an alliance designed to foster safer and more healthful working conditions in the cement industry.??Originally signed in 2008, the agreement allows PCA and MSHA to combine resources and expertise to provide cement industry personnel with information, guidance and access to training resources that will help protect the health and safety of all cement manufacturing empl...

PCA announces management changes, USA

07 September 2012, Published under Cement News

Portland Cement Association (PCA) announced management changes designed to shift leadership to Washington, DC, in support of a renewed emphasis on national advocacy efforts in our nation’s capitol. “Over the past 10 years, we have debated the merits of our national association becoming more ‘DC-centric,” said PCA Chairman of the Board Aris Papadopoulos in an announcement of the changes.“The time has come to adapt to this new reality of the cement industry.” Effective September 6, 2012,...

PCA: Congressional uncertainty could curtail future growth

03 August 2012, Published under Cement News

With the first half of 2012 experiencing favorable weather conditions, gains in residential and nonresidential construction activity and robust gains in cement intensities, the new forecast from the Portland Cement Association (PCA) nearly doubles the expected increase in cement consumption for the year. PCA revised its spring forecast upward, anticipating a 6.9 per cent increase in 2012 from 2011 levels, followed by a 5.8 per cent jump in 2013 and a double-digit increase of 10.9 per cent...