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PCA writes to President Trump

24 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Michael (Mike) Ireland, president and CEO of the Portland Cement Association (PCA), has written to US President Donald Trump to express the need to restart public works programmes and designate the cement industry as an 'essential industry' that is also listed as a 'critical manufacturing' industry with the Department of Homeland Security. "Increasingly, the COVID-19 crisis and necessary government response activities, including travel restrictions, shelters in place, quarantines, and oth...

US cement shipments up 8% in December

21 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Total shipments of Portland and blended cement, including imports, in the US and Puerto Rico in December 2019 increased eight per cent YoY to 6.7Mt, according to newly-released data from the US Geological Survey (USGS). The leading cement-consuming states were Texas, California, Florida, Georgia and Ohio, which received 45 per cent of the total. Leading producing states were Texas, Missouri, California, Florida and Alabama. Masonry cement shipments rose by 9.7 per cent YoY to 164,000t in D...

US growth settles down

20 April 2020, Published under Cement News

While the US economic cycle is expected to reach maturity in 2020-21, its construction market is forecast to remain relatively robust. As a result, the Portland Cement Association (PCA) forecasts modest growth for the cement sector in the medium term. By Ed Sullivan, PCA, USA. Figure 1: US economic growth, 2001-23 The United States economy and construction market are expected to remain relatively strong during 2020-21. However, the economy is entering a mature stage in the busin...

Eagle Materials sells non-core concrete and aggregates assets

20 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Eagle Materials Inc announced it has sold its Western Aggregates and Mathews Ready Mix operations for US$93.5m to Teichert, a California-based construction company. Western Aggregates vested-rights-to-mine covers 3900 acres and includes over 900Mt of aggregates. Mathews Ready Mix assets include three concrete batch plant locations and 26 trucks.  Michael Haack, Eagle Materials president and CEO, said: “This transaction represents the sale of non-core assets on the heavy-side of our com...

Cementos Argos reopening Colombian plants

16 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Cementos Argos announced it will be partially reopening its operations in Colombia to supply the public works that were given the go-ahead by Decree 531 of April 2020. The Rioclaro works in Antioquia as well as a limited number of concrete plants will open, in line with health and safety guidance defined by the authorities, according to Valora Analitik. "The company is ready to scale up its operation in the country once the activity of construction of buildings and the commercialisation of...

Lehigh Cement releases 54 employees at Glen Falls plant

16 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Lehigh Cement has laid off 54 of its 90 employees at its Glen Falls plant, New York state, USA, in the wake of a construction slowdown attributed to the spread of COVID-19. The company plans to discontinue most of its cement production at its Glens Falls plant, as well as operations at its quarry in Moreau, said David Dreyer, the plant manager. "The layoffs are expected to be temporary and will take effect over the next two weeks," Dreyer added. "Lehigh will begin paying 100 per cent of af...

Eagle Materials appoints new board member

16 April 2020, Published under Cement News

USA-based Eagle Materials has appointed Mary Ricciardello to its board of directors. Ms Ricciardello’s previous experience includes seven years on the board of US Concrete. “We are extremely pleased to have Mary join our board. Mary is a proven leader and will be a great complement to the strong leaders on our board today. The addition of Mary to the board is also timely in that it provides additional flexibility in light of prospective board needs as we plan for the separation of Eagle M...

Eagle Materials spreads its wings

15 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Headquartered in Dallas, Texas, Eagle Materials Inc has grown from its early beginnings as part of Centex Corp into a multi-product building materials company. It is the largest US-owned cement firm, trades on the New York Stock Exchange and is developing solutions to introduce carbon capture at its cement plants. The recent acquisition of Kosmos Cement has boosted the company’s capacity by approximately 25 per cent and extends its reach in key US markets. Meanwhile, an ongoing strategic por...

Eagle Materials supplies business update amid COVID-19 uncertainty

15 April 2020, Published under Cement News

US-based Eagle Materials has announced that it intends to continue operations as an essential business and deliver products to its customers, since its primary manufacturing facilities span across the country’s heartland in areas where construction has generally been deemed essential by government authorities. Although market conditions for the company’s construction materials have reportedly remained robust, there is uncertainty about the level of mid-term demand sustainability. Therefore...

Turkish exports boom in first quarter, but slowdown expected

10 April 2020, Published under Cement News

Turkey’s cement sector exports increased by 54 per cent in the first three months of 2020, according to a statement by the Turkish Cement Manufacturers' Association (TÇMB). The association has released data on the sector’s March-end export figures and the production figures from January. Accordingly, the Turkish cement sector’s production increased by 31 per cent in January, reaching 3.6Mt. In the first month of the year, the domestic sales of the cement sector increased by 16.8 per...