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PCA's US cement consumption regional forecast review

21 August 2020, Published under Cement News

This week ICR looks at the regional briefings that the Portland Cement Association (PCA) has given for the economic and cement demand outlook in the USA, following COVID-19. Western region Brian Schmidt, PCA Regional Economist for the western USA, reported that both the Rocky Mountain (RM) and Pacific divisions have been hit hard by a fall in construction work. April cement consumption for Washington was down over 40 per cent, after Governor Jay Inslee announced in March that construction...

Dragon Cement pays US$67,000 for air emission violations

07 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Dragon Products Co LLC (Giant Cement Holding Inc) has agreed to pay US$67,000 for air pollution the violations dating back to 2016, according to a monthly enforcement report from Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP). The violations were discovered through reports filed by Dragon and a subsequent investigation the DEP conducted on the 0.68Mta Thomaston cement plant in Maine, USA. The air emission breaches were cited between 2013-18. In 2016, Dragon exceeded its ammonia output ...

Argos achieves revenues of COP2.1trn in 2Q20

06 August 2020, Published under Cement News

From April to June 2020, Argos, part of Grupo Argos, reported revenues of COP2.1trn (US$553.5m), which represents a contraction of 9.1 per cent compared to the same quarter of last year. These figures were caused in part by lower volumes associated with lockdowns and the mandatory closings of operations in many markets. Argos partially offset the decrease in volumes thanks to the resilience of the construction industry in the USA and the exchange rate of the Colombian peso, which continued...

Buzzi Unicem's 1H20 cement and clinker sales fall 3%

05 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Buzzi Unicem reports that group cement and clinker sales declined 3.4 per cent in the 1H20. The drop in volumes was concentrated in Italy and eastern Europe, due to the spread of the pandemic and to the associated restrictions on economic activity. In central Europe shipments were only slightly below the level reached in the same period of 2019. There was strong performance in the USA, despite the increasing challenges presented by COVID-19. Net sales achieved in the half year were substant...

US Portland and blended cement deliveries decline 6% in May

05 August 2020, Published under Cement News

Total shipments of Portland and blended cement, including imports, in the USA and Puerto Rico fell 6.3 per cent YoY to 8.7Mt in May 2020, according to data published by the US Geological Survey (USGS). The top five state markets were Texas, California, Florida, Illinois and Ohio. Their total market share was 39 per cent in May. The leading producing states were Missouri, California, Texas, Florida and Michigan, which combined accounted for 42 per cent of the nation’s output. In terms of ...

Vicat's 1H20 results see consolidated sales of EUR1.3bn

31 July 2020, Published under Cement News

Vicat has announced 1H20 results with consolidated sales of EUR1.304bn, down 2.7 per cent from EUR1.340bn in 1H19. EBITDA reached EUR213m, representing a decline of 6.7 per cent on EUR228m earned in 1H19. The EBITDA margin stood at 16.3 per cent in the 1H20 compared with 17 per cent in 1H19. First-half operational sales of the cement business rose 0.9 per cent on a reported basis, and 1.9 per cent at constant scope and exchange rates. The concrete and aggregates business recorded a...

Eagle Materials reports record 1Q results

31 July 2020, Published under Cement News

US-based Eagle Materials revenues advance 15 per cent to a record of US$428m in the first quarter of FY20-21 (ended 30 June). Michael Haack, President and CEO, said, “Against the backdrop of a global health crisis and unprecedented business disruption, our Company continued to perform well during the quarter, and our markets have proven to be resilient in the current environment. The integration of the Kosmos Cement Business proceeded on schedule and for the first time in Eagle’s history, ...

LafargeHolcim records net sales of CHF10.7bn in 1H20

30 July 2020, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim recorded net sales of CHF10.693bn (US$11.7m), a decline of18.1 per cent compared to the prior year of CHF13.059bn, reflecting the severe impact of the implementation of strict lockdowns of construction sites in several major operating countries. The strong appreciation of the Swiss franc against all currencies accounted for 6.2 per cent of the absolute decrease. Following the easing of the lockdowns, net sales in all five regions resumed prior-year levels by the end of June. R...

Titan Group's 1H20 revenues stable at EUR786m

30 July 2020, Published under Cement News

Titan Group consolidated revenue in the 1H20 amounted to EUR786.3m, remaining largely stable (+0.1 per cent) over the same period the previous year. Group cement and cementitious volumes reached 7.9Mt in the 1H20, down two per cent from 8.1Mt in the 1H19. Ready-mix sales edged up 1.3 per cent YoY to  2.64Mm 3 from 2.6Mm 3 in 1H19, while aggregate volumes totalled 9.2Mt, up 2.6 per cent from 8.9Mt in 1H19. EBITDA was up 12 per cent YoY, reaching EUR136.8m, while the group's EBITDA margin r...

Martin Marietta reports 1H cement gross profit up 26%

29 July 2020, Published under Cement News

US-based building materials producer Martin Marietta posted total revenues of US$1.27bn in the 2Q20, representing a marginal decline from US$1.28bn in the 2Q19. However, the company’s gross profit increased 6.6 per cent from US$356.9m in the 2Q19 to US$380.5m one year later while earnings from operations advanced 7.2 per cent from US$285.9m to US$306.4m during the same period. Net earnings attributable to Martin Marietta were up 14.8 per cent to US$217.6m in the 2Q20 from US$189.5m in the ...