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US cement shipments slip

13 June 2013, Published under Cement News

Data just released by the US Geological Survey shows that total shipments of Portland and blended cement in the US and Puerto Rico fell by three per cent in March 2013, compared to the same period in 2012. Around 5.8Mt of cement was shipped during the month of March with shipments for the year so far up slightly at 15.4Mt. The leading US cement-producing states for March were Texas, California, Missouri, Florida and Alabama. The leading consuming states of Texas, California, Florida, Louis...

PCA expects accelerated second-half demand to spur US market recovery

04 June 2013, Published under Cement News

US cement consumption growth will continue through 2013 and increase by 6.2 per cent YoY, according to the latest forecasts from the Portland Cement Association (PCA), with the majority of market recovery expected to occur in the second half of the year. "Recessions correct imbalances generated during boom periods," Ed Sullivan, PCA chief economist said. "Few economists doubt the generation of a large pent-up demand during the past several years. The question is, when the economy will unlea...

Cemex to expand capacity in Texas, USA

31 May 2013, Published under Cement News

Cemex announced that it plans to expand the production capacity at its Odessa, Texas cement plant by 345,000t to nearly 900,000tpa to keep pace with rapidly growing demand in its West Texas market led mainly by the oil and gas industry. “This expansion reinforces our longstanding history of serving West Texas and the oil and gas industry by providing superior products,” said Karl Watson, Jr, President of Cemex USA. “We look forward to remaining a top cement provider to the oil and gas ind...

Texas Industries achieves operational status of new kiln line, USA

21 May 2013, Published under Cement News

Texas Industries Inc announced today that its Texas subsidiary has achieved operational status of its second kiln at its Hunter cement plant, near New Braunfels, Texas. Following a successful commissioning process which began in November of 2012, the 1.4Mta state-of-the art kiln line has realised its design performance capabilities and is producing efficiently, the company announced in a statement. The company also announced that it will accelerate maintenance and upgrade projects on the ...

US first-quarter figures shipments impacted by harsh winter

16 May 2013, Published under Cement News

Preliminary data from the US Geological Survey shows that shipments of Portland and blended cement in 1Q13 were marginally higher compared to the same period of last year but harsh weather conditions, particularly in the final month of the quarter, dragged on sales. While the construction industry benefited from the mild winter weather in the first quarter of last year, 2013 shipments between January-March 2013 edged ahead by 0.6 per cent to 15.37Mt from 15.28Mt in 1Q12.  Shipments for...

Eagle Materials boosts cement and plasterboard volumes

16 May 2013, Published under Cement News

Including its share of the jointly-owned Texas Lehigh Cement, the turnover of Eagle Materials for the financial year to the end of March rose by 27.1 per cent to US$738.9m, including the assets acquired from Lafarge from the end of November last year. Of the total turnover, plasterboard accounted for 41.5 per cent, cement 40.8 per cent, plasterboard liner 10.2 per cent and aggregates and concrete 7.5 per cent. The trading profit jumped by 93.9 per cent to US$134.54m thanks to an 11-fold i...

Titan recovers in the USA

15 May 2013, Published under Cement News

Titan's first-quarter turnover showed a 7.8 per cent improvement to €243m while the EBITDA fell by 29.4 per cent, in line with the 29.3 per cent reduction seen this time last year, to €24.3m. The pre-tax loss rose by 33.5 per cent to €23.5m and the net attributable loss rose by 39.7 per cent to €27.1m. Net debt at the end of March, however, declined by 20.1 per cent to €630m, giving a gearing level of 41.6 per cent, compared with 48.6 per cent a year earlier. Group cement shipments ro...

Buzzi Unicem is advancing in Russia and in the USA

13 May 2013, Published under Cement News

Buzzi Unicem's first-quarter turnover declined by 10.5 per cent to €503.14m and the EBITDA dropped by 51 per cent to €11.75m but advances were seen in Russia and the USA. The loss at the trading level was 29.7 per cent higher at €42.03m. Net financial charges declined by 7.3 per cent to €25.83m to give a seasonal pre-tax loss 7.1 per cent higher at €68.82m. Net debt at the end of March was 9.1 per cent higher at €1227m, giving a gearing level of 50.4 per cent compared with 47.1 per cent a...

CRH sees US operations offsetting weaker European market

08 May 2013, Published under Cement News

In trading statement released today, CRH said the first four months of 2013 were affected by adverse weather conditions but expects growth in the second half to be led by its US operations. Combined with a challenging economic environment, most of CRH’s European operations experienced lower activity and sales declined 12 per cent (approximately €0.3bn) in the first four months of the year compared to the same period of 2012. Wet and cold conditions also persisted in the US in the first ...

US February shipments edge ahead

06 May 2013, Published under Cement News

Total shipments of Portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico for February 2013 were about 4.7Mt, slightly more than shipments in February 2012. Shipments for the year through to February 2013 were 9.6Mt, up by nearly three per cent, the latest data from the US Geological Survey (USGS) shows. The leading Portland cement producing states in February were Texas, California, Florida, Missouri and Alabama in descending order. The leading consuming states (Texas, Califo...