Editorial

Our feature on page 20 outlines the battle taking place out West between Sierra Club California and California’s cement producers.
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Total shipments of portland and blended cement, including imports, in the United States and Puerto Rico in February 2019 were 5.7 million metric tons (Mt), a slight decrease from shipments in February 2018, according to the most recent USGS Mineral Industry Survey. Shipments for the year through...
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Ultracem of Colombia Anticipated a Need for Doubling Capacity and the Gamble Paid Off. By Mark S. Kuhar
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Cement Scope

Cemex USA’s Clinchfield, Ga., plant recently earned ISO 14001:2015 Certification for its environmental management system (EMS), making the plant the...
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Cement Products

When a global cement company was experiencing a high-pressure drop across the clinker cooler baghouse as well as ineffective cooling in the clinker cooler heat exchanger at one of its North American plants, it reached out to Scheuch for help. The customer was familiar with Scheuch EMC technology,...
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USGS Releases Cement Summary

According to USGS’ Mineral Commodity Summaries 2013, about 71 million tons of portland cement and 2.0 million tons of masonry cement were produced in 2012; the output was from 98 plants in 35 states. Cement was also produced at two plants in Puerto Rico.

Production continued to be very low compared with levels in 2002–2007, which exceeded 90 million tons per year, and reflected recent plant idlings and closures and idlings of spare kilns at active plants. Although somewhat higher than levels in 2009–2011, sales volumes in 2012 were still nearly 51 million tons less than the record level in 2005. The overall value of sales was about $7.5 billion.

Most of the cement was used to make concrete, worth at least $41 billion. About 70 percent of cement sales went to ready-mixed concrete producers, 11 percent to concrete product manufacturers, 9 percent to contractors (mainly road paving), 4 percent to oil and gas well drillers, and 3 percent each to building materials dealers and other users.

Texas, Missouri, California, Michigan and Florida were, in descending order, the five leading cement-producing states and accounted for about one-half of U.S. production.

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