Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico for December 2012 were about 4.8 million metric tons (Mt), according to the recently released U.S. Geological Survey report. This was slightly less than shipments in December 2011, however, shipments for the full year were 79.0 Mt, up by about 9 percent.
The leading producing states in December were Texas, California, Missouri, Florida, and Pennsylvania, in descending order, and these shipped about 46 percent of the U.S. total. The leading consuming states (Texas, California, Florida, Pennsylvania, and Louisiana, in descending order) received about 41 percent of the December total shipments.
Clinker production totaled 5.4 Mt in December, about 20 percent more than the output in December 2011. Production for the full year was 67.7 Mt, up by about 9 percent. The leading clinker-producing states in December were Texas, California, Missouri, Florida, and Pennsylvania, in descending order, and these accounted for about 49 percent of the U.S. total.
Masonry cement shipments in December of about 131,000 metric tons were slightly higher than those of December 2011. Shipments for 2012 overall were 1.94 Mt, up by almost 6 percent. The leading consuming states were, in descending order, Florida, Texas, California, North Carolina, and Georgia, and these received about 51 percent of December’s total shipments.