PCA to Feds: Pavements Part of Vehicle Fuel Economy, Lower Emissions Equation

Responding to the White House’s second phase of fuel economy standards for heavy-duty trucks, targeted for 2015-16 rulemaking and implementation, Portland Cement Association CEO Gregory Scott noted, “We should expand the debate beyond making more efficient [vehicles] to making more efficient infrastructure.”

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December Cement Shipments Jump Nearly 9 Percent

Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico in December 2013 were 5.1 million metric tons (Mt), up by almost 9 percent from the level in December 2012, according to the most recent USGS Mineral Industry Survey.

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Taiheiyo Cement’s U.S. Subsidiary to Return to Black

According to Nikkei Asian Review, after five years of red ink in its U.S. business, Taiheiyo Cement expects to return the segment to profitability in the fiscal year that ends March 2015. Taiheiyo Cement President Shuji Fukuda noted that this would help prop up the group as demand related to reconstruction in Japan from the 2011 earthquake and tsunami diminishes.

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