Cement production hits 28-year low

The U.S. Geological Survey reported its final 2010 domestic cement statistics, confirming the historically weak consumption levels in Portland Cement Association forecasts. Last year saw about 61 million tons of portland cement and 1.8 million tons of masonry cement produced at 102 plants in 36 states, plus two plants in Puerto Rico. Overall production was the lowest since 1982 and reflected continued plant closures or indefinite shutdowns.

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PCA Economist Sullivan presents tepid residential outlook at IBS

Ed Sullivan, Portland Cement Association's chief economist, presented his residential construction forecast and how it compared to the consensus of construction economists’ expectations at the 2011 International Builders’ Show on Jan. 12 in Orlando, Fla.

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PCA names Titan America, Cemex chiefs to top board posts

Convening in Palm Beach, Fla., for its fall meeting, the Portland Cement Association board of directors elected Titan America CEO Aris Papadopoulos chairman and Cemex USA President Gilberto Perez vice chairman, both for two-year terms.

Papadopoluous, who succeeds GCC of America’s Enrique Escalante, has been at the helm of Titan America and Titan Atlantic in Norfolk, Va., since 1994, overseeing the Tarmac America integration in 2000 and other North American development activities for Athens-based parent Titan Cement Group. He has chaired PCA’s Sustainability and Communications Committees, and leads the PCA-, American Concrete Institute- and National Ready Mixed Concrete Association-chartered Joint Sustainability Initiative.

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World slag demand on the rise as supplies declines

Driven by low-carbon and other environmental policies, demand for ferrous slag in cement and aggregates industries worldwide stands to outstrip supply, according to a new study released by IntertechPira, Leatherhead, UK. No longer mere disposable iron and steel manufacturing by-products, the data suggests, ferrous slag, i.e., blast furnace and various types of steel slag, will become increasingly marketable as consumption by regulatory- and energy-savvy primary users escalates, and supply is impacted by evolving steel technology, plus improved quality-control procedures. “The Future of Ferrous Slag–Market Forecasts to 2020” provides analysis of major trends and drivers impacting the ferrous slag market, breaking it down by slag type and key user sector to offer volume and value quantitative forecasts to 2020.

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