PCA: Sustained Growth in Cement Consumption Through 2018

The Portland Cement Association (PCA) announced it expects U.S. cement consumption to reach 3.5 percent annual growth during the remainder of 2017 and 2018, based on analysis of data and policies likely to impact the industry in the years ahead. Late last year, PCA changed its initial U.S. cement consumption prediction for 2017 from 4.2 percent to 3.1 percent growth.

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LafargeHolcim Taps Sika Exec as New CEO

LafargeHolcim announced the appointment of Jan Jenisch as chief executive officer, effective October 16. He succeeds Eric Olsen who announced his resignation in late April, effective July 15, due to fallout from the company’s admission that it had struck deals with armed groups in Syria. LafargeHolcim Chairman Beat Hess will become the interim CEO during the transition period.

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PCA Market Intelligence Special Update:

“The Wall” and Its Potential Impact on Cement Consumption

The following is a Portland Cement Association (PCA) Market Intelligence analysis of potential impacts to cement consumption associated with building a wall along the border of Mexico that is being considered by the Trump Administration. For context, the land border with Mexico crosses four U.S. states, spanning 1,933 miles: California (140 miles), Arizona (373 miles), New Mexico (180 miles) and Texas (1,241 miles).

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Mitsubishi Cement to Release South Quarry Final EIR

The Mitsubishi Cement Corp. and its consultants anticipate a June release of the Final Environmental Impact Report of its South Quarry project, reported the Daily Press. Following its release, the San Bernardino County, Calif., board of supervisors and the U.S. Forest Service will consider approving the EIR, which has been in the works since 2009. If approved, Mitsubishi will submit the final document, most likely before the end of the year.

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