Total shipments of portland and blended cement, including imports, in the United States and Puerto Rico in March 2019 were 7.3 million metric tons (Mt), a slight decrease from the roughly 7.4 Mt in March 2018, according to the most recent USGS Mineral Industry Survey. Shipments for the year through March totaled 19.4 Mt, an increase of 2.4% from those for the same period in 2018. The leading producing states for portland and blended cement in March were, in descending order, Texas, California, Missouri, Florida and Alabama.
The leading cement-consuming states (Texas, California, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina) received 46% of the March shipments.
Masonry cement shipments totaled 199,000 metric tons (t) in March 2019, a decrease of 4.0% from those in March 2018. Shipments for the year through March totaled 552,000 t, a slight increase from those for the same period in 2018. The leading masonry cement-consuming states in March 2019 were, in descending order, Florida, Texas, California, North Carolina and Georgia; these states received 59% of the March shipments.
Clinker production, excluding Puerto Rico, totaled 5.8 Mt in March 2019, essentially unchanged from the output in March 2018. Production for the year through March totaled 15.7 Mt, an increase of 2.7% from the output for the same period in 2018. The leading clinker-producing states in March 2019 were, in descending order, Texas, California, Missouri, Florida and Pennsylvania; these states accounted for 52% of March production.
Cemex Prioritizes Five Sustainable Development Goals
Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V. announced that it is strengthening its commitment to the United Nations’ (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by prioritizing five that are directly connected with the company’s business strategy. This will represent a better opportunity for Cemex to contribute to the UN 2030 Agenda.
The priority goals are focused on:
- Promotion of decent employment and economic growth;
- Innovation and infrastructure development;
- Climate change mitigation;
- Environmental and ecosystem conservation; and
- Advancement of sustainable cities and communities.
In 2018, 26% of the company’s cement operations’ power supply came from renewable energy, contributing directly to four out of five of the priority SDGs. In 2019, Cemex expects to continue embedding the UN SDGs into the business processes to create systemic change, increase engagement, promote a sense of purpose, and raise awareness among its stakeholders.
“Consistent with our commitment to the UN SDGs, we continue to contribute to these global goals and develop business opportunities for our company by creating shared value for society,” said Fernando A. González, CEO of Cemex. “We invite the private sector to join this commitment and generate inclusive prosperity and sustainable development.”