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www.cementamericas.com • Winter 2019 • CEMENT AMERICAS 15 FEATURE F or 37 years, the International Cement Seminar & Exhibition was one of the most anticipated annual events for the North American cement industry. After an extended hiatus, the show is back for its 38 th year. The 38 th International Cement Seminar & Exhibition will be held Nov. 19-21 in Atlanta at the Cobb Galleria Center. The show is being produced by Sem- co Publishing, the owner of Cement Americas, Rock Products and Concrete Products magazines, all of which are promoting the show. The theme of the event is Cement Technology and Transformation in 2019. "With an industry that is facing grow- ing opportunities along with new reg- ulatory and social pressures, the time is right for the return of the Interna- tional Cement Seminar," said Michael Schoppenhorst, show director. "With a focus on production equipment and technologies, the 2019 event will engage attendees with sessions designed to help them do business more efficiently and safely using the latest equipment and best practices." Market Update Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico through September totaled about 73.8 metric tons (Mt), up by 3.1 percent from the same peri- od in 2017, although September ship- ments were down slightly. • The leading producing states for portland and blended cement in September 2018 were Missouri, Cal- ifornia, Texas, Florida and Michigan and these accounted for about 42 percent of the country total. • The leading cement-consuming states (Texas, California, Florida, Ohio and Illinois) received 37 per- cent of the September shipments. Masonry cement shipments were about 199,000 metric tons in Septem- ber 2018, up by 2.4 percent from those in September 2017. For the year through September, ship- ments totaled 1.85 Mt, up slightly from those for the same period in 2017. The leading masonry-cement-consuming states in September 2018 were Flori- da, Texas, Georgia, California and Ten- nessee; these states received about 56 percent of the September shipments. Clinker production totaled about 6.8 Mt in September 2018, up by 2.0 percent from the output (excluding Puerto Rico) in September 2017. For the year through September 2018, production was about 56.9 Mt, slight- ly higher than that of the same period in 2017. The leading clinker-producing states in September 2017 were Cal- ifornia, Missouri, Texas, Florida and Alabama. The Portland Cement Association (PCA) Market Intelligence Group fore- cast for cement consumption shows an industry growth rate of 2.9 percent in 2018, 2.6 percent in 2019 and 1.6 percent in 2020. "We are expecting relatively modest but sustained interest rate increases after 10 years of low and stable rates," said PCA Senior Vice President and Chief Economist Ed Sullivan. "The Fed- eral Reserve's actions will gradually slow the construction sector's growth due to, among other things, the higher mortgage rates for residential build- ings and higher borrowing cost for nonresidential buildings." Sullivan added, "While the tax cuts passed at the end of 2017 have helped to boost the overall economy, the ris- ing debt will frame the discussion of future federal public infrastructure spending." PCA's overall projection for the U.S. e c o n o my s u g g e s t s c o n s i d e ra b l e strength that will take time to unrav- el. The seeds of a gradual softening will arise from rising interest rates, the emergence of fiscal difficulties at the state level at a time of relative pros- perity, and the aging of the recovery. PCA forecasts the GDP growth rate to be 3.1 percent this year, 2.7 percent in 2019 and 2.2 percent in 2020. The The International Cement Seminar Returns! Semco Publishing Brings Back the International Cement Seminar & Exhibition in 2019. By Mark S. Kuhar

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