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www.cementamericas.com • Winter 2019 • CEMENT AMERICAS 3 CEMENTSCOPE September Cement Shipments Up 3.1 Percent on Year Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico in September 2018 were about 8.4 million metric tons (Mt), down by 4.2 percent from shipments in September 2017, according to the most recent USGS Mineral Industry Survey. Shipments for the year through September totaled about 73.8 Mt, up by 3.1 percent from those for the same peri- od in 2017. The leading producing states for portland and blended cement in September 2018 were Missouri, Califor- nia, 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 percent of the Sep- tember shipments. Masonry cement shipments were about 199,000 metric tons in September 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 Florida, Texas, Georgia, Cal- ifornia and Tennessee; these states received about 56 per- cent 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, slightly higher than that of the same period in 2017. The leading clinker-pro- ducing states in September 2017 were California, Missouri, Texas, Florida and Alabama. WCA: Cement Demand Growth to Slow in 2019 The World Cement Association (WCA) expects global cement demand growth to slow down next year, as the positive outlook and signs of recovery seen in the second half of 2016 have started to fade away in the face of rising downside risks emerging in the second quarter of 2018. WCA forecasts that in 2019 world cement demand will grow by 1.5 percent. China's dwindling needs are a significant factor, but even excluding this, overall demand will only rise by 2.8 percent in 2019, lagging the levels of global econom- ic growth anticipated by the International Monetary Fund. Escalating trade wars between the United States and China and its disruptive spillover will cause a serious setback for the global growth, said the association. Economic growth expectations have deteriorated in developed markets on the back of higher trade costs and tightening financial pol- icies, as well as in major emerging markets due to higher borrowing costs, vulnerable exchange rates and reduced capital inflow. In 2019, WCA expects the U.S. cement market will grow at a moderate pace, around 3 percent lower than in 2018, after an upside associated with the Trump administration's large infrastructure investments failed to materialize. In Latin America, Brazil might finally see growth in 2019 after their worst-ever recession since 2014 and a series of debilitating political crises, noted the association. While these events have caused Brazil's cement market to shrink by more than 25 percent, in 2019 a strong rebound is pre- dicted with growth increasing by 5 percent. Overall, WCA forecasts indicate 2019 will be a year when the world cement market will see subdued demand, and the outlook is relatively weaker than 2017 and 2018. Together with existing global issues, a long-standing over- capacity problem in the industry and higher CO2 emission prices in the Eurozone, the year ahead will be a challenging one for many cement producers. Illinois Cement Wins Mining Approval After several public meetings, La Salle City Council voted unanimously to approve five recommendations from the city planning commission and 15 ordinances that clear the way for Illinois Cement to mine new land in Dimmick Town- ship, Ill., reported the La Salle News Tribune. Prior to the votes, Illinois Cement unveiled a well agree- ment for residents living near the mining area, within con- ditions and after an inspection by a licensed geologist with a specialty in hydrogeology. Residents can enter well agree- ments voluntarily.

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