Cement manufacturers ready to meet higher demand for proposed projects

U.S. cement manufacturers have ample production capacity to meet increased demand from infrastructure revitalization efforts being contemplated by the Trump Administration and Congress, an analysis from the Portland Cement Association concluded. Taking into account specific proposed infrastructure projects and known economic drivers — including projects aimed at restoring the nation’s highways, waterways, pipelines, runways and even a potential border wall – PCA determined that the U.S. cement industry would have more than enough capacity to meet even the most challenging infrastructure revitalization program. The U.S. cement industry is currently operating at roughly 79 percent of capacity, estimated at 108 million metric tons per year. Besides domestic cement plants, the industry also operates shipping terminals for importing and exporting cement. Including imports, PCA estimates the U.S. cement industry is capable of supplying more than 150 million metric tons of cement each year. According to PCA, U.S. cement plants added 1.3 million metric tons of capacity in 2016 alone. U.S. cement producers have announced plant expansion plans that could result in an additional 1.6 million metric tons of capacity by 2018.

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