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Market Intelligence

PCA Adjusts 2016 US Cement Consumption Forecast

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United States cement consumption will be down slightly from fall growth projections, according to the latest cement consumption forecast. PCA has adjusted its 2016 United States cement consumption forecast down slightly to 3.4 percent growth compared to its fall forecast of 5 percent. Growth projections for 2017 were also adjusted down. PCA expects 2017 cement consumption will grow at a rate of 4.3 percent, compared to 5.7 percent projected in the fall.

The new forecast reflects a deterioration in global growth conditions; an even weaker U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) projection for oil prices; a tightening in United States monetary policy; further strengthening of the dollar; slower employment growth; and a slower path of recovery in cement intensities. Finally, on the plus side, the new forecast reflects the implementation of the new multi-year highway bill, Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. A multitude of factors, therefore, are responsible for the 160 basis point reduction in 2016 growth. Many of these factors remain in play for 2017 and are responsible for the 140 basis point reduction from the previous forecast. They will remain in play until the global headwinds ebb – beginning in 2018. It should be noted that there are a mix of risks to the forecast, but generally PCA believes the risks have shifted to the downside.

Contact Ed Sullivan

Advocacy

Congress Acts on FAA Reauthorization

capiitol-photo-framedThe Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) authorization was scheduled to expire on March 31, 2016. In light of the approaching deadline, the House and Senate passed a short-term extension through July 15 allowing the agency to continue operating while Congress works on longer-term legislation. The House introduced and marked up its long-term FAA Reauthorization bill in February. This month, the Senate introduced and marked up its version of the Reauthorization.

Both bills address PCA-specific priorities.The Senate bill includes an increase for Airport Improvement Program (AIP) funding. PCA worked to craft and support an additional amendment that would allow the FAA to work with universities and non-profit organizations to research and deploy airfield pavement technologies.That amendment, sponsored by Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), was approved without objection by the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation.

Contact Rachel Derby

Centennial Celebration

New Video Features Praise and Tributes

Video_John_Stull_A_framedIn a new 18-minute video, PCA Board Chairman John Stull and others reflect on the important contributions of the Association to the development of the cement and concrete industries, construction technology, and the nation’s growth.

Featured are testimonials from PCA members, associate members, academics, lawmakers, allied organization leaders, and others who express their thanks and congratulations to the Association on the occasion of its centennial.

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Contact Jan Farnsworth

Member News

EPA Recognizes CalPortland with 2016 Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award

POY_SustainedExcellence_2016_framedThe U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced CalPortland will receive a 2016 ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year – Sustained Excellence Award in Washington, DC on April 3, 2016. The award recognizes the company’s continued leadership in protecting the environment through superior energy efficiency achievements.

“Entering our third decade as an ENERGY STAR partner we are proud to accept this award for the twelfth consecutive year”, said CalPortland President/CEO Allen Hamblen. “As a result of our expanding energy management culture, which includes all levels of our operations, our employees are proud to participate in programs that improve our energy efficiency, reduce emissions and contribute to protecting our environment.”

Since its inception in 1992, ENERGY STAR and its partners have helped prevent a total of more than 2.4 billion metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions. In 2014 alone, ENERGY STAR and its partners provided more than $11 billion in societal benefits due to reducing damages from climate change.

Market Development

Preparedness Leaders Focus on Resilient Construction

National_Hurricane_Conference_framedKey preparedness leaders assembled last week for the National Hurricane Conference in Orlando, Florida. Resilience of concrete was a key focus for PCA which teamed up with the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes (FLASH) and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).

“Concrete and safe rooms are a proven way to keep people safe during a high wind storm. These resilient buildings not only provide safety, but piece of mind when the next disaster strikes,” said Donn Thompson, senior director of market development at PCA. 

PCA staff educated conference attendees about reinforced concrete and concrete masonry walls that can withstand high winds and protect occupants. When high winds occur, reinforced masonry buildings resist the pressures and flying debris that can knock down or damage less robust construction.

A panel titled “Engineering – A Concrete Way to Achieve Resiliency and Energy Efficiency” featured PCA, FLASH and BASF. The discussion focused on the upcoming Breezy Point demonstration home project led by PCA and FLASH, which highlights resilient coastal construction for post-Sandy rebuilding efforts.

Contact Alpa Swinger

Industry News

Cement Association of Canada Registers Its First Environmental Product Declaration

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The Cement Association of Canada (CAC) announced the registration of its first environmental product declaration (EPD) last week with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). The EPD includes survey results for the manufacture of portland cement and portland limestone cement produced in Canada by CAC members in 2014. The EPD can be viewed on CSA Group’s EPD registry listings.

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Contact David Shepherd

Research/Technology

Conference Offers Inaugural Fatality and Serious Injury Prevention Symposium

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PCA’s Occupational Health and Safety Committee offers its first “Fatality and Serious Injury Prevention (FSI) Symposium” on May 16 at the 58th annual IEEE-IAS/PCA Cement Industry Technical Conference. The comprehensive seminar focuses exclusively on safety at the cement plant. Topics include an overview of fatalities and serious injuries at cement plants; FSI prevention; recent changes to confined space regulations, engineering evaluations of structural integrity; insights into leadership and behaviors that impact safety and fall prevention. The conference is May 15-19 in Dallas, Texas.

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Contact Rick Bohan

Regional News

PCA Southeast Region Holds Tennessee FDR Conference

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The PCA Southeast Region held a Tennessee Full-Depth Reclamation Conference on March 22 at the Associated Builders and Contractors Chapter Office in Nashville, Tennessee. There were 125 people in attendance including Tennessee Department of Transportation representatives, Kentucky Cabinet Transportation members, municipal and county decision makers, and contractors. The day began with discussion on FDR construction, technical aspects, and case studies and concluded with a field demonstration of FDR with cement conducted by Road Worx Inc, Power Equipment, and Buzzi Unicem USA.

Contact Roger Faulkner

Education and Training

Register Today for Design and Control Workshop

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Staff who need fundamental concrete and cement information benefit from PCA's Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures Course. Offered May 2-5 on the PCA campus, the course is based on Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures. The 3.5 day training reflects the latest advances in concrete technology and covers materials, properties of concrete, mix design, placement, and testing. The combination of classroom instruction, lab demonstrations, and hands-on training help employees meet customer needs. The course is also offered September 12-15.

For more information, go to the PCA website

Contact Michelle Wilson