Cement Industry Impacts of Lowering the PM 2.5 Standard

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has lowered the annual mean concentration of particulate matter (PM) 2.5 from 12 micrograms per cubic meter (μg/m3) to 9 μg/m3. A lower standard will have a significant impact on the cement industry.

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Cement Industry Implications of the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a rule that would regulate the power sector and industrial sources, including cement plants, for nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, beginning in 2026. While there is a need for greater investment in U.S. cement production capabilities, costly new regulations with the potential for plant closures would only work to constrain domestic manufacturing. The supply gap has been increasingly filled by imports. This would increasingly be the case if the proposed rule took effect.

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The Industrial Renaissance: Impact on Cement Consumption

This report offers a survey of large-scale plant investments, their likely downstream public and private construction activity, and the potential impacts on cement consumption.

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Increased Adoption of Portland-Limestone Cement

This report provides insight into the adoption of PLC and recent volume trends within the United States. Additionally, PCA identifies the carbon benefits associated with the increased adoption of portland-limestone cement and highlights long-term industry goals in order to reach carbon neutrality by 2050.

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Commercial Lending Risks: Credit Tightening’s Potential Impact on Cement Consumption 

There has been widespread speculation that the confluence of stress in the banking sector and structural adversities in the commercial real estate sector will result in a commercial real estate crisis over the next several years. If this does come to fruition, it could have a significant negative impact on commercial and multifamily construction activity and cement consumption. The purpose of this report is to address the downside risk tighter lending standards could pose relative to PCA’s latest forecast.

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Effects of Extreme Earthquakes in Central Turkey

On February 6, 2023, an extreme magnitude earthquake struck central Turkey as well as northern and western Syria. The initial earthquake was followed by equally devastating, strong aftershocks. Two additional milder earthquakes also occurred on February 20th and February 27th, contributing more deaths and damage to the already devastated region. The damage seen throughout the region is likely to take considerable time, labor, and funding to begin to rebuild.

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Long-Term Masonry Market Outlook

In this report, the masonry market – consisting of mortar grout, concrete masonry units, brick, interlocking pavers, and manufactured stone – is examined.  A long-term outlook for brick & block, interlocking pavers, mortar, and grout is provided, with expected volumes for each segment going out to 2040.  This report also includes an analysis of stucco and fiber-cement siding – two related markets that are considered to have healthy growth potential. 

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Railway-Related Cement Consumption Outlook

Whether it is a commute to work or the transportation of freight, railroads play an important role in the American economy. An increasing population and expanding suburbs will lead to growth in rail system miles and traffic on existing lines.

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Attitudes & Perceptions Study: Soil Cement, FDR and RCC Pavement Market

PCA’s Market Intelligence Group conducted a market research survey targeting decision makers’ attitudes and perception in the soil cement, FDR & RCC pavement markets. The study was performed in conjunction with Roads & Bridges Magazine.

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Trump Infrastructure: Potential Taxpayer Savings from the Use of Life Cycle Cost Analysis (LCCA)

Incorporating a life cycle cost analysis (LCCA) provision into the Trump infrastructure bill can save taxpayers and state DOTs billions of dollars.

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Tariffs Impact on Cement Consumption

The levying of tariffs could result in a bevy of economic scenarios – each offering differing adversities for the near-term health of the economy. 

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Long Term Cement Pavement Consumption Outlook

PCA’s Market Intelligence Group has engaged in a comprehensive research project that estimates long-term opportunities for cement consumption.  The latest report focuses on roadway paving.

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Energy-Related Cement Consumption

Market dynamics, technological advancements, and political policies have dramatically changed how the U.S. sources and consumes energy.  This report examines how these factors may shape future demand for cement consumption in the energy sector.  The report focuses on wind energy and pipeline construction as two energy segments that can provide long-term cement demand opportunities.  

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Bridges are a critical part of the nation’s infrastructure. Because they are an important ingredient in the United States’ logistical system, their condition can impact overall economic growth. There are more than 610,000 bridges in the United States, small and large, representing 369 million square meters in area. 

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