USGS has released its Mineral Industry Survey for cement in April 2017.
Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico in April 2017 were about 7.6 million t, slightly less than sales in April 2016. The leading producing States for portland and blended cement in April 2017 were Texas, California, Missouri, Florida, and Alabama, in descending order. The leading cement-consuming States (Texas, California, Florida, Ohio, and Georgia, in descending order) received 41% of the April shipments. Shipments for the year through April were 26.5 million t, substantially unchanged from the same period in 2016. Clinker production totalled 6.1 million t in April 2017, up slightly from the output in April 2016.
The leading clinker producing States in April were, in descending order, Texas, California, Missouri, Florida, and Pennsylvania, and these States accounted for 48% for the month’s total production. Clinker production for the year through April totalled 21.9 million t, down slightly from that of the same period in 2016.
Masonry cement shipments of about 193 000 t in April 2017 were down by 6% from those in April 2016. The leading masonry-cement-consuming States were, in descending order, Florida, Texas, California, North Carolina, and Tennessee; these received 54% of April’s shipments. Masonry cement shipments for the year through April were 780 000 t, up slightly from those of the same period in 2016.
Notwithstanding the overall trend, April 2017 imports of cement and clinker of about 1.08 million t were about 26% lower than those in April 2016 (the record month for that year). As listed, imports for the year through April totalled 3.53 million t, down slightly from those of the same period in 2016; however, within the 2017 total, the January imports were understated by nearly 28 000 t of gray portland cement imported into the San Francisco Customs district under a tariff code for another commodity.
Read the article online at: https://www.worldcement.com/the-americas/03072017/cement-shipments-slightly-decreased-in-april-2017/