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US cement capacity sufficient to meet demand

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The US has sufficient cement production capacity to supply even the most extensive infrastructure investment programme, according to new analysis from the Portland Cement Association (PCA), the organisation that represents US cement manufacturers.

Current capacity in the sector it estimated to be 108 million tpy, with the industry currently operating at roughly 79% capacity. The industry also operates shipping terminals for the import or export of cement. Adding potential imports into the equation, the PCA estimates that the industry is capable of supplying over 150 million tpy of cement.

US cement companies are also investing in capacity expansions, adding 1.3 million t in 2016, with an plans that could see capacity increase by another 1.6 million t by 2018.

“Cement companies have made significant investments to increase capacity, productivity, and energy efficiency,” said PCA President and CEO, James Toscas. “Those investments and innovations will pay off, as the industry is called upon to support the infrastructure revival our country so desperately needs.”

The new analysis took into account specific proposed infrastructure projects and known economic drivers, including projects aimed at improving the country’s highways, waterways, pipelines, runways and the potential border wall with Mexico.

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