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US cement markets appears to be relatively stable through 2017, reinforcing the picture of slower, steadier growth that has emerged, as hopes for an infrastructure-induced bounce in demand fade into the future.

US clinker production totalled 6.6 million t in September 2017, according to figures from the US Geological Survey (USGS), a slight increase on September 2016. Total clinker production to September was 56.7 million t – steady with the same period in 2016.

The highest producing states in September were Missouri, Texas, California, Florida, and Pennsylvania, with these states accounting for 46% of the total US production.

Shipments of cement were also steady at around 8.8 million t. Production of Portland and blended cement was led by Texas, Missouri, California, Michigan, and Florida, while consumption was led by Texas, California, Florida, Ohio, and Illinois. Collectively, these latter five states accounted for 36% of cement shipments in September.

Imports were 6.4% higher compared to September 2016 at around 1.3 million t – although this does not take into account informal trucked-imports from Canada and Mexico. For the year through to September, imports stood at around 10.3 million t – steady with the same period in 2016.

In September, the Portland Cement Association pulled back its forecasts for cement demand this year and next to 2.6% and 2.8%, respectively. In its Spring forecast, the association has forecast demand of 3.5% through both this year and next.

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