PCA confirms industry’s stunning performance in the face of 2020 adversity

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff Thirteen months after pandemic panic and profound economic uncertainty compelled a guarded one- to three-year outlook for U.S. construction activity, the Portland Cement Association Market Intelligence Group reports that a key indicator of building and nonbuilding project volume grew year over year—a trend likely to continue in 2021 and 2022. 

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PCA issues Industry-Wide EPD for ASTM C150, C595, C91 powders

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff New Industry-Wide Environment Product Declarations (IW-EPDs) for Portland Cement, Portland-Limestone Cement, Blended Hydraulic Cement and Masonry Cement offer stakeholders across private and public construction markets an exhaustive profile of material, fuel and energy factors attending production of the key ingredient in concrete, grout and mortar. The documents inform updates to companion EPD…

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ORGANIZATIONS – FEBRUARY 2021

The Portland Cement Association has named 2020 John P. Gleason Jr., Leadership Awards recipients, each recognized for efforts in advancing industry programs and initiatives in three categories:

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ORGANIZATIONS – JANUARY 2021

The Pennsylvania Aggregates and Concrete Association has announced new Board, Associate Board and Young Leaders Development Group officers and directors, all for two-year terms. During a late-2020 virtual meeting, Bob Housel of Masters RMC Inc. was elected chairman, Jeff Detwiler of New Enterprise Stone and Lime Co. vice chairman, and Jamie Stilley of Amerikohl Aggregates Inc. secretary/treasurer.

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Cement industry to outline 30-year roadmap to carbon neutrality

Among their 2021 deliverables, Portland Cement Association members aim to finalize a plan to achieve carbon neutrality across the concrete value chain by 2050. A roadmap for the U.S. industry will likely factor data-driven process and practice metrics: From cement mills’ raw material extraction and kiln fuel procurement, to concrete producers’ promotion of supplementary cementitious materials-rich mix designs, to contractors’…

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PCA outlines environmental, performance case for portland-limestone cement

Portland Cement Association’s just-launched microsite, www.greenercement.com, supports the use of portland-limestone cement (PLC), which performs in concrete at levels comparable to Type I powder but exhibits a greenhouse gas emissions profile up to 10 percent below clinker-only material. The site accesses a calculator where design and construction professionals can input building size or pavement length to see how much PLC…

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Roadmap to carbon neutrality leads cement industry 2021 deliverables

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Washington, D.C.; CP staff Portland Cement Association members aim to finalize next year a template to achieve carbon neutrality across the concrete value chain by 2050. A roadmap will likely factor data-driven process and practice metrics: From cement mills’ raw material extraction and kiln fuel, to concrete producers’ promotion of supplementary cementitious materials-rich mix designs, to…

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ORGANIZATIONS – OCTOBER 2020

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has announced Membership Department staff changes as part of a broader, increased focus of delivering more value-added services, education, research and certification offerings. Amanda Muller and Alex Land have joined the department, each holding the title of director of Membership Engagement.

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Two economic recovery models inform new PCA market outlook

Portland Cement Association Chief Economist and Senior Vice President Ed Sullivan offers two U.S. cement consumption scenarios around “U” or “W” shaped economic recovery curves, with respective 2020 and 2021 figures of -3.4 percent or +1.7 percent and -4.8 percent and -2.7 percent—both years measured against 2019 industry shipments.

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