Report tracks moderate growth in fiber cement product demand

Source: The Freedonia Group, Cleveland’; CP staff

Global fiber cement product shipments are projected to expand 4.4 percent per year through 2019, to 32.6 million metric tons, driven especially by growing demand in North America and deeper penetration in building applications, according to a new Freedonia study, World Fiber Cement.

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FMI Index: Nonresidential construction unhampered by labor pinch, rising costs

Sources: FMI, Raleigh, N.C.; CP staff

The nonresidential construction sector continues to grow at a solid pace, reflecting 18 months of improving activity despite rising construction materials and labor costs, along with a slight decline in regional economies where most activity is taking place, according to management consultant FMI’s Nonresidential Construction Index Report (NRCI) for Q2 2015.

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At first glance, EPA Waters rule keeps concrete plants’ CWA exemptions

Sources: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Silver Spring, Md.; Environmental Protection Agency; CP staff

In their early reading of the final “Waters of the U.S.” rule, or Clean Water Rule the EPA and U.S. Army jointly announced late last month, NRMCA Government Affairs staff cite exclusion of certain ready mixed concrete plant aspects, but are reviewing the document for more specifics on industry impact and producer compliance measures.

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