PCA: Residential, commercial work drive 2015 cement shipment gains

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff

The latest report from the PCA Market Intelligence Apparent Use series confirms the role residential and commercial building activity played in last year’s 3.7 percent portland cement shipment gain over 2014, and offsetting volume lost from lower street & highway sector material demand.

Free to members or available for purchase here, the PCA 2015 Apparent State & Market Report (Spring Preliminary), notes these cement consumption factors by building or construction market: residential rose 11 percent year over year, reaching a level last seen in 2007; commercial sector demand grew for a fifth consecutive year; and, highway project-bound shipments fell about 15 percent after reaching a post-recession high in 2014. The report provides additional 2015 shipment data for other cement end use markets, including water & waste management; public buildings; utilities and other public works; farm construction; and, non-construction. Additional information on the Apparent Use series can be obtained from PCA Senior Analyst Joe Chiappe, [email protected].