January Cement Shipments Slightly Up

Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico in January 2014 were 4.9 million metric tons (Mt), up slightly from the level in January 2013, according to the most recent USGS Mineral Industry Survey. The leading portland cement-producing states in January were Texas, California, Florida, Missouri and Alabama, in descending order. The leading consuming states (Texas, California, Florida, Arizona and Oklahoma, in descending order) received about 52 percent of the January total shipments.

Clinker production totaled about 4.6 Mt in January 2014, up by nearly 7 percent from the output in January 2013. The leading clinker-producing states in January were Texas, California, Missouri, Florida and South Carolina, in descending order, and these accounted for 54 percent of total production for the country.

Masonry cement shipments in January 2014 of about 146,000 metric tons (t) were up by about 4 percent from those of January 2013. The leading masonry cement-consuming states were, in descending order, Florida, Texas, California, Georgia and North Carolina, and these received about 62 percent of January’s total shipments.

Preliminary results for February show total shipments of portland and blended cement to be at 4.7 Mt. Masonry cement shipments are 134,021 t.

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