December Cement Shipments Up 3.5 Percent

Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico in December 2017 were about 6.3 million metric tons (Mt), up by 3.5 percent from shipments in December 2016, according to the most recent USGS Mineral Industry Survey. The leading producing states for portland and blended cement in December 2017 were California, Texas, Missouri, Florida and Alabama, in descending order.

The leading cement-consuming states (Texas, California, Florida, Georgia and New York, in descending order) received about 43 percent of the December shipments. Shipments for the full year were 95.5 Mt, up by 2.4 percent from those in 2016.

Masonry cement shipments of about 162,000 metric tons (t) in December 2017 were lower by 4.3 percent from those in December 2016. The leading masonry-cement-consuming states were, in descending order, Florida, Texas, California, North Carolina and Tennessee; these states received 60 percent of the December shipments. Masonry cement shipments for the full year were 2.41 Mt, essentially unchanged from those in 2016.

Clinker production totaled 6.6 Mt in December 2017, up by nearly 20 percent from the output in December 2016; the December 2016 output, however, was a low basis as it itself was 20 percent lower than production in December 2015. The leading clinker-producing states in December 2017 were, in descending order, Texas, California, Missouri, Florida and Alabama. Clinker production for the full year totaled 76.9 Mt, up slightly from output in 2016.

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