The U.S. cement market experienced sharp gains in 2014 as demand increased from strengthening residential and nonresidential construction activity. Despite this sharp gain, and increases in 2012 and 2013, cement sales remain 42.0% below pre-recession levels. Part of the decline reflects weak prices. Prices did increase in 2013 and 2014 as demand rose, however, cement prices remain below pre-recession levels. On the other hand, lower energy costs could give cement producers a boost to their bottom line.
These and other industry trends are uncovered in this up-to-date Catalina First Look on Cement. This First Look also provides data on product sales, price trends, exports and imports, end-use market purchases, factors driving demand, plant operating ratios and profitability, and the competitive environment. Data is compiled and analyzed from 1997 to the current year and the Executive Summary provides a five year forecast.
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