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Cement

Cement

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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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
U.S. market sales
Factors driving demand
Cement price trends
Material input costs and energy prices
Industry cost structure and profitability
Competitive environment
Outlook and five year forecast
CEMENT SALES AND END-USE MARKETS
U.S. sales and growth analysis
Real sales trends
Price Index trends
Residential, commercial, and industrial sales
U.S. IMPORTS
Import shipments and growth analysis
Imports’ share of U.S. sales
Imports for the top five countries of origin
U.S. EXPORTS
Export shipments and growth analysis
Exports’ share of U.S. shipments
Exports for the top five countries of destination
FACTORS DRIVING DEMAND
Residential and nonresidential building construction spending
New and existing home sales
Housing starts and permits
Homeowner remodeling and repair spending
Employment, personal income, and mortgage rates
U.S. CEMENT PLANT COST STRUCTURE AND PROFITABILITY
Labor costs percent shipments
Material costs percent shipments
Gross plant profit margins
Total employees and employee sales productivity
Average production worker wages
Capital spending trends
COMPETITVE ENVIRONMENT
Number of manufacturers and plants
Plant shipments and average shipments per plant
Share of U.S. shipments for the top manufacturers
Leading competitor sales trends

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