Cement & Concrete Product Manufacturing
Brief Excerpt from Industry Overview Chapter:
Companies in this industry manufacture cement, ready-mix concrete, and concrete products such as blocks, pipes, bricks, walls, and girders. Major companies include Ash Grove Cement Company, Martin Marietta Materials, US Concrete, and Vulcan Materials (all based in the US), as well as Anhui Conch (China), Cemex (Mexico), CRH (Ireland), HeidelbergCement (Germany), and LafargeHolcim (Switzerland).
Worldwide demand for cement is forecast to grow more than 4% per year through 2019, reaching a volume of 5.2 billion metric tons, according to Freedonia Group. China, India, the US, Turkey, Brazil, Russia, Iran, and Indonesia are the world's top producers of cement. China and India consume the majority of global cement output.
The US cement and concrete product manufacturing industry includes about 4,400 companies with combined annual revenue of about $55 billion. The industry includes about 120 cement manufacturing companies, about 2,100 ready-mix concrete manufacturing companies, and about 2,300 companies that make concrete block, brick, pipe, and other concrete products.
Demand is determined primarily by nonresidential and residential construction activity. The profitability of individual companies is strongly dependent on efficient operations, as products are commodities and companies compete chiefly on price. Large companies enjoy economies of scale in purchasing and the ability to invest in technologies that improve efficiency. Small manufacturers can compete through superior customer service and by serving small or rural markets. The US industry is fragmented: the top 50 companies account for about 45% of industry revenue....
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