According to the most recent USGS cement mineral commodity summary, last year’s US shipments of cement were valued at $13.4 billion. In 2021, an estimated 70% to 75% of sales were to ready-mixed concrete producers, 11% to concrete product manufacturers, 8% to 10% to contractors, and 5% to 12% to other customer types.
The report goes to say:
The value of total construction put in place in the United States increased by about 7% during the first 9 months of 2021 compared with that in the same period in 2020. Residential construction spending increased, but nonresidential construction spending decreased. Despite weather-related declines in the beginning of the year, cement shipments increased slightly during the first 9 months of 2021 compared with those in the same period in 2020. The leading cement-consuming States continued to be Texas, California, and Florida, in descending order by tonnage.
The increase in cement shipments was attributed to economic recovery from the global COVID-19 pandemic. However, growth continued to be constrained by increased costs for material and service inputs, labor and production shortages, ongoing logistical and shipping issues, and supply chain disruptions. The November 2021 passage of the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act was projected to support increased cement consumption.
If you are one of those concrete manufacturers, you are most likely spending your days (and possibly nights) thinking about how to make your cement operations run more efficiently in order to help your bottom line. You face challenges in every stage of the production process, from raw materials sourcing to milling and kiln operations, through energy management, finished product quality and, of course, with worker and environmental safety in mind.
Here’s a start to finding information on technologies and solutions to help keep cement manufacturing operations running efficiently, safely, and profitably, including those involving:
Visit our newly refreshed cement analysis and production web pages and you’ll find the latest in cement production equipment and technologies. You’ll find free ebooks, process maps, comparison tables, and info on MACT Compliance, in addition to many other free resources that will help you reduce product variation, extend quarry life and meet control requirements. And it’s all in one place.
- Online Cement storefront
- ebook: A Practical Guide to Improving Cement Manufacturing Processes and Production.
- ebook: A Guide to PGNAA and PFTNA Technology for Non-Scientists.