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An unusually wet spring and early summer dampened cement consumption for the first quarter of 2013, but did not put a wet blanket on the opportunity for strong growth in the construction sector in 2014 and beyond.
According to the latest forecast from the Portland Cement Association (PCA), cement consumption will increase a modest four percent in 2013, but will approach double-digit growth in 2014 and 2015, with 9.7 percent consumption increases in both years.
“Nearly two-thirds of the anticipated growth in 2013 cement consumption will be caused by gains in the residential constructionRead More
Emelia Fredlick / THE CONCRETE PRODUCER / September 20, 2013
Things are looking up for the top public concrete producers in North America; 2012 revenue reports indicate they are gradually earning back business lost during the recession. Producers are ranked by North American revenue and number of employees (in North America only); we also highlight growth, acquisitions, divestments, and other performance factors.
Global HQ: Dublin, Ireland
2012 Revenue: $12.3 billion*
Change from 2011: 15%
In 2012, the North American operations of CRH, plc acquired 11 ready-mix plants, seven paver plants (three in Ontario,Read More
Victoria K. Sicaras
Washington, DC, Aug 28, 2013–Concrete Surfaces, published by Hanley Wood LLC, is pleased to announce the winners in its Third Annual Polished Concrete Awards.
Several projects from around the world were entered in eight different categories. Plus, more than 2,200 online visitors voted for their favorite project to win in the Readers’ Choice Category.
The categories were Commercial, Educational, Industrial, Craftsman, Retail, Institutional, Residential, and Countertop. In some categories, judgesRead More
Bill Palmer / Editorial Director, Commercial Construction Group / July 30, 2013
The newly named ASCC Concrete Executive Leadership Forum (formerly the CEO Forum) in Palm Beach, Fla., in July was another great opportunity to network with new and old friends in the concrete construction business. One of the highlights of this meeting is the contractor roundtables, where a random group of contractors gets together to discuss an issue of interest. One of the roundtables in which I participated took on a topic near and dear to every contractor’s heart: margins—whether they have come back and how to get them a bit higher.
The consensus was that business is better but theRead More
Nathan / Clean Technica / March 19, 2013
A new form of concrete, stronger and with a lower carbon footprint, has been created by researchers utilizing some of the waste products of biofuel production. Concrete is an extremely widely-used material, and because of this has a rather significant carbon footprint, accounting for between 3-8% of global carbon dioxide emissions. The development of a concrete with a much lower carbon footprint could be significant.
“The idea is to use bioethanol production byproducts to produce a material to use in concrete as a partial replacement of cement,” said Feraidon Ataie, doctoral studentRead More