Economy & Market
US cement industry to grow by 4%
The PCA has confirmed that the US cement industry is on target to see annual cement consumption grow by 4 per cent, as projected earlier this year. According to the PCA, it is expected that cement consumption through the end of the year will continue at a steady pace, with additional demand coming from several areas, including moderate residential spending and, to a lesser extent, growth in non-residential and public construction activity. The PCA also said that favourable monetary policy from the Federal Reserve will support construction activity for the next two years.
"A key factor for continued growth for the cement industry is steady growth in construction spending, also projected to be up 4 per cent," said PCA Chief Economist and Senior Vice President Edward J Sullivan. "This is very much in line with the overall US economy's slow-albeit-positive growth path."
Sullivan noted that PCA has forecasted growth despite some conflicting economic indicators from elsewhere in the economy. "Despite some ups and downs in the US economy, the underlying economic fundamentals are solid," he said.
For example, PCA noted the labour market has consistently seen a net monthly increase of roughly 200, 000 jobs, pushing the unemployment rate below 5 per cent. PCA also projects real GDP will grow 1.5 per cent in 2016, and 2.2 per cent in 2017.