2013 a crucial year for the USA

The year 2013 will be a critical one for the US cement industry. It will, on the one hand, become clear whether the positive trends on the residential building market will continue and on the other hand whether the implementation of stringent emissions standards will cause the shutdown of plants.

The US cement industry is now on the road to recovery, following the severe downturn in its fortunes from 2007 to 2009, which resulted in the closure of a number of cement plants. Two-digit growth rates were achieved up to the third quarter of 2012, but now appear to be under threat. Pessimists see new storm clouds on the horizon, the results of the still unresolved budget debate and of moves by the country‘s environmental agency. Exactly what is behind all this, and how America‘s cement industry is developing, are the focuses of the following report. The informational value of future...

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