SUGAR LAND--August 15, 2016--Researched by Industrial Info Resources (Sugar Land, Texas)--The cement manufacturing sector is one of the largest sectors within the Metals & Minerals Industry. It’s the fourth largest sector after mining, steel manufacturing and smelters, accounting for around 16% of total value of active projects. Globally, Industrial Info has identified more than 3,500 projects totaling about $146 billion. Projects range from large capital outlays, such as grassroot plants, plant expansions, and additions of kiln lines, to routine maintenance shutdowns. The majority of today’s projects focus on the following types of projects:

  • Preheater expansions & debottlenecks
  • Addition of Alternative Fuel system to reduce fuel costs. Most rotary kilns are coal fired so the addition of tire derived or waste alternative fuels can be attractive.
  • Environmental Mandates to reduce environmental footprint– carbon sequestration projects to mercury reduction
  • Waste Heat/Power Generation
More than half of the world’s production of cement is in China. China is coming off a huge buildout of capacity and has reduced project activity greatly in the past two years after overbuilding. China produces almost 10 times as much cement as the second largest producing country, India. The U.S and Canada, Europe, Japan, Korea and Australia are very mature markets, so there is less project activity in those areas in comparison with the developing world, where most of the activity is occurring.

Cement production is tied to infrastructure and building/residential construction.

Cement production is regional and is typically located near the consumption end market because in general it is cost prohibitive to ship long distances.

In the past two years there have been a number of major mergers and acquisitions, which have changed the face of the industry. In 2014, Holcim and Lafarge merged to become LafargeHolcim Limited (Switzerland), and in 2015, HeidelbergCement AG (Heidelberg, Germany) acquired Italcementi. Combined, these companies have about $14 billion worth of major expansions and new-build projects on tap.

The U.S. has about $2 billion worth of active cement plant projects. There are a handful of major expansion/modernization projects on the books as the market has improved over the past two years. According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), cement consumption is on pace to grow about 8% in 2016. The industry is recovering after a period of low demand, which saw a number of plant closures and idlings of rotary kilns, but with improving consumption some kilns are now coming back online. Cement imports are also on the rise in the U.S. For more information on the Cement Industry watch our Cement Manufacturing Mini-Presentation:

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