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MAR 2017

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98 • ROCK products • March 2017 November Cement Shipments Jump 8 Percent Total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico in November 2016 were about 7.9 million metric tons (Mt), up by 8.2 percent from sales in Novem- ber 2015, according to the most recent USGS Mineral Industry Survey. The leading producing states for portland and blended cement in November 2016 were Texas, Missouri, California, Florida and Alabama, in descending order. The leading cement-consuming states (Texas, California, Florida, Ohio and Illinois, in descending order) received 38 percent of the November shipments. Sales for January through November totaled 87.3 Mt, up by 2.7 percent from those in the same period in 2015. Clinker production totaled 6.6 Mt in November 2016, down by 2.4 percent from the output in November 2015. The leading clinker-producing states in November were, in descending order, Texas, California, Missouri, Florida and Alabama. Production for January through November totaled 70.1 Mt, up slightly from the same period in 2015. Masonry cement shipments of about 206,000 metric tons in November 2016 were up by 16.7 percent from those in November 2015. The leading mason- ry-cement-consuming states were, in descending order, Florida, Texas, Cal- ifornia, North Carolina and Georgia; these received almost 52 percent of November's shipments. Shipments for January through November 2016 were 2.3 Mt, up by 5.2 percent from ship- ments in the same period in 2015. Cemex, S.A.B. de C.V. announced the company's inclusion in the RobecoSAM Sustainability Yearbook 2017, as one of the top-scoring companies in the industry. The company received the RobecoSAM Bronze Class ranking and the RobecoSAM Industry Mover Sustainability Award 2017 for its sustain- ability efforts. As an Industry Mover, Cemex achieved the largest pro- portional improvement in its sustainability performance compared with the previous year. Also, the Bronze Class ranking positions Cemex within the range of 5 to 10 percent of the industry's top performers. "We are honored to receive this recognition from RobecoSAM, which underscores the key role that sustainability plays in our business strategy," said Vicente Saiso, Cemex corporate sustainability director. "Year over year, we aim to improve our delivery of responsible and sustainable solutions to our stakeholders. The Industry Mover distinction further reaffirms our commitment to build a better future." Founded in 1995, RobecoSAM is an investment specialist focused exclusively on sustainability. It offers asset manage- ment, indices, impact analysis and investing, sustainability assessments, and benchmarking services. RobecoSAM has compiled its Corporate Sustainability Assessment since 1999, making it one of the longest running annual evaluations of companies' sustainability practices in the world. Cemex Recognized for Sustainability Efforts Rema Tip Top Strives for Strong Brazilian Market Position Rema Tip Top, a global provider of services and products in the field of conveying and treatment technology as well as tire repair, acquired Norte Sul Serviços de Vulcanização, a con- veyor maintenance provider in Brazil. Through the acquisition, Rema Tip Top increased its global footprint and is now present in Brazil with a wholly-owned subsidiary. "The acquisition complements our service focus very well," said Thor- sten Wach, CEO of Rema Tip Top. "The takeover strengthens our position as a full solutions provider. It extends our global service team, while it also marks an important step in our expansion strategy in growth markets. It ensures a nation-wide coverage in Brazil with service and stocking locations in Sao Paulo, Canaã dos Carajás, Nova Lima, Vitoria and Belo Horizonte." With a strong team of service techni- cians, engineers and specialists around the world, Rema Tip Top offers custom- er-oriented services on six continents. The service teams focus on improv- ing system availability by increasing operational readiness and prolonged system lifetime. These goals are ideally aligned with those of Norte Sul Serviços as a sophisticated conveyor mainte- nance business in Brazil, noted Rema Tip Top. The joint organization will be particularly well positioned to meet the rising expectations of its customers. Rema Tip Top will provide the new Bra- zilian subsidiary with financial, project management, engineering, product and service resources. The local project team will be supported by the Rema Tip Top global response team of experienced

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