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JAN 2013

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FEATURE 2013 OUTLOOK/FORECAST The End Of One Year And The Beginning Of The Next Is Always A Good Place To Pause For Reflection. So, With 2012 Behind Us And 2013 Just Getting Started, Where Are We As An Industry, And More Importantly, Where Are We Headed? By Mark S. Kuhar and Josephine Smith E veryone will likely remember 2012 for MAP‐21, the MINExpo show, the contentious election, and the year the world didn't end. What people would like to forget is the sluggish pace of economic growth, both on a national level, and more specifi‐ cally, within the construction and con‐ struction‐materials industries. Most would agree that even sluggish growth is better than none, but market acceleration is needed, and needed fast. So where do we stand as 2013 begins? Let's start with aggregates production. Aggregates Production The third quarter of the year went poorly for aggregates producers, how‐ ever the 9‐month totals for production actually showed a year‐over‐year in‐ crease. According to the latest report just released by the U.S. Geological Sur‐ 16 ROCKproducts • JANUARY 2013 vey, an estimated 580 metric tons (Mt) of total construction aggregates was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the third quarter of 2012, a decrease of 5 percent com‐ pared with that of the same period of 2011. However, the estimated produc‐ tion for consumption in the first nine months of 2012 was 1.48 billion metric tons (Gt), a slight increase compared with that of the same period of 2011. An estimated 334 million Mt of crushed stone was produced and shipped for consumption in the United States in the third quarter of 2012, a decrease of 5 percent compared with that of the same period of 2011. However, the es‐ timated production for consumption in the first nine months of 2012 was 867 Mt, a slight increase compared with the first nine months of 2011. The estimated U.S. output of construc‐ tion sand and gravel produced and shipped for consumption in the third quarter of 2012 was 246 Mt, a decrease of 6 percent compared with that of the same period of 2011. However the esti‐ mated production for consumption in the first nine months of 2012 was 613 Mt, a slight increase compared with that of the same period of 2011. Estimated portland cement consump‐ tion increased slightly in the third quarter of 2012 and was up by 10 per‐ cent in the first nine months of 2012, compared with that of the same peri‐ ods of 2011. This information is ob‐ tained from the USGS monthly survey of U.S. cement producers. The estimated production‐for‐con‐ sumption of aggregates in the third quarter of 2012 decreased in seven of the nine geographic divisions com‐ www.rockproducts.com

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