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AUG 2019

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FEATURE ROCK products • August 2019 • 81 F or 37 years, the International Cement Seminar & Exhi- bition was one of the most anticipated annual events for the North American cement industry. After an extended hiatus, the show is back for its 38 th year. The 38 th International Cement Seminar & Exhibition will be held Nov. 19-21 in Atlanta at the Cobb Galleria Centre. The show is being produced by SEMCO Publishing, the owner of Cement Americas, Rock Products and Concrete Products magazines, all of which are promoting the show. The theme of the show is Cement Technology and Transfor- mation in 2019. "With an industry that is facing growing opportunities along with new regulatory and social pressures, the time is right for the return of the International Cement Semi- nar," said Michael Schoppenhorst, show director. "With a focus on production equipment and technologies, the 2019 event will engage attendees with sessions designed to help them do business more efficiently and safely using the lat- est equipment and best practices." Industry Ripe for Growth The cement industry continues to show promising signs. Shipments of portland and blended cement increased slightly in the first quarter of 2019 compared with the first quarter of 2018, according to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) monthly survey of U.S. cement producers. Total shipments of portland and blended cement, includ- ing imports, in the United States and Puerto Rico in March 2019 were 7.3 million metric tons (Mt), a slight decrease from the roughly 7.4 Mt in March 2018, according to the most recent USGS Mineral Industry Survey. Shipments for the year through March totaled 19.4 Mt, an increase of 2.4% from those for the same period in 2018. The leading producing states for portland and blended cement in March were, in descending order, Texas, Califor- nia, Missouri, Florida and Alabama. The leading cement-consuming states (Texas, California, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina) received 46% of the March shipments. Masonry cement shipments totaled 199,000 metric tons (t) in March, a decrease of 4.0% from those in March 2018. Shipments for the year through March totaled 552,000 t, a slight increase from the prior-year period. The lead- ing masonry cement-consuming states in March were, in descending order, Florida, Texas, California, North Carolina and Georgia; these states received 59% of the March ship- ments. Clinker production, excluding Puerto Rico, totaled 5.8 Mt in March 2019, essentially unchanged from the output in March 2018. Production for the year through March totaled 15.7 Mt, an increase of 2.7% from the output for the same period in 2018. The leading clinker-producing states in March 2019 were, in descending order, Texas, California, Missouri, Florida and Pennsylvania; these states accounted for 52% of March production. Education The International Cement Seminar & Exhibition will feature an extensive educational program from some of the indus- try's key thought leaders. "This is truly going to be a bellwether event for the con- struction-materials industry," said Don Marsh, editor of Concrete Products. "We look forward to seeing our many friends from the cement, ready mixed and aggregates industries in Atlanta." The International Cement Seminar Returns! SEMCO Publishing Brings Back the International Cement Seminar & Exhibition. By Mark S. Kuhar www.internaƟ ICSE

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