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DEC 2013

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August Cement Totals Released Total shipments of portland and blended ce‐ ment in the United States and Puerto Rico in Au‐ gust 2013 were about 8.6 million metric tons (Mt), up by 5 percent from the level in August 2012, according to the most recent USGS Min‐ eral Industry Survey. Shipments for the year through August were 53.7 Mt, up slightly. The leading portland cement‐producing states in August were Missouri, Texas, California, Michi‐ gan and Florida, in descending order, and these accounted for about 43 percent of the total ship‐ ments for the month. The leading consuming states (Texas, California, Florida, Illinois and Ohio, in descending order) received about 36 percent of the August total shipments. Clinker production totaled about 6.6 Mt in Au‐ gust, up by 13 percent from the output in Au‐ gust 2012. Production for the year through August was 45.2 Mt, up by nearly 3 percent. The leading clinker‐producing states in August were California, Texas, Missouri, Florida and Pennsyl‐ vania, in descending order, and these accounted for 47 percent of the August total output. Masonry cement shipments in August of about 201,000 metric tons (t) were up by 7 percent from those of August 2012. Shipments for the year through August were 1.39 Mt, up by 6 per‐ cent. The leading masonry cement‐consuming states were, in descending order, Florida, Texas, California, North Carolina and Tennessee, and these received about 49 percent of August's total shipments. Preliminary results show September 2013 total shipments of portland and blended cement in the United States and Puerto Rico to be at 7.3 Mt; shipments for the year through September at 56.8 Mt. Beumer's Cement Unit Manager to Promote International Alignment One of Colombia's newest cement plants, Ultracem S.A.S., contracted with Gebr. Pfeiffer for an MPS 3350 BC vertical roller mill for clinker along with a complete cement grind‐ ing plant. brother, Nicolas Ruiseco Gutierrez, who serves as the company's executive vice president. The clinker grinding mill includes a rotary air lock with drive, MPS 3350 BC mill, an SLS 2900 BC high‐efficiency classifier, and includes Gebr. Pfeiffer's patented "Lift and Swing" technology which greatly improves maintenance efficiency. The mill is designed to grind a variety of prod‐ uct, ranging from Ordinary Portland Cement to slag and limestone cements. In addition to the vertical roller mill, the grinding plant will also include: Plant equipment consisting of a bagfil‐ ter, fan, hot gas generator, bucket elevator, weigh feeder and two conveyors; feed system with de‐duster and metal separator; various fabricated parts including a 20‐ton silo, ducting, dampers and stack; instrumentation; and engi‐ neering services. The cement plant is located in Barranquilla, Atlantico, Colombia. The mill began operation in October. The com‐ pany is privately owned by the Ruiseco family with Juan Manuel Ruiseco Gutierrez serving as CEO along with his 56 ROCKproducts • DECEMBER 2013 Cement grinding plant at Ultracem S.A.S. in Barranquilla, Colombia, features the Gebr. Pfeiffer MPS 3350 BC clinker grinding mill. www.rockproducts.com

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