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Post-election uncertainty, slower growth compel minor PCA forecast adjustment

Source: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.

U.S. cement consumption is on track to see 2.7 percent growth in 2016 versus the 4 percent increase PCA projected earlier this year. The association has also revised its 2017 U.S. cement consumption growth forecast from 4.2 percent to 3.1 percent, owing to the negative pressure of post-election political uncertainty, inflation and slower construction activity.

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Next generation, API-certified diesel engine oils officially debut

Sources: American Petroleum Institute, Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Lubricant producers can begin marketing two new American Petroleum Institute-licensed categories, CK-4 and FA-4. Soon to be referenced in on- and off-road diesel engine manufacturer specifications, they exhibit improved shear stability, oxidation resistance and aeration control properties against the API CJ-4 formulations they succeed. The API Lubricants Group developed the categories’ performance thresholds and testing guidelines to a) meet the varying needs of aging, new and in-service power packages; and, b) help on- and off-road engine manufacturers address more stringent regulations.

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CalPortland’s Hamblen, Continental’s Beck lead PCA board

Sources: Portland Cement Association, Skokie, Ill.; CP staff

CalPortland Co. CEO Allen Hamblen and Continental Cement Co. President Tom Beck have been elected 2017 chairman and vice chairman of the PCA Board of Directors. Hamblen succeeds LafargeHolcim, U.S. Cement CEO John Stull, crediting his “leadership in guiding strategic initiatives that reflect industry priorities.”

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Road Builders project minor boost in 2017 highway, bridge activity

Sources: American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA), Washington, D.C.; CP staff

Total transportation construction and related market activity is expected to grow 1.3 percent in 2017, driven largely by increases in highway and bridge work supporting residential and commercial developments. ARTBA Chief Economist Dr. Alison Premo Black projects spending to reach $248 billion, up from an estimated $245 billion in 2016. 

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Technology underpins green building, community performance measurements

Sources: Green Building Certification Inc., Washington, D.C.; CP staff

A new technology company will host a digital platform allowing any project or property expanse—from individual building to entire community or city—to measure improvements aligned with the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system, and benchmark against itself and neighboring certified projects or property groupings. Arc Skoru Inc. will support goals of LEED-administering Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) and parent U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

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