Worldwide portland cement consumption is expected to increase 5.6% this year, followed by a rise of 5.5% in 2007—an average of nearly 130 million metric tons annually—according to a forecast by the Portland Cement Association (PCA). Led by an expected 8.5% growth in China, roughly 20% of cement consumption will take place outside the industrialized world in smaller Asian countries, the Middle East, Eastern Europe, and South America. For more, go to