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Loesche merges combustion and drying systems businesses
Germany: Loesche has merged its activities in the combustion systems and drying systems sector into a central location at their main centre under the name Loesche Thermal Applications. Alongside the established hot gas generators, the business incorporates combustion systems for solid, liquid and gaseous fuels as well as complete drying systems for a wide variety of industrial applications, including the cement industry. By uniting the core competencies in the thermal applications sector, the Loesche group seeks to strengthen its market position. Pooling marketing, project management, purchasing, processing technology and proactive development together with an individual burner test facility at the in-house test centre are also intended to raise efficiency. The business reorganisation will also see the merger of Loesche with A Tec Greco Combustion Systems Europe, a subsidiary that is currently based in Austria.
UAECEMENT.COM - Apr ,16,2017

Stefan Fuchs opens new office for Fuchs Lubricants UK
Fuchs chairman and chief executive officer Stefan Fuchs has officially opened Fuchs Lubricants UK s new office in Hanley, Stoke-on-Trent. Ralph Rheinboldt and Dagmar Steinert of the Fuchs executive board were also in attendance with UK managing director Richard Halhead. Hanley is the site of the UK manufacturing plant for the Fuchs Group and the Fuchs Global Centre of Excellence for specialist sectors including machining, mining, glass and Silkolene motorcycle oils. The new offices incorporate a number of energy-efficiency features such as LED lighting, climate control systems and insulation properties. Previous investment has seen solar panels installed within the manufacturing plant capable of 525kWp generating 14% of electricity demand. An open working environment also means that the chief executive officer s office doubles as an additional meeting space. Fuchs has also enhanced the Research and Development Technical Centre, which is attached to the new office block. This will create additional capacity for the analytical work carried out in the Service and Quality laboratories. The new test centre will see additional machine tools being installed to enhance the CNC (Computer Numerical Controlled) capabilities already in place. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Apr ,15,2017

FLSmidth to build grinding plant in Rwanda
FLSmidth has signed a contract with Prime Cement for engineering, procurement and supply of equipment for a cement grinding plant in Musanze, Rwanda. The project will mark the first time an OK vertical roller mill is to be supplied into the East African cement market. The project is also the first full-scope grinding plant in Rwanda, where Cimerwa, a subsidiary of South Africa s PPC, has enjoyed a monopoly on cement production. The cement grinding plant will have a capacity of 0.7 million tpy. The contract is to become effective upon receipt of a down payment from the customer, expected later this year. “This is the latest project to underline FLSmidth s strength as the leading supplier of the most productive and energy-efficient equipment and technology available in the market,” said Per Mejnert Kristensen, Group Executive Vice President of the Cement Division at FLSmidth. The contract includes a complete range of equipment from storage to packing and cement loading. Equipment will include a gear unit from FLSmidth MAAG Gear, filters from FLSmidth Airtech, a control system and plant automation from FLSmidth Automation, a packing plant from FLSmidth Ventomatic, and a weighing and metering system from FLSMidth Pfister. /WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Apr ,10,2017

HeidelbergCement reacts to EC’s veto of Cemex Croatia deal
HeidelbergCement have reacted to the European Commission s (EC) decision to block the takeover of Cemex Croatia by Duna Drava Cement, a subsidiary of HeidelbergCement and Schwenk Zement. “We take note of the decision, but disagree with this prohibition because we see a number of strong points that argue for the different conclusion not to block this transaction,” HeidelbergCement said in a statement to World Cement. “Together with the management of Duna Drava Cement and our joint venture partner Schwenk Zement we will diligently review the details of the decision once available and analyse our options going forward.” The announced that they would veto the deal as the takeover would have “eliminated competition between companies that were competing head-to-head for the business of Croatian cement customers,” the EC said in a statement, resulting in an increase in prices. “We had clear evidence that this takeover would have led to price increases in Croatia, which could have adversely affected the construction sector,” said Margrethe Vestager, European Competition Commissioner. Cemex Croatia operates three cement plants, seven concrete plants, and two aggregates quarries, as well as a network of maritime and land-based terminals in Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, and Montenegro. DDC and HeidelbergCement are the largest importers of cement into Croatia. DDC imports from plants in Hungary and Bosnia-Herzegovina, while HeidelbergCement imports from a plant in Italy.
UAECEMENT.COM - Apr ,10,2017

President opens dryer at Industria Nacional del Cemento s Villeta plant
Paraguay: President Horacio Cartes has officially opened a US$3.9m pozzolana dryer at Industria Nacional del Cemento s (INC) cement grinding plant at Villeta. The upgrade cost US$3.9m and it is expected to save the plant up to US$10m/yr, according to the Última Hora newspaper. In addition the cement producer is changing the fuels it can use at its Vallemi cement plant. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Mar ,25,2017

Imasa wins contract to build cement plant in Potosí
Bolivia: Imasa, with ThyssenKrupp Industrial Solutions and Valoriza, has been awarded the contract to build a 1.3Mt/yr cement plant for Empresa Publica Productiva Cementos de Bolivia (ECEBOL) at Chiutara in Potosí. The contract is worth US$241m and it is expected to take three years to complete. President Evo Morales signed the deal with representatives of the European engineering companies. Imasa is also building a similar sized plant for ECEBOL at Jeruyo, Caracollo that is scheduled to be finished in mid-2018. Elsewhere in Latin America the Spanish engineering firm is building a 2600t/day clinker production line for Unión Cementera Nacional (UCEM) at Riobamba in Ecuador. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Mar ,23,2017

President Robert Mugabe opens PPC cement grinding plant in Harare
Zimbabwe: President Robert Mugabe has opened PPC s US$85m cement grinding plant at Msasa in Harare. China s Sinoma built the 0.7Mt/yr unit that includes a palletiser and cover-wrapping machine, according to the Xinhua News Agency. The plant, PPC s third production site in the country, was commissioned in late 2016. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Mar ,16,2017

Government reveals more detail on plan to sell non-operational units of Cement Corporation of India
India: Babul Supriyo, the Minister of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, has revealed that the government is planning to sell five plants in the first phase of its divestment of non-operational units of the Cement Corporation of India (CCI). In a letter to the Indian parliament he said that plants at Mandhar, Kurkunta, Bhatinda, Nayagaon and Charkhi Dadri would be sold first, according to the Press Trust of India. However, legal issues at Delhi Grinding Unit (DGU), Adilabad and Akaltaraneed need to be resolved before these plants can be sold. No value for the sale has been set yet as the plants have not been valued. /global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Mar ,15,2017

Najran Cement temporarily shuts down second production line
Najran Cement has temporarily shut down its second production line due to poor market conditions and high inventory. The line has a clinker production capacity of 3000t/day. The cement producer intends to announce any financial impact arising from the shutdown in its financial report for the first quarter of 2017.
GlobalCement - Mar ,12,2017

Cement Manufacturers Association of Philippines seeks fair treatment in competition investigation
Philippines: The Cement Manufacturers Association of the Philippines (CEMAP) has asked that the local industry be treated fairly in an investigation by the Philippine Competition Commission (PCC). In a press statement, Ernesto M Ordoñez, President of CEMAP said that his association had not been notified or given a copy of a compliant filed by a legal firm, according to the Manila Bulletin. He added that the association’s lawyers had previously tried to find out more about the complaint in late January 2017 but had not had a reply. "Fairness requires that both sides are heard. Not only were we not given a chance to be heard. More than a month after our letter to PCC asking for what the complaint is about so we could give our side, we still have no reply from PCC. We just found out about the nature of the complaint through the newspapers. This is one-sided and unfair, specially considering the track records of the subjects of the complaint," said Ordoñez. The PCC announced in early March 2017 that was preparing to investigate the cement industry for alleged violations of competitive practice following a legal statement by Victorio Dimagiba, a former trade undersecretary, in August 2016 accusing CEMAP, LafargeHolcim Philippines and Republic Cement and Building Materials of engaging in anti-competitive agreements.
GlobalCement - Mar ,12,2017

Algeria facing 10Mt cement production overcapacity by 2019
Algeria: Serge Dubois, the head of communications at LafargeHolcim Algeria, says that Algeria faces a cement production overcapacity of 10Mt by 2019. In an interview with a local radio station he added that the country will overproduce 1Mt in 2017 and that it imported 3.5Mt in 2016, according to Maghreb Emergent. LafargeHolcim intends to diversify its product range to cope with this anticipated production glut with a focus on roads, airports and industrial users.
GlobalCement - Mar ,6,2017

Qatar National Cement Company to commission cement mills for Plant 5
Qatar: Qatar National Cement Company plans to commission two cement mills for its Plant 5 during the first half of 2017 to increase its production capacity to 5500t/day. Then, construction work on the kiln will be completed in the second half of the year, according to comments made by Salem bin Butti Al Naimi, chairman and managing director of the company, that were reported by the Peninsular newspaper. The company intends to increase its production capacity of washed sand and calcium carbonate to capture an anticipated rise in market demand. It also intends to sell its Plant 1 to Umm Bab following an agreement in mid-2016. The cement producer s revenue fell by 2.6% year-on-year to US$313m in 2016 from US$321m in 2015. Its cement sales volumes fell slightly to 3.7Mt during the period. Its net profit rose by 2.3% to US$130m from US$127m.
GlobalCement - Mar ,6,2017

Quinn Cement increases use of alternative fuels
Quinn Cement is aiming to further decrease its imported fossil fuel consumption by adopting the use of alternative fuels from local waste materials. These will be used to co-fuel cement production as part of the drive to make a significant contribution to more sustainable manufacturing processes. Solid Recovered Fuel (SRF) has already been introduced into the manufacturing process and there is the potential for the company to reduces its annual coal usage by 50%. This will result in a saving of 1 t of CO2 for every t of SRF. This success has led Quinn Cement to seek permission to further extend its alternative fuel licence. The application has already been submitted to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). If successful, Quinn Cement will invest up to £5 million in upgrading the plant to allow for the increased use of alternative fuels and alternative raw materials. This investment is predicted to benefit the local economy by creating further employment, both directly and indirectly. As well as increasing the workforce of the cement plant itself, Quinn Cement intend to source their supply of alternative fuels and raw materials locally. Quinn Cement also produces eco-efficient CEM II cements, which allow for the substitution of clinker in the final cement product with locally sourced raw materials, thereby further reducing CO2 emissions. Company policy is to move towards zero fossil fuel cement manufacturing over the next few years, where possible. The use of alternative fuels, along with the manufacture of eco-efficient cements, will make a significant contribution to sustainability. Speaking of the benefits of the proposed move, TP Feehan, General Manager at Quinn Cement said, “We are committed to growing a sustainable and environmentally-friendly business. We re making huge strides towards closed loop, zero waste production methods, which not only benefits the environment, but also the local economy. We take our environmental responsibilities very seriously, and in line with direction from Europe, we re investing heavily in improving our production processes to ensure maximum recycling and efficiency, thereby reducing emissions and waste. By rethinking the way we produce, we are establishing a process which will achieve real progress towards sustainability.” /Source: WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Feb ,27,2017

Oman Cement boosts its profit by 10% to US$33.4m in 2016
Oman: Oman Cement s profit has risen by 10% year-on-year to US$33.4m in 2016 from US$30.4m in 2015. Its sales revenue grew by 8.5% to US$147m from US$135m and its sales volumes of cement grew by 10.6% to 2.30Mt from 2.01Mt, according to the Muscat Daily newspaper. It attributed the increased profit to higher turnover and higher investment income. However, its operational costs rose due to a shutdown of its kiln for a longer period than expected. /Source: Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Feb ,27,2017

Burnpur Cement to launch Pozzolona Portland Cement brand in April 2017
India: Burnpur Cement plans to launch a new product PPC (Pozolona Portland Cement) from its Patratu plant in late April 2017. Following the launch the cement producer hopes to increase its capacity utilisation rate at the plant to 100%. Burnpur Cement operates two integrated cement plants in the east of the country.
GlobalCement - Feb ,22,2017


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