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FLSmidth to supply new mill to India Cements Ltd
FLSmidth will deliver an OK vertical cement mill to The India Cements Ltd, one of the leading cement producers in southern India. The new OK 52-4 mill system will be installed on India Cement s production line in Shankar Nagar in Tamil Nadu. FLSmidth will deliver an OK vertical cement mill to The India Cements Ltd, one of the leading cement producers in southern India. The new OK 52-4 mill system will be installed on The India Cement s production line in Shankar Nagar in Tamil Nadu. The Danish engineering company will carry out system engineering, procurement, and machinery supply. The new mill will have production capacity of 200 tph of ordinary portland cement at 3500 Blaine. The contract also includes the supply of gear units from FLSmidth MAAG Gear. The new contract “reflects the strong position we have had with India Cements Ltd for almost a decade,” said Carsten Riisberg Lund, Country Head of FLSmidth India. According to FLSmidth, the installation of the OK mill will enable the customer to reduce energy costs, as it will replace a ball mill at the plant. The contract will be fully executed by the end of 2018. A previous version of this article referred to the mill as an OK 53-4. It is in fact an OK 52-4. This has been corrected above. /Source: worldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,21,2017

Algeria to stop cement imports in 2018
Algeria: Mohamed Benmeradi, the minister of commerce, says that Algeria will stop importing cement in 2018. He stated on national radio that the country is producing enough cement and is now considering exports, according to the Liberté Algerie newspaper. The government is amending the import licence system to encourage local growth. /Source: Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,21,2017

Attock Cement reports increase in pre-tax profits
Pakistani cement marker, Attock Cement, has reported an increase of 4.9% in pre-tax profits to PKR4.47 billion, as sales for the financial year ending 30 June strengthened. Net sales were PRK14.74 billion, compared to PKR13.92 billion in FY2016, on the back of an uptick in cement dispatches to 2.08 million t. The company s costs were mixed: energy costs rose as the coal price jumped 41% year-on-year in the final quarter. However, the company benefitted from lower transport costs, as more of its cement was sold into the local market, amid a contraction in exports.
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,16,2017

Dangote Cement confirms talks with PPC
South Africa: Nigeria s Dangote Cement has confirmed its interest in bidding for PPC. The company said that its board of directors had communicated to the board of PPC but that the dialogue was at a preliminary stage. The offer follows offers by Canada s Fairfax Financial Holdings with AfriSam and other unnamed bids.
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,16,2017

Pioneer Cement to install four Loesche mills
Loesche is to supply four vertical roller mills (VRMs) for a new cement production line at Pioneer Cement s plant in Chenki/Khushab region of Punjab province, Pakistan. The new line will expand the plant s production to around 8000 tpd. The four VRMs will be used for grinding cement raw meal, clinker, and coal, Loesche said in a press release. The raw meal mill will have throughput of 630 tph; two cement mills will have a processing capacity of 235 tph each; and the coal mill will have a capacity of 60 tph. The raw meal mill will also be supplied with a HURRICLON cyclone technology from Loesche subsidiary, ATEC. According to the German engineering company, “HURRICLON technology plays an important part in reducing the total energy requirement of the plant, due to the low pressure loss and high degree of separation.” In addition, the HURRICLON system reduces the steel construction and installation costs, as a result of its lower weight compared to conventional cyclone technology. Loesche Dynamic Classifier (LDC) is already used in the plant and will ensure appropriate fineness in the cement grinding circuit. “The patented vortex rectifier and optimised flow characteristics [of the LDC] produce significantly lower energy consumption and therefore lower operating costs,” the company said. The order was placed through Chengdu Design & Research Institute, part of Sinoma International Engineering, which has been contracted to install the plant. Following installation of the VRMs, a total of 32 Loesche mills will be located in Pakistan.
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,13,2017

CHP fined by Filipino environmental regulator
CEMEX Holdings Philippines (CHP) has been fined PHP50 000 for violating its environmental permit. The fine relates to September 2015 incident, when heavy fuel oil overflowed its storage tank at CHP s subsidiary, SOLID Cement Corp., during a period of strong winds and heavy rain. The incident was among items disclosed in CHP s prospectus for its initial public offering last year. The fine was imposed by the Environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Despite issuing the fine, the EMB also recognised SOLID Cement s “swift response to the situation. According to the bureau, the spill was cleaned-up within seven days of the incident, while a water sampling test conducted after the spill returned “good results”. The fine will not have a material adverse impact on CHP s operations, liquidity, and financial condition, the company said. CHP is the second largest cement producer in the Philippines, but recently reported a 46% fall in net income in 2Q17, a result of lower prices and volumes, and higher operating expenses. The company was also hit by a longer-than-expected shutdown at its AOP plant in Cebu.
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,10,2017

Mozambique government announces new cement plant for Niassa
Mozambique: President Filipe Nyusi has announced that work on building a new cement plant in Niassa province will start later in 2017. The unit is expected to source many of its raw materials locally, such as limestone and clay, according to the Mozambique News Agency. Once operational the plant is expected to create over 500 jobs. The project follows the reopening of the Cuamba to Lichinga railway in late 2016. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,10,2017

Big investment from Saudi Arabia could boost Egypt’s South Valley Cement
Egypt/Saudi Arabia: The Saudi Arabian Al Sharbatly Group is reported to be looking to invest up to US$3bn in Egyptian interests, including setting up a second clinker line at its South Valley Cement plant. Egypt s Minister of Investment and International Cooperation Sahar Nasr said that he welcomed all investors in Egypt after meeting with Sheikh Abdel Rahman al Sharbatly and Sheikh Fahd Al Shobokshy to discuss ways to increase their investments in Egypt. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,31,2017

Qeshm Cement prepares cement exports to Mozambique
Mozambique: Iran s Qeshm Cement Company has prepared its first consignment of cement and clinker for exports to Mozambique. 47,000t of clinker and 3000t of clinker will be shipped on a free on board trade basis, according to the Bourse Press Agency. Hormoz Amiri, an official at Iran s Qeshm Free Zone, added that the trading enclave plans to export 0.2Mt/yr of cement and clinker to Africa in the current Iranian financial year.
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,24,2017

Loesche contributes four mills
Loesche is contributing four of its vertical roller mills to AUNDE s new cement plant in the Turkish region of Soma: one mill for grinding up to 350 tph of raw material for cement manufacture, one mill for grinding up to 30 tph of coal or 27 tph of petcoke, and two additional Loesche mills, each with a throughput of 150 tph, for grinding clinker or granulated blast furnace slag. The scope of delivery includes the tried and tested Loesche additional components, such as water injection, cyclones, slide gates and rotary feeders, as well as an extensive spare parts package for the next two years. The German technology firm, AUNDE, is a newcomer to the industry and is currently in the process of expanding its portfolio with plants for cement and clinker production. The cement plant currently under construction is based in Soma, situated within Turkey s second largest brown coal mining region. This offers excellent conditions for establishing a new cement plant in the future. /Source: World Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,21,2017

Dangote talks up investments in Europe and North America
Nigeria: Aliko Dangote, chief executive officer (CEO) of Dangote Group and Dangote Cement, plans to invest an incredible US$20 - 50bn in the US and Europe by 2025, in industries including renewable energy and petrochemicals. Speaking in a wide-ranging interview with Bloomberg, Dangote said that the group s cement activities account for 80% of Dangote s overall wealth. The new investments would more likely come in renewable energy and agriculture, rather than cement, with an aim to conduct 60% of all investments outside of Africa by 2020.
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,21,2017

Irish producers warn over green energy levy
Ireland: A proposed Euro100m rise in Ireland’s green energy levy threatens the recovery in construction, according to building materials suppliers. The Commission for Energy Regulation (CER) wants to increase the Public Service Obligation (PSO) levy on electricity bills by Euro104m to Euro496.5m from October 2018 to support renewable energy developers and peat-fired power plants. However, cement and concrete manufacturers, whose businesses face high-energy bills, have warned the regulator that such a move could hit jobs and endanger the recovery in construction. In a submission to the commission, manufacturer Kilsaran International said that, "Irish electricity prices are among the highest in Europe and the yearly increases in the PSO levy only serve to undermine the cost base and competitiveness of Irish companies, thereby limiting the potential for growth and job creation.” Many other companies in the industry submitted versions of the same letter to CER analyst Gráinne Black, pointing at the likely cost of the increase to their businesses and its implications for job creation. According to the CER large energy users, which include cement and concrete producers, will pay Euro234.2m of the Euro496.5m total. The charge guarantees the price paid for electricity to wind farms, other renewable energy producers and peat-fired plants. It is meant to implement government policy to support green electricity generation. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,16,2017

Brazilian cement sales drop another 10% in July
Brazil: According to data from SNIC, Brazil s national cement industry association, domestic cement sales came to 4.7Mt in July 2017, down by 10.5% compared to July 2016. Sales per working day were also down by 10.5% in the year-on-year comparison, but up by 3.3% compared to June 2017. In the first seven months of 2017, domestic cement sales came to 30.7Mt, a fall of 9.1% from the same period of 2016, while in the 12 months ending July 2017 sales totalled 54.3Mt, down by 9.8% year-on-year. Apparent consumption in July 2017 stood at 4.7Mt, down by 10.1% from July 2016, with an accumulated 9.7% drop in apparent consumption in the 12 months to 31 July 2017. SNIC notes that the figures are in line with expectations for the period, though there may have been some impact from the political and economic instability in recent months. SNIC forecasts a 7% drop in domestic cement sales in 2017. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,16,2017

JK Lakshmi to install WHR plant
JK Lakshmi Cement has announced that, to bring down power costs, the company is installing a 7.5 mW waste heat recovery power plant in Durg, which is likely to be commissioned in October 2017. To bring down power costs, the company is installing a 7.5 mW waste heat recovery power plant in Durg, which is likely to be commissioned in October 2017. The company is also constructing a 200 mW thermal power plant in Durg, which will come into stream in 3Q18/19. This announcement follows the company s release of its annual results, which already indicate a strong focus on reducing power and fuel consumption. /Source: WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,10,2017

Saudi Arabian cement sales rise 11.5% in July 2017
Cement sales of companies operating in Saudi Arabia recorded an increase of 11.5% in July 2017. Sales rose to 3.49Mt in July 2017, compared to 3.13Mt during July 2016. Cement production in Saudi Arabia grew by 5% year-on-year to 3.37Mt in July 2017 from 3.2Mt, according to Yamama Cement Company. Southern Province Cement topped the sales list with 409,000t sold in July 2017, although this was 5.32% less than the 432,000t that it sold in July 2016. Yamama Cement was the second most prolific seller, with a year-on-year sales growth of 17.5% to 369,000t from 314,000t in July 2016. Meanwhile, Tabuk Cement registered the lowest sales of 61,000t in July 2017, a 17.6% fall from 74,000t in the year-ago period. In June 2017 cement companies sales in Saudi Arabia dropped by 40.6% year-on-year to 2.08Mt from 3.5Mt in June 2016. This is likely due to the earlier timing of Ramadan combined with temperatures of up to 45°C (113°F), both of which will have significantly reduced demand for building materials. /Source: Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,10,2017


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