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Sinoma partners with Amec Foster Wheeler in US market
US: China s Sinoma TCDRI and Amec Foster Wheeler are forming a joint venture to sell turnkey installations for the cement industry in the US. The two engineering companies revealed their relationship in the sector at the 2017 IEEE-PCA Cement Conference taking place in Calgary, Canada. The companies are negotiating their first US tenders and hope to make an announcement later in 2017. Sinoma is one of the largest suppliers of equipment for cement plants in the world but it has yet to build a plant in the United States. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,24,2017

FLSmidth Group Executive Vice President retires
Bjarne Moltke Hansen has decided to leave FLSmidth after 15 years as Group Executive Vice President. Bjarne started working for FLSmidth in 1984, holding various managerial positions in Unicon A/S over a period of 11 years. He then held the position of CEO of Cembrit Holding A/S for 5 years, before becoming CEO of Aalborg Portland Holding A/S in 2000. In 2002, Bjarne became Group Executive Vice President, Customer Services Division, until he was appointed Group Executive Vice President, Product Companies Division, in 2015. Group CEO Thomas Schulz thanks Bjarne Moltke Hansen for his achievements and dedicated service to FLSmidth: "I would like to thank Bjarne for his committed contribution to FLSmidth through his entire career and I wish him all the best in the future. Bjarne has played an important role in the many changes the FLSmidth Group has undergone during the last 30 years," says Thomas Schulz. Bjarne Moltke Hansen says goodbye with proudness of the results he together with various teams has achieved during the years: "It has been very exciting to be part of the FLSmidth Group for such a long period. FLSmidth is a fantastic company and I had an incredible journey for over 30 years. Today, we have a focused and global company, ready for new heights within Services, Products and Projects. When leaving FLSmidth, I will miss all the management teams and colleagues around the world. But the time is right for me to move on and I am ready to take on new challenges," says Bjarne Moltke Hansen. /WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,24,2017

Tunisian government starts bidding process for Carthage Cement
Tunisia: Al Karama Holding, a state-owned company, has initiated a bidding process to sell its stake in Carthage Cement. The company has started a consultation process with investment banks and consultation firms to help it sell its direct and indirect stakes in BINA Group, that includes Carthage Cement, according to the African Manager website. The deadline for bids is 16 June 2017. The government owns an estimated 41% share of the cement producer. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,21,2017

Libyan Cement Company to reopen Hawari cement plants
Libya: The Libyan Cement Company (LCC) plans to rebuild and reopen two cement plants in Benghazi and Hawari. Ahmed Ben Halim, the chairman of parent company Joint Libyan Cement Company (JLCC), said that the priority was getting the plants near Benghazi operational again, according to the Arab Times newspaper. The plants closed in mid-2014 and remained under militant control until mid-2016. Unfortunately, the plants were damaged in fighting in 2016. Following a survey LCC says that extensive rebuilding will be required and this may take up at least one year. Repair work will be covered by the company s Political Violence Insurance policy with Lloyds of London. LCC is 90% owned by the JLCC, a joint venture between Asamar Libya and the Economic and Social Development Fund. Asamer Libya was purchased in 2015 from Asamer by Libya Holdings Group, a company run by Ben Halim. LCC also operates a third cement plant at Derna that has remained operational throughout the conflict. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,20,2017

Raysut Cement confirms plans for joint venture with Oman Cement
Oman: Raysut Cement has confirmed its plans to build a new cement plant via a joint venture with Oman Cement. The cement producer announced its plans in its first quarter financial report for 2017. The new company will be called Alwasta Cement Company. As announced previously the new project will be dependent on a feasibility report. It also announced that its project with Barwaaqo Cement Company to build a terminal in Somaliland, an autonomous region of Somalia, is progressing and that work on a new packing plant in underway. /Source: global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,11,2017

KHD wins order to upgrade Nuh Çimento ball mill
Turkey: KHD has been awarded the contract to upgrade Nuh Çimento s existing ball mill grinding unit in Hereke-Kocaeli located in Marmara. With this upgrade, the plant will increase the grinding capacity from 212t/hr to 408t/hr at 4000cm3/g according to Blaine. This will be the largest upgrade project to date for KHD. Commissioning is scheduled for the start of 2018. NUH Cimento s plant contains one of the largest ball mills in the world with a diameter of 5.8m, a length of 17.84m and a 10.4MW drive unit. The mill has been used for around nine years at the site. For the upgrade, KHD will install two new identical Comflex grinding systems next to each other, which can be operated independently, in addition to the existing ball mill system. The new compact system will allow for a significant reduction in the installation height of the Complex system. The contract includes: two Comflex SC16-3250 clinker grinding units; two roller press RPM 16-170/180 with Rolcox system for control and monitoring; two VS 620 type cascade separators as static classifiers; two Sepmaster SKS-VC 3250 type efficiency separators as dynamic classifiers; two HKSK 190/265 system fans; and a two years spare parts package including one spare roller. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,11,2017

KHD provides training to LafargeHolcim’s Volsk plant personnel
KHD has provided a 6-day process training class to LafargeHolcim s Volsk plant personnel at the Technological State University of Belgorod in Russia. KHD and Belgorod University have maintained a long-lasting cooperation since the installation of 6 STIMULEX training units at the university almost ten years ago. The training equipment is used for both student education and commercial process training for the Russian market, and is partly offered and managed by KHD s Moscow office. The number of SIMULEX units was increased from six to twelve for the Volsk training class, and the software was also updated top the most recent model, which supports wet, semi-wet and dry processes. The SIMULEX model for semi-wet processes was developed specifically for the Volsk project, in order to simulate the plant production conditions realistically. Besides providing the entire model for LafargeHolcim, the model will also be used for future training and service for other semi-wet cement manufacturers. Ten plant operators, shift supervisors, as well as process engineers from LafargeHolcim participated in the class. The training programme started by introducing the components of a semi-wet plant, then plant operation was simulated using KHD s SIMULEX. With the guidance of the KHD team, the trainees learned to handle the various challenges posed by semi-wet operation. At the end of the class, all participants were able to successfully run the entire plant – from cold/shutdown condition to full capacity. /worldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,08,2017

Dalmia Bharat Cement wins bid for Chhattisgarh limestone block
India: Dalmia Bharat Cement has been selected as the preferred bidder for the Kesla II limestone block in Raipur District, Chattisgarh. The block, with reserves of 215Mt, has an estimated value of US$1.6bn, according to the Hindu newspaper.
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,07,2017

DAL Teknik Makina orders mill from Gebr. Pfeiffer for Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan: Turkey s DAL Teknik Makina has ordered a MVR 5000 R-4 cement grinding mill from Gebr. Pfeiffer for a project in the Surxondaryo region. The mill will have a 3700kW drive and it will be able to grind 400t/hr of cement. Feed material with a moisture level of up to 7% will be ground to a fineness of 12% R 0.090mm. The mill will be ready for shipping later in 2017. The project is the second mill that DAL Teknik Makina has ordered from Gebr. Pfeiffer. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT - May ,02,2017

Holcim Philippines reports tough first quarter in 2017
Philippines: Holcim Philippines has blamed lower public infrastructure spending, tighter industry competition and higher production expenses for a drop in its financial performance in the first quarter of 2017. Its net sales fell by 12% year-on-year to US$176m and its operating earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) fell by 32% to US$40m. The subsidiary of LafargeHolcim also attributed its problems to rising fuel costs and a declining local currency. It estimates that cement demand in the country fell in the quarter year-on-year due to higher infrastructure spending in the lead-up to the election in 2016. “Infrastructure and innovation are cited as pillars for the country s 2017 productivity growth forecast at 6.4% gross domestic product (GDP) growth. These pillars are strengths of Holcim Philippines that we believe will buoy the company and make a big difference for customers. This region has been showing strong growth, giving us the optimism to continue to transform and serve our customers even better,” said chief operating officer Sapna Sood in a bullish mood. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,02,2017

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


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