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Asia Cement orders kiln upgrade from KHD
South Korea: Asia Cement has awarded a contract to Germany s Humboldt Wedag, a subsidiary of KHD Humboldt Wedag International, to supply and provide engineering for the modernisation of its third clinker production line at its Jecheon plant. The target of the upgrade project is to increase the alternative fuel substitution rate to above 85% of calciner fuel, as well as the reduction of NOx to satisfy local emission limits. KHD s scope includes the engineering and supply of mechanical equipment for the clinker production as well as electrical equipment for the overall modernisation of the production process. During the project, the existing preheater will be modernised with the installation of a new Pyroclon R calciner, as well as a Pyrorotor rotary combustion reactor for low-processed alternative fuel. The overall project scope consists of: a Pyroclon R calciner with Pyrotop mixing chamber; a Pyrorotor alternative fuel combustion reactor; a Pyrobox coal firing system for process start-up and operation balancing; replacement of stage five cyclones with new high-efficiency cyclones for calciner connection and an overall pressure drop reduction; bypass mixing chamber installation; and a new kiln inlet chamber with orifice. The commissioning of the modernised production line is planned for the first quarter of 2021. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Feb ,15,2020

Market in Turkey drags on Vicat’s sales in 2019
France: Vicat s sales were reduced in 2019 by poor markets in Turkey and, to a lesser extent, Switzerland and Egypt. Its sales fell by 1% year-on-year to Euro2.74bn in 2019 from Euro2.58bn at constant scope and exchange rates. Its cement sales volumes dropped by 2% to 22.4Mt from 22.8Mt but its concrete volumes grew by 1.1% to 9.1Mm3 from 9.0Mm3. Its earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) decreased slightly to Euro156m. “Strong growth in France, the US, Africa and Kazakhstan helped offset difficult market conditions in Turkey and Egypt. Furthermore, in line with our strategy of targeted acquisitions, the purchase of Ciplan in Brazil, in January 2019, allowed the group to continue its international growth in a region offering strong potential by integrating teams and assets of the highest quality,” said chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) Guy Sidos. The group performed well in France, the US and Italy, especially due to the acquisition of Ciplan in Brazil. Sales in Turkey suffered from a generally poor economic situation. Competition in Egypt and a downturn in the precast concrete market in Switzerland caused problems in these countries respectively.
UAECEMENT.COM - Feb ,15,2020

Belarusian cement production increases by 4.6% year-on-year in 2019
Belarus: Belarusian cement producers recorded production volumes of 4.7Mt in 2019, corresponding to capacity utilisation of over 100%. Volumes increased by 4.6% from 4.5Mt in 2018. The Arab Times has reported that the country imported 0.5Mt of cement with a value of US$28m. US$18m of this came from Russia, while a further US$3.7m, US$2.8m and US$2.0m came from Latvia, Ukraine and Turkey respectively. On 6 February 2020 the State Council of Ministers reinstated protectionist licencing laws requiring importers of cement to have special permissions to bring cement from outside of the Eurasian Economic Union into the country. This affects all current sources of imported cement to Belarus apart from Russia. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Feb ,09,2020

Raysut Cement to acquire majority stake in Maldivian terminal
Maldives: Oman-based Raysut Cement has announced that it is seeking a 75% stake in a cement terminal in the Maldives, as part of its long-term global expansion strategy. In a disclosure filed with the Muscat Securities Market (MSM) in Oman, Raysut stated, “Raysut Cement Company wishes to inform that it is in discussions with Cementia AG of Zurich to acquire its 75% shareholding in LH Maldives Ltd, a cement terminal located at Thilafushi Island, Maldives.” Both Cementia and LH Maldives are controlled by LafargeHolcim. Raysut Cement is also constructing a 1.0Mt/yr cement grinding plant in collaboration with MSG Group in Somaliland, internationally recognised as an autonomous region of Somalia. In September 2019 Raysut signed an agreement to set up a 1.0Mt/yr grinding plant in Duqm, Oman and is also setting up a US$200m integrated cement plant in Georgia via its UAE-based subsidiary Pioneer Cement.
UAECEMENT.COM - Feb ,05,2020

Nirma rumoured to be considering Emami bid
India: Nuvoco Vistas Corporation, Nirma Ltd’s cement making subsidiary, is reported to be considering a partnership with either Apollo Global Management or Bain Capital to bid for Emami Cement, according to sources quoted by the Mint news outlet. Emami Cement’s owners RS Agarwal and RS Goenka are seeking a valuation of around US$1bn for the company, which operates a 2.5Mt/yr integrated plant at Risda in Chhattisgarh and a 2.5Mt/yr grinding plant at Panagarh in West Bengal. Emami also acquired a 0.6Mt/yr grinding plant at Bhabua, Bihar in September 2018. In addition, the firm has mining assets in Guntur in Andhra Pradesh and near Jaipur in Rajasthan. Its main markets are in West Bengal, Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Jharkhand, Bihar, Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh, where it markets its products under the Double Bull brand. LafargeHolcim and HeidelbergCement both submitted expression of interest in Emami, while UltraTech Cement has also been linked to the firm.
UAECEMENT.COM - Feb ,05,2020

Intercem wins order from CimMetal Group to build a cement grinding plant in Togo
Togo: Germany’s Intercem Engineering has been awarded a contract by CimMetal Group to build a 2.5Mt/yr cement grinding plant in Lomé. The opening ceremony for the project is expected to take place soon and production is scheduled to start in early 2021. No value for the order has been disclosed. The order includes a 1000t/hr truck unloading station, a 25,000t/hr storage facility for additives, a 1000t/hr truck loading station, two 50,000t clinker silos, four packing machines, eight truck loading stations, 10 truck scales and the corresponding laboratory equipment. The steel construction, the entire sheet metal fabrication, the subsystems, the electrical equipment, the complete engineering, the supervision of erection and commissioning are also included in the scope of supply and services. All of the equipment will be supplied by European manufacturers. All material conveyors have a capacity of 1200t/hr and are installed in a closed gallery to ensure dust-free transport. This was planned because of the location in the immediate vicinity of the port in Lomé. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Feb ,02,2020

Titan Cement opens Group Digital Centre of Competence
Greece: Titan Cement has opened the Group Digital Centre of Competence, a facility which it says will consolidate its digital and advanced analytics capabilities. Titan says the Centre ‘accelerates its digital efforts’ set out under its Group Digital Initiative. “This is an essential part of efforts to increase operational efficiency and competitiveness,” said the company.
UAECEMENT.COM - Jan ,30,2020

0.75Mt/yr National Cement plant opens in Nakuru
Kenya: Devki Group subsidiary National Cement has launched its second Kenyan plant in Salgaa in Nakuru county at a cost of US$58.0m. Business Daily News has reported that the 0.75Mt integrated plant will supply cement to Kenya, South Sudan and southern Ethiopia. Devki Group chairman Narendra Raval said that the completion of a 0.75Mt/yr second line at National Cement s 1.2Mt/yr Kajiado County plant would bring the group s total capacity to 3.5Mt/yr in July 2020, in a speech in which he lobbied the government to ban clinker imports. “We are gearing towards fixing the country s clinker gap and making Kenya a regional market for raw material in cement production,” said Raval. The group also produces its Simba brand cement in Uganda. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jan ,30,2020

Schmersal opens Turkey branch
Turkey: Germany-based safety specialist Schmersal announced its entry into business at a new branch in Istanbul, Turkey on 21 January 2020. In partnership with Satech Safety Technology, it will supply its full range of products and comprehensive services to the Turkish and Azerbaijani cement sectors. Bariş Yücel, managing director of Schmersal Turkey, said, "Schmersal is already a well-known manufacturer on the Turkish market. Our goal is to become customers first choice supplier.” /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jan ,25,2020

Siberian Cement produces 3.2Mt in 2019
Russia: Siberian Cement s production increased by 3.0% year-on-year to 3.2Mt in 2019 from 3.1Mt in 2018. The company estimated that demand over the period in Siberia, Buryatia and the Trans-Baikal region grew by 4.4% year-on-year to 5.3Mt/yr from below 5.1Mt/yr in 2018. Siberian Cement owner Sibtsem Holding Company s first vice president Gennady Rasskazov suggested mining and metallurgical projects, the bridging of the River Ob and infrastructure development for the World Youth Hockey Championship 2023 as factors contributing to the rise in demand. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jan ,25,2020

Uzbekistan starts pollution monitoring
Uzbekistan: The State Committee of Uzbekistan for Ecology and Environmental Protection plans to create a system of monitoring stations for automatic measurement of air pollution, including particulate matter (PM), throughout the country. Part of this will include the installation of automatic emissions sampling and analysis stations at a number of industrial plants, as well as static monitoring stations within and near plant sites, including in the cement sector. Installation will be at the cost of the industrial facility. In late 2019 the State Committee for Ecology, together with the Ministry of Health and Uzhydromet, took samples of air from 13 cement plants, finding that five greatly exceeded international norms for dust emissions. Based on the results of the audit, the committee has developed a draft government decree on strengthening environmental control over cement plants. If the document is approved, then all existing cement manufacturers will be obliged to install automatic sampling stations for analysis of air pollution by 1 January 2022, as well as stationary posts in the adjacent territory at their own expense. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jan ,22,2020

Raysut Cement’s profit booms as expenses fall
Oman: Raysut Cement’s revenue fell by 7.6% year-on-year to US$223m in 2019 from US$241m in 2018. However its profit for the year before tax rose five-fold to US$13.8m and its expenses fell by 12% to US$208m./GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jan ,19,2020

HeidelbergCement plans 1Mt/yr expansion of Cimtogo grinding plant
Togo: HeidelbergCement has announced plans to bring the capacity of its subsidiary Cimtogo’s grinding plant in Lomé up to 1.6Mt/yr from 0.6Mt/yr at an investment of Euro27.0m. Agencé Ecofin has reported that this will bring the German group’s total investment in Cimtogo to Euro225m since its acquisition in 2012. / GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jan ,13,2020

National Cement announce plans for new kiln at Ragland facility
The National Cement Co. of Alabama have announced plans to invest over US$250 million into the construction of a new kiln at its Ragland production plant. Construction on the project is due to begin in the first quarter of 2020, with start-up scheduled for 2022. It is believed that current operations at the facility will resume throughout the construction process.“We are excited about our kiln project in Ragland. It will ensure that our employees and our Ragland facility can continue to be competitive for years to come by upgrading our plant with the latest technology and equipment,” said Spencer Weitman, President of National Cement of Alabama. “We have enjoyed a long, successful partnership with the Ragland community, and look forward to that continuing for many years to come.”“My administration is committed to helping rural communities across Alabama thrive by helping great companies such as National Cement invest and grow in our state,” Governor Ivey said. “I welcome the company’s decision to make a significant new investment in its St. Clair County operations because it will serve to deepen its roots in Ragland for many years to come.”“Production at National Cement’s site in Ragland began more than a century ago, and this massive re-investment in the facility will increase its vitality well into the future,” said Greg Canfield, Secretary of the Alabama Department of Commerce.Ragland Mayor, Richard Bunt, added, “We are thrilled to have National Cement continue to invest in our community. They have always been a fantastic corporate citizen that is a great community partner. I want to give special thanks to the St. Clair County Commission and the Governor’s Office for working so closely with the Town of Ragland and National Cement.” / WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jan ,11,2020

Huaxin Cement projects 18% - 28% year-on-year profit growth
China: Preliminary calculations from Huaxin Cement’s financial division have projected a net profit attributable to shareholders for 2019 of between US$0.88bn and US$0.95bn – an increase of 18% - 28% year-on-year from US$0.74bn. The company attributed the forecasted rise to an increase in the production and sales scale of its leading products.China Cement Association Information Centre deputy director and Digital Cement Network CEO Chen Bailin estimated that demand will remain steady across China in 2020, according to Yicai News. / Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jan ,11,2020

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