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Cement packaging in Mozambique to include expiry date
Mozambique: The National Inspectorate of Economic Activities (INAE) says that all cement producers must include an expiry date on cement packaging. The decision follows a study looking at the production, labelling, sale and transport of cement, according to the Mozambique News Agency. The ruling applies to both locally produced and imported cement. INAE has requested that any cement should be sold at least three weeks prior to its expiry date. It is intended to give consumers consistent information about the date of production, the type of cement, the quality and the price. The central government agency is also hosting talks with local government to help provide warehouse space to distributors and retailers selling cement. It aims to stop the sale of cement on the street. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Nov ,20 ,2018

World Cement Association opens Beijing and President’s Office
The World Cement Association (WCA) announced today the opening of its World Cement Association Beijing and President s office. The facility will be an addition to the association s headquarters in London and will be located at the building of China National Building Material Group (CNBM). “We are delighted to further expand our presence in China by opening our World Cement Association Beijing and President s office”, said Norman Greig, Secretary General of the World Cement Association. “As the producer of more than 50% of the world s cement, China plays an important role in the global cement industry, so I am very pleased that CNBM is giving us the opportunity to open an office in China.” The office will also include the WCA Technology Centre, the WCA Research Institute and WCA Climate Change liaison. The Beijing site will allow the association to deepen its ties with Chinese cement producers and other stakeholders and to build links and share best practice with surrounding markets. The WCA will hold its General Assembly and WCA World Cement Conference in association with Intercem at the Royal Garden Hotel in London on 5 December. WCA members and stakeholder will come together to discuss future challenges for the industry, such as digitalisation, demand and supply and climate change. /WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Nov ,20 ,2018

Anti-corruption investigation muzzled from taking criminal action against heads of DG Khan and Bestway Cement
Pakistan: The Supreme Court has restrained the Punjab Anti-Corruption Department from launching criminal proceedings against the heads of DG Khan and Bestway Cement. The decision was made following a review petition filed by DG Khan Cement, according to the Statesman newspaper. It follows an investigation initiated by the Supreme Court to look into the setting up of cement plants in the Potohar region. The probe alleges government and corporate corruption. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Nov ,14,2018

State minister blames poor roads for keeping investors away from Chamba cement plant project
India: Industries minister of Himachal Pradesh Vikram Sing has blamed poor road networks for the state government’s failure to find investors for a proposed cement plant project at Sikridhar in the Chamba district. The ministry is now proposing that the state build a road to the project site as an incentive, according to the Times of India newspaper. The local government received no bids for the project in the latest round of bidding. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Nov ,14,2018

New building materials hub takes shape
Eurocement Group and Uztroymaterialy JSC have agreed to establish a new industrial cluster focused on building materials on the site of Eurocement s Akhangarancement cement plant. The agreement provides for an investment of US$200 million and was signed by Eurocement Group President, Mikhail Skorokhad, and Uztroymaterialy Chairman, Botir Zaripov.The new industrial cluster will be based around the construction of a new 3 million tpy cement plant at Akhangarancement. This will be bring total capacity of the plant to 5 million tpy – more than a third of the projected consumtion of cement in Uzbekistan by 2020.The site also houses a production line for refractory bricks used in the cement and metallurgical industries, which launched in 2017. In 2019, production of mineral wool products and high-quality concrete and reinforced concrete products will begin.
UAECEMENT.COM - Oct ,27,2018

Gebr. Pfeiffer wins another order in Nepal
The Indian subsidiary of Gebr. Pfeiffer, Gebr. Pfeiffer (India) Pvt Ltd, has received an order from the Himalayan state of Nepal to supply another mill. A new kiln line will be built by Samrat Cement Company Pvt Ltd, in the Dang region of southern Nepal. KHD will supply the new cement rotary kiln, which, together with the calciner, will be fired with pulverised coal. To produce this pulverised coal, KHD has ordered a grinding plant with a MPS 225 BK from Gebr. Pfeiffer. With a drive power of 370 kW, the mill will grind 35 tph of coal to a product fineness of 15% R 90 µm. Simultaneously, the coal, which may have a feed moisture of up to 10%, will be dried in the mill. The ground coal will be separated into fine product and coarse product by an integrated high-efficiency classifier, type SLS 1800 BK. The coarse product is then returned to the grinding zone for further grinding. The classifier also allows petroleum coke to be separated to a fineness degree of less than 1% R 90 µm. In this deal, Gebr. Pfeiffer will not only supply the main machine, which is the mill but also the grinding plant’s equipment. The company will also supply the manufacturing drawings for the required ductwork, chutes, and other parts that can be manufactured onsite. KHD’s Indian subsidiary, Humboldt Wedag India Pvt Ltd, will process the order for the Pfeiffer coal mill, showing KHD’s confidence in Gebr. Pfeiffer technology. The Indian subsidiaries of Gebr. Pfeiffer and KHD will now act jointly on further projects. This order marks Gebr. Pfeiffer’s fifth contract for mills in Nepal in less than 17 months, for the grinding of cement raw material, coal, and mixed cements.
UAECEMENT.COM - Oct ,27,2018

Government fixes price of cement in Senegal
Senegal: The Ministry of Commerce has fixed a maximum price of cement to protect consumers. The ministry said it had made the decision following exports of a rise of the price of cement in early October 2018, according to the L Agence de Presse Sénégalaise. The minister said that he invited all cement plant in the country to comply with the new regulations.
UAECEMENT.COM - Oct ,22,2018

Cement Manufacturers Association of Ghana calls for investigation into Chinese cement imports
Ghana: The Cement Manufacturers Association of Ghana (CMAG) has appealed to the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA) to investigate the quality of Chinese cement imports. In a letter of the GSA George Dawson-Ahmoah cited two companies in Tema and Ejisu that allegedly sell cement products of ‘questionable’ quality, according to the Business and Financial Times newspaper. He also posited that samples of cement from these companies were ‘alarming’ and that this explained why their prices were ‘ridiculously’ low. CMAG consists of Ghacem Limited, Diamond Cement group, CIMAF Ghana and CBI Ghana Limited. However, when asked by the local media why Chinese companies supplying Ghana were not part of the association, Dawson-Ahmoah said that they had been invited. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Oct ,22,2018

AUMUND Beijing to assemble a large machinery package for Limak Çimento Kilis
Sinoma EE Overseas Development has awarded AUMUND Beijing a substantial machinery order for supply to Limak Çimento Sanayi ve Ticaret A.S., at Kilis in Turkey.The order includes three belt bucket conveyors, five chain bucket elevators, seven pan conveyors, and five drag chain conveyors, all of which are designed and will be installed by AUMUND. The machines are planned for dispatch in 4Q18.The belt bucket elevators will be able to convey with a capacity of 500 tph and the chain bucket elevators will convey various types of hot or abrasive bulk materials, with centre distances of more than 30 m. The bucket elevators will have forged central chain and will be in operation continuously, for 24 hours each day. They will have a conveying capacity of more than 700 m3/hour.In addition, seven AUMUND pan conveyors will have centre distances of between 60 and 104 m and will be designed to convey a capacity of 500 tph. Finally, the AUMUND drag chain conveyors (type LOUISE) will have a capacity of 40 tph and will be used for the extraction of clinker dust.Limak Çimento is currently in its 18th year and has built up investments and shareholdings in Turkey, Mozambique, the Ivory Coast, and Dubai. The expanding group of companies currently holds 11 cement plants, which have a joint capacity of 8 million tpy.The AUMUND Group are conveying and storage specialists with expertise in dealing with bulk materials. The group is active worldwide.
UAECEMENT.COM - Oct ,17,2018

Dangote Cement starts building 2.5Mt/yr plant in Niger
Niger: Nigeria s Dangote Cement has started building a 2.5Mt/yr cement plant at Keita, near Tahoua. The project has a cost of US$275m, according to the Agence France Presse and local media. Construction is expected to last until the end of 2020. The unit will also include a 100MW captive coal-fired power plant.The new plant is expected to reduce the price of cement locally, as the country mostly imports cement from Nigeria and Benin. Nouvelle Cimenterie de Niger (NCN) has been intermittently building an integrated plant at Malbaza since 2011. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Oct ,17,2018

Supreme Court to hear pleas by cement producers as fine repayment schedule continues
India: The Supreme Court has agreed to examine a plea by cement producers about a charge of cartel-like behaviour made by real estate developers and upheld by the Competition Commission of India (CCI). However, the court has insisted that the payment schedule of the fine imposed will have to be upheld while the appeal proceeds, according to the Economic Times newspaper. The accused cement producers have been ordered to deposit 10% of the fine. 10 cement companies – including India Cements, Ramco Cements, Nuvoco Vistas Corporation, Ambuja Cement, ACC, Jaiprakash Associates, Century Textiles and Industries and UltraTech Cement – were accused by the Builders Association of India and the CCI in 2010 of cartel-like behaviour. They were then fined US$905m or 0.5% of their net turnover. The producers first tried to appeal with the National Company Law Appellate Tribunal (NCLAT) but the tribunal dismissed their plea against the CCI finding in late July 2018. /globalcement
UAECEMENT.COM - Oct ,10,2018

Star Cement imports fly ash via Bangladesh
India: Star Cement has imported over 1200t of fly ash from NTPC Kahalgaon in Bihar. The ash was transported by the Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) via Bangladesh to Pandu Port in Assam, according to the Financial Express newspaper. The water route was chosen due to a lack of railway links in India s north-eastern states. /globalcement
UAECEMENT.COM - Oct ,10,2018

Titan Group joins the Global Cement and Concrete Association
Greece/UK: Titan Group has joined the Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA), a global organisation dedicated to strengthening and promoting the sector s contribution to sustainable construction. The cement producer said that its participation would build on its commitment to, “actively engage in collaborative initiatives aiming to address global sustainability challenges.” Launched in January 2018, the GCCA intends to become a respected industry voice and trusted source of information on sustainable construction. It complements and supports the work done by cement associations at national and regional level. As of January 2019 GCCA will incorporate the activities of the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) following a strategic partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,27,2018

Indian cement producers complain about Pakistani imports
Shailendra Chouksey, president of the Cement Manufacturers Association, has complained about imports of cement from Pakistan damaging the local industry. He told the Indo-Asian News Service that cement from Pakistan was up to 15% cheaper than Indian cement. There has been no customs duty on cement imports from Pakistan since 2007, making it competitive in comparison to local production, especially in states that neighbour Pakistan. By comparison, imports of cement to Pakistan face a duty of 11%. Data from the Directorate General of Foreign Trade shows that 1.68Mt of cement was imported into India during the 2017 – 2018 financial year that ended in March 2018. 1.27Mt or 76% of this total was imported from Pakistan. Indian producers have also complained about the high rate of the local Goods and Services Tax (GST) in the country. They are hoping to reduce the rate to 18% from 28% at present.
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,25,2018

ABB to provide digital solutions for Vietnam cement plant
ABB recently won an order to provide additional integrated digital automation and electrical equipment for Tan Thang Cement Joint Stock Company s greenfield cement plant in the Nghe An province of Vietnam, 250 km south of Hanoi. This delivery is a follow-up order to the initial automation and electrical systems delivery from ABB for this site, which is currently under construction. When completed, the plant will produce 2 million tpy of cement. The investors in the Tan Thang Cement project are focused on incorporating the latest Industry 4.0 technology into the new plant. ABB AbilityTM, which is ABB s cross-industry digital offering, will help to provide integration of all plant systems. “We are aiming to have the most modern cement production plant, equipped with the latest digital technology, that will help us to achieve our production and efficiency goals,” said Hoang Anh Tuan, General Director of Tan Thang Cement. “ABB is helping us to build a strong digital foundation for the systems at our plant, to help us succeed from our first day of production.” This follow-up order includes a 110kV Air Insulated Substation, with a Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition system based on ABB Ability System 800xA for power control, as well as telecommunications, and high voltage primary and secondary equipment to support the electrical infrastructure. ABB will also deliver power transformers, distribution transformers, an intelligent motor control centre, auxiliary control centre, emergency diesel generator, DC power supply, various field devices, and related commissioning services. ABB s initial delivery included ABB Ability System 800xA Distributed Control System to integrate control, electrical and communication systems for optimal visibility into all processes for stable production and efficient use of raw materials and energy. It also included ABB Ability Knowledge Manager and Expert Optimizer software, as well as basic communication and electrical system infrastructure and equipment. The project is scheduled to be commissioned in late 2019. /World Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,25,2018

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