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German cement deliveries up 4.1% in 2017
German cement shipments were up in 2017, figures from the Association of German Cement Plants (VDZ) have shown. According to the associations, deliveries stood at almost 26.60 million t, a 4.1% increase on the previous year s total of 25.54 million t. Growth continued into 2018 with deliveries up 73.2% at 1.30 million t. This compares to just 0.75 million t in January 2017 and comes despite the severe winter weather that hit northern Europe in the first quarter of this year.
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,10,2018

Ukraine bans clinker imports from Russia
Russia/Ukraine: The Cabinet of Ministers has banned clinker imports from Russia. The government says that cement imports from Russia almost doubled in 2017, according to Interfax. Its share in total imports in 2017 was 85 - 87%, and in January - May 2018 it grew to 100%. "The introduction of cement clinkers into the list of goods banned to import into Ukraine from Russia is carried out as part of the policy of economic opposition to discriminatory actions against Ukraine by the aggressor state," said the Ministry of Economic Development and Trade. It added the ban is expected to increase local production. Although a cement deficit is not expected, the ministry said that, if necessary, additional clinker could be imported from the European Union (EU). According to the draft resolution, the ban on the import of Russian clinker will come into force 10 days after the publication of the document.
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,02,2018

New Ecocem France production plant opens in Dunkirk
This new production plant is located adjacent to ArcelorMittal s blast furnaces in Dunkirk. Preliminary works began in September 2016 with the foundation stone being laid at the beginning of 2017. Works completed over an 18 month period, following an investment amounting to €37 million by Ecocem France, which is a joint venture between ArcelorMittal and Ecocem Materials Ltd. The initiative will create 26 direct jobs by the end of 2018, expanding to 35 direct jobs in the longer term. The plant s activities will also generate indirect employment, particularly in the maritime and road logistics sectors. The Dunkirk site has an initial production capacity of 750 000 t, which has the potential to increase to 1 400 000 t. The new Ecocem site is in excess of 5200 m² and is equipped with a vertical mill, mixer and storage facilities on a 4 ha. plot in the Port of Dunkirk. Both Ecocem and ArcelorMittal share the same strategic objectives of adding value to blast furnace slag. Their willingness to pursue this strategy together was recently strengthened with ArcelorMittal s share of Ecocem France s capital increasing from 30% to 49%. The proposed product line is similar to the Fos-sur-Mer plant in the South of France where Ecocem France invested in the construction of new silos and a mixer on the local ArcelorMittal site in 2016. The two French plants comprise state of the art facilities and equipment, which enables Ecocem supply the region of France as well as other countries through exports. Dunkirk, a door to Northern France, the UK and Northern Europe With this new production plant in Dunkirk, Ecocem France has access to the markets in the North of France and the Ile-de-France region which includes the Paris region. From Dunkirk, Ecocem will supply the markets in the UK and Northern Europe. The plant has already planned exports of 250 000 t of GGBS (Ground Granulated Blast Furnace Slag) to England via existing terminals in London and Manchester/Liverpool. The plant will also export 50 000 t of GGBS from Dunkirk to the Ecocem terminal in Sweden. “With this new facility, we are doubling our production capacity on French soil and strengthening our links with our partner, ArcelorMittal. Thanks to our network of sites in Europe and the strategic location of Dunkirk, Ecocem is in a position to supply major infrastructure projects, such as those in Greater Paris in the Ile-de-France region, the Seine-North canal and even those in Northern Europe”, said Donal O Riain, Managing Director of Ecocem Materials. “We are delighted about this new stage in our partnership with Ecocem”, underlines Eric Niedziela, CEO of ArcelorMittal Atlantique et Lorraine. In 2016 and 2017, ArcelorMittal invested €18.5 million purchasing two granulators in Dunkirk so that Ecocem could set up there. Today we are seeing the culmination of this effort, which will enable us to add value to our slag in relation to a circular economy.” The production of GGBS, a green and worthy industry GGBS is an environmentally-friendly material approved by new industry standards and leaders in the construction sector (Building and Public Works). It is used as a substitute for traditional cement in concrete production with its technical and environmental qualities making this material an indispensable asset for construction Northern France and Northern Europe. The production of GGBS enables the recycling of blast furnace slag, a by-product of iron and steel-making which in turn adds value to the European Circular Economy by create a secondary raw material. GGBS facilitates significant reductions of the environmental impacts of concrete by significantly reducing CO2 emissions up to 34 times that associated with the production of traditional CEM II cement. One year of production at the Ecocem Dunkirk plant will negate 492 000 t of CO2 emissions, which is the equivalent of what 200 000 cars would produce in one year.
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,25,2018

Largest Central Asian cement plant opens in Uzbekistan
Uzbekistan: The largest cement plant in Central Asia has been commissioned in the Sherabad district of the Surkhandarya region of Uzbekistan. Construction of the Sherabad cement plant has been carried out by Almalyk Mining and Metallurgical Combine (AMMC) JSC. The cost of the project was US$212.8m and its capacity is 1.5Mt/yr. The majority of the cement produced will be directed toward domestic demand. The Turkish DAL Teknik Makina Ticaret ve Sanayi AS company also participated in the construction of the plant. The project was paid for by AMMC s own funds (US$24.4m), a loan issued by the Fund for Reconstruction and Development of Uzbekistan (US$90m) and loans from commercial banks (US$110.6m). There are currently five large cement plants in Uzbekistan: Kyzylkumcement, Akhangarancement, Kuvasaycement, Bekabadcement, Jizzakh cement plant, as well as a number of small enterprises. Their total capacity exceeds 8.5Mt/yr. Over the next five years, Uzbekistan plans to increase its national capacity to 17Mt/yr, double the current level. Companies with projects under construction or in the planning process include Russia s Eurocement Group, which is building a US$220m dry process plant with a capacity of 2.4Mt/yr. Two more cement plants will be built with funds from Chinese investors. The first is being built by the Xin Lei enterprise in the Akhangaran region. It will have an annual capacity of 1.0Mt/yr at cost of US$108m. The other will be established by Akhangaranshifer at a cost of US$100m, also with a capacity of 1.0Mt/yr. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,25,2018

WHR project for Bartin Çimento
Turkey: Shanghai Triumph Energy Conservation Engineering Co Ltd has won a waste heat recovery (WHR) project at Bartin Çimento from Turkey s Sanko Holding, which operates the plant. It will have a recovery capacity of 5MW from the 3700t/day facility. The project will be carried out on an Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) basis. Shanghai Triumph plans to install two boilers and one power generation system. It will use two boilers from Mitsubishi Corporation, with the power generator likely to be sourced from Kubota Corporation. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,19,2018

Marine exports from Pakistan on the rise
Pakistan: Cement exports by sea from Pakistan increased by 133.7% from 144,000t in July 2017 to 340,000t in July 2018. The increase in exports via sea offset a decrease in overland exports to Afghanistan and India. Pakistan’s exports to Afghanistan and India decreased by around 44.9% and 44.4% respectively in July 2018. Hence, overall exports increased by 9.3% in July 2018 to 0.53Mt from 0.48Mt in July 2017. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,16,2018

Lafarge Emirates Cement to install FLSmidth burner at UAE plant
Lafarge Emirates Cement has chosen FLSmidth s JETFLEX® PLUS burner for its Fujairah plant in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Sohail Qaiser, Proces Manager at Lafarge Emirates Cement, said: “As the business has shifted towards using low-cost fuels with high-quality clinker, we have made an ambitious decision and chosen the best option on the market – this next generation burner from FLSmidth." Qaiser added: “We expect it will lead to a significant change in fuel mix cost and a more sustainable kiln operation.” The JETFLEX PLUS burner is the first to be installed in the LafargeHolcim Group, and FLSmidth was selected for procurement and supervision of the installation of it. The JETFLEX PLUS burner has rotatable jet air nozzles, allowing for optimal adjustment of the flame as well as the lowest NOx emissions for various fuel types and operating conditions. Simon Jensen, Head of FLSmidth in the Middle East, commented: “This order further strengthens our position in the Middle East and results from our long-standing presence in the United Arab Emirates as well as our close working relationship with customers. By supplying the market s most sustainable and energy-efficient burner solution, we are helping Lafarge Emirates Cement achieve its goal of enhanced productivity.” /WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,14,2018

Chinese plant coming to Bangladesh
China: Energy Engineering Group Guangdong Power Engineering is seeking US$100m of project financing for a cement plant that is being built by the Bangladesh-based Deshbandhu Group, according to company secretary Duan Qiurong. On 2 August 2018 it was announced that Energy China had signed a contract with Deshbandhu to construct a cement plant with a daily production capacity of 1500t/day. Duan said that the company will be responsible for the project s financing. The funding will mainly come from China s policy banks and international policy banks along with the Bangladesh government and international bank consortia. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,11,2018

Orient Cement to expand Adilabad cement plant
CK Birla Group company, Orient Cement, is planning to expand its existing cement plant in Adilabad in the Indian state of Telangana. According to local media reports, the company s Managing Director and CEO, Deepak Khetrapal, recently met with the Telangana Industries Minister KT Rama Rao to discuss the plan, which would see capacity at the plant rise to 7.5 million tpy from the current 3.05 million tpy. The Hindu BusinessLine reported that Khetrapal requested a limestone linkage from the Telangana State Mineral Development Corp. to supply to long-term needs of the plant. Total investment for the project would be INR20 billion. Construction is expected to start after clearance from the Indian Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change has been received.
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,06,2018

Global Cement and Concrete Association to take over work of Cement Sustainability Initiative
UK: The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) has formed a strategic partnership with the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) to facilitate sustainable development of the cement and concrete sectors. As part of the new agreement, the work carried out by the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) will transfer from WBCSD to the GCCA on 1 January 2019 with activities managed out of the GCCA s London offices. The new partnership will also create synergies between work programmes to benefit both the GCCA and WBCSD and their respective member companies. “Transferring the activities of the CSI to the GCCA is a logical step and further underlines the cement and concrete sector s commitment to advance sustainable development across the construction cycle. As the authoritative worldwide voice of the cement and concrete sector, the GCCA is ideally placed to take this work to the next level, building on the strong foundations established by WBCSD,” said Albert Manifold, chief executive officer (CEO) of CRH and GCCA President. The CSI, which was established in 1999 and currently operates under the auspices of WBCSD, is a global effort by 24 major cement producers to advance sustainable development. Over its 19-year history, the CSI has focused on understanding, measuring, managing and minimising the impacts of cement production and use by addressing a range of issues including: climate change, fuel use, employee health and safety, airborne emissions, concrete recycling and quarry management.
UAECEMENT.COM - Aug ,04,2018

LafargeHolcim to sell US$1.7bn of assets after poor first half
Switzerland: LafargeHolcim s first half profit fell by 43% from Euro561.8m in 2017 to Euro320.3m in 2018. Sales rose by 2.7% to Euro11.45bn. Under new CEO Jan Jenisch, who took over in September 2017, the company has been slashing costs, announcing earlier in 2018 that it will close its head offices in Zurich and Paris and shed around 200 jobs as it aims to save Euro345.2m/yr by the end of first quarter of 2019. Jenisch said he was pleased with the sales growth, particularly the acceleration during the second quarter, when sales increased by 5%, up from a 2.7% rate in the first three months of the year. "Operational issues in some markets have been addressed and we expect to deliver increasing margins as we capture the upward trend in demand through the second half of 2018," said Janisch. "We had a couple of plants where I was not happy that the output was not in line with market demand. We have made sure we can maximise their output in the second half." Sales were supported by strong growth in India, one of the company s largest markets, where its subsidiary Ambuja Cement posted a 27% increase in profit during the second quarter. However, losses in Africa weighed heavily on the firm, with the regional unit reporting a loss after being hit by higher finance charges and losses from its South African business. Jenisch said that the Africa and Middle East region will remain tough, while adding that the company would press ahead with its disposal programme. It aims to raise about US$1.73m from selling cement plants."We are on track here. We have done our portfolio review and will hopefully announce something later this year," said Jenisch. "However, there is nothing I can talk about at this time."
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,30,2018

Sea cement and clinker trade prices remained unchanged in the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea region
An update from CW Research shows that in July, prices for bulk ordinary Portland cement and for prompt deliveries of bulk ordinary grade clinker remained flat in the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea region. In the same period, East African CFR prices for bagged cement improved over 1% when compared to June. "In the Persian Gulf-Arabian Sea region, Pakistan, one of the most important cement exporters, is optimistic in its forecasts for the coming months. The devaluation of its currency has proven to be one of the main drivers," notes Ana Almeida, an analyst with CW Group s European team. CW Research s July update to Persian Gulf – Arabian Sea and East Africa Cement and Clinker price assessment report covers the latest news in the region s trading situation. The monthly report also includes details about shipping indices for dry bulk tendency and its reasons, as well as the latest trend in the bunker oil futures. /World Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,26,2018

Lafarge Africa considering US$248m share sale in Nigeria
Nigeria: Lafarge Africa is considering raising up to US$248m in a share sale. The sale will take place in the fourth quarter of 2018 said chief financial officer Bruno Bayet whilst reporting the company s half-year results, according to Bloomberg. Its sales rose by 5% year-on-year to US$448m in the first half of 2018 from US$427m in the same period in 2017. However, its earnings before interest, taxation, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) fell by 25% to US$76.4m from US$102m. The subsidiary of Switzerland s LafargeHolcim blamed its falling earnings on poor performance in South Africa. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,26,2018

Steppe Cement reports positive 1H18
Steppe Cement sold 0.74 million t of cement in the first half of the year, a 14% increase on the same period in 2017. Sales revenues were up 23% year on year. Overall, the cement market in Kazakhstan increased 7% in 1H18. Domestic producers increased shipments by 15% and also benefitted from a more than doubling of exports, which came on the back of favourable exchange rates. Imports – which represent 8% of the market – also rose by 30%. Steppe Cement currently estimates the country’s cement consumption will be 9.4 million t in 2018. Steppe Cement’s local market share increased slightly over the first six months of the year from 15% in 1H17 to 16%. It also exported a slightly larger proportion of its sales. /WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,15,2018

Steppe Cement reports positive 1H18
Steppe Cement sold 0.74 million t of cement in the first half of the year, a 14% increase on the same period in 2017. Sales revenues were up 23% year on year. Overall, the cement market in Kazakhstan increased 7% in 1H18. Domestic producers increased shipments by 15% and also benefitted from a more than doubling of exports, which came on the back of favourable exchange rates. Imports – which represent 8% of the market – also rose by 30%. Steppe Cement currently estimates the country’s cement consumption will be 9.4 million t in 2018. Steppe Cement’s local market share increased slightly over the first six months of the year from 15% in 1H17 to 16%. It also exported a slightly larger proportion of its sales. /WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,15,2018

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