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Savannah Cement set to complete upgrade to grinding plant by end of 2019
Kenya: Savannah Cement is set to complete US$50m upgrade to its grinding plant at Athi River by the end of 2019. It is installing a second 1.2Mt/yr mill at the unit supplied by Denmark s FLSmidth, according to the Kenya Broadcasting Company. Contractors are also installing belt conveyors, storage silos, a packing plant and dust filters as part of the new vertical roller mill line. The cement producer made the announcement at an event celebrating its seventh anniversary. The existing mill at Athi River has a production capacity of 1.2Mt/yr.
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,16 ,2019

Iraqi government approves measures to support cement industry
Iraq: The government has approved a series of recommendations from the Ministerial Economic Council to support the growth of Iraq s cement industry and to ensure that production capacity continues to meet domestic demand. The cabinet approved a loan agreement between the Republic of Iraq and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development for an electricity services reconstruction and enhancement project. It also approved a recommendation from the housing consultative group that investors in housing projects need to complete a percentage of the planned building work before they are allowed to own the land.
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,08 ,2019

The Global Cement and Concrete Association launches presence in India
India/UK: The Global Cement and Concrete Association (GCCA) has launched GCCA India. As part of GCCA s strategic partnership with the World Business Council on Sustainable Development the new office, based in Mumbai, will take over the work of the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) India, which formerly served as the sector s sustainability alliance. GCCA India plans to ensure that, from a sustainability angle, innovation in technology and manufacture, and collaboration across the wider built environment, the Indian cement sector can play a key leadership role. It will develop a work program that will focus on the wider global GCCA priorities but with practical application across the Indian built environment.
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,04 ,2019

ASEC completes commissioning of Mozambique plant
ASEC has announced the successful commissioning of a tile adhesive full production line in Cimento Nacional Ltd (CNL), Mozambique, under the company s supervision and management. CNL has embarked on the new investment to cater for the market demand for various types of tile adhesive products. The project comprises a feeding and drying system, a double shaft mixer, and a packing plant. The ASEC O&M team has provided technical assistance onsite since 2014, and was assigned the new project s planning, supervision, erection, and commissioning. Modifications introduced by the team added sand grinding capacity to the production line, which has served in the widening product range to include three distinct types of adhesives: grouts, dry mix, and concrete mix. Following the commissioning of the project, ASEC was additionally entrusted with the operation of the new production line, as well as the technical training of the local team for proper handover. /WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,01 ,2019

UltraTech Cement in talks to buy stake Emami Cement
UltraTech Cement is in talks to buy a stake in Emami Cement for up to U$800m. Sources quoted by the Economic Times newspaper say that UltraTech Cement is working with private equity companies, including KKR and Temasek Holdings, on the potential deal. Emami Group is reportedly still deciding whether to sell its entire cement business, a stake or selected assets. Emami Cement operates a 2.5Mt/yr integrated plant at Risda in Chhattisgarh and a 2.5Mt/yr grinding plant at Panagarh in West Bengal. It 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. It markets its products under the Double Bull brand. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Jul ,01 ,2019

Ukraine adds tariffs to cement imports from Russia, Belarus and Moldova
Belarus/Moldova/Russia/Ukraine: The Ukrainian interdepartmental commission for international trade has imposed antidumping tariffs on imported clinker and Ordinary Portland Cement (OPC) from Russia, Belarus and Moldova. It has set duties of 115% for goods originating in Russia, 57% for goods from Belarus and 94% for goods from Moldova, according to Interfax. The tariffs will have a duration of five years. Previously the government had embargoed OPC, alumina, slag, sulphate-resistant cement and similar hydraulic cements, including clinkers, from Russia. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,23 ,2019

Raysut Cement buys Sohar Cement for US$60m
Oman:Raysut Cement Company has signed an agreement to buy Sohar Cement for US$60m. The transfer of ownership for all the shares in the company was completed in mid-May 2019, according to the Oman Daily Observer newspaper. Sohar Cement held a 70% stake in a 1.7Mt/yr grinding plant and UAE-based Fujairah Cement Company owned the rest of the shares. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,23 ,2019

LafargeHolcim calls on US Congress to enact business-led climate change legislation
US: The chief executive officers (CEO) of 13 US companies, including LarfargeHolcim, are lobbying the President and Congress to enact business-led climate change legislation. This initiative, known as the CEO Climate Dialogue, urges the government to put in place a long-term federal policy as soon as possible, in accordance with a set of six guiding principles. The group aims to build bipartisan support for climate policies that it says will, “… increase regulatory and business certainty, reduce climate risk, and spur investment and innovation needed to meet science-based emissions reduction targets.” Companies involved in the CEO Dialogue include BASF, BP, Citi, Dominion Energy, Dow, DTE Energy, DuPont, Exelon, Ford Motor Company, LafargeHolcim, PG&E, Shell, and Unilever. Four environmental groups have also supplied input to the initiative. These are the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, Environmental Defense Fund, the Nature Conservancy and World Resources Institute. The six principles include: significantly reducing US greenhouse gas emissions; allowing an effective timeline for reductions that will help capital intensive industries to adjust in an economically rational manner ; instituting a market-based price on carbon; making the policies durable and responsible; doing no harm to the competitiveness of the US economy with particular attention to carbon leakage; and promoting equity. Specifically the initiative says that US policy should ensure the country is on a path to achieve economy-wide emissions reductions of 80% or more by 2050 with aggressive short and medium term emissions reductions. “Tackling the challenge of climate change is no easy task, and as industry leaders, we have an opportunity to join forces to advocate for climate legislation. It is critical we begin to set durable and achievable goals that help safeguard the environment while reducing our carbon footprint,” said Jamie Gentoso, the CEO for US Cement operations of LafargeHolcim.
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,20 ,2019

Ukraine blocks cement imports from Russia
Ukraine/Russia: The Ukrainian government has imposed an embargo on Russian-manufactured cement and plywood in response to Russia’s ban on the entry of Ukrainian goods to the Russian market. The Ukrainian Economic Development and Trade Ministry recommended to the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine that imports be blocked for the following goods: Portland cement, calcium aluminate cement, slag cement, sulphate resistant cement and similar hydraulic cement varieties, pigmented and non-pigmented, finished or clinker, as well as glue wood, lamwood panels and similar materials made from laminated wood. Ukraine imported an estimated US$17m worth of cement products from Russia in 2018. The latest sanctions follow a block by Russia on goods from Ukraine in mid-April 2019. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,20 ,2019

Ambuja Cement customers defrauded by fake website
India: Customers of Ambuja Cement have been deceived by a fake website pretending to take orders for the company. Victims of the fraud have notified the police in Mumbai, according to the Times of India newspaper. The fraudulent website obtained orders, raised invoices and promised delivery following the receipt of advance payment. When the customers failed to receive the goods they approached Ambuja Cement and the deception was revealed. So far around US$2500 has been reported lost.
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,08 ,2019

The economic transportation of cement clinker
Robust apron conveyors (SZFs) are used in cement plants to transport clinker safely and economically from the kiln cooling systems to the silos. BEUMER Group is the only manufacturer to offer a special variant: the belt apron conveyor (GSZF). This uses a belt instead of a chain as a traction element, allowing higher speeds and a slimmer design, while still delivering the same level of performance. The GSZF is therefore particularly suitable for modernisations. In general, clinker comes out of the cooler at 80° plus ambient temperature. But during the process, a so-called kiln flash can occur, caused by a raw meal flash from the preheater tower or by caked clinker coming off the kiln. Within a few seconds, several tonnes of raw meal or clinker shoot through the cooler. The material to be conveyed cannot cool down sufficiently and reaches the conveyor at temperatures of between 500°C and 800°C. With its apron conveyors, BEUMER Group provides robust and reliable solutions. The specific design of the cells allows safe, low-friction transportation of any hot material. Sealed and overlapping side walls and bottom plates in the cells prevent the clinker from exiting and minimise the escape of dust. The traction element in this conveyor is usually a single or double strand sprocket chain. The system supplier is the only manufacturer on the market, which offers apron conveyors with the tried and tested BEUMER steel wire belts from the bucket elevator technology instead of a chain as traction element. Here, the cells are attached to the long-lasting, steel wire-reinforced belt in a way so that the heat of the clinker in the steel cells is not transferred to the belt. Partition plates are attached in the feeding area below the cooler and can be easily removed for maintenance, protecting the belt against hot clinker in case of a kiln flash. One decisive advantage of the belt apron conveyor, with speeds of 0.6 m/sec., is that it can reach double the conveying speed compared to apron conveyors with a chain. This makes it suited for retrofitting and modernisations. If operators want to increase the kiln capacity, for example, they can replace an existing chain apron conveyor with a belt version of the same size. This means double the capacity without having to make any changes to the steel structure of the conveyor bridge. The cement plants also benefit from a new construction application. The thinner, lighter design of the GSZF reduces costs for steel structure and freight. Furthermore, the decreased net weight lowers the static and dynamic loads, which affect the clinker silo and foundations, for example. A new construction project can be designed for a smaller load and is therefore more cost effective to build. The lightweight design also lowers operational costs. Quiet, low maintenance, and reliable The entire belt lies with its surface on the drive and return pulley, which avoids the unwanted polygon effects caused by the chain. The smooth running of the machine also reduces noise emissions considerably. The noise is less than half as loud as conventional SZFs, which is advantageous for both the employees and the environment. The use of a durable BEUMER steel wire belt lowers the maintenance costs and extends maintenance intervals. Chains can break if preventative maintenance is not performed properly, which will lead to the conveyor collapsing. The rubber of the steel wire belt becomes brittle with age, but it would never completely break. Lubrication is also not required for the belt, whereas it is used frequently on chains, if for no reason other than to reduce noise levels. Grease and oil are not only a cost factor, but are also detrimental to the environment and the conveyor. The clinker dust gets stuck on it and settles in the chain links, which accelerates the wear and tear.
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,02 ,2019

Indian cement production rises by 10% to 91.5Mt in first quarter of 2019
India: Cement production grew by 10% year-on-year to 91.5Mt in the first quarter of 2019 from 81.9Mt in the same period in 2018. Data from the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) at the Ministry of Commerce & Industry shows that production sped up in March 2019.
UAECEMENT.COM - May ,02 ,2019

DG Khan s profits down so far in 2019
Pakistan: DG Khan’s sales rose by 30% to US$215m in the nine months to 31 March 2019 from US$165m in the same period in 2018. However, its profit dropped by nearly half to US$18.5m from US$35.1m. Its cost of sales increased by 56% in the reporting period. /Global Cement
UAECEMENT.COM - Apr ,27 ,2019

Bestway Cement’s turnover stable
Pakistan: Bestway Cement s turnover grew slightly to US$421m in the nine months to 31 March 2019 from US$414m in the same period in 2018. Its profit rose by 9.5% to US$67.4m from US$61.5m. /GlobalCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Apr ,27 ,2019

Pakistani share of cement exports to Afghanistan down to 24% in 2018
Afghanistan/Pakistan: The share of exports of cement from Pakistan to Afghanistan fell to 24% in the first eight months of the current 2019 Pakistan financial year compared to 48% in the 2018 period. The Cement Manufacturers And Export Association has blamed this on Afghanistan opening its market to imports from other countries including Iran, according to the Frontier Star newspaper. It has urged the government to take measures to cut local production costs and force anti-dumping tariffs on Iranian cement imports. The association said that the cement industry in Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been most affected by the decline in exports to Afghanistan. Exports from these regions fell by 16% year-on-year in the first nine months of the current Pakistan financial year to February 2019.
UAECEMENT.COM - Apr ,03 ,2019


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