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Egyptian NCCD to build own cement plant
Egypt: Egypt s National Company for Construction and Development (NCCD) plans to build its own cement plant as the price of locally-produced cement is high, according to NCCD s chairman Mahmoud Hegazy. The new plant will cover the cement requirements of NCCD s subsidiaries. The state-run firm is currently evaluating the best timing for the project.
Global Cement - Oct,20 ,2014

Indocement plant tour: Citeureup
Originally, Indocement produced mostly OPC, but in 2006 it introduced PCC cement – a composite cement that uses cementitious additives along with clinker and gypsum.

Following robust market growth, Indocement formulated its long-term strategy to increase capacity, triggering sustainable growth in line with the market and preserving high quality standards.

Accordingly, in the first phase of the cement capacity expansion programme, two new cement grinding facilities were successfully installed and commissioned in Cirebon to add 1.5 million tpa cement milling capacity. In view of the promising growth prospects of Indonesia, it was decided to proceed with phase two of the cement expansion in Citeureup, where excess clinker was still available, to increase the cement grinding capacity by 1.9 million tpa. This was achieved by installing a vertical roller mill from FLSmidth and optimising existing grinding facilities.

The project scope is based on the objective of increasing the overall cement production capacity along with operational improvements to the existing cement production lines to achieve the optimum operational efficiency and related benefits. The prime objectives of the project are as follows.

Enhance the overall cement production capacity by 1.9 million tpa (1.4 million tpa added with new VRM plus 0.5 million tpa from optimisation of plants 5, 7 and 8).

Operational improvements to the existing cement production lines. For example, installing covered storages for additive materials along with stackers and reclaimers, process and quality improvements and product transport system, etc.

Increasing cement packing capacity by 2.3 million tpa.

UAECEMENT.COM - Oct,20 ,2014

New production line at Italcement ’s Devnya Cement begins operations
With the activation of the new kiln, operations have begun on the new production line at the Devnya Cement plant, Italcementi Group’s Bulgarian arm, located near the port of Varna in eastern Bulgaria. Italcementi entered the Bulgarian market in 1998 with the acquisition of Devnya Cement, followed in 1999 by the acquisition of Vulkan Cement. In 2013, the Group reported revenue totalling €59 million in Bulgaria.

The completion of the Devnya project will allow the Group to consolidate its operations in Bulgaria, where it also operates the Vulkan grinding centre in Dimitrovgrad, and boost its export capacity due to the plants proximity to the port of Varna West, which allows the company access to all the countries on the Black Sea and on the eastern part of the Mediterranean Sea.

“This operation, which flanks the Rezzato revamp in Italy, completes the strategic investment programme to strengthen the Group in Europe,” said Carlo Pesenti, Italcementi Group Chief Executive Officer. “With one of the largest investments in Bulgaria in the last 25 years, we have improved the industrial efficiency of our production facility and ensured alignment with the best technologies to safeguard the environment. The new plant will enable us to respond to demand on the domestic market and from the neighboring areas in Eastern Europe.”

The revamp of the plant began in April 2012 and required an investment of more than €160 million. Once the current tests and commissioning stage have been completed on all the systems, the plant will be fully operational by early 2015. The new facility is fully equipped with best available technologies and uses a dry process line, which can produce around 4000 tpd of clinker, for an annual output of around 1.5 million t of cement. This makes the facility one of the largest plants of its type in Europe.

Special attention has been given to energy efficiency at the plant, which is also equipped to use alternative fuels such as RDF and biomass, and to environmental impact mitigation systems, which ensure a significant reduction in carbon emissions. The Group’s commitment to Sustainable Development policies, which also underpin this investment, has won Devnya Cement Ministry of the Environment recognition as ‘Green Business 2014’. The plant has also received awards in the ‘Investor of the Year’ and ‘Investor in Human Capital’ categories.
UAECEMENT.COM - Oct,19 ,2014

​VDMA delegates to visit Angola and Kenya
Under the umbrella of the VDMA Construction Equipment and Building Material Machinery Association, eight cement plant engineering companies will send representatives to Luanda and Nairobi in the week beginning 17th November to host symposia for local building material manufacturers. The symposia will offer attendees the opportunity to learn about technical solutions “made in Germany” and to discuss local features and individual requirements.

Believing in Africa

“With our symposia, we hope to create opportunities for our customers,” said delegation leader Bernhard Pagenkemper, Head of Sales at Haver & Boecker, explaining the aim of this commitment in sub-Saharan Africa. “It is worth believing in Africa: every country offers opportunities for our companies to sell something.” In addition to Haver & Boecker, the delegation includes representatives from Aumund, Claudius Peters, Hazemag & EPR, Gebr. Pfeiffer, Christian Pfeiffer, Toni Technik and ThyssenKrupp.

Angola and Kenya are developing well

Angola and Kenya are enjoying economic growth and increasing cement consumption, but the construction material industries of both countries have a long way to go to catch up. Until 2013, cement was the most-imported product in Angola by some margin. Cement imports were banned at the start of this year in order to kick-start domestic production. Experts estimate production in the country to be around 5.5 million t, while demand is 8.5 million tpa. The government plans to increase capacity to 12 million t by 2016, so that the surplus can be exported to other countries in the region. The political situation can be expected to remain stable at least until the next election in 2017, and infrastructure and construction projects are being financed with profits from the oil business.

The sector also sees significant potential in eastern African countries. In Kenya, for example, cement consumption rose by 6.8% in 2013 compared to the previous year, putting it at 4.2 million t. Here, too, various large-scale projects and increasing private need for building materials is pushing up demand.

German companies can provide training and services

This presents a good business opportunity for the German mechanical and plant engineering companies, but as Pagenkemper says, “We want to do more than just help the countries with deliveries; we want to train the people in how to use the machines and to establish proper service.” The Germans hope that this long-term commitment will distinguish them from the Chinese competition, which is ubiquitous in sub-Saharan Africa.

The symposium in Luanda will be held on November 18; that in Nairobi on November 20. The events are being organised in cooperation with the local German Chambers of Commerce abroad.

The Angola/Kenya initiative is the cement sector s seventh joint delegation trip under the VDMA flag, following in the footsteps of events in Chile, Peru, Brazil, Algeria, Libya, Russia, India and Iran.

UAECEMENT.COM - Oct,15 ,2014

First female cement plant director appointed in Spain
Lafarge Spain has appointed Maruxa Suárez as Director of the Villaluenga de la Sagra cement plant in Toledo. This is the first time that a woman has been named as director of a cement plant in Spain.

Suárez joined Lafarge in 2004, working in the company’s environmental department in Madrid before moving to the Villaluenga de la Sagra plant. Before being promoted to Director, she served as Head of Production at the plant. She succeeds Mariano García Hoyos, who has taken up the role of Industrial Director at Lafarge Malaysia.

Suárez holds a degree in chemical science from the University of Córdoba and a degree in biochemistry from the University of Seville, as well as a Masters specialising in biotechnology.
UAECEMENT.COM - Oct,15 ,2014

Mexican and Colombian imports to help meet Nicaragua project
Imports from Mexico and Colombia can ensure the supply of cement for the Gran Canal Interoceanico project in Nicaragua, according to the president of the High Council of Private Enterprise, José Adán Aguerri.

He added that steps were being taken to further research supply options in the wider region, including the Caribbean, with the help of the private sector. However, the area faces supply shortages, which are expected to require further capacity building by cement companies. For example, Cemex Latam Holdings SA, announced in recent months a US$55m investment over the next three years in the installation of a new grinding mill to increase its cement capacity from 0.44Mta to 0.88Mta.
UAECEMENT.COM - Oct,11 ,2014

Asia Cement anticipates pick-up in Thai demand
Thailand-based producer Asia Cement said it expects a pick-up in demand from late this year and into 2015 due to the government’s stimulus package and the launch of infrastructure projects.

The Italcementi-group company forecasts Thai consumption for full-year 2014 to be on a par with last year’s figure of 34Mt. A five per cent increase is projected for next year.

Managing director of Asia Cement, Roberto Callieri, told the Bangkok Post that while Asia Cement had faced challenging times since the political situation in Thailand flared up, it was looking forward to seeing the stimulus package boost the economy and cement demand.

The company has a capacity of 7Mta with most of its cement sold locally, while the remainder is exported to neighbouring countries, mainly Cambodia, Myanmar and Vietnam.
UAECEMENT.COM - Oct,11 ,2014

Indonesia: Chinese companies to build cement plant in Indonesia
Two Chinese companies signed an agreement on 25 September 2014 to invest in an Indonesian cement plant as part of investment cooperation measures that were agreed by China and Indonesia in 2013.

State Development and Investment Corp (SDIC) and Anhui Conch Cement Company will fund the project for the plant located in West Papua Province. After the construction is completed, the plant will have 3Mt/yr of production capacity, serving Indonesia and neighbouring countries, including Papua New Guinea. SDIC and Anhui Conch will have stakes of 51% and 49% respectively.
UAECEMENT.COM - Oct,08 ,2014

India: Zuari plans new Gulbarga plant
Zuari Cement has announced that it will set up a 3.2Mt/yr cement plant in Gulbarga through its subsidiary Gulbarga Cement Ltd (GCL). The company also plans to set up 50MW captive power plant. The site for the new plant is 28km from Gulbarga city on the Gulbarga–Bangalore highway.

According to Nabil Francis, Managing Director of Zuari Cement, on completion of the project, the company will have a total capacity of 10Mt/yr and will become one of the largest cement manufacturers in South India. "The capacity expansion will strengthen our presence and strengthen our market expansion plans in the southern, western and the north east markets," he said.

The foundation stone for the plant was laid on 30 September 2014 by Francis along with Ramesh Suryanarayana, Director of Business Development, in the presence of Surendra Pattar, Site Manager, and other senior Zuari Cement executives.

Francis said the Gulbarga unit is designed to double its capacity in the future as part of the plans to cater for growing demand in northern Karnataka and neighbouring Maharashtra.
UAECEMENT.COM - Oct,08 ,2014

Saudi Arabia: Al Jouf Cement extends second clinker line trial
Al Jouf Cement has extended the experimental operation of its second clinker line until the end of the 4Q14 in an attempt to reach full production capacity. The new line will not make a contribution to company finances until 1Q15 when full commercial production will commence.
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep,30 ,2014

Pakistan: Lucky plans 660MW power project
Directors of Lucky Cement have asked shareholders permission to set up of a 660MW coal-based power project in Karachi through the Lucky Holdings Limited (LHL) subsidiary, according to Reuters. The proposal will be considered in the company s September annual general meeting.
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep,30 ,2014

Lafarge s closed Syria cement plant comes under attack
Syria: On 25 September 2014 Islamic State militants seized and set fire to Lafarge s cement plant in northern Syria.

"While advancing on the Kurdish town of Ain al-Arab near the Turkish border, the militants seized the Lafarge cement plant and burnt down part of it," said Rami Abdel Rahman of the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.

The plant had been closed recently as security could not be guaranteed in the area. Islamic State jihadists had taken over a major city in that part of northern Syria, sparking tens of thousands of mainly Kurdish refugees to flee into nearby Turkey. Once guarded by the Syrian army, responsibility for the plant s security was turned over to the main Syrian Kurdish Democratic Union Party (PYD) in August 2013.

UAECEMENT.COM - Sep,27 ,2014

Nigeria: The SON begins full implementation of cement standardisation policy
The Standards Organisation of Nigeria (SON) has begun to implement the cement standardisation and reclassification scheme with a zonal stakeholders forum on blocks and allied products in the south west. The SON has also received directives from the Federal Ministry of Industry Trade and Investment to immediately commence the full enforcement of the policy across all segments of the cement and allied products sector.

The federal government s regulator of quality and standards began with the official unveiling of the new packaging and labelling model for the three different classes of cement in the nation s market, with clear labelling and colour coding to help stakeholders easily distinguish between 32.5, 42.5 and 52.5 grade cements in order to prevent misuse.

The minister of States for Industry, Trade and Investment, Samuel Ortom, expressed delight over the move by SON to firm up the regulations for building materials in the country. Ortom endorsed the decision to contrive the new cement packaging and labelling in line with the recently-approved Nigerian Industrial Standard for Cement, stressing that these steps would go a long way to enhance the building and construction industries.

"One key focus of standardisation all over the world is continual improvement aimed at customer satisfaction. This is only attainable through the diligent implementation of specifications for products and services as prescribed in the relevant approved standards," said Ortom. "Standards in themselves are dynamic in that they undergo reviews as necessary, towards ensuring continual improvement in products quality."

UAECEMENT.COM - Sep,27 ,2014

India: Sagar Cements announces acquisition of BMM Cements
The board of directors of Sagar Cements Ltd (SCL) has approved the company s move to acquire a 100% stake in BMM Cements Ltd, which owns a 1Mt/yr capacity cement plant and other assets in Andhra Pradesh. The proposed acquisition will take SCL group s total cement capacity to 3.75Mt/yr from the existing capacity of 2.75Mt/yr.
BMM has an enterprise value of US$88.4m, 155Mt of limestone reserves and a 25MW captive power plant. The deal size is currently unknown, although SCL will take over BMM s debt.
"The proposed acquisition of BMM Cements comes at an opportune time wherein the demand environment and pricing in our region of operations looks encouraging," said Srikanth Reddy, executive director of SCL. "The two companies are wholly complementary geographically, with considerable potential for synergies."
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep,27 ,2014

India: new Karnataka plant for JSW Cement
JSW Cement Ltd is considering setting up a 4.3Mta cement plant in Gulbarga, Karnataka. The company s ownership of land in the limestone-rich region is quoted as one of the key advantages in building a new plant in Karnataka, according to SS Sandhu, associate vice-president of JSW Cement. A further advantage relates to Gulbarga s ideal location to supply the Maharashtra and Gujarat cement markets.
Moreover, since its sister company JSW Steel produces slag, JSW Cement could manufacture slag cement, though limestone would be a critical raw material in this additional output.
The company is optimistic about demand revival in the south, as the economic activity picks up in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, said SS Sandhu.
JSW Cement has a cement plant in Kurnool, Andhra Pradesh, with 4.8Mta capacity and a smaller plant with 0.6Mta capacity in Bellary, Karnataka. Besides, it had recently taken over a 1Mta capacity plant in Dolvi, Maharashtra. At present, JSW Cement has a group capacity to produce 6.4Mta of cement.
Asked about the economic slowdown, Mr Sandhu conceded that there was “negative growth” in construction the south, but “stability” has returned. Many projects are expected to come up in the near future in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana. The new Andhra capital planned in Vijayawada would also spur building activity, he added. The company expects a pick-up in demand will drive up capacity utilisation to 75 per cent by the end of the current fiscal from 55-60 per cent now.
In view of the shortage of river sand, slag sand is being increasingly used as an alternative to make cements, he added. However, the share of retail sales of slag sand is less as it is mostly used by cement makers.
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep,23 ,2014


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