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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

Loesche technology chosen for cement plant in the Philippines
San Miguel Northern Cement Incorporated has chosen technology from Loesche for its new 5000 tpd production line at the Sison site in the province of Pangasinan, the Philippines. The scope of supply includes two complete grinding plants, one with a LM 56.4 for cement raw material and one with a LM 35.3 D for sub-bituminous coal. In addition to the mechanical equipment, Loesche will also supply a majority of the electrotechnical components and automation with modern control technology. Loesche is also responsible for the plant engineering, and the supply of filters and blowers. Supplying mechanics, electrical engineering, and automation supplemented by an engineering package is aimed at reducing the number of interfaces and increasing the overall efficiency of the plant. San Miguel Northern Cement has also opted to use Hurriclon dedusting technology. Hurriclon technology was introduced to the cement industry by A TEC, part of the the Loesche group, and specially optimised for dedusting raw material mills. The delivery will be made at the start of the coming year. /WorldCement
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,22,2018

First clinker shipment arrives at Port of Ngqura for Osho Cement
South Africa: A ship carrying clinker and gypsum has arrived at the Port of Ngqura. The raw material is intended for Osho Cement, a company setting up a grinding plant at Coega special economic zone, according to the Herald newspaper. The imported clinker and gypsum was transported by truck to the new plant. The joint venture between South Africa s Osho ventures and Germany s Heidelberg Cement plans to market cement from its new unit to South Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa and islands in the Indian Ocean. The plant is scheduled to open the new plant in late 2018.
UAECEMENT.COM - Sep ,22,2018

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


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