The addition of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere through the burning of traditional fossil fuels has long been cited as the primary cause of global warming and climate change. Efforts to arrest climate change have centered on the reduction of carbon emissions, and the cement manufacturing industry is doing its part primarily through the use of alternative fuels in the clinker production process.
Odor emissions had been a problem for the cement plant in Wopfing, Austria for several years. Due to the location of the cement plant in a narrow valley, nearby villages were affected by its emissions. After 10 years of testing different waste gas cleaning systems, the Wopfinger Baustoffindustrie GmbH decided to install a Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) to control odors, CO and organic components.
In a move that was long anticipated, Jaiprakash Associates Ltd announced it has reached an agreement with Ultratech to sell its Gujarat cement units. It took Jaiprakash Associates more than a year and a few unsuccessful attempts, to find a suitor and close a deal, in the middle of a rapidly contracting Indian economy.
CW Research’s just released 2H2013 Global Cement Volume Forecast Report (GCVFR), published in early September, indicates that cement markets around the world seem to be stabilizing, even as much Europe is further downgraded and some emerging markets disappoint. Fiscal woes, offset by commercial construction activity, will help keep the India long-term trajectory positive.
According to the 2H2013 Global Cement Volume Forecast Report (GCVFR) released in early September by CW Research, the cement markets around the world begun stabilizing, even if Europe is further downgraded, as well as some other emerging markets. The twice yearly report projects a slight uptick in world cement demand, driven by an upgrade of Chinese demand. Europe, North Africa, Middle East and parts of Latin America see heavy downgrades in the short-term and medium-term.
In view of Saudi Arabia’s increased infrastructure spending, local cement supply in the country continues to be insufficient to meet market demand. Fear of a cement shortage that could paralyze the construction sector has prompted the government to step up and ban exports while demanding impressive amounts of cement and clinker to be imported.
The economy in Afghanistan was robust in 2012, registering a GDP growth of 11.8 %, on the back of strong agricultural and mining sectors. International aid contributed to the strong numbers, while internally, inflation fell to 6.4 percent. However, the political transition has hit the private sector and the recovery pace was slower than expected after the 2010 Kabul Bank crisis.
As a part of our executive agenda at CW Advisory, we have for some time consulted clients and evolved our views on what we have come to label the “Cement Company of Tomorrow.” Though we make no secret of building on familiar concepts, we feel strongly that these building blocks need to be elevated into a proper and distinct long-term, strategic discussion among the CEO, board and strategists, to bring a renewed focus on re-thinking our existing business models and capital allocation priorities.
The 4th Annual India Cement Sector Business Sentiment Survey is nearly out and the India Construction & Building Materials Journal provides the opportunity of an exclusive look at the survey’s results before their sharing with the wider audiences. We are glad to be able to present here some of the survey highlights and provide our readers with before-hand data regarding the views and expectations of cement industry professionals.
Optimism continues to be the name of the game for the Indian cement industry – a function of long-term trends as well as human nature. But on a closer look, the survey shows that the optimism only runs skin deep and that it has already been eroded by an increasing percentage of industry members who feel dissatisfied with the overall performance of the field last year.
Following the decade low GDP growth registered by India in FY 2012 - 2013, the government is now aggressively pursuing measures to regain the economy's brisk growth rate from 2005 to 2010, which stood at a 8% CAGR value.
The estimated 2012 GDP growth of only 4% was primarily attributed to the country’s widening account deficit, which consequently diverted foreign investments to more attractive economies in Asia. The government’s high expenditure contributed to the account deficit and further led to the slowdown in infrastructure growth.
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Use of alternative fuels in Spain and the rest of EuropeThe addition of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere through the burning of traditional fossil fuels has long been cited as the primary cause of global warming and climate change. Efforts to arrest climate change have centered on the reduction of carbon emissions, and the cement manufacturing industry is doing its part primarily through the use of alternative fuels in the clinker...25 November 2013
New Regenerative Thermal Oxidation (RTO) with Integrated NOx ReductionOdor emissions had been a problem for the cement plant in Wopfing, Austria for several years. Due to the location of the cement plant in a narrow valley, nearby villages were affected by its emissions. After 10 years of testing different waste gas cleaning systems, the Wopfinger Baustoffindustrie GmbH decided to install a Regenerative Thermal Oxidizer (RTO) to control...18 November 2013
Next stage in vertical roller mills with Siemens technologyTwo compact solutions for the optimum and energy-efficient driving of vertical mills. A look at cement-production figures worldwide reveals considerable growth over the years. This gives rise to a demand for even higher-performing and naturally economical production systems.
15 October 2013