According to CW Advisory, the African cement business is facing a challenging medium-term outlook, as additional cement capacities are planned or already on the way. One of the most pressing questions for the industry is whether the market is really prepared to absorb the increased output. As prices will be subjected to even higher pressures, producers will have to squeeze efficiencies fast enough from their organizations, if they are to maintain the relatively high margins currently reported. And to further improve margins in a sustainable and environmentally friendly manner, the industry will have to find ways to develop the alternative fuel ecosystem.
CemWeek had the opportunity to support and participate at the Cement Business & Industry (CBI) Africa conference and exhibition, organized in South Africa on June 25-26. The meeting attracted some of the most representative players in the cement industry, which have taken the opportunity to meet and exchange ideas,
Those contractor and subcontractor entities performing construction work on the project should be required to carry automobile liability, commercial general liability (CGL) and workers compensation/ employers liability policies, as well as an excess liability policy providing coverage over the automobile and CGL policies’ limits. For those contractors and subcontractors performing any design-build functions, professional liability coverage also should be required.
Lower crude oil prices have exerted a positive impact on the Indian cement industry, which has reported increased savings led by lower costs for energy and packaging polymer in Q1 2015 vs. Q4 2014. After the initial decline in fuel-grade petcoke, April brought about a mild price increase of around 1 percent, as Indian interest in imported petcoke (fuel grade petroleum coke) held up.
According to Beumer for many companies in the chemical, building material or food industries, the efficient packaging of their palletised goods is a deciding competitive factor. Some of the crucial factors are transport security, anti-theft protection, display characteristics of the packaged goods, as well as weatherproofing for outside storage.
Slag has been employed in cement manufacturing since the 19th century, today being universally accepted as a material that endows cement and concrete with a noteworthy list of advantages. Given that this waste is highly dependent on steel and iron output, both of which are subject to the fluctuations of the macro-economic indicators, cement manufacturers are challenged in finding slag resources.
Ecoefficiency through technological innovation in the production of artificial pozzolan at Votorantim Cimentos’ Porto Velho plant
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Focus on material handling: Top stories in the Middle EastMr. Pietro De Michieli, Chief Operating Officer, Bedeschi SPA Major equipment producer Bedeschi, has bagged a number of new contracts in the material handling segment. With these contracts, the company is making a strong presence in the Middle East and North African markets.05 October 2015
New eco-cement plant boosts import-dependent Mongolian industryMongolian producer--Monpolymet Group--has opened a greenfield cement unit in the Gobi desert, in the southeastern part of the country. With the opening of new unit, the country is likely to meet its rising cement demand.28 September 2015
LafargeHolcim merger creates new second largest cement player in IndiaThe global merger between Lafarge and Holcim is likely to have a double impact in India. As a result, both the structure of the local market and the merged companies suffered changes.23 September 2015