Inside the dragon

Published 13 June 2012

Following on from the full international cement report on the lesser- known market of Myanmar in April’s issue, Thuang Myint returns to give a unique glimpse into cement production at one of the country’s newest cement producers – Dragon Cement. As well as describing the plant and the production process, he offers a full breakdown of the chemical compositions of fuel and raw materials that are used at the facility.

Dragon Cement plant, Shan state, Myanmar

In Myanmar, there are seven states and seven divisions. Shan state is the largest state in terms of land area and it can be sub-divided in to three parts: eastern, northern and southern Shan state. Dragon Cement’s plant is the first wet-process rotary kiln cement facility to be built in southern Shan state. It is owned by Dragon Cement Company Ltd (DCCL) and is under the umbrella of the Ruby Dragon group of companies.

Table 1: climate conditions

Average annual temperature (°C)


Maximum temperature (°C)


Mininum temperature (°C)


Average annual rainfall (mm)


Average annual wind speed (m/s)


Perennial leading wind direction

NE at winter, SW at monsoon

Elevation above sea level (m)


The parent company was founded at 1995 and has had a wide variety of businesses involved in the mining of precious gemstones, gold and antimony ore as well as the manufacture of wine, companies that polish jade and ruby stones, a sugar mill, plus involvement in agriculture and vegetable foodstuffs, soft drinks and an 84-room resort hotel and travel tour business.

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