Cemtech’s 21st Anniversary event took place in Geneva, Switzerland, and was attended by 250 delegates representing cement producers from across all regions. Given the location of the event – in the heart of Geneva, one of Europe’s most international cities and home to the United Nations – it was fitting that Cemtech was able to welcome delegates from such a diverse selection of countries beyond, including Angola, Egypt, Iran, Trinidad & Tobago and Japan.
The topical programme included 25 papers covering global industry and market developments, with in-depth focus of key markets such as Turkey and Russia. While Europe continues to suffer, the outlook for the rest of the world is still on course for modest growth at around three per cent in 2013, with demand growth highest in India, China and the former Soviet Union.
Detailed presentations featured new production lines in Turkey – one of the few countries in Europe still increasing capacity – and Cyprus, as well as the technology behind Europe’s largest cement ball mill at Gorazdze Cement SA (HeidelbergCement) in Poland.
Sessions were also dedicated to alternative fuels and energy optimisation, both key issues for cement producers in Europe as cost cutting, rising fuel prices and environmental legislation continue to drive innovation in this category. Key presentations covered burner technology, Cemex’s global alternative fuel strategy, Holcim’s award-winning bypass dust utilisation project in Slovakia, and Aslan Cimento’s ‘fast-track’ business model for AF usage.
Vertical roller mill technology and advances in process control also featured prominently, with Adana Cimento’s review of ABB’s Expert Optimizer a particular highlight.
A detailed overview of the cement trade and logistics was provided by Clarksons, while Cement Distribution Consultants, author of the forthcoming ICR Handbook on Global Cement Trade & Distribution, provided a superb analysis of maritime distribution economics and technology.
A well-attended exhibition area featured 25 world-class equipment suppliers, and provided delegates with a forum to discuss new projects and advances in cement manufacturing technology with leading experts and service providers.
A full review of the event will appear in the November 2012 issue of International Cement Review.
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