Following the resounding success of previous meetings in Singapore, Bali and Jakarta, Cemtech Asia has secured its place as the leading meeting place for cement producers in the region.
The 2012 edition of Cemtech Asia was held within the five-star elegance of the Hotel Mulia Senayan in Jakarta, Indonesia, which provided the ideal setting for over 200 senior level industry professionals from 25 countries to meet to discuss the latest cement industry developments.
Over two days, delegates listened to 26 carefully selected papers detailing market developments, the latest projects in the region, trends in the application of new technologies, and case studies, many of which focussed on the reduction of energy intensity of the cement manufacturing process.
Cemtech Asia was complemented by a large equipment exhibition featuring 30 of the leading global equipment suppliers currently active in Asia, offering a one-stop shop for producers seeking to establish new operations or upgrade existing facilities to meet burgeoning demand in their local markets.
Presiding over the formal opening ceremony, Mr Panggah Susanto, Director General of Basic Manufacturing Industries of Indonesia’s Ministry of Industry, officially opened the conference and the accompanying exhibition. He noted the extraordinary growth in Indonesian cement demand is set to continue in the foreseeable future: “While the growth of demand from January through April 2012 already reached 16.6 per cent year-on-year, further growth is expected over the coming years. Indonesia's per capita cement consumption is currently at 200kg, which is relatively lower than other countries, particularly in the ASEAN region, where most of countries have more than 300kg per capita.”
Mr Widodo Santoso, Chairman of the Indonesian Cement Association, gave a detailed presentation of developments in the remarkable Indonesian cement market, which is currently enjoying high double-digit demand growth, and will see a projected 24Mta capacity added by 2015 alone.
An overview of the global cement industry by Deutsche Bank AG provided a contextual framework for the ensuing market presentations, including a paper on the latest developments in the Malaysian cement industry and expansion activities by CMS in the state of Sarawak. A full update of the important Australian market also offered participants a good understanding of the key developments in the region.
Semen Gresik, Indonesia’s largest cement producer, presented its new Tuban IV cement plant project in East Java. Other highlights included an impressive review of the construction and commissioning of ACC Ltd’s 12,500tpd clinker line at the Wadi cement plant in India – believed to be the single largest unit of its kind in the world.
Current insights into the main processes of milling, pyroprocessing and quality control were covered by expert presenters in all fields. The technology and science of alternative fuel utilisation received a special focus, with numerous case studies demonstrating its increasing relevance to the region. The extensive technical content was supplemented by the Cemtech workshop, which explored the kiln mass balance and its influence on productivity, clinker quality and emissions.
A complimentary hospitality programme – a key feature of all Cemtech events – provided plenty of opportunities for delegates to network and enjoy some of the local food and rich cultural heritage. The Gala Dinner on the last evening, complete with music and dance representing many of Indonesia’s varied traditions, served as the grand finale for this successful event which has now firmly established itself as the leading annual event for cement producers in Asia. Cemtech looks forward to returning to the region again in 2013.
In kind cooperation with the Indonesian Cement Association.
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