FLSmidth has signed a contract with Chinese cement producer Conch to supply a 12,000tpd cement kiln for the Tongling plant in the Anhui province in eastern China. With an annual production capacity in excess of 100Mt cement, Conch is the largest cement producer in China.
The Tongling plant’s two existing kilns, each with a capacity of 10,000tpd, were delivered by FLSmidth in 2002-03. FLSmidth has not since supplied cement kilns to Chinese customers. The new 12,000tpd cement kiln will have the maximum capacity available on the world market today, and the project is benefitting from the expertise and knowledge recently gained by FLSmidth from the installation of a similar capacity pyroprocessing line at Holcim Ste. Genevieve on the banks of the Mississippi, USA. Parallel with the Conch contract, FLSmidth is embarking on a long-term strategy to strengthen its presence and competitive edge on the Chinese market.
The long-term goal is to become a competitive supplier in China of cement plants and selected types of minerals machinery and services. Based on a Chinese sales organisation and Chinese production facilities, FLSmidth will therefore launch equipment designed for the Chinese market.