Siam City Cement (SCCC), the country’s second-largest cement producer, expects to launch slag cement in Thailand in the next three months after signing an exclusive contract with Tata Steel.
Slag cement, which is a by-product of iron, is increasingly being used in the manufacture of blended Portland cement. Due to its high durability and strength, slag cement can be used in general construction and high-compressive projects such as ports and offshore platforms.
"We could not produce slag cement earlier because there were no steel-smelting outfits in the country. Now that India’s Tata Steel has decided to establish the first blast furnace in Thailand, we have been given the opportunity of introducing this innovative product," SCCC’s executive vice president Chantana Sukamanont explained.
The company has signed a contract to buy 10,000 tonnes of slag cement every month from Tata Steel for five consecutive years.
From an environmental viewpoint, slag cement serves to make concrete more environmentally friendly because it is a recycled material and also helps reduce energy consumption as well as the emission of greenhouse gases in the production of concrete raw materials.
At SCCC’s 40th anniversary celebrations yesterday, Chantana said the next step would be to focus on sustaining the company’s business together with developing society.
"We have invested more than Bt1 billion to build a geo-cycle platform that uses bio-mass as fuel instead of lignite. Besides, we are also focussing on providing solutions for customers by introducing innovative products and processes in the market," she said.