Sumitomo Osaka Cement to expand waste processing

Sumitomo Osaka Cement to expand waste processing
Published: 24 December 2003

Sumitomo Osaka Cement plans to spend 4 billion yen over a two-year period starting in fiscal 2004 to increase its processing capacity for waste products used as raw materials.  The cement producer will construct dehydrated organic sludge processing facilities at its Kochi plant and add coal ash processing equipment to its Tochigi facility. The company will also build storage sites to handle more sludge and construction waste soil at the Kochi and Ako plants.  Through the moves, the company plans to increase its revenue generated from waste processing from about 7 billion yen to more than 10 billion yen in fiscal 2004.  The company currently uses 369kg of waste materials in every ton of cement that it produces, exceeding the industry average of 361kg. The government has set a goal for the industry of 400kg per ton by fiscal 2010, and Sumitomo Osaka aims to reach this level ahead of schedule by expanding its waste material processing capacity.