International Cement Review articles tagged under : Tech Forum

16 May 2019

Using plant cost profiles

As in January 2018, Dr Michael Clark has once more spent most of the last month developing manufacturing cost profiles for cement factories in different geographies across the globe. This time, Dr Clark considers how these profiles may be used to provide a competitive advantage. Holcim established its facility in Ste Genevieve, Missouri, USA, benefiting from the low distribution cost...

18 February 2019 Dr Michael Clark

The finishing lime

In this month’s Technical Forum, Dr Clark examines the conditions and complications under which raw materials compete for the available lime during the production of clinker. During the production of clinke...

30 January 2019 Dr Michael Clark

Evaluating an EPC project

In this month’s Technical Forum, Dr Michael Clark looks at the essential factors that cement producers must take into account when choosing the right contractor for a potential EPC project. Time to completion ...

11 December 2018 Dr Michael Clark

Mitigating acid gas emissions

In this month’s Technical Forum, Dr Michael Clark examines acid gas emissions from cement kilns. Understanding harmful acid gas emissions, such as hydrogen chloride, is required before investing in mitigation strateg...

Electrical opportunities 22 October 2018 Dr Michael Clark

Electrical opportunities

In this month’s Technical Forum, Dr Michael Clark examines the importance of a stable and reliable electricity supply. As one of the leading expenses of cement plant operation, it is essential to understand how elect...

12 September 2018 Dr Michael Clark

Benchmarks for the finish line

Following Hans-Jorgen Nielsen’s “Ceramic Strengths” article in ICR’s June issue, Dr Michael Clark examines the potential energy-saving differences between milling systems used for cement finish grinding. Using...

2048 predicted 04 July 2018 Dr Michael Clark

2048 predicted

The 30th anniversary of the first publication of International Cement Review (ICR) in July 1988 has arrived. While last month’s Technical Forum considered the major changes in the world cement industry over the past ...

02 July 2018

30 years of industry

Ahead of ICR celebrating the 30th anniversary of its first publication in July, this month’s Technical Forum reflects on what has changed in the industry over the past 30 years. By Dr Michael Clark, UK. Fallin...

29 May 2018 Dr Michael Clark

Risk management

In this month’s Technical Forum, Dr Michael Clark examines how companies approach risk and the various management techniques that can be used to control it.  Cement companies must guard against complacency wit...

07 February 2018 Dr Michael Clark

Cemtech Dubai 2018 Technical Workshops

As Technical Forum readers are delving into the February 2018 issue of International Cement Review, the annual Cemtech Middle East and Africa conference in Dubai, UAE, will be fast approaching. As is tradition, the i...

24 January 2018 Dr Michael Clark

Cement plant cost profiles

Dr Clark has spent most of the last month developing manufacturing cost profiles for cement factories in different geographies of the world. Such profiles help cement producers and traders alike in finding the right ...

20 November 2017 Dr Michael Clark

Pozzolana is the key

East Africa is enjoying strong cement demand, driven by economic growth and a buoyant construction sector. But, given the high capital cost of establishing a cement plant there, how does a new player gain entry to th...

16 October 2017 Dr Michael Clark

Aspirating the kiln

Last month’s Technical Forum concluded with the following closing comments: “A sufficient supply of oxygen to the kiln is critical. Any limitations on the drawing of oxygen into the kiln or exhausting the gases from ...

14 August 2017 Dr Michael Clark

Benchmarking revisited

Recent years have seen growth in the take-up of benchmarking services provided by Whitehopleman. Some cement plants have participated every year since the service was launched 19 years ago. Benchmarking reports have ...

10 July 2017 Dr Michael Clark

The blending menu

Blended cement is the focus of this month’s Technical Forum, namely the complexities of understanding its classification and labelling under the European EN 197 system. The moderator also takes a look at the reasons ...

19 June 2017 Dr Michael Clark

Capex vs opex

In the last year the moderator has been reviewing numerous existing cement facilities and proposals for new cement plants or production lines. In this process, compromises have to be made between the conflicting obje...