Cemtech MEA 2017

Cemtech held the 12th edition of its Middle East & Africa conference and exhibition at the Grand Hyatt Dubai (UAE) on 19-22 February 2017. 

Established as the event for cement professionals in the Middle East and African markets, Cemtech MEA regularly attracts delegates from over 35 nations keen to network with other senior industry executives.

Participants gained insights into the latest market trends and drivers for change in our industry. Country profiles, trade reports and regional forecasts provided the context for a comprehensive technical programme featuring new projects, the latest technologies and best practice in cement manufacturing. Stimulating case studies tackled key issues such as plant optimisation, alternative fuel systems and their implementation, new plant construction and much more.

Exceptional hospitality, a hallmark of the Cemtech experience, was delivered at our MEA 2017 event, where lunches, evening receptions and the renowned Gala Dinner, as well as complimentary sightseeing tours for accompanying partners were all on offer. A tour of a local cement plants offered delegates the chance to appreciate the challenges and successes facing producers in the UAE.


Cemtech prides itself on the quality and expertise of its speakers, and MEA 2017 was no exception. Speakers at this years' event included:

  • Middle East construction markets and outlook for 2017-18: Matthias Herles, IHS Markit (Saudi Arabia)
  • Cement in Africa – calm after the storm? Tony Hadley, Baobab Advisory (France)
  • Industry consolidation in the Indian cement sector and market outlook: Alok Agarwal (India)
  • Excellence in sustainability, excellence in profitability: Jim O’Brien, Jim O’Brien CSR Consulting (Ireland)
  • 12MW waste heat recovery power plant – performance review: S Raja, Fujairah Cement Industries (UAE)
  • Kiln reviews to improve efficiency, output and production costs: Der Volker Hoenig, VDZ GmbH (Germany)

And many more…

Union Cement tour

Preheater tower at UCC's

Ras Al Khaimah plant

Delegates attending Cemtech MEA 2017 in Dubai, UAE, had the opportunity to visit Union Cement Company’s plant in Ras Al Khaimah. The integrated plant boasts a production capacity of 4.8Mta cement and 4.5Mta clinker across four production lines, making it one of the largest cement producers in the Gulf region.

The tour gave delegates a chance to see production equipment on the largest scale, including a 10,000tpd clinker line, IKN pendulum cooler and extensive grinding capacity.

Operating four production lines, UCC provides a wide range of products from ordinary portland cement, low to high sulphate-resisting cements, and is the only oil well cement producer in the United Arab Emirates.

In addition to the domestic market, with its proximity to the Saqr Port, UCC is well positioned logistically to serve the markets in the Gulf, Middle East and East Africa.

International exhibition

The Cemtech exhibition, running parallel to the conference, again provided an important space for delegates to network and interact with a range of technology suppliers. Companies exhibiting included: 

ABB – Al-Ghadeer Packaging Materials Factory – AMF-Bruns MENA DMCC / Thiele GmbH & Co KG – Bedeschi SPA / CTP Team – Beumer – Boldrocchi – Castolin Eutectic – Cemengal – DCL Bulk Technologies Pvt Ltd –  Ecospray Technologies – Ekoplant / Global Concept – Fives FCB – Fons Technology International – Gebr Pfeiffer – INFORM GmbH – InterCem – KHD Humboldt Wedag GmbH – MacGregor – Mühlen Sohn – Promac Engineering Industries – Redecam – Singhania System Technologists Pvt Ltd – Thermo Fisher Scientific – Thermoteknix Systems Ltd – VisionTir