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Ragland Cement plant inaugurates new 1.65Mta line

22 July 2022, Published under Cement News

National Cement Co 's Ragland cement plant, in Alabama, USA, has completed a two-year, US$300m project to install a new production line with alternative fuels. The key component of the production line is a rotary kiln that replaces coal with various fuels such as recycled wood chips, saw dust from area furniture and cabinet manufacturers, and tyre-derived fuels (TDF) composed of shredded scrap tyres. Guy Sidos, chairman and CEO of the Vicat Group , notes : “It is our fervent a...

Ethiopia – today and tomorrow

19 July 2022, Published under Cement News

Ethiopian cement demand has been relatively stagnant in recent years as the industry has faced challenges including low purchasing power and production constraints. Increased consumption during the pandemic years has been a silver lining and there is potential for further growth, but the biggest task ahead is keeping output in tune with demand. By Jagdeep Verma, Holtec Consulting Pvt Ltd, India. While the Ethiopian cement market has been relatively stagnant, the future looks more prom...

CEMEX to clean Nile River

15 July 2022, Published under Cement News

CEMEX has signed a three-year agreement to support waste removal efforts in Egypt’s Nile River. Some of the waste will be used as a more sustainable alternative to fossil fuels at CEMEX’s Assiut cement plant.   CEMEX will be collaborating with VeryNile, an initiative supported by the Ministry of the Environment in Egypt that develops eco-friendly solutions to remove inorganic waste from the Nile River. The company will provide financial support to double the amount of waste collected...

Morocco’s cement deliveries see 10% drop in June

05 July 2022, Published under Cement News

Cement deliveries by APC members in Morocco declined 9.8 per cent to 1,229,636t in June 2022 when compared with June 2021, when deliveries reached 1,363,579t, according to Ipsos. Deliveries in the first six months of 2022 saw a drop of 4.7 per cent to 6,505,973t from 6,809,696t in the 6M21. APC members are Asment Temara, Ciments de l’Atlas, Ciments du Maroc, LafargeHolcim Maroc.

Holcim puts Morocco at the head of its smart plant roll-out

01 July 2022, Published under Cement News

This week Holcim Maroc inaugurated its 1.6Mta Agadir-Souss cement plant in Morocco and with its AI technology and wind-powered energy supply from 2023, it is expected to set new standards for modern smart cement plants. The Agadir-Souss plant is at the forefront of smart plant development. It is located in Taroudant, 45km southwest of Agadir and represents an investment of MAD3bn (US$334.6m). Equipped with Holcim’s ‘Plant of Tomorrow’ (PoT) technology, the facility includes robotic lab au...

Suez Cement to build Egypt’s first cement WHR

28 June 2022, Published under Cement News

Egypt-based Suez Cement is preparing to commission the country’s first waste heat recovery (WHR) facility in a cement plant by 2023. The project aims to reduce the plant’s carbon emissions by approximately 40,000tpa. By Omar Korshid and Ossama Abdel Wahid, Suez Cement, Egypt. Suez Cement aims to significantly reduce carbon emissions by installing a WHR system at its Helwan plant, Egypt To support Egypt’s national emissions strategies to 2050, domestic cement producer Suez Cement...

Holcim Maroc inaugurates Agadir plant

27 June 2022, Published under Cement News

Holcim has opened its 1.6Mta Agadir-Souss plant in southern Morocco. Built in 2021, the company invested MAD3bn (US$299m) in the plant, which includes automation and artificial intelligence to optimise the production process.   In terms of sustainable operation, the Agadir-Souss facility will be powered using wind power from 2023 onward and will also use alternative fuels. In addition, the works generated 1400 temporary jobs during construction and 200 direct jobs since its opening. F...

Egypt: glimmer of hope

27 June 2022, Published under Cement News

Plagued by oversupply, soaring energy prices and a lack of competitiveness overseas, 2021 was a challenging year for the Egyptian cement sector. However, following government intervention, there is a light at the end of the tunnel as cement prices begin to rise, post-pandemic demand picks up, and balance sheets return to better health. By ICR Research, UK. Egypt’s capital, Cairo, is expected to see its 22m population double by 2050 and the government is investing US$40bn in a New A...

Société de Ciments de Gabès begins kiln shutdown

24 June 2022, Published under Cement News

Work on the kiln shutdown at Société de Ciments de Gabès cement plant in Tunisia began on 23 June 2022. The work is being carried out by Sotuqua.  The plant , which belongs to the Secil group has a cement capacity of 1.29Mta and is situated on the east coast of Tunisia.

Moroccan deliveries up 7% in May

08 June 2022, Published under Cement News

Cement deliveries in Morocco increased 7.1 per cent YoY to 945,706t in May 2022 from 882,785t in May 2021, according to Ipsos. The data relates to APC members Asment Temera, Ciments de l’Atlas, Ciments du Maroc and LafargeHolcim Maroc. However, in the year to date deliveries contracted by 3.1 per cent to 5,276,337t when compared with January-May 2021 when deliveries reached 5,446,117t.