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New quality regulations due for Panama's cement market

03 December 2019, Published under Cement News

New quality regulations for Panama’s cement market are due to come into effect on 3 December 2019 and are expected to affect cement importers, distributors and sellers, according to La Estrella de Panamá. The new norms establish that all hydraulic cement commercialised in the market, including imported cement, must comply legislation issued by the Ministry of Commerce and Industries in July 2019, which encompasses labelling, storage, testing and chemical content among other specifics.

Panama improves cement quality requirements and standards

30 July 2019, Published under Cement News

Panama’s Minister of Trade and Industry, Ramón Martínez, signed two ministerial resolutions aimed at improving the requirements and standards of cement quality, both for domestic and imported cement. The new technical standard DGNTI-COPANIT 5-2019 of building, building materials, hydraulic cement sets out the chemical, physical and performance requirements of general and specialised cements, as well as the packaging, transportation, storage and use requirements. The Technical Regulation...

Bolivia to prohibit poor-quality cement imports

03 January 2019, Published under Cement News

The Bolivian government will verify the quality of imported cement as of the start of this year and if found to be insufficient, the consignment will not be allowed to enter the country, according to Eugenio Rojas, the country’s minister of Productive Development. “We now work to prohibit the import of poor-quality cement. The quality is shown by the drying of the product in less than 30 days, but Peruvian cement has a poorer quality, which is why works are cracked. This cannot be allowed ...

Mozambican producers must now include expiry on packaging

20 November 2018, Published under Cement News

Cement producers, both domestic and foreign, must now put an expiry date on products sold in Mozambique. Virginia Muianga, spokesperson for the National Inspectorate of Economic Activities (INAE), announced that the decision was the result of work undertaken on the production, labelling, sale and transport of cement. "From the work done on the ground, we found that essential elements were not clear – such as the expiry date and the quality of the cement", said Ms Muianga. "We are obliging...

As white as white

20 August 2018, Published under Cement News

Producing white clinker and cement requires the right raw materials and mix, the right fuel and optimal plant process conditions. JK Cement Works Fujairah explains what action it takes to keep its white clinker and cement at the highest possible standard. By Subhash Kumar Jain, JK Cement Works Fujairah (JKCWF), UAE. JKCWF is the world’s first dual-process technology cement plant capable of producing white cement and grey cement through the same kiln JKCWF, a subsidiary of JK ...

Pakistan cement sector hopes for relief measures under Budget FY18

23 May 2017, Published under Cement News

Pakistan cement producers are hoping that Budget FY17-18, due to be presented by the country’s Minister of Finance on Friday, will include relief measures to protect the local industry from the alleged smuggling of cement from Iran, help arrest the decline in exports and reduce the cost of doing business. The All Pakistan Cement Manufacturers Association (APCMA) has urged the government to increase the duty on imported clinker from 10 to 20 per cent to support local manufacturers. I...

Achieving the target

23 November 2016, Published under Cement News

While achieving targets is commonplace in the cement industry, when it comes to quality, there are a few key parameters that determine the final product in the cement production process. Figure 1: some of the large amounts of data that are routinely collected in a modern cement plant Maintaining quality in the cement industry involves meeting a wide range of targets for raw material composition, raw meal fineness, kiln feed composition, clinker composition and mineralogy, cement...

A chimney of corruption

17 November 2014, Published under Cement News

Dr Clark recounts how statistical analysis of the variation in product quality control testing can be used to detect the corrupt reporting of testing results as one particular case of a cement company comes to mind. This method can help avoid the spectre of expensive lawsuits and damage to the cement maker’s reputation. Figure 1: clinker free lime distribution – typical skewed results On a quiet, misty autumn morning the moderator was contemplating the subject of his next Techni...

Nigeria sets up technical committee to review quality

12 February 2014, Published under Cement News

The government of Nigeria has set up a technical committee to review the quality of cement produced within the country and is said to be evaluating the impact of eliminating 32.5 grade cement. The Standard Organisation of Nigeria (SON) had earlier relaxed the minimum standard for cement used in the country from 42.5 grade to 32.5 grade. However, Joseph Odumodu, director general of the organisation, said that a committee was already reviewing the current standard and weighing the implicati...

Consistent, reliable results

26 November 2013, Published under Cement News

Quality control has been automated to such an extent that we run the severe risk of turning into a generation of button-pushing operators instead of thinking analytical scientists. It is imperative that analytical scientists responsible for the quality control in a plant remain vigilant and regularly evaluate their data because automated sampling systems, plant process control systems, analytical equipment and data management systems need so little human input once set up correctly. By Maggi...