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Lafarge Cooktown plant celebrates 50 years of production

30 August 2018, Published under Cement News

Lafarge Cement Ireland is celebrating 50 years of clinker and cement manufacturing at its Cookstown Plant.   Launched in 1968, the plant is now responsible for producing a substantial volume of cement each year, employing almost 100 staff both in Cookstown and at the business’ cement terminal in Belfast.   In 2015, the Lafarge Cement business was acquired by Aggregate Industries as part of the global merger between Lafarge and Holcim. The transition meant that, for the first time, Aggregate...

Future grinding alternatives

23 July 2018, Published under Cement News

Grinding technology in the cement industry has developed considerably since Loesche’s early days at the start of the 20th century. The past three decades have seen this process only accelerate as cement producers required ever-increasing throughputs in their grinding processes. In an interview with ICR, Loesche’s CEO, Rüdiger Zerbe, tracks the past and charts the future of grinding technology in the cement sector. Rüdiger Zerbe, CEO of Loesche GmbH “First of all, a warm welcome ...

Bringing on the substitutes

18 July 2018, Published under Cement News

As part of its drive to reduce its CO 2 emissions, Votorantim Cimentos is using a range of clinker substitutes to lower its clinker-to-cement ratio. As a result, around 86 per cent of its product portfolio in Brazil has a reduced carbon footprint, lowering its impact on the environment. By Silvia R S S Vieira, Votorantim Cimentos, Brazil. The use of substitute materials such as acidic slags (pictured: maganese slag) and calcined clay is key to reducing a cement plant’s carbon foot...

Managing change

18 July 2018, Published under Cement News

HeidelbergCement’s acquisition of Italcementi in 2016 has accelerated the growth of this major global cement and aggregates giant, which is now ranked as the fourth- largest player worldwide with 195Mta cement capacity across 44 countries. Much of the company’s success is down to agile management and the financially-astute leadership of Dr Bernd Scheifele, widely regarded as one of the best CEOs in the business. In this revealing interview, Dr Scheifele discusses the rationale for the Italce...

Cement logistics: the end of the beginning

18 July 2018, Published under Cement News

In 1988 Commodore still sold over one million units of its C64, nicknamed “The Model T of personal computers”, and commercial logistics software was in its infancy. We have come a long way and our industry is now starting to use artificial intelligence (AI) in its supply chains. INFORM takes you on a journey to the past, present and future of cement logistics. By Dirk Schlemper and Thomas Bergmans, INFORM GmbH, Germany. Figure 1: logistics planning tools in 1988 In 1988 the firs...

LC3: a promising alternative

16 July 2018, Published under Cement News

The drive for a sustainable construction industry has triggered the development of a range of building materials that serve as sustainable alternatives to Portland cement. The development of limestone calcined clay cements (LC 3 ) offers a glimpse into the future of building materials. By Karen Scrivener, Franco Zunino, François Avet and Wilasinee Hangpongpun, EPFL STI IMX LMC, Switzerland, and Anne Dekeukelaere and Laurent Grimmeissen, Cementis Consulting, Switzerland. Figure 1: SE m...

Materials & quality: 30 years on

10 July 2018, Published under Cement News

The development of new cement types and demands on fuels as well as changes in process requirements have led to key changes in cement production over the last three decades. New raw materials and alternative fuels have given rise to new cement standards. Alternative raw materials increasingly reduce the need for virgin materials The cement Industry in 2018 has been through a long period of soul searching and reorganisation which has involved multiple changes in ownership and adj...

ICR interviews thyssenkrupp's Frank Ruoss

06 July 2018, Published under Cement News

In the July issue of ICR, equipment specialists throughout the cement sector reflect on their achievements in the past three decades and look to what the cement industry can expect from them going forward. In this interview, ICR speaks with Frank Ruoss, CEO of Cement Technologies, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions. ICR What is thyssenkrupp/Polysius’ single most significant achievement? Frank Ruoss (FR) In the late 1920s our company developed a process called ‘lepol’ which revolution...

Driving operational excellence at Votorantim

06 July 2018, Published under Cement News

Sustained investment in several areas of plant operations as a result of its drive for operational excellence has paid off for Votorantim’s Vidal Ramos plant in Brazil. By Alvaro Lorenz and Mario Interlenghi, Votorantim Cimentos, Brazil. Votorantim’s Vidal Ramos plant, Brazil – one example of the company’s drive for operational excellence Votorantim Cimentos is a building materials company committed to customer success through excellence. ‘Operational Excellence’ is one of the f...

ICR interviews Cementir's Francesco Caltagirone Jr

05 July 2018, Published under Cement News

In the July issue of ICR, cement associations and producers reflect on the past three decades, highlight the industry’s achievements and look at the way ahead as climate change and other challenges drive changes in the industry. In this interview, ICR speaks with Francesco Caltagirone Jr, chairman & CEO, Cementir Holding SpA. ICR How has your company evolved over the last 30 years and what has changed most, at a plant or company level, over that period? Francesco Caltagirone Jr (FC) C...