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Modern trainspotting

15 April 2016, Published under Cement News

While many railway enthusiasts enjoy the sighting and recording of trains, ie trainspotting, as a hobby, cement producers have a commercial interest in tracking and scheduling their rolling stock. Latest advances in software technology are playing an increasing role in all aspects of railway bulk materials distribution, helping to keep deliveries on track. By Thomas Bergmans & Dirk Schlemper, INFORM GmbH, Germany. Keeping track of rolling stock is essential for cement producers as the...

Dangote: a paradigm shift

06 April 2016, Published under Cement News

ICR took the opportunity to meet with Dangote Cement’s new CEO, Onne van der Weijde, during the recent Cemtech Middle East & Africa conference in Dubai. The former area manager for Holcim with responsibility for the company’s Indian operations, Mr van der Weijde is now at the helm of Dangote Cement alongside DVG Edwin who remains in charge of new projects. Here he gives an optimistic account of Dangote’s ambitious strategy for Africa, where the company is now targeting a total capacity of 75...

Urban integration

06 October 2015, Published under Cement News

A new inland cement terminal, operated by Ciments Calcia (Italcementi Group), was launched last year to serve the fast-growing Brunesau market of eastern Paris, France. Located in a busy urban area, the terminal design had to take into account key considerations, including efficient discharge and dispatch, strict environmental regulations and aesthetic integration. By Jérôme Lestringant, Ciments Calcia, France, and Jürgen Bostelmann, IBAU Hamburg, Germany. The Bruneseau cement termina...

UltraTech Cement

18 August 2015, Published under Cement News

UltraTech Cement is reportedly in talks with BK Birla-owned Century Textiles and Industries Ltd in a bid to align their cement distribution networks. Despite talks of a possible merger, both companies have made no comment on this. If a merger were to result, the deal would boost UltraTech’s cement production capacity by 13Mta to 78Mta.  UltraTech Cement has registered a six per cent increase in cement and clinker sales to 12.14Mt in the quarter ended 30 June 2015. This compares to 11.7Mt ...

Lafarge opens new building materials distribution centre, Algeria

09 February 2015, Published under Cement News

Lafarge opened a new building materials distribution centre at M’Sila on 3 February 2015. "This new distribution centre is part of Lafarge Algeria’s business strategy to get closer to the end user and make a full range of high-quality products available at stable prices," said the company in a press statement. Lafarge operates two cement plants in Algeria - one in M’Sila and a further one in Oggaz (Mascara) - representing a total production capacity in the country of around 8.6Mta. It al...

Euromecc completes installation of Catania cement distribution terminal

19 December 2014, Published under Cement News

Euromecc Srl has completed the installation of a new storage and distribution terminal at the port of Catania, Sicily, for cement distributor Cata Beton. The turnkey project included the installation of two circular silos with a total storage capacity of 8000t. A double discharge cone enables the continuous feeding of tankers through extractor screws equipped with two dedusting telescopic dischargers.   The terminal is completely automated and equipped with radio frequency identification t...

India: Malabar Cements gets state gov't nod for Cochin Port unit

30 October 2014, Published under Cement News

The state government of Kerala, India, has given Malabar Cements Ltd the green light to set up a bulk cement handling unit at the Port of Cochin. Malabar Cements has shown an interest in establishing a cement handling and bagging unit following the decision by Cochin Port to allow cement companies to bring in raw materials via sea using the port facilities. The new unit is expected to have a capacity of 0.6Mta and be completed within two years. Cochin Port is a major port on the Arabian S...

To Russia with love

24 April 2014, Published under Cement News

Russian cement producers are increasingly regarding road mobile ship unloaders as a more flexible option to get their product to market. Van Aalst Bulk Handling BV successfully delivered and commissioned its latest ship unloader to one of the country’s cement importers, ODK. By Van Aalst Bulk Handling BV, The Netherlands. Road mobile ship unloaders offer a flexible way of delivering cement to several harbours Road mobile ship unloaders were extremely popular in the 1980s, partic...

Colombia’s Argos invests in new Cartagena distribution centre

24 March 2014, Published under Cement News

Cementos Argos will be investing US$35.2m in a new distribution centre in Cartagena, announced the company’s president Jorge Mario Velasquez at the shareholders’ meeting. The new distribution centre will increase the company’s dispatch capacity to 1.3Mta of bagged cement and 1Mta of bulk cement. The investment will primarily benefit the company’s logistics in the north of the country.

Trucking with shared goals

19 March 2014, Published under Cement News

Making cement is one thing, while making sure it reaches the customer is quite another. Cements are manufactured at various locations and are shipped in either bulk or bagged form to the distribution centres and end-markets. A logistics supplier must meet the requirements of the cement producer. European logistics provider Vos Logistics regards the transport of cement as a critical aspect of its business process. Building on that principle, HeidelbergCement has maintained a partnership with ...