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Raysut Cement begins operation of new digital solutions

23 January 2019, Published under Cement News

Oman’s Raysut Cement Co (RCC) has begun operation of its new SAP ERP suites after five months of implementation. The SAP S/4 HANA and SAP SuccessFactors suites will help boost efficiency at the company. "Digital transformation at RCC is an ongoing agenda and the deployment of the SAP modules is a beginning," said Joey Ghose, CEO. The new SAP S/4HANA will assist the company to increase efficiency levels in business processes, while SAP SuccessFactors is a human capital management tool. "B...

Separation revisited

20 September 2018, Published under Cement News

Even a high-performing system can be made more efficient, as global plant engineering and construction specialist thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions demonstrates with the sepol® separator. Thanks to technical optimisation, the separator increases the throughput of grinding plants at the same power consumption, thus considerably reducing the energy costs per tonne of cement. By Dr Martin Botsch and Matthias Raus, thyssenkrupp Industrial Solutions, Germany. Figure 1: impact of grinding a...

Water as a valued resource

22 August 2018, Published under Cement News

While seen as a common and “free” resource, this approach to water often leads to wasteful use of this source of natural wealth. Therefore, quantifying and calculating the cost of its use is the first step to truly valuing it. Cementos Argos explains its approach and the cost savings this enables the company to make. By Cementos Argos, Colombia. Conserving water resources in the area surrounding Cementos Argos’ Toluviejo plant, Colombia Water is an essential resource for human a...

30 years of industry

02 July 2018, Published under Cement News

Ahead of ICR celebrating the 30th anniversary of its first publication in July, this month’s Technical Forum reflects on what has changed in the industry over the past 30 years. By Dr Michael Clark, UK. Falling oil prices helped shape the 1988-98 period For the moderator of the Technical Forum, Dr Michael Clark, an appropriate way to begin such a review of the industry is to remember where he was at the time. In July 1988 Mr Clark was an employee of Blue Circle (UK) on secondmen...

Indonesia’s state-owned cement companies to increase efficiency

24 January 2018, Published under Cement News

State-owned cement producers in Indonesia have announced that they will continue with efficiency measures to improve their bottom line amid increasing competition and domestic oversupply. The country’s largest producer, PT Semen Indonesia, will pursue a more efficient production process this year following last year’s fall in profit, said the company’s President Director, Hendi Priyo Santoso. "We will control what we can control, such as our internal resources, to be more efficient," ...

Lafarge Malaysia to step up cost and efficiency drive

04 January 2018, Published under Cement News

Following its MYR135m net loss for 9MFY17, Lafarge Malaysia confirmed it will pursue ongoing strategic initiatives to achieve profitability in the near term, according to Focus Malaysia. The company expects to optimise its costs as it plans to source petcoke directly from the Middle East, which is forecast to lead to savings of 5-10 per cent. The current modernisation project at its Rawang works is also expected to contribute to the cement producer’s drive to optimise its assets as it...

Setting a new benchmark

21 December 2017, Published under Cement News

As ever-higher efficiencies are demanded of grinding equipment, cement plants require a new benchmark for grinding component performance. Addressing wear through regular maintenance and repair is one strategy with the sustainable supply of grinding parts and management of mill wear as key factors in keeping mills running. By Dr Dorival G Tecco, Loesche GmbH, Germany. Figure 1: typical wear profiles. The arrows indicate the areas of maximum wear. Deeper wear profiles may lead to a loss...

Benchmarking revisited

14 August 2017, Published under Cement News

Recent years have seen growth in the take-up of benchmarking services provided by Whitehopleman. Some cement plants have participated every year since the service was launched 19 years ago. Benchmarking reports have become part of the cement producers’ annual reporting and provide an opportunity to learn from the best. Whitehopleman uses a five-star approach to benchmarking UK-based Whitehopleman has recently been retained to undertake country-wide cement factory performance ben...


06 January 2015, Published under Cement News

Votorantim’s Spanish subsidiary Cementos Cosmos has announced that the Toral de los Vados cement works is set to increase shipments by some six per cent in 2014 to 0.67Mt. Of this, exports will account for around 185,000t with 53,000t going to Haiti, 44,000t to Ghana and 35,000t to Brazil. EUR2.5m is being invested during December to improve efficiency.