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Rwanda: rail and energy projects to boost cement demand

23 May 2016, Published under Cement News

The Rwandan government’s announcement of two major infrastructure projects is set to be a boon for the country’s cement producers, the Mail and Guardian Africa reports. The KivuWatt gas-water extraction project will take gas from Lake Kivu to generate 100MW of electricity by 2019, while the Dar es Salaam-Isaka-Kigali/Keza-Musongati (DIKKM) standard-gauge railway will link Rwanda with ports in neighbouring Tanzania. Busi Legodi, CEO of PPC Rwanda, has welcomed the new initiatives, notin...

Sri Lanka: Holcim Lanka inaugurates new transport model

11 May 2016, Published under Cement News

LafargeHolcim subsidiary Holcim Lanka has begun operations of a new ship-to-rail road hybrid model for the transportation of its raw materials. The state railway will transport Holcim cement related raw materials by rail from the Eastern port of Trincomalee to the Mahawa railway station where the company's dedicated trucks will then transport the materials to the Puttalam Cement Works Plant. Holcim Lanka Procurement and Logistics Director, Charith Wijendra, said: "It is critical we pro...

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...

Swiss cement dispatches drop 7.9% YoY in 2015

06 January 2016, Published under Cement News

Cement sales in Switzerland fell 4.2 per cent QoQ in the fourth quarter of 2015, according to domestic cement producers’ association, Cemsuisse. For the full year, deliveries decreased by 7.9 per cent YoY to 4.219Mt. The low-carbon cement segment, particularly CEM II, saw a rise of 90 per cent. In 1995, its market share was limited to six per cent. In terms of transport, 51.1 per cent of dispatches took place via rail.

DR Congo: cement price rise in Kananga

18 September 2015, Published under Cement News

The price of a 50kg bag of cement is rising in Kananga, the capital of Central Kasai, Democratic Republic of Congo. It is now around US$40-42 from US$37.75 a week ago, according to local press reports. The price increase has been attributed to the high cost of transport where a 10t truck costs US$4500 compared with US$5000 for a 40t rail wagon.

Intelligent design

05 August 2014, Published under Cement News

Mechanical ship unloaders with screw conveyors can provide a highly-efficient solution to discharge cement from ships. The technology offers benefits such as low energy consumption and maintenance as well as a dust-free unloading operation. Materials handling specialist IBAU Hamburg shares its experience in designing road-mobile screw-type ship unloaders. Figure 1: a mechanical ship unloader To carry out their unloading tasks efficiently, road-mobile screw-type ship unloaders ha...

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 ...