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Slag Cement Association (SCA) announces Slag Cement Project 2020 Awards | Cement Industry News

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First let us refresh our knowledge a little bit about Slag Cement and how it differs from Portland Cement.

Slag cement can be used in concrete, either as a separate cementitious component or as part of a portland cement concrete. Slag Cement works synergistically with portland cement to increase strength, reduce permeability, improve resistance to chemical attack and inhibit rebar corrosion. When used as part of a portland cement concrete, slag reacts with both the water (latent hydraulic reaction) and the hydrated cement paste (pozzolanic reaction), resulting in a more refined microstructure than that of a plain portland cement.  

However, there are some disadvantages of Blast Furnace Slag Cement Its initial strength is low, because of which it cannot be used in RCC works. As the initial setting time of Blast Furnace Slag Cement is high, this cement is not used for emergency or repair works as well.

The Slag Cement Association (SCA) is a nonprofit trade association representing producers and shippers of slag cement in the United States. Since 2010, been running its annual slag cement project of the year awards program. The slag cement awards recognize projects for excellence and innovation in concrete using slag cement.

SCA has recently announced the recipients of its 2020 Slag Cement Project of the Year Awards. Sixteen construction projects from across the United States were chosen to showcase the broad applications of slag cement and its impact on creating more durable and sustainable concrete.

In the architectural category, Lehigh Hanson used slag cement in the construction of a new four-story parking garage at the Chesapeake Beach Resort & Spa to allow an additional 700 vehicles to park on the resort’s premises. The other winning project in this category, slag cement was used for durability enhancement and potential sulfate and alkali silica reaction (ASR) mitigation by St. Marys Cement in the construction of Adventure Cove at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio.

Lehigh Hanson also won in the sustainability category for using slag cement in the construction of the 72-story One Manhattan Square residential building at the foot of the Manhattan Bridge in New York City.

The awards for innovative application has been given to LafargeHolicm for the replacement of a 323 m (1060-ft) superstructure above the historic Lake Tillery Bridge in the Piedmont area of North Carolina. Slag cement was used in the deck placements of the bridge to increase durability and to mitigate against alkali silica reaction (ASR) in the concrete. In addition, slag cement helped with holding the slump longer and increased the workability of the mixture to help the finishers battle the strong heat during the placements. Argos was also awarded for its work on the Nucor Steel of Florida project where slag cement helped exceed the specified compressive strength of 4000 pounds per square inch (psi) in 28 days in a 50 percent replacement mixture with 245 kg (540 lbs) of cementitious material and with a 0.49 maximum water-cementitious materials ratio (w/cm). Lasty, St. Mary’s Cement was recognized for the Pittsfield Charter Township Planning Commission Development, a large residential project which included apartments, rowhouses, mixed-use commercial buildings, and stormwater retention buildings. Up to 35 percent slag cement was used in the concrete mixture design for its workability, increased control of curing and hydration cycles, and long-term durability benefits.

The remaining SCA winners include:


High Performance

Green Design

Besides, there are two 2020 Slag Cement Research Award Winners:

  • Sustainability of Concrete in the Pacific Northwest—Hilary Chaimov, Oregon State University; and
  • Innovative Application of Slag in Improving Sustainability, Flexibility, and Cost in Thin Panels—Arash Rahmatian, University of Houston-Downtown

 (Source: Slag Cement Association News; edited)

FLSmidth wins contract for full digitalization of three cement lines at Kirene in Senegal, West Africa

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The Danish engineering company FLSmidth has received contract from Chinese construction giant CBMI Construction Co., Ltd., part of the Sinoma Group, to supply and install three complete control systems for two existing and one new cement line at Kirene in Senegal.

In cement industry sector FLSmidth has a strong presence in India, Brazil and Russia whereas FLSmidth's minerals segment is being contributed heavily by the growing urbanization and industrialization in the developing countries, particularly China and India.

Energy savings, higher fuel substitution rates and maintenance planning – digitalisation presents massive opportunities for the cement industry at a time when energy costs, over-capacity and new environmental regulations are major concerns to many plant owners. With a complete and integrated control system across all three lines at Kirene, CBMI Construction creates the digital foundation for its customer to make data-driven decisions on process optimization, stay on top of maintenance jobs and accelerate energy savings.

All three lines will have a shared digital infrastructure build on the FLSmidth ECS/ControlCenter™ platform.  On top of that comes the FLSmidth plant data management software, ECS/PlantDataManagement. The data management software is the operational interface to all data, allowing plant management to transform performance data into real-time KPIs and giving operators access to critical process information via tailored dashboards. 

According to CBMI Construction, the ECS software from FLSmidth is essential in operationalising the 12,000 data points at the new Kirene line (3) for the customer. “With a combination of extensive process knowledge and digital solutions that integrate across different equipment suppliers, FLSmidth is instrumental in securing the efficiency benefits our customer expects,” explains CBMI.

“With more than 1,500 active product and process control installations in the cement industry, this order reaffirms our strong digital expertise,” says Jens Adler, General Manager in Group Digital at FLSmidth. “The cement industry might be a little slow in adopting Industry 4.0 technologies, but digitalisation is transforming how many respond to increasing demands for emission reductions and efficiency. This is reflected in the emphasis on digital solutions as part of our MissionZero ambition to offer cement producers zero emission cement production by 2030,” Mr. Adler concludes.

Apart from the digital infrastructure, the new line (3) at Kirene will be equipped with ECS/CemScanner® and QCX/BlendExpert™ from FLSmidth to further optimize the performance of the plant. The order became effective in Q1 2021.

FLSmidth, headquartered in Copenhagen (Denmark), supplies the minerals and cement industries globally with everything from engineering, single machines and complete processing plants to maintenance, support services and operation of processing facilities. FLSmidth employs more than 12,000 people worldwide in offices in more than 50 countries worldwide. As reported by the company about 99 per cent revenue of FLSmidth comes from outside Denmark.

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 (Source: FLSmidth via Globenewswire; edited)

Indian cement manufacturers ACC and Ambuja Cements implemented Blue Yonder for planning, logistics and digitalization | Cement Industry News

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Indian cement majors ACC Limited and Ambuja Cements Ltd., the two Indian cement manufacturing units of LafargeHolcim, recently announced that they have chosen Blue Yonder®, the world’s leading, end-to-end, digital supply chain platform provider, for their supply chain transformation and digitalization. - Cement Industry News

Both ACC and Ambuja Cement have implemented Blue Yonder Luminate Planning. Luminate Planning will help the two leading cement manufacturers in India improve Sales and Operational Planning (S&OP) with integrated planning and execution by gaining visibility into daily demand, production and dispatch plan to better predict demand fluctuation, scheduled maintenance, and improve logistics and transportation capabilities. With improved supply chain optimization, ACC and Ambuja Cement can better align the least cost service locations, reduce delivery costs and create a service network to meet and exceed customer service levels.

"We chose Blue Yonder as our partner for SCM digitalization because Luminate Planning will give us greater visibility into our combined supply chains,” said Rajeev Mehta, chief logistics officer, ACC and Ambuja Cement. “The objective of this project is to improve the customer experience and service levels, yet profitably grow by tapping into the synergies of our supply chains, thus maximizing capacity utilization and minimizing overall cost.”

The Blue Yonder Luminate™ Planning portfolio is a powerful set of solutions that continuously provides insights into a customer’s supply chain to allow for smarter, more actionable business decisions. Luminate Planning is built on Blue Yonder’s Luminate Platform, which is powered by Microsoft Azure and combines rich internal and external data from across a customer’s digital supply chain assets.

“As the leading cement companies in India, ACC and Ambuja Cement needed the ability to tap into their supply chains synergies,” said Vishal Dhawan, vice president, APAC sales, Blue Yonder. “With the end-to-end visibility afforded by Luminate Planning, the companies can better optimize their network and improve S&OP creating a more efficient supply chain.”

Ambuja Cements Ltd, a part of the global conglomerate LafargeHolcim, is one of the leading cement companies in India with about 29.65 MT cement manufacturing capacity in five integrated cement plants and eight cement grinding units across the country.

ACC Limited is India's foremost manufacturer of cement and ready mixed concrete with a countrywide network of factories and marketing offices.

Blue Yonder with offices in over 40 locations and 5000 associates are part of a diverse global community. Blue Yonder headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona and has offices in major cities in the United States, Asia Pacific, Canada, Latin America, Europe, Australia, and the Middle East. Blue Yonder is the world leader in digital supply chain and omni-channel commerce fulfillment. Their intelligent, end-to-end platform enables retailers, manufacturers and logistics providers to seamlessly predict, pivot and fulfill customer demand. Blue Yonder services help in making more automated, profitable business decisions that deliver greater growth and re-imagined customer experiences.

HeidelbergCement India - Lackluster Q1 performance due to covid lockdown restrictions

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HeidelbergCement India Ltd on Wednesday reported a 38.07 per cent decline in net profit at ₹ 48.94 crore for the first quarter ended June 2020.
The company had reported a net profit of ₹ 79.03 crore in the April-June 2020 period of the preceding fiscal, HeidelbergCement India said in a BSE filing.
Total revenue from operations declined 30.80 per cent to ₹ 407.70 crore from ₹ 589.23 crore in the corresponding quarter of 2019-20.

The company said its sales volume declined due to suspension of operations during covid lockdown period. "Volume decreased by 32 per cent, primarily driven by the suspension of operations in April 2020. The decrease in volume impacted revenue and profitability during the quarter," said HeidelbergCement India, a subsidiary of HeidelbergCement Group.
Cement sales volume during the quarter was 857 KT as against 1,258 KT earlier. Total expenses were at Rs 342.99 crore as against Rs 479.25 crore in Q1 FY20, down 28.43 per cent.
In an interview to ET Jamshed Naval Cooper, MD of HeidelbergCement India Ltd said, capacity utilization will be hovering between 55% and 60%. Today many of the cement companies will have a very high breakeven.
You cannot keep a cement processing plant shut continuously. We made a big mistake of having a lockdown in the cement plant, he said. However, he is hopeful that after Diwali (which falls in November this year), most migrant labourers will return and capacity utilisation of cement plants should touch 70%.

South African cement industry worst affected due to corona virus lockdown restrictions

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PPC head of inland business Bheki Mthembu, says the lack of large-scale construction projects in his country has left South African cement industry heavily dependent on residential construction. “Demand is less than the supply. Most of our cement goes to retailers and then local builders, but we still cater to larger companies when bulk deals are required. The lack of large-scale construction projects has left the industry heavily dependent on residential construction. Government needs to support us through infrastructure maintenance and other projects. We were already in survival mode; Covid-19 has almost been the final nail in the coffin,” said Mr. Bheki Mthembu.

South African cement industry at present are working at roughly 50% of the capacity utilisation level in June 2020 compared to that in June 2019 following the restart of production due to the relaxing of the corona virus lockdown to Level 3 from Level 4 on 1 June 2020. The construction sectors reduced by more than half since the 2010 FIFA World Cup when it supported 250,000 jobs. While the Level 5 government lockdown restrictions brought industry to a standstill in March, cement production restarted in May under Level 4.
However, construction was still prohibited and local stores had shortages of cement when they were allowed to open with restrictions being reduced to level 3 in June. The price of cement also has gone high sharply from ZAR80 (US$4.77) to ZAR120-150 (US$7.16-8.96) in June as cement producers have been facing tough situations in sourcing raw materials to produce cement.

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OCL India Commissions 2 MTPA Capacity Cement Plant in West Bengal

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The marvellous journey of OCL India started when a great industrialist with far-sighted vision Jaidayalji Dalmia, set up a cement plant at Rajgangpur during 1950 - 51 at the request of government of Odisha to manufacture super grade cement for use in the construction of Hirakud dam. The origin of OCL India Limited (formerly Orissa Cement Limited) was seeded in the time that signalled India's independence. 

Today, OCL India Ltd, the flagship associate company of Dalmia Cement Bharat Ltd and also a major cement manufacturing organization, announced the commissioning of its third and 2 MTPA (million tonne per annum) capacity, ₹ 615 crore cement plant in West Midnapore of West Bengal.

Built on 154.43 acres, the grinding and mixing unit was formally started at an event attended by the Chief Minister of West Bengal, Ms. Mamata Banerjee, according to a company release. The unit is located at the West Bengal Industrial Development Corporation established Godapiasal Industrial Park, 81 km west of Kolkata.

This is the first unit of OCL India in West Bengal. The other two cement plants of the company are at Cuttack and Rajgangpur in Odisha with a combined production capacity of 5.35 MTPA.
OCL India has already a good share of cement market in West Bengal. 'Konark' Brand cement of OCL India has been extensively used in the construction of the prestigious Hirakud Dam in Odisha and in building some of India's largest roads, bridges and Industrial plants, construction of port facilities, restoration repairs by Archeological Survey of India in Lord Jagannath Temple at Puri, and construction and modernization of steel plants.

The current Market Capitalisation of OCL India stands at ₹ 1,552.81 crore. OCL India has reported a standalone Sales of ₹ 536.40 crore and a Net Profit of ₹ 41.64 crore for the quarter ended Mar 2014.